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election 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband.

Majority of voters want Cameron as PM — but would prefer a Labour government

27 January 2015 18:51

What do the British public want from their government after 2015? Well, unless things are really going to shift in British politics in the next few weeks, they still want… Continue reading

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100 days till polling day: the Tories are just ahead but anything could happen

27 January 2015 12:17

Today marks 100 days till the election — so how is the race looking? Still very close, according to the most recent opinion polls. In three polls released over the… Continue reading

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David Cameron talks to apprentices at the  Great Manchester Skillcentre who are on the apprenticeship training programme. October 5, 2009.

David Cameron should support work through tax cuts, not more apprenticeships

27 January 2015 9:00

In a Telegraph interview, David Cameron today pledges to cut the welfare cap – to £23,000 from £26,000 – to fund another three million apprentice places. He says that this:-… Continue reading

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Ladbrokes’ election guru should stick to politics (and avoid football)

26 January 2015 18:42

Politics nerds are obsessing over every single nugget of information about the election. Ladbrokes seems to be offering a rich bounty, set by Matthew Shaddick, the company’s in-house ‘Head of Political… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

Five points from Nigel Farage’s interview on Marr

25 January 2015 12:12

First Cameron, then Miliband – now it was Nigel Farage’s turn to be granted the status of a January interview on the Marr sofa. And there was plenty to discuss: the Sunday… Continue reading

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Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP

23 January 2015 15:07

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading

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I can’t stand the Green Party but they probably deserve their place in the TV debates

23 January 2015 10:58

An email arrives from the excellent Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist and leftyagitfem middle-class propagandist. It requests that I should sign a round-robin petition to ensure that the Green Party is… Continue reading

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Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests?

23 January 2015 8:00

Before George Osborne took to wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he used to revel in his status as a political insider. In 2004, he wrote a piece for The… Continue reading

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The DUP leader, Peter Robinson.

If you’re going to have seven parties in the TV debates, you’ve got to include the DUP

22 January 2015 16:37

Having seven parties in two of the TV debates, as the broadcasters are reportedly proposing, is an admission that what matters is not whether the party will provide the Prime… Continue reading

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with David Cameron in her office at the Scottish Parliament (Photo: Andrew Milligan/Getty)

UK and Scottish governments already at each other’s throats over extra devolution

22 January 2015 15:25

It didn’t take long. In fact, the tweet from Nicola Sturgeon appeared soon after Alistair Carmichael had started speaking this morning. Smith clauses publication welcome – but doesn’t include a… Continue reading

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Here’s why nobody has been able to verify the ‘Green Surge’ membership numbers

22 January 2015 13:39

‘The Green Surge’ has already become a fixed feature of the election campaign, but are we just reliving the giant damp squib of ‘Cleggmania’? According to Green Party officials, their… Continue reading

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Comedian Al Murray is standing for Parliament as 'The Pub Landlord' in South Thanet.

Podcast: Comedy meets politics and Osborne’s 13 tests for No.10

22 January 2015 8:56

Why has politics turned into stand-up comedy? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Andrew Watts and Jesse Norman MP discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on how these two… Continue reading

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No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading

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Welcome to the completely bonkers world of the Green Party manifesto

21 January 2015 15:14

I was about to shut down my computer last night when I made the mistake of clicking on an article about the Green Party’s manifesto, possibility the scariest thing since… Continue reading

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Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49

With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now and 7 May. The starting gun has been fired and the… Continue reading

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Watch: Green leader Natalie Bennett backs Cameron on TV debates

19 January 2015 13:18

What are you afraid of boys? The Green Party posed this question on Westminster’s College Green this morning as they launched a new poster campaign (driven around on pedal bikes, natch) calling… Continue reading

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Will South Thanet care that Al Murray has a gig in Dartford on election night?

19 January 2015 13:00

On election night, Al Murray will not be in South Thanet as is the usual custom among candidate hopefuls. Instead, the 46-year-old comedian will be performing a gig in Dartford. Despite… Continue reading

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Parties stick in comfort zones for another Monday of campaigning

19 January 2015 9:19

It’s another election Monday and the three parties are still hanging about in their comfort zones, even though they appear to have moved on to other topics. David Cameron is… Continue reading

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Al Murray standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet

14 January 2015 15:56

Nigel Farage will now have to compete for space at the bar with comedian Al Murray, who has announced he will stand for Parliament in South Thanet, as The Pub Landlord for the… Continue reading

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One of the 2010 election debates.

The debate about TV debates dominated today’s PMQs

14 January 2015 13:23

PMQs today was dominated by the debate about debates. After a few statesmanlike questions about the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Miliband started to needle Cameron about his reluctance… Continue reading

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Osborne Balls street fight

Did Richard Curtis script today’s showdown between Osborne and Balls?

13 January 2015 18:10

Even though they ended up walking through the lobbies together (though not hand in hand, skipping, sadly), Ed Balls and George Osborne still managed to have the sort of Commons… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage speaking at a press conference in Westminster this afternoon. Photo:  Mary Turner/Getty Images

Nigel Farage: a two-bit demagogue and believer in lazy ‘Root Causes’

13 January 2015 15:29

Nigel Farage has performed a useful public service this week. Yes, really, he has. The UKIP leader, you see, is a believer in Root Causes. He is, in fact, a Root… Continue reading

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Has anyone seen Nigel Farage?

13 January 2015 11:16

‘Ukip seems to have imploded,’ one ‘mainstream’ politician remarked to me yesterday. ‘We haven’t heard anything from them.’ True, Ukip have been rather quiet since Christmas, but anyone in the… Continue reading

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F***gate: How will the Tories deal with Flick Drummond’s campaign posters?

13 January 2015 8:00

Flick Drummond’s campaign to win a Conservative seat in Portsmouth South has hit a bump in the road. Word reaches Mr S that plans for a set of campaign posters… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

An anomaly or new trend? Tories six points ahead in latest Ashcroft poll

12 January 2015 18:15

What is going on with the opinion polls? In his first national poll of 2015, Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives six points ahead of Labour at 34 per cent —… Continue reading

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