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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband (L) is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman of Channel 4 during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Miliband’s performance last night vindicates the Tories’ strategy of no head-to-head debates

27 March 2015 9:31

David Cameron and Ed Miliband both ‘won’ last night’s TV Q&A session. The Prime Minister put in a decent performance and came out ahead in the snap poll. But Miliband exceeded expectations, albeit… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Cameron/Miliband Q&A

27 March 2015 0:17

According to the snap polls, David Cameron was victorious in the first TV ‘debate’ — but Ed Miliband didn’t do too badly either. In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading

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Is the era of stable government over?

26 March 2015 18:33

Everyone agrees: the outcome of this election is impossible to predict. But are we witnessing the end of the stable, two-party system of government we’ve become used to? On Monday, the… Continue reading

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Vince Cable shows how the Lib Dems plan to squeeze the Tories on Europe

26 March 2015 14:59

Vince Cable has made some ambiguous comments in the chamber this morning about an EU referendum. At the last business questions of this Parliament, the shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna… Continue reading


Podcast: Cameron’s second coalition dream and the problems of the sharing economy

26 March 2015 9:12

David Cameron is secretly planning for a second coalition, according to the new Spectator. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Miranda Green discuss the possibility of another Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition after the… Continue reading

Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks as Prime Minister David Cameron is questioned by MPs in the House of Commons.

Today could be the last time David Cameron and Ed Miliband ever go head to head

25 March 2015 9:10

PMQs at midday today essentially marks the end of this Parliament. Although Parliament won’t formally dissolve until Monday, very little of consequence will happen in the next few days.The main topics for… Continue reading

Has four years of government killed the Lib Dems? Illustration: Jonathan Cusick.

Vince Cable’s attack on Tim Farron is a sign of the Lib Dem bloodshed to come

24 March 2015 17:24

Another day, another senior Liberal Democrat takes a pop at Tim Farron. After Farron publicly marked the party’s leadership ‘two out of ten’ for its handling of the coalition, the knives have… Continue reading


Podcast special: David Cameron’s accidental pre-resignation

24 March 2015 10:04

What to make of David Cameron’s announcement that this will be the last time he leads the Tories into battle? Cock-up or conspiracy? In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading


David Cameron has made the first gaffe of the 2015 campaign — and handed Labour an opportunity

24 March 2015 9:25

Did the Prime Minister mean to say it or not? That question will be on the lips of pundits and politicos over the next few days as everyone attempts to figure out what… Continue reading


Still no lead: Tories and Labour tied in two new polls

23 March 2015 23:51

Two polls out today have the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck, while another has Labour ahead by two points. Lord Ashcroft’s national poll has the two main parties at 33 per cent… Continue reading

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Mini Election: Sajid Javid on appealing to ethnic minorities and negative campaigning

23 March 2015 15:51

The Conservative party still doesn’t attract enough ethnic minorities. In this week’s Mini Election video, I visit Essex to speak to the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid about what the Tories… Continue reading


Another poll suggests Labour wipeout in Scotland

23 March 2015 12:14

Will the SNP eviscerate Scottish Labour? A new poll from the Guardian/ICM today suggests once again that the SNP is on course to do very well in the upcoming general… Continue reading

Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Mini Election: Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz discusses fighting a three way marginal

20 March 2015 16:11

Will the Liberal Democrats make any gains in the London suburbs at the upcoming election? In the latest Mini Election video, I went to Hampstead & Kilburn to speak to… Continue reading

Nigel Farage leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrates with candidate Janice Atkinson, left, as he hears the results of the south east region European Parliamentary Election vote at the Guildhall in Southampton, England, Monday, May 26, 2014.

Janice Atkinson is just the latest example of Ukip’s persistent problem with candidates

20 March 2015 12:35

Ukip is in crisis once again. Today’s Sun reveals that Janice Atkinson, an MEP for the South East and PPC for Folkestone and Hythe, has been suspended and may face a police enquiry over… Continue reading

David Cameron And George Osborne on February 5, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Tories ahead again in first post-Budget poll 

19 March 2015 23:55

The Tories have pushed ahead of Labour again after George Osborne’s successful Budget. In tonight’s poll from YouGov/The Sun, the Conservatives are ahead by two points on 35 per cent… Continue reading

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, smiles as he carries the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget as he leaves 11 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Budget 2015: five things you need to know about the IFS analysis

19 March 2015 16:00

Did George Osborne hide any surprises in yesterday’s Budget? The Institute for Fiscal Studies delivered its post-budget analysis this afternoon and presented a generally positive picture — noting that, as expected, the… Continue reading


Podcast: George Osborne’s 2015 budget, the jobs miracle and shooting squirrels

19 March 2015 8:57

Has George Osborne produced a successful Budget? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the last major act of this Parliament and what it means for the… Continue reading

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, centre, stands with the H.M. Treasury team.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the 2015 Budget

18 March 2015 17:23

George Osborne has delivered the last budget of this Parliament, was it a success? In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the Chancellor’s speech and… Continue reading

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Are the Conservatives really running the most ‘positive possible campaign’?

18 March 2015 11:45

While the nation is on tenterhooks for the 2015 Budget, the Tories have filled the news gap this morning with a new attack video. As you can watch above, Conservative HQ… Continue reading


Poll of key marginal seats finds swing towards Labour

17 March 2015 15:07

Are the Conservatives or Labour wining the ground war in marginal seats? Lord Ashcroft has polled eight key constituencies — of which seven are currently held by Conservatives and one by Labour — that he… Continue reading

Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Douglas Alexander: Facebook makes it more difficult for politicians to campaign

17 March 2015 11:00

Labour is struggling to win back voters in Scotland because of social media conspiracy theories that are difficult to debunk, the party’s campaign chief said this morning. Speaking at a… Continue reading


Four polls show that neither Conservatives nor Labour are pulling ahead

16 March 2015 23:16

Another week, another set of polls that put Labour and the Tories on an almost level footing. In his weekly national poll, Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives two points ahead… Continue reading


Tories will continue Labour/SNP attacks, despite Miliband’s comments

16 March 2015 18:57

Labour has decreed today it won’t go into a formal coalition with the SNP, but this won’t stop the Tories from attacking Ed Miliband over the possibility. Despite Miliband’s proclamation… Continue reading


Nigel Farage is right: he has to win in South Thanet

16 March 2015 14:49

Can Nigel Farage survive as leader of Ukip if he doesn’t become an MP? Although he stood in South Thanet ten years ago — and gained a meagre 5 per… Continue reading

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Mini Election: Jacob Rees-Mogg on re-election in North East Somerset and being a Tory stereotype

13 March 2015 13:22

Is Jacob Rees-Mogg confident about reelection in North East Somerset? For the latest Mini Election video, I visited the West Country to speak to Jacob (and his son Peter) about his… Continue reading