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Jessica Elgot is Assistant News Editor at The Huffington Post UK, with a special interest in immigration, religion and extremism. She won the Wyn Harness Prize for Journalism in 2011. Previously, Jessica was a Senior Reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, the UK's oldest Jewish news paper and also reported for the Independent and i Paper. She continues to make regular appearances on BBC 5Live. She is an English Literature graduate of University of Nottingham and completed a Postgraduate degree at the University of Cardiff. Jessica can be reached at jessica.elgot@huffingtonpost.com or on Twitter @jessicaelgot.

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11 Celebrities Who Were Driven Off Twitter

(6) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (20:10)

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses on the unanswered questions around internet freedom, mental health and housing. Election news, blogs, polls and predictions are combined with in-depth coverage...

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General Election 2015: Iain Duncan-Smith Thinks Zero-Hours Contracts Just Need A Softer Rebrand

(161) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (14:19)

Iain Duncan Smith thinks zero-hours contracts aren't that bad, they just have an image problem.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said in TV interviews that zero-hours contracts were "wrongly named" and should be re-branded "flexible hours".

He told the BBC: "It should be...

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General Election 2015 BBC Debate Had More Women Political Leaders Than Men For The First Time

(67) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (09:49)

Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage could only look on as a Press Association photographer captured the snap that summed up the seismic shift in British politics.

The BBC challengers' debate had, for the first time, more women political leaders than men on the stage.

But that was not the...

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General Election BBC Debate Makes Nick Clegg Feel Lonely

(12) Comments | Posted 17 April 2015 | (08:18)

With David Cameron refusing to take part in the BBC debate last night, the broadcaster framed the show as a chance for the "challengers" to have their say.

That meant all the opposition parties, Labour, Ukip, Greens, Scottish National Party and Wales' Plaid Cymru.

So no party that was part...

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General Election 2015 Billboards Mix-Up As Labour And Tory Candidates Faces In Wrong Constituencies

(120) Comments | Posted 16 April 2015 | (10:29)

Two election candidates have been left red-faced after their campaign posters went up dozens of miles from their constituencies.

Confused locals spotted a billboard in Carlisle emblazoned with the face of the Labour candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood Cat Smith - 58 miles away.

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Ex-NHS Boss Sir David Nicholson Has Serious Doubts About Tories

(51) Comments | Posted 16 April 2015 | (07:35)

The former head of NHS England has cast serious doubt on Tory and Liberal Democrat plans to fund the health service, warning there is a "financial hole" in the health service.

Sir David Nicholson said the so-called "Stevens plan" both parties have signed up to, which involves the government injecting...

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General Election 2015: Did James Blunt Call Out Labour's Mansion Tax?

(94) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (14:53)

UPDATE:

The popstar says the Spectator's story doesn't reflect his views at all

Surely an endorsement of...

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Ukip 2015 Manifesto: Here's 10 Priceless Policies From 2010 That Didn't Make The Cut

(15) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (12:03)

Spot the difference between the 2010 Ukip manifesto launch and the party in Purfleet today?

Back then, a fresh(ish)-faced Farage was promising "the edgiest campaign in British political history" with t-shirts emblazoned with cringeworthy double-entendres like "Withdrawal! Before it's too late".

Though Ukip might not be quite ready...

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Ukip's Manifesto Launch Needs To Go A Whole Lot Better Than 2010

(7) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (10:31)

It's not normally much of an ask to insist a party leader reads his own manifesto. But it's something Ukip's Nigel Farage has had to stress very clearly this time around, as he prepares to launch his 2015 manifesto in Purfleet.

The infamous 2010 manifesto, described as "drivel"...

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General Election 2015: Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Says His Is 'Party Of Defence'

(31) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (09:17)

Nigel Farage said he would push the Tories to spend "substantially" more than 2% of GDP on the armed forces as he prepared to unveil a manifesto showing Ukip was "the new party of defence".

In a bid to bolster slowing poll momentum, the...

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General Election 2015: Lib Dems Want To Run The Department For Education

(27) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (07:56)

The Liberal Democrats should be given the keys to the Department of Education in any future coalition, Nick Clegg said, pledging he will make increases to education funding a key demand for participation in another government as they launch a manifesto promising to spend...

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Europe Migrant Crisis Worsens As 400 Drowned Fleeing Libya When Boat Capsizes

(176) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (07:22)

Survivors of a capsized boat off Libya have told Save the Children that 400 people are believed to have drowned in one of the worst tragedies of Europe's continuing migrant crisis.

Even before the survivors were interviewed, Italy's Coast Guard said it assumed that there were many dead given...

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Conservative Manifesto Right-To-Buy Pledge Is 'Wrong Solution' Say Housing Campaigners

(140) Comments | Posted 14 April 2015 | (07:30)

Housing experts have torn into the Conservatives' manifesto pledge to grant 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their homes, with the policy called the "wrong solution" to the housing crisis dubbed 'Generation Rent'.

The extension of the Right to Buy scheme is a centrepiece of...

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General Election 2015 Manifestos Have Just Tiny Mentions Of Digital Issues?

(1) Comments | Posted 13 April 2015 | (12:46)

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses on the unanswered questions around internet freedom, mental health and housing. Election news, blogs, polls and predictions are combined with in-depth coverage...

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The Metadata 'Blackmail Machine' At The Heart Of Britain's Digital Policy Deficit

(11) Comments | Posted 10 April 2015 | (09:38)

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses on the unanswered questions around internet freedom, mental health and housing. Election news, blogs,...

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Mystery Man Caught Peering From Behind David Cameron's Door Has Everyone Spooked

(33) Comments | Posted 24 March 2015 | (08:53)

Yes, the real story is how David Cameron won't serve a third term if he gets re-elected. Or the Camerons' £45 fondue set (surely a gift!?!).

But it's the mystery man caught peering around a door behind Samantha Cameron during the PM's interview with the BBC's...

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David Cameron Third Term Was 'Statement Of Bleeding Obvious', Says Michael Gove

(170) Comments | Posted 24 March 2015 | (07:29)

David Cameron faced Labour claims of arrogance after declaring that he would not seek a third term in office just weeks before voters go to the polls in a general election that will decide if he gets a second.

Critics like Alastair Campbell suggested that by...

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Treating The Trolls: Are There Other Ways To Address The Tide Of Online Abuse?

(14) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (13:51)

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses on the unanswered questions around internet freedom, mental health and housing. Election news, blogs, polls and predictions are combined with in-depth coverage...

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Barack Obama's Veiled Threats To Benjamin Netanyahu Could Shape Israel's Next Coalition Government

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (11:12)

Benjamin Netanyahu has secured enough support to build a coalition government, though he may yet extend an offer of collaboration to his left-wing opponent after Barack Obama indicated in an interview with the Huffington Post that the US would find it "difficult" to back a hard...

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Afzal Amin's Bizarre Defensive Rant Includes Quoting Rudyard Kipling

(28) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (10:35)

A suspended Tory candidate embroiled in a row over using a "stage-managed" English Defence League protest to boost his election chances has mounted a bizarre defence of his actions, including quoting passages from Rudyard Kipling.

Afzal Amin is accused of scheming with the EDL to announce an inflammatory...

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