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      Bookies tip Farage to win election debate

      Nigel Farage is the bookmakers’ favourite to win Thursday night’s televised seven-way leaders debate — the only event in...

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    1. 18 hours ago

      Nick Clegg at risk of losing seat, says Ashcroft poll

      Nick Clegg is set to become one of the highest-profile scalps of the 2015 election, losing his Sheffield Hallam seat to...

    2. March 31, 2015

      Lord Ashcroft retires from House of Lords

      Lord Ashcroft, the controversial Tory donor and pollster, has surprised Westminster by retiring from the House of Lords, in...

    3. Westminster Blog

      March 31, 2015

      The battle of the celebrity endorsements

        The Labour Party has always boasted the lion’s share of celebrity endorsements and this election promises to be no...

    4. March 31, 2015

      Rival UK economic plans come under scrutiny

      Conservative plans to cut borrowing more quickly than their political rivals would slow the recovery a little, but make...

    5. March 31, 2015

      PM gets first shot at governing in hung parliament, says expert

      Ed Miliband has no constitutional right to the first attempt at forming a government, even if Labour is the biggest party in...

    6. March 31, 2015

      David Cameron says Tories can still win majority

      David Cameron insisted the Conservative party was capable of winning an outright majority in May’s general election, warning...

    7. March 30, 2015

      The people who want to run Britain

      David Cameron David Cameron faces a general election on May 7 and the polls are tight. His campaign advisers insist that...

    8. March 30, 2015

      David Cameron kicks off tightest UK election in generation

      David Cameron travelled to Buckingham Palace on Monday to inform Queen Elizabeth of the dissolution of parliament,...

    9. March 30, 2015

      Cameron aims to reboot Tories’ stumbling start to election fight

      David Cameron will travel to Buckingham Palace on Monday to notify the Queen of the dissolution of parliament, as he seeks...

    10. March 29, 2015

      Ed Miliband woos business bosses with warning over EU exit risk

      Ed Miliband will attempt to align Labour on Monday with a sceptical business community, insisting that only he can avert the...

    11. March 29, 2015

      Migration research challenges warning of record inflow to UK

      Fewer migrants have come to Britain in search of work during this parliament than under Labour’s final term in office, and...

    12. March 27, 2015

      David Cameron promises to create a ‘truly seven-day’ NHS

      David Cameron has sought to neutralise Labour’s election strategy with the promise of a “truly seven-day” NHS if the...

    13. March 27, 2015

      What business wants from the UK election

      The Financial Times asked the chairmen and chief executives of FTSE 100 companies for views on the UK’s political parties...

    14. March 27, 2015

      The prince across the water plots to steal David Cameron’s crown

      On the face of it, the choice at Britain’s coming election is straightforward enough. Do the voters want to put the...

    15. March 27, 2015

      The sludge report

      If current UK election campaign were to have a colour, it would be a muddy sludge. It’s not just the tone of the debate,...

    16. March 27, 2015

      Business fears SNP-Labour ‘nightmare’

      UK business leaders are increasingly concerned that May’s general election will result in a Labour-led government backed by...

    17. March 27, 2015

      Muted debate does little to rouse voters, even in Middle England

      It is easy to find out what is worrying Middle England. Just head to the village green at Meriden and stand by the battered...

    18. March 27, 2015

      Education minister wants party to have 30% women MPs

      Nicky Morgan wants at least 30 per cent of Conservative MPs to be women and believes David Cameron should look at “all and...

    19. March 27, 2015

      Populus Predictor suggests Ed Miliband is more likely to be PM

      Research group Populus has published the latest update to its Predictor, a proprietary computer model which analyses polling...

    20. March 26, 2015

      Miliband gains credit in TV ‘debate’ but poll puts Cameron ahead

      Ed Miliband held his own with David Cameron in the first of a series of pre-election “debates”, according to snap judgments...

    21. March 26, 2015

      Conservatives kick off UK election campaign with own goal

      David Cameron’s efforts to rally his party before the general election backfired on Thursday as the prime minister ended...

    22. March 26, 2015

      Government loses attempt to oust Speaker

      David Cameron’s authority was dealt a blow by his own backbenchers, after his attempt to oust the Speaker of the House of...

    23. March 26, 2015

      Blackpool: Between a rock and a hard place

      The eternal rhythm of the heavens ensured the sun was largely blotted out across northwest Europe last Friday morning. It...

    24. March 25, 2015

      David Cameron promises not to raise VAT

      David Cameron has unexpectedly ruled out raising Value Added Tax after the election, delighting his own party and catching...

    25. March 24, 2015

      David Cameron’s unforced error may prove costly

      British politicians have long been derided for failing to give straight answers to straight questions. So David Cameron...

    26. March 24, 2015

      An over-chillaxed David Cameron drops a brick with his bombshell

      Either David Cameron is one of the more unusual men ever to have become British prime minister — one of those rare birds in...

    27. March 24, 2015

      PM’s candour in the kitchen illustrates peril of home interview

      David Cameron’s declaration that he would not seek a third term as prime minister was a reminder to his media handlers — if...

    28. March 23, 2015

      Cameron fires Tory succession talk by setting leadership deadline

      David Cameron has promised he would not seek a third term as prime minister, unexpectedly putting a time limit on his...

    29. March 23, 2015

      Tories fear fallout after Dudley North candidate resigns

      Stallholders in Dudley’s open air market were all agreed — the Conservative candidate in the general election “had been too...

    30. March 23, 2015

      Ukip commits to Nato defence target

      The UK Independence party has become the first political party to commit to maintaining the defence budget at the level...

    31. March 21, 2015

      Party leaders agree to TV election debate

      There will be no head-to-head debate between David Cameron and Ed Miliband under a deal announced by Britain’s leading...

    32. March 20, 2015

      Labour’s ‘mystery donor’ revealed as hedge fund manager

      The identity of a “mystery donor” who has given Labour £600,000 during the current parliament has been revealed as a...

    33. March 20, 2015

      Parties seek to woo UK small company bosses

      Britain’s three leading parties were in Birmingham for the annual Federation of Small Businesses conference on Friday,...

    34. March 20, 2015

      Osborne’s secret weapon is his monstrously inept adversaries

      There is an arcane debate about whether backgammon is a game of chance or skill. Chancellor George Osborne played to some...

    35. March 20, 2015

      London’s changing face benefits Labour campaign

      A phalanx of Labour activists in red cagoules works its way down a street near the Brent Cross shopping centre in north west...

    36. March 20, 2015

      Candidates slug it out in south London ground war

      For those who like their election races close, Croydon Central promises to be a photo finish. Caravans of candidates and...

    37. March 19, 2015

      Budget cash aimed at marginals brings ‘pork-barrel’ charge

      Labour has accused George Osborne of dipping into the “pork barrel” after it emerged the chancellor’s Budget contained...

    38. March 19, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne hits back at ‘rollercoaster’ spending claims

      George Osborne has denied claims that public spending under a Conservative government would follow a “rollercoaster”...

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