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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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‘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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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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Labour Leader Ed Miliband leaves Methodist Central Hall after paying a short visit ahead of tonight's Live TV debate on April 16, 2015 in London, England.

Why Ed Miliband is taking part in tonight’s TV debate

16 April 2015 18:16

Tonight Ed Miliband takes one of the big risks of the campaign. He debates with Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett. All of these leaders will be… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Where the next generation of MPs think the burden of cuts should fall

16 April 2015 16:16

What do the next generation of MPs think with regards to public services, government spending and taxes? Coffee House has got its hands on new research by Ipsos MORI on… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour keeping policies up their sleeves

16 April 2015 15:45

Three weeks from now, people will be voting and the parties will just be getting a sense of how this election is shaking out. But in a sign of how… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Labour aide picks up Ed Miliband’s drink bill

16 April 2015 15:01

Taking a break from preparing for tonight’s debate, Ed Miliband has been out about in Hornsey, north London. Trying to look normal by visiting Riley’s Cafe (with an entourage and… Continue reading

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Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

Labour MP suggests Ed Miliband is not speaking frankly about NHS spending

16 April 2015 13:38

This morning Sir David Nicholson criticised Ed Miliband for failing to commit an extra £8 billion a year towards the NHS. The former head of the NHS said that Labour needed to… Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg Visits New Bagpuss Pop-up Shop

Tories are consolidating while Labour are extending leads in key marginals

14 April 2015 16:14

Lord Ashcroft has released his latest round of polling, looking at ten competitive Tory-Labour seats. In all of the constituencies, Ashcroft has reported swings to Labour, ranging from 0.5 per cent… 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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Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, gestures as he unveils the party's 2015 general election manifesto in Manchester, U.K., on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Ed Miliband resorts to begging as Labour supporters hiss at hacks

13 April 2015 18:10

As regular readers will be aware, Mr S has tracked the growing hostility toward the press at Labour Party events. Today’s manifesto launch was no different. The Labour leader took… Continue reading

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Music to the SNP’s ears: Vote Labour, get more austerity

13 April 2015 17:31

As Jim Murphy tries to turn back the SNP surge, he has been arguing that a Labour government wouldn’t result in endless austerity. He has repeatedly cited the Institute for… Continue reading

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Members of the Shadow Cabinet (L) listen as Ed Miliband (R), the leader of the Labour Party, launches his party's general election manifesto in the Old Granada Studios in Manchester, Northern England on April 13, 2015.

Ten things you need to know about Labour’s manifesto

13 April 2015 15:45

Labour has launched its election manifesto in Manchester today, entitled ‘Britain can be better’. The document (pdf here) includes some new policies and others already announced. Here are ten key… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, gestures as he unveils the party's 2015 general election manifesto in Manchester, U.K., on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Why Labour’s bold manifesto move won’t work

13 April 2015 13:49

Labour’s manifesto is the most daring move of this campaign so far. The party has decided to try and address one of its biggest weaknesses on page 1 of the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, launches his party's general election manifesto in the Old Granada Studios in Manchester, northwest England on April 13, 2015.

Is Labour really wise to take on the Tories on the economy?

13 April 2015 12:46

Ed Miliband gave a good, forceful, well-received speech at Labour’s manifesto launch this morning. It couldn’t have been anything else, given how close we are to polling day. There were… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband addresses activists as he launches the party's health manifesto at The Guiseley Theatre on April 11, 2015 in Leeds.

Campaign kick-off: 24 days to go

13 April 2015 8:54

The third week of the campaign is going to be all about manifestos. Today, it’s Labour’s turn to launch its plan — while the Tories, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and Greens… 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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The Sun gets cold feet about Labour

11 April 2015 10:00

Earlier this month the Sun‘s election website ran a story about their plans to back Labour. In the online article, they teased that the paper was backing Labour, something which would come… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Deficit? What deficit? Labour candidates ignore key issue

10 April 2015 16:06

Ed Miliband famously forgot to mention the deficit in his 2014 conference speech, but you would have thought that at least some prospective Labour MPs consider it to be a… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Labour admit journalists ‘are people too’

10 April 2015 14:11

Is Labour’s war on the media finally over? After Mr S reported this week that journalists were jeered for asking questions at a Tony Blair event, relations between the party and… Continue reading

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Is Ed Miliband really prepared to risk £8.27 billion on an election stunt?

10 April 2015 11:57

It’s a common assumption that non-doms pay little tax. It’s certainly an assumption made by Ed Miliband, who has announced plans to scrap the non-dom status for long-term residents. ‘There are 116,000 non-doms costing… Continue reading

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