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

(5) 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'

(66) 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

(29) 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

(100) 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

(28) 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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Yvette Cooper Attacks 'Liberal Commentators' Who Don't Want To Talk About Immigration

(46) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (11:15)

Yvette Cooper has criticised unnamed "liberal commentators" who, she said, believe it is wrong to talk about immigration.

In a speech today, Labour's shadow home secretary pledged to pay for 1,000 extra border guards by imposing a charge on visitors from the US and 55...

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Watch Myleene Klass Shout At Ed Miliband Over The Mansion Tax

(23) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (10:08)

Under fire Labour leader Ed Miliband has found himself coming under attack from yet another unexpected quarter.

Appearing on ITV's The Agenda, Miliband appeared to be taken by surprise when singer Myleene Klass tore into his plans for a "mansion tax" on properties worth more than...

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Alistair Darling Warns UK Exit From EU May Be 'Unstoppable'

(294) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (09:44)

Britain's exit from the European Union may be "unstoppable", Alistair Darling has warned.

The former Labour chancellor, who ran the successful Better Together campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, said on Tuesday there were striking similarities between the independence referendum and the debate about the EU.

Writing...

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Karren Brady Says Nigel Farage Makes Her 'Shudder'

(239) Comments | Posted 14 November 2014 | (13:10)

Karren Brady, the Tory peer and star of The Apprentice, has said Nigel Farage makes her "shudder".

Brady, who took her seat in the House of Lords earlier this month, attacked Ukip for wanting to "turn the clock back" on women's rights. Brady hit out at Farage as she campaigned...

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Nigel Farage Challenges Ed Miliband To Live TV Debate

(108) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (14:18)

Nigel Farage has challenged Ed Miliband to a live head-to-head debate on TV, after the Labour leader attacked Ukip's "unjust" values.

In a letter published on Twitter today, Farage said he was "quite surprised" that Miliband said he wanted a debate about Ukip, given he had previously "declined" a face-to-face...

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Ed Miliband Insists He 'Won't Buckle Under The Pressure' Following Leadership Attacks

(36) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (12:52)

Ed Miliband has said he will tour the country over the next six months in order to personally sell his message to voters, following a worrying poll for the Labour leader that suggested an overwhelming number of people did not think he was ready to be prime minister.

In a...

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