2015 general election

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Cautious Miliband doesn’t want to talk about borrowing

20 April 2015 20:57

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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David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

John Major to enter the electoral fray this week

19 April 2015 13:02

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 on the Sunday Politics this morning. Photo: BBC.

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

19 April 2015 12:23

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

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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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

The coming battle for legitimacy

18 April 2015 13:10

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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The Ukip pledge that other parties may well adopt

15 April 2015 16:20

One of the Ukip manifesto pledges that’s making certain types a bit grumpy today is a pledge to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Unite has said that… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

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

13 April 2015 20:59

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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This week, the Tories must seize the initiative

12 April 2015 12:45

Even Tory insiders admit that while they broadly had the better of the first week of the campaign, Labour had the better of the week just gone.  This makes it… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Tories try to use their lead on the economy to bolster their position on the NHS

12 April 2015 10:39

The Tories believe that their record in government and their lead on economic competence means that they can set out spending commitments without having to set out precisely how they… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

What’s going on in Scotland

11 April 2015 11:04

If the election in England is the political equivalent of trench warfare with Labour and the Tories inching forwards and then back, what’s going on in Scotland is a rout… Continue reading

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The referendum is still defining Scottish politics

8 April 2015 18:07

One of the most striking things about Scotland is how the referendum still dominates politics here. I’ve seen more Yes posters and stickers than I’ve seen posters for any political… Continue reading

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The docks at Great Grismby. Photo: Isabel Hardman.

Why is Nigel Farage in Grimsby instead of battling for South Thanet?

8 April 2015 11:49

Nigel Farage is in Great Grimsby today, campaigning with Ukip candidate Victoria Ayling. The last Ashcroft poll focusing on Great Grimsby put Ukip behind Labour by one point, and that… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s press conference leaves questions unanswered

7 April 2015 12:29

This is supposed to be the week when people start thinking about the General Election. George Osborne certainly thinks voters are only just switching on as he used his press… 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

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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David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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Britain might want a holiday from history, but we’re not going to get one

4 April 2015 11:06

The more I think about the debate on Thursday night, the more I think it was a disgrace that there was no question on either defence or Britain’s role in… Continue reading

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece. Why is that, and what is the future of Christianity in… Continue reading

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Five things to watch for during tonight’s debate

2 April 2015 13:00

1) Can Natalie Bennett do enough to spark another Green surge? After Natalie Bennett’s infamous ‘brain fade’ the Green surge faded away. The media stopped giving the Greens the attention… Continue reading

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A Cabinet of losers?

1 April 2015 14:01

Here’s an interesting factoid. We have gone the longest time since any serving Cabinet Minister has lost their seat… ever. Seven were booted out in 1997, most famously Defence Secretary… Continue reading

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Will there be a late swing to the Tories?

1 April 2015 12:29

Perhaps, the biggest question of this campaign is whether the Tories will gain support in the next five and a bit weeks. If they don’t, Cameron will almost certainly lose… Continue reading

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The confusion of Ukip’s immigration policy

31 March 2015 17:09

Immigration is a pretty important driver for voters who turn to Ukip. So you would have imagined that the party might have spent a while really making sure that its… Continue reading

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Can Natalie Bennett exceed expectations on Thursday night?

31 March 2015 12:09

Few politicians can have gone into a debate with lower expectations than Natalie Bennett. After her ‘brain fade’ on LBC, the Green leader has been roundly written off. There have… Continue reading

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Cameron: It is me or Miliband

30 March 2015 12:55

It is rare for politicians to mention their opponents by name – don’t give them the publicity is the normal approach. But standing in Downing Street just now to announce… Continue reading

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Stakes raised ahead of Thursday night’s debate

29 March 2015 13:00

The stakes have been raised, at least psychologically, for Thursday night’s debate. Today’s YouGov poll has Labour four points ahead, in contrast to a two point Tory lead in their… Continue reading

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Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court. Photo: Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Revealed: Labour candidate’s joke about Oscar Pistorius shooting

23 March 2015 18:02

David Cameron is facing calls from Labour to discipline a local council candidate after they dressed as Oscar Pistorius for a costume party. Gregg Peers – who is standing for the Conservatives… Continue reading

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