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    1. December 17, 2014

      Ed Miliband attacks Conservatives’ ‘1930s vision’

      Ed Miliband has accused the Tories of planning to take Britain “back to the 1930s”, as he ended the political year claiming...

    2. December 16, 2014

      Hague lays out options to answer the West Lothian question

      William Hague has tried to solve one of the biggest issues triggered by the referendum on Scottish independence by laying...

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    1. December 15, 2014

      Tories accused of undermining arts boards

      The government has been accused of undermining some of the UK’s best-known cultural organisations by delaying and...

    2. December 15, 2014

      Cameron defends plans for cuts as ‘common sense’

      David Cameron has defended Conservative plans for public spending cuts through the next parliament as “sensible and...

    3. December 15, 2014

      Forget immigration, the UK election will be all about the economy

      The first rule of politics is that almost nothing matters. Events, policies, speeches — things that captivate what John...

    4. December 15, 2014

      David Cameron to defend goal of budget surplus in next parliament

      David Cameron will defend Conservative plans to run a budget surplus in the next parliament, in the face of renewed claims...

    5. December 12, 2014

      Tories plan to restrict voting by Scottish MPs

      Scottish MPs would be banned from having the final say over legislation that does not affect their constituents under...

    6. December 12, 2014

      A pundit’s misplaced homage to Wigan Pier

      Talk of fiscal policy is fairly certain to make any radio listener want to switch off. Even an event as dramatic as George...

    7. December 11, 2014

      City fears politicians avoiding hard truths

      Economists complained after Ed Miliband’s speech on the deficit that no UK political party had yet given enough detail on...

    8. December 11, 2014

      The battle over the public finances will define Britain

      Last week’s Autumn Statement marked the beginning of serious campaigning for the British general election due next May....

    9. December 10, 2014

      ‘Being brown and a woman handicaps’ candidate says Tory

      The head of a Conservative constituency association said a would-be MP was not selected partly because of the “double whammy...

    10. December 9, 2014

      Election showdown: the Obama strategists hired to woo UK voters

      They are two of Washington’s most highly regarded backroom strategists and worked together on President Obama’s successful...

    11. December 9, 2014

      Fracturing of UK politics complicates general election

      Alex Salmond’s ambition to lead a strong cohort of Scottish Nationalist MPs to “rumble up” Westminster has reinforced...

    12. December 8, 2014

      Cameron caught in devolution crossfire

      David Cameron’s response to the No vote to Scottish independence in September was seen as an act of political ingenuity, as...

    13. December 8, 2014

      Coalition suspends ‘war’ to agree deficit plan

      Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will suspend their “war” over future austerity plans this week by publishing a new...

    14. December 8, 2014

      Tories split over Scots vote reform plans

      David Cameron is heading for a clash with his own party over his attempts to redraw the British constitution in the wake of...

    15. December 5, 2014

      Angry electorate makes politicians fearful

      The textbooks treat election campaigns as moments of expectation. Sometimes even excitement. The organising mood in Britain...

    16. December 5, 2014

      Tory MPs resurrect grammar school ‘albatross’

      David Cameron warned his backbenchers before the 2010 election that their enthusiasm for grammar schools would turn into an...

    17. December 4, 2014

      David Cameron’s foreign aid pledge to cost extra £1bn

      Britain will have to spend almost £1bn more than forecast to be sure of meeting its foreign aid commitments this year and...

    18. December 4, 2014

      Spending plans open £27bn gap between UK parties

      George Osborne woke up on Thursday and was soon spluttering into his coffee, as he listened to the BBC’s “totally hyperbolic...

    19. December 4, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne channels spirit of Robert Peel

      George Osborne channelled the spirit of Robert Peel on Wednesday as he announced a new tax on expensive properties, £2bn for...

    20. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Balls slams Osborne over borrowing

      George Osborne’s claims of fiscal probity in his Autumn Statement were savaged by Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, who...

    21. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: UK ‘Google tax’ targets multinationals

      UK chancellor George Osborne has targeted tax-avoiding tech companies, banks and London’s high-end property market in his...

    22. December 1, 2014

      Will the liberal George Osborne please stand up

      For Samuel Johnson, “the first Whig was the devil”. Eighteenth-century England’s great man of letters had a Tory love of...

    23. December 1, 2014

      Crackdown on tax abuses by technology companies

      Multinational companies are braced for a tax crackdown after George Osborne vowed to use his Autumn Statement on Wednesday...

    24. November 30, 2014

      Osborne attempts to check Labour’s focus on NHS with £2bn pledge

      The general election may be five months away but George Osborne’s announcement of £2bn extra for the National Health Service...

    25. November 28, 2014

      British politicians left to rue a week of class-related faux pas

      Andrew Mitchell has become the latest in a forlorn line of Conservative politicians who have trudged through Britain’s libel...

    26. November 28, 2014

      David Cameron’s EU migrant welfare curbs win broad approval

      David Cameron’s plan to restrict EU migrants’ access to much of Britain’s welfare system was met with broad approval from...

    27. November 28, 2014

      David Cameron returns to sense on EU migration

      David Cameron’s premiership has been dogged by the vexed questions of immigration and Europe. Under pressure from the rise...

    28. November 28, 2014

      David Cameron caves in to reality on immigration

      There is, it turns out, a limit to what David Cameron will do to pacify his Conservative party. In the weeks before his...

    29. November 27, 2014

      Andrew Mitchell faces £3m bill after ‘Plebgate’ case is thrown out

      Andrew Mitchell faces a legal bill of up to £3m after a High Court judge threw out the “childish” claim by the Tory former...

    30. November 27, 2014

      Westminster cuts the purse strings to Scotland

      By the time they reached the final straight of the Scottish independence campaign, Britain’s main political parties were in...

    31. November 27, 2014

      Nigel Farage trails in struggle to win seat

      Nigel Farage will struggle to win a seat at Westminster despite the UK Independence party’s recent successes in two...

    32. November 25, 2014

      Pro-Brussels Tories begin fightback

      Exasperated by eurosceptic Tories making all the running, pro-European Conservative MPs have finally decided to fight back...

    33. November 24, 2014

      Cameron pressed to make key address

      David Cameron was trying to finalise his long-awaited speech on EU immigration on Monday, amid signs that the longer he...

    34. November 24, 2014

      Cameron needs to lift British politics out of its petty state

      Grief is supposed to move in five stages from denial to acceptance. Since losing its empire Britain has skipped from the...

    35. November 21, 2014

      Nigel Farage to target ‘dozens of seats’ in general election

      Sustained by a couple of pints of bitter at his victory party in the Tap’n’Tin nightclub and “42 minutes sleep”, Nigel...

    36. November 21, 2014

      White van Dan demands Labour apology

      The owner of a house draped in England flags in Rochester, who found himself at the centre of a political storm that led to...

    37. November 21, 2014

      What Ukip’s win in Rochester means for its chances in 2015

      Last night the UK Independence party won its second seat in Britain’s parliament. The result was not simply a product of...

    38. November 21, 2014

      David Cameron must reframe his response to Ukip

      Victory for Mark Reckless in the Rochester and Strood by-election marks another sobering week for David Cameron’s...

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