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    1. December 23, 2014

      Ed Balls says mansion tax is top priority for Labour

      A Labour government would introduce a mansion tax in its first budget after the general election, with owners of homes worth...

    2. December 22, 2014

      Polls point to most unpredictable UK general election in decades

      With less than five months until the UK general election, end of year polls suggest that neither Labour nor the...

    1. December 22, 2014

      Labour’s Jim Murphy faces formidable Scottish challenge

      Less than a quarter of Scottish voters back the Labour party, according to the first poll published since it elected a new...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. December 15, 2014

      UK election threat to nuclear deterrent

      The UK would need to abandon its independent nuclear deterrent if Labour wants to form a coalition after the general...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. December 15, 2014

      Ed Miliband seeks to reassure on UK immigration

      The Labour leader has insisted the party has policies that will address voters’ concerns about immigration, after a leaked...

    8. 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...

    9. December 14, 2014

      Murphy plays Scottish card to prevent Labour disaster in May

      Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, plans to rewrite the party’s constitution to emphasise its autonomy from London...

    10. December 14, 2014

      The Cancer Drugs Fund is a costly mistake

      Britain’s coalition government made a mistake when it came into office in 2010 and created the Cancer Drugs Fund to pay for...

    11. December 14, 2014

      Jim Murphy believes Labour can hold on to Scotland seats

      Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, has insisted the party can hold all its Westminster seats in Scotland despite...

    12. December 13, 2014

      Jim Murphy named Scottish Labour leader

      Jim Murphy has been elected the new leader of Scottish Labour, promising to make fighting inequality central to his effort...

    13. 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...

    14. December 12, 2014

      David Miliband hints at return to UK politics

      David Miliband has hinted at a return to British politics, saying he does not intend to remain in New York for ever. The...

    15. 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...

    16. December 11, 2014

      Miliband tackles his deficit attention disorder

      Most conference speeches are entirely forgettable. In October, Ed Miliband managed to deliver one that was memorable only...

    17. 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....

    18. December 11, 2014

      Miliband sets out plan to tackle deficit

      Ed Miliband has finally confronted his perceived weakness on economic policy in a speech pledging that a Labour government...

    19. December 10, 2014

      Ed Balls vows to cut spending to clear UK deficit

      A Labour government will cut unprotected departmental spending every year until the deficit is cleared, the party says,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. December 8, 2014

      Labour seeks to tighten UK shale gas rules

      Labour will seek to tighten the regulations governing the extraction of shale gas on Monday as the UK opposition party...

    23. December 7, 2014

      Labour urges business chiefs to join ‘patriotic’ EU fight

      Labour is attempting to build bridges with business as the party urges corporate leaders to do their “patriotic duty” and...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. Off Message

      December 4, 2014

      Scotland's new political landscape

      The general election in May is one of the most difficult to predict in British history. The result will undermine old...

    29. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Labour is stuck in the political doghouse

      A government can run one of two campaigns for re-election. It can boast of hands-down success in realising its vision and...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. November 25, 2014

      Private schools hit back at Labour’s threat

      Private headteachers have warned that Labour’s threat to strip tax privileges from independent schools will harm rather than...

    36. November 25, 2014

      An unconvincing answer to Britain’s schools divide

      If tinkering by well-meaning ministers were enough to raise educational standards, Britain’s schools would lead the world....

    37. November 25, 2014

      Labour tells private schools to help out or lose tax relief

      Labour will require independent schools to do more to break down the “Berlin Wall” in the education system by helping state...

    38. November 25, 2014

      Jim Murphy backs devolution of income tax to Scotland

      Jim Murphy, the favourite to become Scottish Labour leader, is backing the devolution of income tax to Scotland, shrugging...

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