Too close to call

The UK faces the closest and most unpredictable general election in memory on May 7. Labour’s struggle to hold off the SNP in Scotland, Ukip’s rise and a mooted collapse in Lib Dem support all make the outcome very difficult to predict.

Cameron warns of ‘frightening’ Labour pact

Tory leader steps up rhetoric against Scottish nationalists


Janan Ganesh
Daily commentary: Nick Clegg’s pitch to swing voters
– Podcast
Four key election battles
A closer look at the types of constituency races that are likely to have a pivotal role in the outcome
– Graphic
What would happen if the UK General Election were held tomorrow?
– Interactive graphic

Cameron plans further Lloyds sell-off

Tories promise sale of government’s shares in bank to public

Osborne vows to boost UK bank competition

Chancellor also promises ‘financial fairness’ review

Scots Labour leader faces defeat, says poll

Fresh Ashcroft survey deepens gloom for party in battle with SNP

Election foes fail to land knockout blow

Deadlock could last until voting day, say pollsters

Labour seeks common ground with Lib Dems

Miliband’s allies claim there is ‘substantial overlap’ in policy

Equity investors reject UK election risk

Political stakes are high: so too is faith in UK stocks

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Politicians’ plans for your wealth

From pensions to property to tax, the key manifesto pledges

The parallels with 1970’s shock result

Ed could well do a Ted and beat the more popular leader, writes Tim Bale

Illustration by James Ferguson of Ed Miliband and David Cameron try to wake up a British voter
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A wake-up call for those sick of politics

Jeremy Paxman says vote in the general election — and don’t listen to Russell Brand

Debate sketch: A dysfunctional wedding

At least no one puked or snored, writes Matthew Engel

Lagarde and Schäuble praise UK economy

Osborne’s austerity measures backed by head of IMF

Projected outcomes

Simulations put Labour-led coalition ahead

Liberal-Conservative alliance has 5% chance, says Populus

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Labour pledges clamp on unpaid internships

Party steps up efforts to attract young voters

Miliband rebuffs SNP anti-Tory deal

Rivals attack Cameron for missing pre-poll clash

Leaders' TV debate

Highs and lows of leaders’ TV clash

Five-way debate allowed challenger parties to make their pitch

Poll result doubts rock investor sentiment

UK currency markets see increased volatility

Political pledges hit by fickle forecasts

IMF warning shows folly of promising ‘things you can’t guarantee’

Farage’s challenge to mainstream Britain

Main parties have not confronted Ukip effectively on immigration

Richard Desmond gives £1m to Ukip

Donor tires of ‘floppy-haired Eton club’ and ‘champagne socialists’

FILE - NOVEMBER 13, 2012: Nurses warn about the loss of 60.000 posts since the coalition came to power, but the Department of Health insists on a strong NHS performance. BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nurses in the accident and emergency dept of Selly Oak Hospital work during a busy shift on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, industry, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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NHS cash crunch to hit after election

FT analysis reveals scale of looming financial black hole

Entrepreneurs back Lib Dems in letter

UK would benefit from party in coalition, say 50 business people

800,000 disappear from electoral roll

Student areas drop as new registration rules come into effect

Ingram Pinn illustration

Five things to know about UK election

‘Hung parliament’ is not on the ballot, but polls suggest stalemate is the nation’s choice

Election jitters prompt gilt exodus

International investors reduce UK bond holdings

UK poll uncertainty holds back sterling

Currency investors buy insurance against big swings in pound

Figures reveal Labour reliance on unions

Unite and Unison make hefty donations as general election nears

Paul Macnamara/Guzelian Shadow Education Sec and Stoke MP, Tristram Hunt, visits Goodwin Steel Castings in his constituency in Stoke-on-Trent. Pictured here at the Bridgewater Pottery factory. Words:Helen Warrell
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Historian Hunt backs a skills-based future

Labour MP sees education as a way of ‘liberating’ communities

SNP confronts Labour big beast in his den

Polls suggest Brown’s former constituency may fall to Nationalists

Which electoral register are you on?

Some of the data can be sold to companies

Business paints bleak picture of UK

Financial hub leaders point to ‘adversarial’ regulatory environment

Tory’s Davidson has not ruled out SNP deal

Scots leader leaves open possibility of working with nationalists

Referendum would spur complex negotiations

New EU treaty has almost hallowed status for eurosceptic Tory MPs

Clegg says Lib Dems open to new coalition

Party leader unveils manifesto allowing post-election deal

Ukip manifesto attracts 19th-hole bores

Farage appeals to his party’s gregarious wing