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All aboard the election battle bus

30 March 2015 13:12

Now that David Cameron and Nick Clegg have had their final audiences with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, they can get on the road. Their shiny battle buses are waiting… Continue reading

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Cameron: It is me or Miliband

30 March 2015 12:55

It is rare for politicians to mention their opponents by name – don’t give them the publicity is the normal approach. But standing in Downing Street just now to announce… Continue reading

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Miliband in the middle as TV debate line-up set

30 March 2015 12:22

The order in which the party leaders will stand in this Thursday’s televised debate has been set as follows: Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola… Continue reading

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Will we learn anything from this election campaign?

30 March 2015 8:56

Will we learn anything from any of the parties in this election campaign? And will the polls tell us anything either? Yesterday Labour was excited that it had a four-point… Continue reading

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Former leader Alex Salmond addressing the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow.

Alex Salmond invades the stage and appeals to the cultish side of the SNP

29 March 2015 17:10

Alex Salmond has been oddly absent from the SNP’s spring conference this weekend. Although the former First Minister’s only official positions are as the MSP for Aberdeenshire East and the… Continue reading

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Lucy Powell confirms: debt-addicted Labour has no plan to balance the books

29 March 2015 14:02

‘You aren’t listening to what I’m saying,’ said a rather rattled Lucy Powell, Labour’s election chief, whom the party put up for BBC Sunday Politics today. I suspect that, by now, she’ll… Continue reading

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Stakes raised ahead of Thursday night’s debate

29 March 2015 13:00

The stakes have been raised, at least psychologically, for Thursday night’s debate. Today’s YouGov poll has Labour four points ahead, in contrast to a two point Tory lead in their… Continue reading

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YouGov/Sunday Times poll puts Labour 4 points ahead. Be afraid.

28 March 2015 22:15

Just two weeks ago, senior Conservatives were saying that ‘crossover’ had been reached: that the Tories were ahead in the polls and that the lead would slowly build. Last week, the lead… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), speaks at a Spring Conference event in Glasgow, U.K., on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in Glasgow highlights the similarities between the SNP and Ukip

28 March 2015 19:12

Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to channel Nigel Farage? Scotland’s First Minister regaled the 3,000-strong crowd at the SNP’s spring conference today with some nuggets of policy, more demands for Ed… Continue reading

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David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50

The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron delivered some of his most direct attacks on Miliband yet.… 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.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Cameron/Miliband Q&A

27 March 2015 0:17

According to the snap polls, David Cameron was victorious in the first TV ‘debate’ — but Ed Miliband didn’t do too badly either. In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading

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Despite Cameron’s win, Labour will be happy with Ed Miliband’s Q&A performance

26 March 2015 23:48

David Cameron won tonight’s TV head to head with Ed Miliband according to an instant ICM poll. The poll for the Guardian gives the evening to Cameron 54-46. Though, it… Continue reading

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As it happened: TV Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband

26 March 2015 20:50

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the Q&A session with David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Channel 4 and Sky News. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the… Continue reading

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Is the era of stable government over?

26 March 2015 18:33

Everyone agrees: the outcome of this election is impossible to predict. But are we witnessing the end of the stable, two-party system of government we’ve become used to? On Monday, the… Continue reading

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Parliament finishes in uproar over Speaker vote

26 March 2015 12:33

Well, after months of Parliament appearing boring, tired and without things to discuss, the zombie seems to have woken up. MPs are currently in uproar in the Chamber over William… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt is wrong — pupils should be schooled in the creed that unites the West

24 March 2015 17:10

What is Tristram Hunt trying to say in the Times today? He seems to say that the teaching of British values is an important thing, except when Michael Gove or… Continue reading

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David Cameron has made the first gaffe of the 2015 campaign — and handed Labour an opportunity

24 March 2015 9:25

Did the Prime Minister mean to say it or not? That question will be on the lips of pundits and politicos over the next few days as everyone attempts to figure out what… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Mini Election: Sajid Javid on appealing to ethnic minorities and negative campaigning

23 March 2015 15:51

The Conservative party still doesn’t attract enough ethnic minorities. In this week’s Mini Election video, I visit Essex to speak to the Culture Secretary Sajid Javid about what the Tories… Continue reading

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When will voters really tune into the election campaign?

22 March 2015 10:33

With just over six weeks to go to polling day, the mood of the parties is now largely determined by the opinion polls. This morning’s crop are a mixed bunch.… Continue reading

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Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53

After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading

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The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46

It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too. In interviews with The Mail and The Times this morning,… Continue reading

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Parliament is weak and ineffective — it needs to change

20 March 2015 17:10

Only a third of the public think Parliament is effective in holding government to account: two thirds want improvement of our democratic institutions. We struggle to get more than two in… Continue reading

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Main parties seem rather old and tired, say voters

20 March 2015 15:41

Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with negative campaigning (though surely there’s something a bit wrong about being inaccurate). But when parties pontificate about crafting messages of hope and avoiding smears and… Continue reading

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Labour launches scary NHS attack poster

20 March 2015 11:05

The post-Budget attack lines for Labour were clear in Ed Miliband’s speech on Wednesday: his party will allege that the Tories have a ‘secret plan that dare not speak its… Continue reading

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, holds the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget as he stands outside 11 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

What real reform of business rates would look like

20 March 2015 8:50

Of all the measures talked up ahead of the Budget, the reannouncement of a ‘radical’ review of the business rates was the least concrete in content but the most important… Continue reading

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