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Meet The Labour MP Who Agrees With Dick Cheney On The Torture Report

(49) Comments | Posted 15 December 2014 | (17:08)

The grisly United States Senate report published last week concluded that the use of torture by the CIA on detainees was not only brutal, but did not actually produce information that helped prevent any terrorist attack. Questions have also been raised about whether Britain, under the previous Labour...

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Porn Protesters Stage Mass 'Face-Sitting' Outside Parliament (PICTURES)

(37) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (13:38)


Adult film stars and freedom of expression campaigners descended on parliament on Friday to protest new laws which ban certain sexual acts from British made pornography.

The list of around 10 newly banned activities range from spanking to strangulation. The protesters decided to focus attention...

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Lord Mandelson Warns Ed Miliband A 'Core Vote' Strategy Will Fail

(83) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (23:10)

Lord Mandelson has warned Labour it must reach out beyond its core vote if it is to win the general election in just five months time.

The former business secretary and veteran of the Blair and Brown governments said on Monday evening that Ed Miliband had an opportunity to become...

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Nigel Farage Says It's 'Good Manners' To Breastfeed 'Discreetly'

(38) Comments | Posted 5 December 2014 | (13:38)

Nigel Farage has defended suggesting mothers could "sit in the corner" if they need to breastfeed their babies in public, but said it was "good manners" if women were "discreet".

The Ukip leader provoked a backlash on Friday morning when he told LBC Radio that mothers should try...

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Nigel Farage Tells Breastfeeding Mums Not To Be So 'Ostentatious'

(293) Comments | Posted 5 December 2014 | (10:09)

Nigel Farage has said it is ok for mothers to breastfeed in public, as long as they do not do so in an "ostentatious" manner.

Earlier this week a mother described her humiliation after she was asked to cover herself with a napkin while breastfeeding at Claridge's...

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David Cameron Attacks BBC For 'Hyperbolic' Coverage Of Cuts

(16) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (10:32)

David Cameron has attacked the BBC for its "hyperbolic" coverage of government spending cuts.

On Thursday morning, George Osborne lashed out at the BBC for its coverage of his Autumn Statement. Downing Street said the prime minister's agreed with his chancellor's criticism of the broadcaster.

The BBC has defended...

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Jon Cruddas: Labour Must Do Better Than A 'Dodgy 0-1 Away Win'

(15) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (12:58)

Labour must try and do better than a "dodgy 0-1 away win" in 2015, Labour's policy co-ordinator Jon Cruddas has said.

Polls suggest the election in May will be extremely close, with Ukip and the SNP chipping away at Tory and Labour and Lib Dem support.

The shadow cabinet minister...

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Fire Alarm Interrupts David Cameron's Big Immigration Speech

(4) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (09:57)

David Cameron delivered what could be one of the most important speeches today, setting out his plan to curb immigration. Unfortunately for the prime minister someone set off the fire alarm in the JCB factory he had chosen as the venue.

Many politicians may have unwisely decided to...

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Ex-Minister Urges Cameron To 'Move On' From Immigration After Speech: 'I Hope That'll Be The End Of It'

(79) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (10:23)

The Conservative Party needs to be "very careful" about the language it uses about immigration and should move back to talking about the economy as quickly as possible, a former Tory immigration minister has said.

David Cameron is expected to deliver a highly anticipated speech today, outlining a...

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Ukip Tells Tory Defectors: You Don't Need A By-Election

(30) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (16:23)

Conservative MPs who want to defect to Ukip do not need to resign their seat and trigger a by-election in advance of the May 2015 general election, Douglas Carswell has said.

Carswell, Ukip's first ever elected MP, has set a precedent that defectors stand down from parliament and seek re-election...

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Labour Attacks 'Highly Offensive' Daily Express Immigration Front Page

(105) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (13:40)

Labour has launched a strong attack on the Daily Express for making a "highly offensive" claim that the children of migrants should also be classed as immigrants, even if they were born in Britain.

Today's Daily Express ran with the provocative front page headline: 'Hidden Migrant Millions'. The...

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Pascal Lamy, EX-WTO Boss, Warns UK Exit From EU A 'Nightmare' Scenario

(31) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (11:38)

It would be a "nightmare" if Britain decided to quit the European Union, a former director general of the World Trade Organisation has warned.

Pascal Lamy, who ran the WTO from 2005 until 2013, told The Huffington Post that Europe was operating in "total obscurity" about what powers...

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Nick Clegg's Criticism Of Islington Politicians 'Surprising', Says Lib Dem Candidate

(9) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (12:32)

Nick Clegg has accused Emily Thornberry of being "drippingly patronising" towards voters, after she tweeted a photograph of a Rochester home covered in England flags.

Last week Islington MP Thornberry was sacked by Ed Miliband from the shadow cabinet amid accusations the photograph showed snobbery towards working class...

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Nigel Farage Denies He Proposed Flat Tax, But This Ukip Leaflet Did

(82) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (12:47)

Nigel Farage has denied Ukip proposed introducing a flat tax during a by-election campaign. However a leaflet distributed by the party in the contest appears to contradict the Ukip leader.

Farage took part in a phone-in show on LBC radio on Friday morning. One caller, Sam from Bristol, questioned whether...

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Ukip Deputy Chair Suzanne Evans Accuses 'Out Of Touch' Londoners Of Not Wearing Poppies

(140) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (10:51)

The deputy chairman of Ukip, Suzanne Evans, has accused "out of touch" Londoners of not wearing poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Evans was Ukip's representative on the BBC's Rochester by-election coverage on Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.

Explaining the success of Nigel Farage's insurgent...

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Ukip's Mark Reckless Wins Rochester By-Election Amid Rumours Of Further Defections

(390) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (23:03)

Nigel Farage is celebrating seeing a second Ukip MP elected to parliament this morning after Mark Reckless comfortably secured victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election, raising the prospect that more Conservatives may defect.

Reckless, who tried to derail David Cameron's party conference two months ago by dramatically defecting from...

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Myleene Klass Gave Miliband A 'Pasting From A Popstar' Jokes Cameron

(21) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (12:21)

David Cameron today seized on Ed Miliband's his awkward TV clash with singer Myleene Klass, joking that the Labour leader had been on the receiving end of a "pasting popstar".

On Monday, Miliband appeared alongside Klass on ITV's The Agenda programme. The singer launched...

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Oliver Letwin: I'll Vote To Leave The European Union If David Cameron's Renegotiation Fails

(23) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (21:27)

Oliver Letwin, the senior Conservative charged with helping to draw up the party's general election manifesto, has said he will vote to leave the European Union if David Cameron fails to win enough powers back from Brussels.

The Cabinet Office minister, who is close to the prime minister,...

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George Osborne 'Locks' His Milk In Fridge To Stop Lib Dems Drinking It

(24) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (15:14)

George Osborne keeps the milk for his tea locked away to stop other ministers in the Treasury from stealing it, according to Danny Alexander.

The Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury revealed to reporters in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon that while he and the Tory...

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Danny Alexander 'Happy' To Fight Alex Salmond For Commons Seat

(74) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (13:26)

Danny Alexander has said he would be "happy" to see Alex Salmond challenge him for his seat in the Westminster parliament at the general election in six months time, and dodged questions about whether he wants to become Lib Dem leader.

On Tuesday, Salmond, the outgoing Scottish first minister and...

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