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Andrew Marr admits the BBC misquoted David Cameron on foxhunting

20 April 2015 19:21

After Mr S’s colleague Camilla Swift wrote of the Twitterstorm that engulfed David Cameron after Andrew Marr claimed on air that the PM had declared foxhunting to be his favourite sport, the presenter has… Continue reading

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

Tories in the lead according to ICM and Lord Ashcroft

20 April 2015 16:45

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

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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The Green Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

What’s more disturbing than a group of discredited old Nazis? The Green Party

20 April 2015 16:05

Yesterday’s Mail on Sunday had an interesting account of a meeting in London of Nazis, neo-Nazis, British National Party types and anti—Semites of various other hues. The paper infiltrated the meeting and exposed… Continue reading

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Doesn't she know you aren't meant to talk to grassroots activists? (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

Five rules of politics that Nicola Sturgeon has broken

20 April 2015 12:39

Nicola Sturgeon met my Auntie Patsy over the weekend, then was kind enough to tweet a picture of their encounter (below). Seeing her sandwiched between the two people most likely… Continue reading

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SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

A vote for the SNP is a vote for a Labour government

20 April 2015 11:31

For decades now the SNP have thirsted for the moment when they can be ‘relevant’ to the outcome of a Westminster general election. Well, they have that relevance now. Never before has… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband was ‘absolutely terrified’ by hen party, bless him

20 April 2015 9:57

Over the weekend, Mr S brought you the unlikely tale of the Labour leader becoming a pin-up for a brood of hens on a night out in Chester. Sadly his… Continue reading

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

Campaign kick-off: 17 days to go

20 April 2015 8:51

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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Not every young person cares about this guy (Photo: Carl Court/Getty)

Young votes are there to be won but politicians don’t seem interested

19 April 2015 14:12

If I had a penny for every time a politician or a journalist insinuated that of all the issues facing Britain in the 21st century, public transport was the thing… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

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

19 April 2015 13:25

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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Nicola Sturgeon sets out roadmap to a second referendum

19 April 2015 10:07

Most politicians are having a miserable election, but not so Nicola Sturgeon. Her party is terrifying Labour in Scotland, she has put in very strong performances in the TV debates,… Continue reading

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Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously

19 April 2015 9:14

You have to hand it to Justine Thornton. After her interview, where she alerted the world to Red Ed’s status as a bit of a boulevardier having secretly dated the… Continue reading

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Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

18 April 2015 18:34

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading

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Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

Jim Murphy, Douglas Alexander and Charles Kennedy set to lose seats as SNP march continues

17 April 2015 17:47

Labour’s efforts to stem the nationalist tide in Scotland aren’t working. Lord Ashcroft has polled eight marginals north of the border and the results confirm that the SNP is on course… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage outside Northern and Shell Media Group, which is owned by Richard Desmond (Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

45 million reasons why donations to political parties are dodgy as hell

17 April 2015 17:23

If I had a spare £1 million swashing about in my bank account or down the back of the sofa, I am pretty sure I could come up with, give… Continue reading

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‘Naughty’ Nicola Sturgeon reveals the saucy portrait that hangs in her home

17 April 2015 17:02

Nicola Sturgeon’s style transformation over the past decade has been well-documented. The Mail on Sunday journalist Liz Jones went so far as to suggest that she had gone from being… Continue reading

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Sol Campbell in the new Operation Black Vote campaign

Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might be a blinged-up billionaire with more yachts than most people… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Attends A Public Meeting In Clacton-On-Sea

Is Douglas Carswell avoiding the HIV question — or should he be given a break?

17 April 2015 13:38

Does Douglas Carswell agree with Nigel Farage’s controversial comments on treating foreigners with HIV? When I asked the Ukip leader, Farage responded ‘Yeah of course, he thinks we should have a… Continue reading

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It takes guts to stick it to the stuck-up BBC audience

17 April 2015 13:10

I thought Farage was rather good in that debate yesterday. It’s about time someone stuck it to the bovine, self-important, audiences – it takes a bit of guts to do… Continue reading

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The BBC debate confirmed some unhelpful female stereotypes

17 April 2015 12:26

If I were a nicer person, I suppose I’d have been rather more moved by what the Independent called the moment that summed up last night’s leaders debate, the ‘beautiful group hug’… Continue reading

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Farage, the debate audience wasn’t left-wing but it was affected by groupthink

17 April 2015 10:12

The BBC opposition leaders’ debate wasn’t great political theatre, but it did turn into a fascinating experiment in human behaviour. A third of the way through, Nigel Farage suddenly imploded,… Continue reading

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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..

Campaign kick-off: 20 days to go

17 April 2015 9:38

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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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation

17 April 2015 8:40

Missing from my column this week, for reasons of space etc, was this simple point: I am a Socialist. I am not a liberal. Liberalism, or what it has become,… Continue reading

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Labour Party leader Ed Miiband, Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Ukip leader Nigel Farage during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015 at Central Hall Westminster, London. Photo: PA.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the opposition leaders’ TV debate

16 April 2015 23:23

Ed Miliband managed to surpass expectations in tonight’s opposition leaders’ debate. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final televised… Continue reading

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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..

Ed Miliband’s gamble paid off but the Scottish question still haunts him

16 April 2015 22:56

Ed Miliband took a risk by turning up to this debate and until the last question it looked like it had definitely paid off. Miliband avoided conceding too much to… Continue reading

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