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Note from Mandelson’s firm warns that SNP will drag Labour to the left

27 April 2015 10:20

Peter Mandelson and Ed Miliband appeared to have been undergoing a certain rapprochement during this campaign. Mandelson declared recently that Miliband has ‘way exceeded my expectations‘. But a briefing note… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech on International Development to invited guests at The Almeida Theatre on April 26, 2015 in London.

Campaign kick-off: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 9:04

With just under two weeks to go until polling day, the promises, threats and reassurances will kick up a notch as we enter the final stretch of the campaign. The… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Scotland’s two tribes are more divided than ever – they see reality differently

26 April 2015 17:16

Expectations just keep increasing for the SNP. Today’s Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times puts the nationalists on an eye-popping 48 percent of the vote in Scotland. Labour activists and candidates… Continue reading

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This election will be decided by the undecideds

26 April 2015 13:49

The polls could hardly be closer than they are at the moment and the parliamentary arithmetic looks like it is going to be remarkably tight, there’ll be only a few… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Miliband avoids the Scottish question

26 April 2015 10:41

On the Andrew Marr show this morning, Ed Miliband fended off questions about any post-election deal with the Scottish National Party. He had two lines of defence. First, he said… Continue reading

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage visits the 'Veterans At Future For Heroes UK' centre on April 15, 2015 in Sandwich, England.

Is Ukip painting itself as the SNP of the south?

23 April 2015 11:02

Ukip kicked off St George’s Day by pledging to make today a national holiday. Although early morning press conferences have been abandoned by the other political parties, Ukip turned out… Continue reading

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Why identikit lines on the SNP are important for the Tories

23 April 2015 10:30

This morning when George Osborne defended the way the Tories were fighting the election campaign, there was something slightly odd about what he said in response to John Humphrys’ first… Continue reading

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David Cameron interview: ‘I feel I have worked my socks off’

22 April 2015 16:22

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson have interviewed the Prime Minister David Cameron. He discusses why even his closest colleagues think he needs to show more… Continue reading

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The Tories are gaining momentum with their ‘Labour-SNP pact’ message

21 April 2015 12:12

Complain all you like about the way the Tories are campaigning at the moment, but it’s getting the message across. The party has hit on the SNP, which is fascinating the… Continue reading

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David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street on May 26, 2010 in London, England.

Campaign kick-off: 16 days to go

21 April 2015 9:14

The Tories are partying like it’s 1992. Sir John Major is being wheeled out today to reinforce what Michael Fallon and others have said: the SNP are dangerous for Britain. Labour… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Labour’s gamble for SNP support

20 April 2015 9:54

The SNP launches its manifesto today in Edinburgh. Nicola Sturgeon will be arguing that the policies in the document are for the benefit of the whole of the United Kingdom,… 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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party, greets supporters as they leave following the unveiling of their political party's election manifesto in London, U.K., on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Podcast: the rise of left wing populism and Julie Burchill vs. Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 8:38

What do Ed Miliband, Hillary Clinton and Nicola Sturgeon have in common? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Jamie Kirchick, Fraser Nelson and Alex Massie discuss the rise of left-wing populism in Britain, Scotland and… 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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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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