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The coming battle for legitimacy

18 April 2015 13:10
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Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

17 April 2015 9:38
Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage after the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London..

The third week of the election campaign looks set to end with a day of reflection. Last night’s opposition leaders’ debate provided plenty of things to ponder, not least how… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59
Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with Evan Davis this evening. Clegg said that he wouldn’t go… Continue reading

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Watch: Green Party releases quirky PPB with spoof boy band ‘Coalition’

8 April 2015 15:47
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The party political broadcasts of this campaign have been pretty dull. Until the Green Party released its video entitled ‘Change The Tune’ this afternoon, that is. The Greens suggest that… Continue reading

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Why all this talk of a hung parliament could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

6 April 2015 17:18
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In a close campaign, you would normally expect the smaller parties to get squeezed as voters decided that is really a choice between Labour and the Tories. But this time,… Continue reading

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

26 March 2015 9:12
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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

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

24 March 2015 17:24
Has four years of government killed the Lib Dems? Illustration: Jonathan Cusick.

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

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The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46
Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too. In interviews with The Mail and The Times this morning,… Continue reading

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A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

18 March 2015 15:11
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander outside 11 Downing Street, London, before heading to the House of Commons to deliver his annual Budget statement.

Here is a preview of James Forsyth’s political column from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were… Continue reading

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The Coalition is drawing to an end in a surprisingly civil manner

17 March 2015 9:08
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It’s the last Budget before the election tomorrow and there are just a few days left of the Coalition. Which is why it is hardly surprising that a few of… Continue reading

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

16 March 2015 18:57
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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

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Nick Clegg: The Liberal Democrats are the continuity choice at the election

15 March 2015 14:52
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The Liberal Democrats sense an opportunity in all this speculation about who the Tories and Labour would do deals with in the event of a hung parliament. They believe that… Continue reading

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How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33
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George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by talks of post-election deals rather than the contents of the… Continue reading

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A Vince intervention that will please the Tories

14 March 2015 13:15
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Later today, Vince Cable will launch his traditional conference attack on the Tories. He’ll denounce them for their positions on Europe and immigration. But his pre-conference interview in The Guardian… Continue reading

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Ed speaks some human

12 March 2015 21:44
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When Ed Miliband ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, his supporters boasted that he spoke human. Tonight, in a question time session with a group of young people broadcast… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Government to introduce gender pay gap legislation after Coalition row

6 March 2015 19:17
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This story was first published in tonight’s Evening Blend email, a free round-up and analysis of the day’s political events. Sign up here. Over the past few weeks, Coalition ministers… Continue reading

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How bad are things for the Liberal Democrats?

19 February 2015 20:00
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One of the most remarkable things about this parliament is how the Liberal Democrats have continued to hold their nerve in the face of truly dire poll ratings. Now, partly… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tories could only rely on Lib Dem ministers in second coalition

10 February 2015 8:56
Nick Clegg and David Cameron

Tories in Downing Street have concluded that they cannot rely on the support of any Liberal Democrats who are not ministers after the General Election, Coffee House has learned. Even… Continue reading

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Will anyone be able to govern Britain after the next election?

8 February 2015 10:35
Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

With every week that goes by, the more likely it is that the next election could result in a stalemate with neither Labour nor the Tories able to put together… Continue reading

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Could Britain cope with a minority Coalition government?

21 January 2015 17:32
Conservative MP Douglas Carswell Defects To UKIP

For all the obsessing about whether Nick Clegg would prefer to be in government with the Tories or Labour after the next election, there is very little discussion of what… Continue reading

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What will the Lib Dem ‘red line’ on a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ mean for a future coalition?

13 January 2015 8:55
Nick Clegg and David Cameron

One of the obsessions that will only get worse over the next few months – along with checking every poll that comes out every day to see whether you’re six… Continue reading

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Five reasons why winning in May won’t be that much better than losing

8 January 2015 14:28
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Defeat in May would be dire for either Cameron or Miliband. It would end their political career in ignominious failure. But winning would not be much better: they would be… Continue reading

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Cameron avoids a New Year slip-up

4 January 2015 13:50
Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

In 2010, David Cameron stumbled in his first New Year broadcast interview over the Tory plans for a married couple’s tax allowance. This slip-up knocked him and his party off… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

17 December 2014 16:53
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Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t 2020. Ed Miliband quoted the OBR and claimed that the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s PMQs challenge

10 December 2014 8:56
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Nick Clegg is taking Prime Minister’s Questions today, which will at least force the Lib Dem leader to turn up to a major Commons session, rather than bunking off to… Continue reading

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