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    1. January 25, 2015

      Nigel Farage unsettled by Ukip woes

      Nigel Farage has insisted that the UK Independence party will win at least five seats at May’s general election, as he...

    2. January 24, 2015

      Senior Ukip MEP defects to the Conservatives

      One of the UK Independence party’s most senior figures has defected to the Conservatives, provoking a bitter row with his...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. January 23, 2015

      Tycoon Arron Banks unrepentant for backing Ukip

      Arron Banks cannot stand metropolitan types, bankers, “pinkos” and former public school boys. The insurance tycoon who is...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. January 21, 2015

      Labour mayor defects to Ukip

      The UK Independence party’s challenge to Labour in its traditional heartlands has received a boost with the defection of the...

    9. January 20, 2015

      UK general election set to provide national identity test

      The UK is going through an identity crisis. In 2014, it looked briefly as if the country would cease to exist. Now voters in...

    10. January 20, 2015

      Ukip manifesto “just a series of bullet points”

      Less than four months before the general election, the UK Independence party’s manifesto is “just a series of bullet...

    11. January 19, 2015

      Only 1 in 10 believes UK politicians want ‘best for country’

      Faith in politicians has fallen to such an extent that only one in 10 believe they want to do “their best for the country”,...

    12. January 18, 2015

      ‘Pub landlord’ raises the bar as Farage rolls into South Thanet

      Nigel Farage launched his election campaign in South Thanet at the weekend, as Ukip poured activists into the Kent...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. January 8, 2015

      UK election TV debates in jeopardy over minority parties

      The prospect of televised leaders’ debates before the UK general election suffered a blow on Thursday night when David...

    17. January 4, 2015

      Britain’s election year may belong to the fringes

      You would never guess from the mood of the country, but Britain enters 2015 as an international success story. The economy...

    18. January 2, 2015

      South Thanet in sync with grassroots Toryism

      Eight years ago Conservatives in the Kent seat of South Thanet were quite happy to select Europhile Laura Sandys as their...

    19. January 1, 2015

      Annual FT economists’ survey: Political risk is back on the worry list

      Political risk is back on the worry list for economists, with opinion polls increasingly suggesting neither of the two main...

    20. January 1, 2015

      Ukip’s tilt to the left upsets traditionalists

      Tensions are growing in the UK Independence party’s ranks as it prepares to announce populist policies that target Labour...

    21. December 28, 2014

      Keep calm in the face of European populism

      Europe faces a busy electoral calendar in 2015. Parliamentary elections are scheduled in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland,...

    22. December 23, 2014

      Ukip donor funds site calling jailed rights activists ‘idiots’

      Human rights activists imprisoned abroad have been dismissed as “loud-mouthed idiots chained to radiators” by a website...

    23. December 23, 2014

      Ukip donor behind website attacking main parties

      The LibLabCon is a slick website which says it is run by an unnamed “independent” campaign group aiming to “expose the...

    24. 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...

    25. December 19, 2014

      Ukip rules out coalition role without EU referendum

      The UK Independence party will not join a formal coalition but will prop up a minority government if allowed a referendum on...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. December 14, 2014

      Ukip candidate Kerry Smith quits over homophobic comments

      A Ukip candidate who was recorded making homophobic comments and calling a woman with a Chinese name a racist term has quit...

    29. December 14, 2014

      ‘The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind’, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

      In What’s The Matter With Kansas? , Thomas Frank found the ghost of Friedrich Engels haunting the Great Plains. The author...

    30. December 12, 2014

      Newspaper publisher Desmond switches to Ukip from Labour

      Richard Desmond, the owner of the Express and Star newspapers and adult TV channels, has given £300,000 to the UK...

    31. December 11, 2014

      Ukip at war over Neil Hamilton’s pursuit of seat

      War has broken out at the top of the UK Independence party, with officials accusing one of its most significant funders of...

    32. December 11, 2014

      Nigel Farage, road rage and the ‘Top Gear’ political wing

      You have to sympathise with Nigel Farage, the leader of the anti-EU UK Independence party. There he was, stuck in traffic on...

    33. 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...

    34. December 8, 2014

      Ukip suspends senior party official

      The UK Independence party has suspended a senior official over allegations that he harassed a female minority candidate, a...

    35. 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...

    36. December 5, 2014

      Who knew Ukip would stew over comedy Twitter account?

      They have swept Clacton-on-Sea and Rochester and Strood, and romped home in a council by-election in Thurrock. But now there...

    37. 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...

    38. December 3, 2014

      Ukip employs six Farage guards

      The UK Independence party employs six people to protect Nigel Farage in spite of a funding crunch that has led donors to...

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