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Tories six points ahead in new Ashcroft poll and three points ahead according to ICM

27 April 2015 16:55
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Two new polls out today have the Tories ahead. Lord Ashcroft’s latest national poll says the Conservatives currently have a six point lead at per cent — up two points… Continue reading

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Election podcast special: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 12:30
British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during a UK general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on April 27, 2015.

The general election campaign has entered the final stretch and each day between now and polling day, we’ll be producing a short lunchtime podcast looking at the day’s campaign developments.… Continue reading

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Note from Mandelson’s firm warns that SNP will drag Labour to the left

27 April 2015 10:20
Peter Mandelson. Getty Images.

Peter Mandelson and Ed Miliband appeared to have been undergoing a certain rapprochement during this campaign. Mandelson declared recently that Miliband has ‘way exceeded my expectations‘. But a briefing note… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 9:04
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech on International Development to invited guests at The Almeida Theatre on April 26, 2015 in London.

With just under two weeks to go until polling day, the promises, threats and reassurances will kick up a notch as we enter the final stretch of the campaign. The… Continue reading

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This election will be decided by the undecideds

26 April 2015 13:49
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The polls could hardly be closer than they are at the moment and the parliamentary arithmetic looks like it is going to be remarkably tight, there’ll be only a few… Continue reading

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Miliband avoids the Scottish question

26 April 2015 10:41
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

On the Andrew Marr show this morning, Ed Miliband fended off questions about any post-election deal with the Scottish National Party. He had two lines of defence. First, he said… Continue reading

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Who is rallying behind Ed Miliband: the undecided voters or Labour supporters?

24 April 2015 17:00
Ed Miliband in Ipswich (Photo: Darren Staples/Getty)

As polling day nears, everyone is trying to work out which way undecided voters will break. Contrary to what many predicted, Labour and Ed Miliband have had a pretty decent… Continue reading

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Have the Tories given up on taking seats from Labour?

24 April 2015 16:03
George Osborne and David Cameron pay a visit to Arriva TrainCare mantenance plant  in Crewe (Photo: Toby Melville/Getty)

David Cameron and George Osborne’s campaigning is focused on seats the Tory party wants to hold onto, while Ed Miliband is taking the fight to seats Labour wants to win… Continue reading

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Do Labour voters hate the SNP enough to save the Lib Dems?

24 April 2015 12:36
Jo Swinson in Bishopbriggs

For someone who might be about to lose her seat, Jo Swinson seems very perky as she walks the streets of Bishopbriggs in her constituency. The Lib Dem, who is… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt: Education Secretaries can send their kids private

23 April 2015 16:17
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In the Daily Politics education debate just now on the BBC, Tristram Hunt declared that it was acceptable for an Education Secretary to send their own child to private school.… Continue reading

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Four things you need to know about the IFS’ manifesto analysis

23 April 2015 15:17
Party manifestos for the 2015 General Election campaign. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Nobody’s perfect, are they? The IFS found something to criticise today for all the parties — the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and SNP — whose tax and spending plans it has examined.… Continue reading

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The Conservatives are strategising regional media out of the grid – and it won’t help their cause

23 April 2015 15:02
George Osborne on another factory visit, this time in Leeds. Image: Getty

This has, I think we can all agree, been the most stage-managed election ever. Nobody on a soap box, no punches thrown, no bigoted women. Just a seamless marathon of… Continue reading

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Chris Leslie makes ‘no apology’ for Labour’s focus on the current budget deficit

22 April 2015 17:38
DP economy debate

Senior Labour figures have looked uncomfortable during this campaign when speaking of their own party’s policy on balancing the books – the day-to-day spending books, that is. But this afternoon… Continue reading

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Was food poverty actually higher under the last Labour government?

22 April 2015 14:22
Emergency Food Banks Stretched As More And More People Struggle To Pay Their Bills

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Spectator debate in which Fraser Nelson, William Cash and I will be taking on Owen Jones, Jack Monroe and Molly Scott Cato MEP over the issue… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 15 days to go

22 April 2015 9:05
Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps arrives to meet Conservative party activists as he helps with their canvassing in a residential area of Street on April 2, 2015 in Somerset, England.

The general election campaign is beginning to feel a little staid. Maybe there was too much excitement over the attacks and TV debates, or maybe the parties are running out… Continue reading

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The Tories are gaining momentum with their ‘Labour-SNP pact’ message

21 April 2015 12:12
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Complain all you like about the way the Tories are campaigning at the moment, but it’s getting the message across. The party has hit on the SNP, which is fascinating the… Continue reading

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Cautious Miliband doesn’t want to talk about borrowing

20 April 2015 20:57
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Labour is proposing to balance the current not the overall budget. This is presumably because they think that borrowing to spend money on capital projects is a sensible policy. But… Continue reading

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Tories in the lead according to ICM and Lord Ashcroft

20 April 2015 16:45
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to supporters during the launch of the Welsh Conservative manifesto on April 17, 2015 in Builth Wells, Wales.

The Conservatives are ahead once again in the latest Guardian/ICM poll. They are two points ahead on 34 per cent – but that’s a five point drop since their surprising… Continue reading

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The tension in Labour’s energy policy between prices and decarbonisation

20 April 2015 16:13
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There has always been a tension in Ed Miliband’s energy policy between its aim to get prices down via the price freeze and its desire to decarbonise the electricity market.… Continue reading

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Labour’s gamble for SNP support

20 April 2015 9:54
Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

The SNP launches its manifesto today in Edinburgh. Nicola Sturgeon will be arguing that the policies in the document are for the benefit of the whole of the United Kingdom,… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 17 days to go

20 April 2015 8:51
SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond campaign in the Gordon constituency on April 18, 2015 in Inverurie, Scotland.

The campaign’s focus will swing back to Scotland today, with Nicola Sturgeon launching the SNP’s manifesto in Edinburgh. Ed Miliband is also heading north, to address the Scottish TUC and… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: David Cameron’s ‘fanaticism’ is to blame for Libya migrant crisis

19 April 2015 13:25
Nigel Farage on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Nigel Farage tends to stick to one line on foreign affairs: no more foreign wars. On the Sunday Politics today, the Ukip leader claimed that the migrant crisis and tragedies in the… Continue reading

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John Major to enter the electoral fray this week

19 April 2015 13:02
David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

David Cameron’s inner circle are always keen to talk up the parallels between this campaign and 1992. This week, the winner of that election will enter the fray on their… Continue reading

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Angela Eagle: Labour would speak to other parties to get a Queen’s Speech through

19 April 2015 12:23
Angela Eagle on the Sunday Politics this morning. Photo: BBC.

On the Sunday Politics just now, Angela Eagle shifted Labour’s position on what it would do in the event of a hung parliament. Previously, Labour has insisted that if it… Continue reading

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Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

19 April 2015 10:29
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David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr, the Tory leader repeatedly described the prospect of a Labour… Continue reading

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