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    1. October 23, 2014

      Cameron puts on brave face as trouble brews at home

      David Cameron arrived in Brussels on Thursday in abrasive mood, saying before an EU summit that he wanted fellow leaders to...

    2. October 23, 2014

      George Osborne says Tories could increase health spending

      George Osborne said it was conceivable the Conservative party could spend an extra £8bn yearly on the NHS by the end of the...

    1. October 23, 2014

      The forces set to overturn the British order

      Britain is no stranger to political storms. Ruling parties splinter and split, great leaders are ejected from office and...

    2. October 20, 2014

      Labour announces limited reshuffle

      Ed Miliband promoted the Blairite former minister Pat McFadden to speak for the party on Europe in a limited reshuffle on...

    3. October 20, 2014

      ‘Mansion tax’ will mean bill of £250 a month, says Ed Balls

      Homeowners with property valued at £2m to £3m will face an extra tax bill of £3,000 a year if Labour comes to power, but the...

    4. October 17, 2014

      Gordon Brown raises the stakes in Scotland fight

      Labour tensions over whether to hand over 100 per cent of income tax powers to the Scottish parliament have widened, after...

    5. October 17, 2014

      Labour makes pitch to angry football fans

      The Labour party made a pitch for the football fan vote by promising to give supporters’ trusts seats on the boards of their...

    6. October 16, 2014

      The competing pressures on Ed Miliband

      MPs Labour’s near-defeat in Heywood & Middleton last week has sent tremors through the party’s heartlands. Frank Field, a...

    7. October 16, 2014

      Ed Miliband forms anti-Ukip unit

      Ed Miliband has asked four of his most senior MPs in northern English seats to form an anti-UK Independence party unit to...

    8. October 16, 2014

      Labour plans to block buy-to-let investors

      Buy-to-let investors would be banned from purchasing new flats in London and other parts of Britain under radical plans put...

    9. October 15, 2014

      Tories gamble on attraction of tax cuts

      David Cameron made clear his views on unfunded tax cuts in 2008: “You can’t talk about tax reduction unless you can show how...

    10. October 14, 2014

      Labour snubs talks on ‘English votes for English laws’

      Labour is to boycott cross-party talks on “English votes for English laws” amid claims from former prime minister Gordon...

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      October 14, 2014

      Welcoming The People's Operator, a £100m+ MVNO

      No — we don’t yet have the prospectus for The People’s Operator, a mobile firm that has announced plans to list on Aim with...

    12. October 13, 2014

      Broadcasters propose Ukip’s Farage join TV election debate

      Nigel Farage would take part in one pre-election television debate with the leaders of Britain’s three main parties under...

    13. October 12, 2014

      Labour leads Tories despite criticism of Ed Miliband

      Labour is ahead of the Conservative party, according to the latest polling for the Financial Times. Populus has carried out...

    14. October 10, 2014

      Ukip is bigger threat to Tories than to Labour

      The success of the UK Independence party in two by-elections has ended any fading hope among Westminster politicians that...

    15. October 10, 2014

      British politics enters the age of uncertainty

      Britain’s political scene is experiencing an upheaval whose scale and direction are unpredictable. Since the second world...

    16. October 10, 2014

      Poverty of ambition at party conferences

      Eight years after David Cameron dismissed it as a party of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” Ukip has its first...

    17. October 10, 2014

      Ed Miliband promises to hear voter concerns on immigration

      Ed Miliband has promised to address voters’ concerns about immigration after Labour narrowly dodged a by-election defeat by...

    18. October 10, 2014

      Ukip surge sends tremors through Westminster

      Ukip victory puts Clacton in spotlight The strong showing by the UK Independence party in Thursday’s by-elections sent...

    19. October 10, 2014

      Clacton prize delivers momentum to Ukip

      Nigel Farage surveyed the scene at Clacton, the first town in Britain to elect a Ukip MP, and was asked what the traditional...

    20. October 10, 2014

      Labour edges out Ukip in Heywood by-election

      Ukip gave the Labour party a scare in what had been seen as the safe northern seat of Heywood and Middleton, as it held on...

    21. October 9, 2014

      Ukip gains first elected MP after Douglas Carswell wins in Clacton

      The UK Independence party has its first elected MP after Conservative defector Douglas Carswell won Thursday’s by-election...

    22. October 5, 2014

      Senior Labour figures criticise Ed Miliband

      Ed Miliband’s performance at last month’s Labour conference was criticised at the weekend by senior party figures as new...

    23. October 3, 2014

      UK civil servants plan for hung parliament

      Senior UK civil servants have begun to plan for a possible hung parliament next May with some considering how to deal with...

    24. October 3, 2014

      The centre ground is once more for the taking

      There is something of the Potemkin village about a British political party conference. History has hollowed out the Labour...

    25. October 3, 2014

      Poll gives UK Conservative party first lead since 2012

      David Cameron’s promise of tax cuts for tens of millions of people if the Conservatives win next year’s election has helped...

    26. October 3, 2014

      Focus E15 Mothers face eviction after fight over living costs

      A group of young mothers occupying a housing estate in east London will be evicted on Tuesday after a highly publicised...

    27. October 2, 2014

      Senior Labour MPs fear Cameron’s promises will overshadow theirs

      Labour has called the tax cuts promised by David Cameron if he is re-elected next year unfunded and regressive, but many of...

    28. October 2, 2014

      Vox Scots: the No voters want to forget, the Yes voters plan to fight on

      The dust has settled on the Scottish independence referendum. Where does the 55 per cent No vote leave our panel? Are they...

    29. October 1, 2014

      Conservative mood upbeat on election hopes, in contrast to Labour

      It may turn out to be hubris but the mood at the Tory conference in Birmingham was upbeat about the looming general election...

    30. September 30, 2014

      David Cameron vows seven-day GP services by 2020

      David Cameron tried to move political debate on Tuesday away from welfare and the economy on to the NHS, promising to extend...

    31. September 28, 2014

      Britons deserve candour from their leaders

      The central fact of British politics is the fiscal deficit. Whoever governs after the general election next May will spend...

    32. September 26, 2014

      Labour demands clarity on UK pensions shake-up

      Labour has pledged to “relentlessly” pursue the government for key details it says are lacking from plans for a radical...

    33. September 26, 2014

      Get set for the estate agency revolution

      John Gardner, a reader, wrote in after my last column on the potentially disruptive effects that new technology could have...

    34. September 26, 2014

      Three reasons why Ukip should be taken seriously

      One of the unwritten laws in British politics is that insurgent parties can never thrive. Writing in the 1950s, the French...

    35. September 24, 2014

      A British property tax that is fit for purpose

      Two of the UK’s main political parties now back a “mansion tax”, a surcharge on houses worth more than £2m. While the...

    36. September 24, 2014

      New York mayor fires up Labour with inequality speech

      Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, received a standing ovation at Labour’s annual conference as he rallied the party’s...

    37. September 24, 2014

      Labour faces Ukip threat in Heywood by-election

      The spirit of Nigel Farage has infused the Lancashire town of Heywood. In the Edwin Waugh pub, it is “tax equality day” with...

    38. September 24, 2014

      Mansion tax: sounds of the suburbs

      A grimy looking semi-detached house on a busy road in the north London suburbs. Six bedrooms; a tiny garden. In need of...

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