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Nick Clegg Turns Down Job In Tim Farron's Lib Dem Team

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2015 | (11:14)

Nick Clegg has turned down a job in Tim Farron's new Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet, while frontbench jobs have also been handed to people who lost their Commons seats at the election.

The former deputy prime minister was offered a post in Farron's new team but according to the party...

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Labour MPs Fury As Ed Balls Ridiculed By Leftwingers; Jeremy Corbyn Vows The Left Is 'Not Going To Go Away' Even If He Loses

(31) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (23:00)

Labour has been plunged into fresh acrimony after leftwingers joked about Ed Balls' defeat and Jeremy Corbyn vowed to keep on fighting even if he lost the party leadership.

MPs reacted furiously after Corbyn supporters last night ridiculed Balls' loss at the general election, with one shadow minister...

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Andy Burnham Says Labour Should Ignore 'Tory Press' And Consider New Tax To Fund Social Care

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (16:12)

Andy Burnham will say Labour should consider introducing a new tax to fund social care and ignore any subsequent attacks from the "Tory press".

In a speech this evening, the shadow health secretary and Labour leadership candidate will outline his vision for a national health and care service where social...

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Stella Creasy Tells Labour 'Don't Mourn, Organise', At Final Deputy Leadership Hustings

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (12:07)

Stella Creasy used the final Labour deputy leadership hustings to urge the party to focus on attacking the Conservatives rather than each other.

The Walthamstow MP was taking part in a Q&A hosted by The Huffington Post's Paul Waugh with rivals Tom Watson, Caroline Flint, Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle.

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Watch The Final Labour Leadership Hustings With Corbyn, Burnham, Cooper And Kendall

(9) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (10:09)

Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall have taken part in, or endured, 20 Labour leadership hustings across the country.

On Saturday, the candidates took part in the final Q&A, hosted by The Huffington Post's Paul Waugh. The full debate can be viewed above. Highlights, including Burnham's explanation...

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Labour Leadership Rules Should Be Reviewed Amid 'Infiltration' Claims, Says Andy Burnham

(59) Comments | Posted 27 July 2015 | (14:58)

Andy Burnham has said Labour should hold a review of its leadership election rules, amid suggestions the party has been "infiltrated" by opponents trying to get Jeremy Corbyn elected.

Ed Miliband changed the rules to allow members of the public to vote in Labour leadership races if they pay just...

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Jeremy Corbyn Has The Most Support In Local Labour Parties

(46) Comments | Posted 17 July 2015 | (10:05)

Jeremy Corybn has leapt into the lead in the Labour leadership race when it comes to the support of local Labour parties.

At the last count, the leftwinger has the backing of 55 constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), just ahead of Andy Burnham who has the support of 52....

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Tim Farron Wins Liberal Democrat Leadership

(20) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (15:14)

Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating rival Norman Lamb.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP now faces the hard task of trying to rebuild a party that was all but wiped out at the general election.

He succeeds Nick...

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David Cameron Accused Of 'Rigging The Voting System'

(32) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (14:12)

David Cameron has been accused of "rigging" the voting system in the Conservative Party's favour, after the government decided to ignore a recommendation that it delay a change in how people register to vote until the end of 2016.

The Electoral Commission today warned that ending the transition to individual...

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Isis Brainwashing Shows Dangers Of Giving Teenagers The Vote, Says Peer

(87) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (09:56)

Young people should be denied the vote because Isis recruitment of British teenagers shows them to be too easily manipulated, a member of the House of Lords has said.

Lord Listowel, a 51-year-old cross-bench hereditary peer, said he worried people under the age of 18 were also not emotionally stable...

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Nigel Farage Comes Close To Comparing The SNP To The Nazis

(106) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (15:41)

Nigel Farage came close to comparing the SNP to the Nazis today and said he saw himself as a modern day Henry VIII.

In a speech in Washington DC this afternoon, the Ukip leader put the general election result down to the success of the SNP.

"We've had this stunning...

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Jeremy Corbyn 'Politically And Economically Bankrupt,' Warns Tristram Hunt

(66) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (11:39)

Tristram Hunt has criticised the "parochial" Labour leadership contest and said it needs to be hooked up to a "defibrillator" in order to engage voters.

The shadow education secretary, who is backing Liz Kendall to succeed Ed Miliband, also hit out at leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn for being "political and economically...

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Mhairi Black Pleads With Labour To Vote Against Cuts, Says SNP Victory Was Not Due To Nationalism

(119) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (14:38)

Mhairi Black, the newly elected 20-year-old SNP MP, has said Labour was run out of Scotland not because of nationalism but because the party has forgotten what it is for.

In her maiden speech, Black, the youngest MP in the Commons, attacked the Conservative...

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Fox Hunter Calls Nicola Sturgeon A 'Little Cranky Lady'

(20) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (11:44)

Nicola Sturgeon torpedoed David Cameron's attempt to water down the Hunting Act because she is a "little cranky lady", according to one fox hunter.

This morning the government abandoned a planned Commons vote due on Wednesday after the SNP decided to ditch its tradition of...

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Chris Bryant Says There Are '18 Months To Save BBC' From Tory 'Bully Crusade'

(60) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (09:51)

Chris Bryant will claim there is “just 18 months left to save the BBC", amid reports the government plans to make major cuts to the corporation.

In a speech this evening, Labour's shadow culture secretary will accuse the Conservatives of launching a "bully crusade" against the BBC in an attempt...

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Jeremy Corbyn Supporter Conrad Murray Behind 'Liz Kendall For Conservative Leader' Facebook Page

(42) Comments | Posted 13 July 2015 | (13:21)

A spoof Facebook page pillorying Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall as a Tory is the brainchild of a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, The Huffington Post UK can confirm.

Fingers have been pointed at several culprits, but musician and teacher Conrad Murray said on Monday he was behind it. "I feel Liz...

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Stephen Kinnock Says Limiting Tax Credits To Smaller Families 'Reminiscent Of Eugenics'

(54) Comments | Posted 13 July 2015 | (12:36)

Stephen Kinnock has said plans to limit child tax credits to the first two children in a family are reminiscent of "eugenics".

Labour's acting leader Harriet Harman has triggered a internal party row after she indicated she would support George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits for larger...

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Liz Kendall Backs Harriet Harman In Labour Row Over Cutting Tax Credits

(49) Comments | Posted 13 July 2015 | (09:28)

Liz Kendall has offered support to Harriet Harman, after Labour's acting leader sparked an internal backlash for committing the party to supporting some of George Osborne's welfare cuts.

On Sunday, Harman said Labour would accept the overall household benefits cap and the chancellor's decision to limit support through...

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Yvette Cooper Campaign Dismiss Link To Liz Kendall Facebook Smear Page

(9) Comments | Posted 10 July 2015 | (10:40)

Yvette Cooper's campaign has dismissed accusations that it is linked to a Facebook smear against rival Liz Kendall.

A spoof Facebook group called "Liz Kendall for Conservative Leader" now has more than 3,000 'likes'.

The page plays on the idea that Kendall is the most 'right-wing' of the...

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Iain Duncan Smith Insists He Doesn't Use Viagra

(28) Comments | Posted 9 July 2015 | (17:42)

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted he has never used Viagra.

Yesterday IDS thrust himself into the limelight during George Osborne's Budget after he got very excited over the introduction of a new so-called "Living Wage".

Appearing on LBC radio this afternoon, presenter Iain Dale asked...

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