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Sebastian Payne is managing editor (digital) of The Spectator

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Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.

Majority of voters want Cameron as PM — but would prefer a Labour government

27 January 2015 18:51

What do the British public want from their government after 2015? Well, unless things are really going to shift in British politics in the next few weeks, they still want… Continue reading

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100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen

27 January 2015 12:17

Today marks 100 days till the election — so how is the race looking? Still very close, according to the most recent opinion polls. In three polls released over the… Continue reading

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Watch: Natalie Bennett demonstrates how Green policies don’t add up

25 January 2015 17:37

Do the Green Party’s policies stack up? Although its membership and prominence have rocketed in recent weeks, little focus has been put on what the party campaigns for. Green leader Natalie Bennett was subjected… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

Five points from Nigel Farage’s interview on Marr

25 January 2015 12:12

First Cameron, then Miliband – now it was Nigel Farage’s turn to be granted the status of a January interview on the Marr sofa. And there was plenty to discuss: the Sunday… Continue reading

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Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir delivers his speech on communities during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014.

Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories?

24 January 2015 21:04

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party this evening, following an internal party investigation. Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Bashir, who was the party’s communities spokesman, says… Continue reading

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Sir Leon Brittan (1939-), British politician, 1996. Home Secretary, Secretary for Trade and Industry

Leon Brittan has died, aged 75

22 January 2015 14:56

Leon Brittan, a former home secretary under Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 75 following a long battle with cancer. He first entered Parliament in 1974 as the MP for Cleveland… Continue reading

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

SNP still on track to wipeout Labour and Conservatives in May

22 January 2015 10:48

David Cameron is visiting Scotland today to set out his blueprint for Scottish home rule. Might he expect to see a lapse in the nationalist sentiment during his first visit… Continue reading

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Comedian Al Murray is standing for Parliament as 'The Pub Landlord' in South Thanet.

Podcast: Comedy meets politics and Osborne’s 13 tests for No.10

22 January 2015 8:56

Why has politics turned into stand-up comedy? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Andrew Watts and Jesse Norman MP discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how these two… Continue reading

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No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading

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Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in the House chamber at the Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Obama prepares for battle in his sixth State of the Union address

21 January 2015 11:05

If you think British politics is broken, just look across the Atlantic to see how dysfunctional things can really become. Since the Republicans seized control of the Senate in November,… Continue reading

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Last Minute Canvassing Takes Place Before Tomorrow's Crucial Elections

Green Party up to 11 per cent in latest Ashcroft poll

19 January 2015 17:06

After overtaking Ukip in membership stakes, the Greens are now snapping at its heels in the polls. According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll, 11 per cent are now intending to vote Green… Continue reading

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Watch: Green leader Natalie Bennett backs Cameron on TV debates

19 January 2015 13:18

What are you afraid of boys? The Green Party posed this question on Westminster’s College Green this morning as they launched a new poster campaign (driven around on pedal bikes, natch) calling… Continue reading

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Podcast: saving Islam from Islamists and the impact of the Greek elections in Britain

15 January 2015 8:25

Is it time for Islam to confront Islamists? On this week’s Spectator podcast, Qanta Ahmed discusses in the wake of the attack of Charlie Hebdo why this might happen — as well as… Continue reading

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Al Murray standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet

14 January 2015 15:56

Nigel Farage will now have to compete for space at the bar with comedian Al Murray, who has announced he will stand for Parliament in South Thanet, as The Pub Landlord for the… Continue reading

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Commuters wait behind barriers to ender the underground at Victoria rail station during a one day strike by bus drivers in London on Janurary 13, 2015

Today’s strikes in London highlight why we need trade union reforms

13 January 2015 15:53

Londoners were not a happy bunch this morning. Aside from the cold, wet weather, two-thirds of the capital’s buses were not running — thanks to a strike arranged by trade union Unite.… Continue reading

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An anomaly or new trend? Tories six points ahead in latest Ashcroft poll

12 January 2015 18:15

What is going on with the opinion polls? In his first national poll of 2015, Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives six points ahead of Labour at 34 per cent —… Continue reading

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Members of the French police special forces evacuate hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015.

Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects killed and four hostages dead after supermarket raid

9 January 2015 17:52

Reports are coming in from AFP that the two hostage situations in France are over. The Kouachi brothers, who are suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, were killed in a raid on… Continue reading

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What will happen if either Cameron or Miliband win a majority?

Podcast: the 2015 campaign begins, Charlie Hebdo and Britain’s A&E crisis

8 January 2015 7:09

Will the next Parliament be impossible to handle? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Compass’ Neal Lawson discuss the latest Spectator cover feature on the challenges facing Ed… Continue reading

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Five constituencies to watch in the 2015 election

7 January 2015 17:12

Politicians and commentators of all varieties agree: the next election is nigh-on impossible to predict. Even the grand Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft has refused to publicly say what he thinks,… Continue reading

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Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Hackney MP Diane Abbott. Photo: Getty.

Jim Murphy vs. Diane Abbott: will Miliband rein him in?

6 January 2015 17:51

How far will Jim Murphy be allowed to go? Yesterday, the Scottish Labour leader proposed funding extra nurses through the Mansion Tax — something his colleagues south of the border… Continue reading

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Mark Pritchard speaking outside of Parliament today. Photo: BBC.

Mark Pritchard calls for law change on the anonymity of rape suspects

6 January 2015 11:10

Mark Pritchard, the Conservative MP for The Wrekin, is no longer being investigated by the Met. In a statement, the Met said: ‘A 48-year-old man voluntarily attended a north London… Continue reading

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The economic dossiers released by the Tories and Labour today.

Read the two election campaign dossiers from Labour and the Tories

5 January 2015 14:57

There’s 121 days to go till the General Election and the two main parties have released reports attacking each others plans for the economy. You can read them both here:… Continue reading

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The best of The Spectator in 2014

31 December 2014 14:00

2014 has been a fantastic year for the The Spectator online. Over the last 12 months, 13 million people have visited 40 million pages on this website. Our Scottish referendum coverage attracted record-breaking traffic… Continue reading

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Matthew Parris, Isabel Hardman, Fraser Nelson, Douglas Murray, Damian Thompson and James Forsyth look back on 2014 in our end of year special podcast.

Podcast special: end of year roundup and predictions for 2015 and the general election

30 December 2014 15:00

2014 is drawing to close, so it’s time for our annual end of year podcast — looking back on an exhilarating year both in Britain and abroad. James Forsyth reflects on the Scottish referendum… Continue reading

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