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Ukip MEP David Coburn Got Slow Hand-Clapped So Called BBC Audience Names

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (22:06)

Ukip MEP David Coburn appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme on Friday evening. He got slow hand-clapped by members of the audience. So he called them names.

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Patrick O'Flynn Tells Ukip Leadership Not To Damage Election Hopes With 'Ranting'

(34) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (17:32)

A senior Ukip MEP has warned the party leadership not to damage the party's election chances by getting caught "ranting" on television.

Patrick O'Flynn, the party's economics spokesman and former communications director, said leading Ukip figures must be "civilised in debate" and not resort to "hyperbolic" language.

Addressing...

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Nigel Farage Attacks 'Malicious' Speculation About His Health: 'Rumours Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated'

(53) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (16:44)

Nigel Farage has accused his opponents of spreading "malicious" rumours about his health and insisted he plans to lead Ukip for many years to come.

Speaking at Ukip's spring conference in Margate on Friday, Farage told party members: "Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

Farage has...

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John Cleese Compares Journalists To Murderers At Confrontational Hacked Off Meeting

(21) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (14:34)

Comedian John Cleese has likened journalists arguing for self-regulation to murderers wanting to police themselves during a press reform rally.

The Monty Python star also accused Britain's newspaper editors of being cold-blooded liars who only wanted control to remain fully within the industry so they could be "free to do...

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Ed Miliband Catches David Cameron Off-Guard At PMQs Over Second Jobs

(109) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (12:14)

Ed Miliband appeared to surpruse David Cameron today, when he offered to ban Labour MPs from serving as trade union officials.

Labour hopes to embarrass the Tories over the cash-for-access scandal by forcing a House of Commons vote on Miliband's proposal to ban MPs from holding...

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Ukip MP Douglas Carswell Denies He Is 'At Odds' With Nigel Farage

(46) Comments | Posted 24 February 2015 | (14:16)

Douglas Carswell insisted there is no ideological split between him and Nigel Farage, as he said Ukip needed to appeal to "all Britons" if it was to make a significant breakthrough in Westminster.

Speaking at an event in central-London on Tuesday hosted by the the Politeia think-tank, Ukip's...

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Natalie Bennett May Have Given The Worst Political Interview Ever

(266) Comments | Posted 24 February 2015 | (09:29)

The Green Party launched its election campaign today, however it did not get off to the best of starts. Party leader Natalie Bennett caused a stir during an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme by suggesting the West should give concessions to Russian...

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Ukip Candidate Victoria Ayling Asks What Happens 'When Renewable Energy Runs Out'

(184) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (14:20)

A Ukip parliamentary candidate has been widely mocked for reports that she was worried renewable energy would one day run out.

Victoria Ayling, who wants to be the next MP for Great Grimsby was taking part in a hustings in the town of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. According...

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Polls Show Ukip Within Striking Distance Of Three Tory Seats

(210) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (11:09)

Ukip is within striking distance of snatching three seats from the Conservative Party in May's general election, polling published on Thursday suggested.

Detailed constituency surveys conducted by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft shows Nigel Farage's party running the Conservatives close in Boston & Skegness, Castle Point and...

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Tory Minister Esther McVey Refreshingly Admits She Wants To Be Prime Minister

(101) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (14:56)

Senior Conservative minister Esther McVey has given a refreshingly honest answer when asked today if she wanted to be prime minister.

The employment minister, who was given the right to attend cabinet last year as the face of David Cameron's reshuffle, has had a rapid rise...

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Conservative Party Strongly Denies Labour 'Paedophile Smear' Allegations

(76) Comments | Posted 18 February 2015 | (11:52)

The Conservative Party has strongly denied accusations that it was prepared to "smear" Labour MPs with allegations that they were paedophiles.

On Wednesday, Labour MP Tom Watson suggested that staff at Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), formerly known as Conservative Central Office (CCO), were either withholding information from police or inventing...

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Cathy Newman No Show At Parliamentary Pancake Day Race After Mosque Furore

(20) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (12:56)

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman was a no-show at Tuesday's charity parliamentary Pancake Day race today, amid a row that saw her apologise for claiming she was "ushered" out of a mosque.

Every year MPs and political journalists take part in a pancake relay-race, organised by disability...

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Parliament Pancake Day Race Sees MPs Accuse Journalists Of 'Foul Play'

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2015 | (11:14)

Every year MPs and peers take part in a charity Pancake Day race against a team of political journalists. This year, as always, the result was disputed by the losing team amid accusations of cheating.

The press team emerged victorious, flipping their way to victory in the contest...

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General Election 2015 Poll Has Tories Four Points Ahead Of Labour

(192) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (13:14)

The Conservative Party has taken a four point lead over Labour, according to a poll published on Monday afternoon.

The ICM survey for The Guardian puts the Tories on 36% and Labour on 32%. The findings suggest a surge in support for David Cameron's...

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Labour Takes 'Welcome Step' With First Ethnic Minority All-Women Shortlist

(29) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (12:42)

The Labour Party has, for the first time, drawn up a constituency shortlist made up entirely of women from ethnic minorities.

Next week the local Labour Party in Edmonton, Greater London, will choose its parliamentary candidate for the election in May from a shortlist of three:...

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Bobby Jindal Talking 'Complete Nonsense', Says London Mayor Boris Johnson

(462) Comments | Posted 13 February 2015 | (14:28)

London mayor Boris Johnson has mocked Bobby Jindal for talking "complete nonsense", after the Republican governor of Louisiana claimed there were "no-go" areas in the British capital in which only Muslims are allowed.

Speaking on Friday morning at an event in Washington D.C hosted by POLITICO, Johnson said...

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Nigel Farage Has Lost A 'Substantial Amount Of Weight' For The Election

(54) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (12:18)

Nigel Farage has insisted he is "fighting fit" for the general election and claimed he went the whole of January without touching a drop of alcohol.

The Ukip leader, who is famous for campaigning with a pint of bitter in his hand, launched his party's election...

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David Cameron Mocks Labour For Its 'Patronising' Pink Campaign Bus

(5) Comments | Posted 11 February 2015 | (12:31)

David Cameron has mocked Labour for using a driver from the Unite union to drive its campaign bus.

The wheels came off Labour's plan to persuade more women to vote amid a mini-row over the party's decision to use a pink bus as its tour vehicle.

Harriet...

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General Election 2015 'Portillo Moments' And The Candidates Hoping To Decapitate A Big Beast

(76) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (14:55)

"We laughed. Even at 10pm," Stephen Twigg says. The Labour MP is recalling how, even as the national exit poll was released on election night 1997, he thought it fanciful that he would beat Michael Portillo.

But he did. And the...

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Nick Clegg Is A Woo-Woo And Ed Miliband Is A Tomato Juice, According To Voters

(1) Comments | Posted 9 February 2015 | (16:21)

The latest poll from Lord Ashcroft has given the Conservative Party a three point lead over Labour. However that is not what will worry Ed Miliband the most.

The pollster also asked voters if each of the main party leaders were a drink, what would they...

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