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Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory alliance’ in the House of Commons? The Tories are trying… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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Tory backbenchers increasingly reconciled to another coalition

6 May 2015 12:18

Speaking to various senior Conservative backbenchers in the past 24 hours, I’ve been struck by how much support there is for the formation of another coalition. There is a recognition… Continue reading

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If Simon Hughes wins in the Bermondsey seat he first won in 1983, can he really be expected to run for a further term? (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

The Lib Dems struggle to replace old political blood with new

30 April 2015 15:52

The Liberal Democrat resilience in countless marginal seats has confounded many commentators. While perhaps winning half the number of votes as Ukip nationwide, it is far from inconceivable that they will win… Continue reading

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The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading

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Jo Swinson in Bishopbriggs

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

24 April 2015 12:36

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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The polls could decide the fate of the Lib Dems

23 April 2015 11:43

A Lib Dem West Country MP told me at the start of the year that he thought his party would keep his seat if the Tories were broadly ahead in… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem manifesto launch.

Clegg’s offer to voters: I’ll be the Tories’ heart and Labour’s brain

15 April 2015 12:44

The Lib Dem manifesto launch was typically Liberal Democrat. Nick Clegg offered a robust defence of the coalition declaring simply that it ‘worked’. He argued that it had proved the… Continue reading

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Lib Dems launch their manifesto with fairy lights and funky music

15 April 2015 10:06

The Lib Dems are launching their manifesto this morning. In keeping with their whole slightly bizarre national campaign, which has seen Nick Clegg touring the country apparently completing a Bucket… Continue reading

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The General Election 2015 viral video chart

14 April 2015 13:24

Last week, the Greens released ‘Change the Tune’, a party political broadcast on YouTube. It features actors playing Cameron, Clegg, Miliband and Farage all singing in harmony. All four men are indistinguishable… Continue reading

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The truth behind David Cameron’s new inheritance tax policy

12 April 2015 14:10

David Cameron’s new Inheritance tax policy is clearly an important political message of aspiration and family values rather than a policy that will either help many or actually have much… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Two more polls suggest Ed Miliband’s ‘Paxo bounce’ is sliding away

30 March 2015 23:56

Ed Miliband’s so-called ‘Paxo bounce’ in the opinion polls is ebbing away. The polls out this evening have the Conservatives either level pegging with Labour or slightly ahead. Tonight’s latest from YouGov/The Sun… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg is preparing to boast about which Osborne ideas he quashed

18 March 2015 11:55

Nick Clegg is turning up to the Budget today, which is an improvement on the Autumn Statement, which he bunked off in order to hang out in Cornwall with Lib… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.  But why the fuss?  After all, if other… Continue reading

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Labour and Lib Dems welcome ‘progress’ on TV debates

17 March 2015 17:14

So both Labour and the Lib Dems have responded to the TV debates with caution and enthusiasm respectively. A Labour spokesman said ‘based on the broadcasters’ proposals we have accepted… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are getting desperate (but it didn’t have to be this way)

13 March 2015 10:13

I do feel sorry for Danny Alexander. He’ll have been worked off his feet for the Budget due next week but his party then dispatches him to butter up a… Continue reading

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The PM knows the TV debates won’t happen

4 March 2015 17:24

The broadcasters have now said they could be willing to host a TV debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband on another date if that means the programmes will actually… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Nick Clegg complains to Cabinet Secretary about being left out

6 February 2015 16:22

Nick Clegg has complained to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, that he was ignored before a government policy was announced, Coffee House has learned. The Deputy Prime Minister was… Continue reading

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Why does the battle for gay rights stop at the borders of Islam?

3 February 2015 13:09

You can tell when a battle has been won.  Read the Pink News or any other gay news site and you will see that there are almost no stories left… Continue reading

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The fatal contradiction at the heart of the Tory message: there is no money, except for people we like.

18 December 2014 16:55

Next year’s general election looks like being the most gruesomely entertaining in years. Entertaining because no-one knows what is going to happen; gruesome because of the protagonists and the sorry misfortune… Continue reading

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Will Nick Clegg’s PMQs session highlight the tensions in the Coalition?

8 December 2014 12:38

After being too busy talking to ‘normal people’ in Cornwall last Wednesday and missing previous PMQs presumably to do the same, Nick Clegg will not only be attending this Wednesday’s… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s pro-European arguments lack the nuance needed to win over the electorate

20 October 2014 15:16

At his press conference this morning, Nick Clegg told Jason Groves, ‘Do you really think Washington is going to bother picking up the phone if we can’t even punch above… Continue reading

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Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

15 October 2014 14:06

I have just moved back to Brighton, and I am happy to report that it remains as shambolic as ever. The estate agent said before opening the door to a… Continue reading

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How the Greens are spooking Labour and the Lib Dems

15 October 2014 8:00

Being excluded from the TV debates has been the best thing that could possibly happen to the Greens, it seems. Already over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for… Continue reading

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He lavished praise on Clegg for having turned the Liberal Democrats… Continue reading

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