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David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50
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The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron delivered some of his most direct attacks on Miliband yet.… Continue reading

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

27 March 2015 9:31
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.

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

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Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07
A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

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Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55
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The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Alex Salmond says SNP will back Labour unconditionally

25 March 2015 13:40
" it would look less like partnership and more like a Stephen King novel with Miliband tied to his parliamentary bed by the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act"

“Would you like a glass of pink champagne?” asks Alex Salmond at 3.30pm, sounding very much like a man settling down for the afternoon. It’s Monday and Scotland’s former First… Continue reading

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

23 March 2015 23:51
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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

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When will voters really tune into the election campaign?

22 March 2015 10:33
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With just over six weeks to go to polling day, the mood of the parties is now largely determined by the opinion polls. This morning’s crop are a mixed bunch.… Continue reading

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Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53
The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading

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Main parties seem rather old and tired, say voters

20 March 2015 15:41
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Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with negative campaigning (though surely there’s something a bit wrong about being inaccurate). But when parties pontificate about crafting messages of hope and avoiding smears and… Continue reading

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Labour launches scary NHS attack poster

20 March 2015 11:05
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The post-Budget attack lines for Labour were clear in Ed Miliband’s speech on Wednesday: his party will allege that the Tories have a ‘secret plan that dare not speak its… Continue reading

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Tories ahead again in first post-Budget poll 

19 March 2015 23:55
David Cameron And George Osborne on February 5, 2015 in Leeds, England.

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

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Labour’s aggressive election campaign was evident in Miliband’s Budget response

18 March 2015 16:10
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Ed Miliband didn’t produce a spectacular response to the Budget, but neither did he have a bad outing at the despatch box. It was certainly better than his performance last… Continue reading

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Labour and Lib Dems welcome ‘progress’ on TV debates

17 March 2015 17:14
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So both Labour and the Lib Dems have responded to the TV debates with caution and enthusiasm respectively. A Labour spokesman said ‘based on the broadcasters’ proposals we have accepted… Continue reading

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

17 March 2015 11:00
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

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

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Four polls show that neither Conservatives nor Labour are pulling ahead

16 March 2015 23:16
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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

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Ed Miliband rules out a formal coalition with the SNP — but a deal could still be on the cards

16 March 2015 14:11
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Ed Miliband has today ruled out a formal coalition between Labour and the SNP. Labour hope that this will draw the sting from Tory claims that if you vote Labour,… 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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Ed speaks some human

12 March 2015 21:44
Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty Images.

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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The abolition of anti-discrimination laws would prove how tolerant Britain had become

12 March 2015 11:33
Nigel Farage has said he would get rid of 'irrelevant' anti-discrimination laws (Photo: Getty)

My mum once told me about a man she knew who’d come from a poor background and had no luck finding a job. He’d applied for over 400 positions but… Continue reading

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Exclusive: the NHS report that Labour tried to block

11 March 2015 18:12
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It emerged this morning that Labour MPs took the extraordinary step of blocking the publication of the Health Select Committee report into the NHS – because the conclusions backed up… Continue reading

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The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

11 March 2015 11:42
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light up in a way that suggest a chemical reaction has… Continue reading

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Justine Miliband rushes to her husband’s defence

10 March 2015 17:49
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Justine Miliband has given an interview to the BBC, a sort of ‘back my husband, my hero’ contribution to the Labour election campaign. She starts by talking about the pressures… Continue reading

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Tories ahead by four points, according to two pollsters

10 March 2015 8:34
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Are the polls beginning to swing consistently towards the Conservatives? Two polls out yesterday have the Tories ahead by four points. In its latest poll for The Sun, YouGov has the Conservatives on 35 per cent,… Continue reading

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A masterclass in dodging questions from Philip Hammond and Caroline Flint

8 March 2015 11:50
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Two politicians put in very assured and impressive performances on Marr this morning – if you can include nimbly dodging questions that you don’t want to answer ‘impressive’. of course,… Continue reading

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