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    1. Westminster Blog

      April 20, 2015

      Today in the election

      A summary of today’s events April 20 On Monday the Scottish National party – now the leading party north of the border –...

    2. April 20, 2015

      General election: Labour ahead by 2 points in latest Populus poll

      Labour are two points ahead of the Conservatives, according to the latest poll by Populus, which shows the past week of...

    1. Off Message

      April 20, 2015

      Why Miliband wouldn't need the SNP to become PM

      I highly recommend this post by Carl Gardner, a barrister and former government lawyer, about the legal basis for what...

    2. April 20, 2015

      Labour and Conservatives neck and neck among student voters

      The two main UK political parties are neck and neck among university students, according to a new poll that puts both Labour...

    3. April 19, 2015

      Parties form consensus on tax avoidance crackdown

      Business is braced for a slew of new anti-avoidance measures after the UK general election next month as politicians compete...

    4. April 19, 2015

      Minority at Westminster not ideal but workable

      Britain’s reputation for political stability might not survive the year. Of all the likely outcomes of the general election...

    5. April 19, 2015

      Future UK Labour government will give workers a say on the boss’s pay

      A future UK Labour government would force companies to parachute a worker representative on to their remuneration committee...

    6. April 17, 2015

      Scots Labour leader Jim Murphy faces losing seat, suggests poll

      The Scottish National party is on course to inflict the final indignity on Labour by unseating Jim Murphy, its Scottish...

    7. April 17, 2015

      Labour seeks common ground with Lib Dems for future coalition

      Ed Miliband’s allies have started poring through the Liberal Democrat manifesto, claiming there is a “pretty substantial...

    8. April 17, 2015

      UK parties reveal their plans for your wealth

      It’s the most unpredictable election in years, but will you be better or worse off at the end of it? Which of the...

    9. The World

      April 17, 2015

      Taking the blame for the post-crash blues

      Three weeks to go until the UK general election, and whatever the result – most likely no party with an overall majority in...

    10. April 17, 2015

      A wake-up call for those sick of politics

      The other night I asked myself whether, if this general election were my first, I would take the trouble to vote. I wasn’t...

    11. April 17, 2015

      General election: Simulations put Labour-led coalition ahead

      The current Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition has a less than 5 per cent chance of continuing into the next parliament...

    12. April 16, 2015

      Entrepreneurs sign letter supporting Lib Dems

      Nick Clegg has won the backing of more than 50 entrepreneurs, who claim that “the country and business would benefit” from...

    13. April 16, 2015

      Five things to know about the British election

      Very occasionally in politics things turn out to be as they seem. This may prove true of Britain’s election campaign. The...

    14. April 15, 2015

      General election: Clegg declares Lib Dems open to new coalition

      Nick Clegg has declared the Liberal Democrats open to business for a coalition with Labour or the Conservatives, unveiling a...

    15. April 15, 2015

      Quick guide to the Liberal Democrat manifesto

      Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has made education a focus of his party’s election manifesto, promising at extra £2.5bn a...

    16. April 15, 2015

      General election: Nick Clegg to pledge extra £2.5bn for education

      Nick Clegg will on Wednesday put £2.5bn of extra education spending at the top of Liberal Democrat demands in a hung...

    17. April 12, 2015

      Lib Dems dilute plans for tax raid on wealthy UK homes

      Nick Clegg said on Sunday that the Liberal Democrats had watered down plans for a tax raid on wealthy homeowners, as the...

    18. April 12, 2015

      Labour and Lib Dems attack Tories over inheritance tax change

      A Conservative proposal to remove houses worth up to £1m from inheritance tax came under fire on Sunday for...

    19. April 12, 2015

      Tactical voting group works to prevent SNP landslide

      Victor Clements is a proud Liberal Democrat who stood for the party in the 2011 Scottish parliament election — but he makes...

    20. April 12, 2015

      Neck and neck race for Number 10 frays nerves

      So is it 1992; or are we back in 1974? The polls say nothing has happened in Britain’s general election campaign. David...

    21. April 9, 2015

      UK general election: ‘Happy Warrior’ confronts bomber pilot

      What constitutes a good week for a party leader during an election campaign depends very much on which leader you are...

    22. April 9, 2015

      Final countdown to UK election starts after nominations close

      Nominations for the UK general election closed at 4pm on Thursday, starting the final countdown to polling day, with a...

    23. April 9, 2015

      Interactive: UK political donations

      The Electoral Commission keeps a record of every donation above £7,500 to Britain’s political parties. Although nominally...

    24. April 7, 2015

      Instability likely after five years of coalition

      All forecasters predict a hung parliament after May 7. That means either a coalition as in 2010, or, as in the preceding...

    25. April 7, 2015

      Scottish leaders’ TV debate: Highs and lows

      Nicola SturgeonScottish National party leader Key Quote: “I’m offering to help make Ed Miliband prime minister.” High Point:...

    26. April 7, 2015

      Sturgeon offers to help Miliband into Number 10

      Nicola Sturgeon has offered to help Ed Miliband to become prime minister, while leaving open the possibility that her party...

    27. April 7, 2015

      Labour and Tories trade blows over plans for ‘secret’ tax rises

      The Conservative and Labour parties on Monday ushered in the new tax year by trading blows over each other’s “secret plans”...

    28. April 5, 2015

      Scotland’s biggest parties to face each other in TV debate

      The leaders of Scotland’s two biggest political parties will face each other on Tuesday night in a televised debate that is...

    29. April 5, 2015

      ‘Marmite’ man Alex Salmond takes to the campaign trail

      Spring comes late to the Aberdeenshire countryside. Only the more adventurous lambs and daffodils had so far braved the...

    30. April 3, 2015

      TV debate that was the ‘we agree with Nicola’ show

      No one actually said it, but Thursday’s party leaders debate was the We Agree With Nicola show. Or to put it another way:...

    31. April 2, 2015

      Leaders’ TV debate: The highs and lows

      David CameronConservative party leader Key Quote: “Let’s stick to the plan that’s working. Let’s not go back to square one.”...

    32. April 2, 2015

      The results of Britain’s election are uncertain but unimportant

      The UK is in the midst of a general election. That is hardly novel. The first general election for the UK occurred in 1708,...

    33. April 2, 2015

      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...

    34. April 1, 2015

      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...

    35. April 1, 2015

      Lib Dems hope personality trumps party in St Ives

      Liberal Democrats in St Ives received a boost on Tuesday when a constituency poll published by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft gave...

    36. April 1, 2015

      Lib Dems nervously eye post-election future

      The Liberal Democrats entered government for the first time since 1945 hoping to prove to voters that they were a serious...

    37. 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...

    38. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Dealmaking is off to a running start this year – the value of mergers and...

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