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    1. March 1, 2015

      Danny Alexander calls for extra £1bn levy on UK banks

      Danny Alexander is pressing George Osborne to introduce a £1bn annual levy on banks in this month’s Budget to help eliminate...

    2. March 1, 2015

      Dispute erupts over Tory plan to ban university extremist preachers

      A senior Conservative has accused Vince Cable of trying to water down proposals to ban extremist speakers from university...

    1. March 1, 2015

      Vince Cable to steer opposition to third runway at Heathrow

      Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, is to become the figurehead of opposition to building a third runway at Heathrow...

    2. February 27, 2015

      Labour edges ahead in election outcome predictor

      A poor week for some of the general election’s protagonists has done little to change the likely result, according to the...

    3. February 24, 2015

      Insurers suggest earlier access to pension funds

      The government is facing growing calls to give younger savers earlier access to their pensions to help them get on the...

    4. February 22, 2015

      UK election: Liberal Democrats take lessons from Roman army

      For the first time in its history, the Liberal Democrat party is fighting an election expecting to incur heavy losses and...

    5. February 22, 2015

      Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam seat under threat from Labour

      The most memorable moment of the 1997 general election for many Britons was when Michael Portillo, once a Conservative...

    6. February 20, 2015

      Four-way Scottish marginal offers clues to election outcome

      Argyll and Bute might seem an unlikely place for insight into May’s UK general election. Yet for all its idiosyncrasies,...

    7. February 20, 2015

      Theresa May plans ‘British values’ test for visitor visas

      Overseas visitors seeking to work, study or attend business meetings in the UK would have to demonstrate they respected...

    8. February 19, 2015

      General election will decide future of the British state

      The general election on May 7 2015 is an important moment in British history. Great doubt exists over the configuration of...

    9. February 15, 2015

      Green party candidate faces uphill slog in Norwich South

      Lesley Grahame was wheeling her bright green bicycle up the steep hill above Norwich station. The bike had huge saddlebags...

    10. February 13, 2015

      A singular election that will test the civil service

      With barely two and a half months to go until the general election, I cannot help thinking that my successor, Sir Jeremy...

    11. February 13, 2015

      SNP predicted to have 42% chance of joining next government

      The Scottish National Party has a 42 per cent chance of taking part in the next UK government, according to the latest...

    12. February 11, 2015

      Lib Dems pledge extra spending on education and health

      Nick Clegg will on Thursday set down Liberal Democrat terms for any future coalition, with demands for increased spending on...

    13. February 11, 2015

      Minister urges scrapping of higher rate UK pensions tax relief

      A government minister has called for pensions tax relief for higher earners to be scrapped and replaced with a single 33 per...

    14. February 8, 2015

      Slowing post-poll UK cuts would boost economy, says think-tank

      Slowing the pace of spending cuts after May’s general election would boost the UK economy in the next parliament, according...

    15. February 8, 2015

      Cambridge students find it hard to forget Clegg’s broken promise

      One theory is that students have the shortest memory of all electoral groups. Why, many of today’s undergraduates were...

    16. February 6, 2015

      Ed Miliband leads David Cameron in prime minister stakes

      Ed Miliband still has a two in three chance of becoming Britain’s next prime minister, according to a new election model set...

    17. February 5, 2015

      Get ready for tax rises, whoever wins

      George Bush went into the 1988 US presidential election with the words: “Read my lips. No new taxes”. John Major cut taxes...

    18. February 5, 2015

      Clegg proposes extra taxes to reduce deficit

      Banks and highly leveraged companies would face up to £2bn in extra taxes under Liberal Democrat plans for a coalition...

    19. February 3, 2015

      Hague raises English veto on financial bills

      English MPs should have a veto over English rates of income tax and other financial matters affecting England, William...

    20. January 29, 2015

      Business faces up to ‘surreal’ mix of UK coalition risks

      Business is being forced to scrutinise the policies of parties it would have previously regarded as largely irrelevant, with...

    21. Off Message

      January 27, 2015

      England's liberal cities

      Last year, the United Kingdom Independence party won more votes than any other party in Britain’s European elections. It...

    22. January 26, 2015

      May election will see end of the two-party political system

      Britain’s two-party political system is broken. To adapt Tony Blair’s phrase: the kaleidoscope has been shaken and nobody...

    23. January 26, 2015

      David Cameron to renew pledge to cut taxes

      David Cameron will on Monday commit a future Conservative government to tax cuts, claiming that middle Britain needs to be...

    24. January 23, 2015

      Broadcasters step up pressure on Cameron to enter debates

      UK broadcasters stepped up pressure on party leaders to take part in TV debates ahead of May’s general election by...

    25. January 23, 2015

      Concerns over future of entrepreneurs’ tax relief

      Small businesses and tax experts have warned against changes to a popular tax break for company owners which has been...

    26. January 23, 2015

      Greens contemplate life beyond the fringe

      They detect an upside to economic growth of zero. They see scant need for armed forces. They would decriminalise membership...

    27. January 22, 2015

      David Cameron’s bluff called on UK televised poll debates

      Broadcasters have called David Cameron’s bluff by setting out new proposals for televised election debates that would...

    28. January 22, 2015

      Surge in SNP support forces Labour to rethink power deal

      Amid the political scrambling after the 2010 general election, one of Labour’s most senior MPs, Douglas Alexander, ruled out...

    29. January 21, 2015

      Lord Oakeshott gives Miliband a boost

      A former Liberal Democrat peer and close ally of Vince Cable is giving hundreds of thousands of pounds to 30 Labour...

    30. January 21, 2015

      Cameron frustrated by delayed Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war

      David Cameron has expressed frustration at delays to publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war after it emerged...

    31. January 20, 2015

      Monty Python scenario that shows Britain is a constitutional mess

      Britain needs a constitutional rethink. To concentrate minds, it might be helpful to contemplate a nightmare; one so...

    32. Westminster Blog

      January 20, 2015

      Are the Labour and Lib Dem mansion taxes exactly the same?

      Tony Blair used to say that his mission would be complete when the Labour party “learned to love” Peter Mandelson. That...

    33. January 19, 2015

      Talks to form UK coalition must be swift, says Laws

      The next government should be formed within a week, one of the coalition’s most senior ministers has argued, insisting...

    34. January 19, 2015

      Tories pledge £300m for UK entrepreneur start-up loans

      The Conservatives have pledged to ensure that at least £300m will be lent to start-up companies over the five years of the...

    35. January 18, 2015

      UK poll outcome ‘most unpredictable’ for almost a century

      The May general election is “the most unpredictable” for almost a century with no “safe outcome”, City bankers say, meaning...

    36. January 16, 2015

      Ed Miliband blames electoral roll ‘scandal’ on coalition reform

      Almost 1m people, largely students and the young, have disappeared from the electoral roll since reforms last year,...

    37. January 14, 2015

      David Cameron should not have veto on TV debates

      In most western countries, television debates are a familiar part of the choreography of political campaigns at election...

    38. January 14, 2015

      Rivals join forces against David Cameron over TV debates

      David Cameron should be represented by an empty podium if he refuses to take part in television debates in the run-up to the...

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