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General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon 'Unenthusiastic' About SNP-Labour Coalition

(113) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (14:45)

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is not overly keen on being part of a formal coalition with Ed Miliband following the general election. However the SNP leader indicated would be willing to prop up a Labour minority government on a "case by case" basis.

A surge in support for the...

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PMQs: David Cameron 'Weaponises' BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson

(125) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (12:03)

David Cameron deployed Nick Robinson in his election war against Ed Miliband today, using the BBC political editor's reporting to shield himself from attacks on the Conservative Party's management of the NHS.

Miliband has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether he has said, in private, that he wants to...

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Vote Green, Welsh Nationalists Tell People In England

(3) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (11:18)

Plaid Cymru has told Welsh people living in England to vote for the Green Party, in order to increase the chances of a hung parliament after May 7.

The Welsh nationalist party said on Wednesday that an alliance of Plaid Cymru, SNP and Green MPs in Westminster would be in...

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Sir John Chilcot Agrees To Grilling By MPs Over Report Delay

(7) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (16:08)

Sir John Chilcot is to give evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on 4 February about his delayed report into the Iraq war, the committee confirmed on Tuesday.

The announcement came as the UK's top civil servant denied suggestions he had intervened to stop the report being...

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John Redwood Says If Tories Fail To Win Majority In 2015 Party May Never Do So Again

(68) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (23:29)

If the Conservative Party fails to win a majority at the general election in May it might never do so ever again, former Tory cabinet minister John Redwood has warned colleagues.

Redwood told a meeting of Tory activists in Westminster on Monday evening that British voters...

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Ukip MEP Admits Split In Party And Warns Against 'Out Of Control Egos'

(174) Comments | Posted 25 January 2015 | (18:19)

A senior Ukip MEP has attacked the "ultra-Tory libertarian" wing of his party, accusing it of being "politically completely away with the fairies".

Patrick O'Flynn, Ukip's economics spokesman, is known to believe the party needs to focus on winning over Labour voters in the north of England if it is...

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Broadcasters Call Cameron's TV Debate Bluff, Invite Green Party

(86) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (15:31)

The Green Party, SNP and Plaid Cymru have all been invited to take part in the televised election debates, after broadcasters revised their proposals in order to persuade the prime minister to take part.

The broadcasters has initially suggested three debates. One would have featured David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick...

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New Laws Needed To 'Stop Tony Blair Damaging Reputation Of UK'

(66) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (12:51)

New laws should be introduced to stop former prime ministers from damaging the reputation of the United Kingdom with their post-Downing Street behaviour, a Conservative MP has demanded.

Andrew Bridgen said the actions of Tony Blair since he left office in 2007 meant parliament should hold and "urgent debate" into...

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Lord Oakeshott Bankrolling Labour Candidates

(19) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (09:17)

A former Liberal Democrat peer is helping to bankroll 30 Labour candidates at the general election to bolster Ed Miliband's bid for No 10, it has emerged.

Lord Oakeshott, who quit the junior coalition party following a failed leadership coup, has flooded 46 marginal seats with £600,000 as part of...

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Tony Blair Snaps At BBC Reporter Over Chilcot Delay Questions

(157) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (14:59)

Tony Blair was today confronted with questions about the delay to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war, after it was confirmed the findings would not be published until after the election.

The former prime minister was quizzed as he walked gingerly over the ice while exiting a...

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Tony Blair Confronted Over Iraq War Following Chilcot Delay

(1) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (12:48)

Tony Blair has rejected claims that the invasion of Iraq fuelled the current wave of Islamic terrorism as it emerged the inquiry into the UK's involvement in the conflict will not be published until after the general election.

A spokesman for the former prime minister also this afternoon rejected any...

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Liam Fox: David Cameron's Lack Of 'Economic Credibility' Cost Tories 2010 Election

(15) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (01:47)

The Conservatives failed to win the 2010 general election because the party lacked "economic credibility", former Tory defence secretary Liam Fox has said.

In 2007, David Cameron and George Osborne promised that the Conservative Party would match Labour's spending plans for the following three years. However in the...

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Nigel Farage Sounds 'More Authentic' Than Us, Warns Labour's Margaret Hodge

(190) Comments | Posted 17 January 2015 | (16:25)

The Labour Party is losing votes to Ukip because Nigel Farage sounds "much more authentic", a senior Labour MP has warned.

Margaret Hodge, the chair of the public accounts committee, told the Fabian Society conference in central-London on Saturday that the Labour leadership was too controlling.

"That top...

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Being An Atheist As Hard For Tories As Being Gay, Says MP

(76) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (14:00)

It is as difficult for Conservative MPs to admit they are atheist as it is for gay people to be open about their sexuality, a veteran Tory has said.

James Arbuthnot, who has served as a the chair of the defence committee as well as a defence minister and Chief...

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Ed Miliband Promises Not To Ban Snapchat

(5) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (12:44)

Ed Miliband has promised he will not ban Snapchat if he becomes prime minister in May.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, David Cameron said he wanted to bring in new laws to prevent people being able to use technology communicate without the intelligence agencies being able to listen...

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The Green Party Now Has More Members Than Ukip

(218) Comments | Posted 15 January 2015 | (11:33)

The Green Party now has more members than Ukip.

On Thursday morning Green Party sources said it had 43,829 members as of midday. Ukip's reported membership is 41,966.

Green Party sources also claimed to have put on 2,000 members yesterday, in what potentially is its biggest...

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Nick Clegg Tells Broadcasters To Grow A 'Backbone' Over TV Debates

(63) Comments | Posted 15 January 2015 | (09:36)

Broadcasters need to "develop a bit of backbone" in order to prevent David Cameron from dodging the TV election debates, Nick Clegg has said.

An alliance of TV channels have proposed three debates - one head to head between Cameron and Ed Miliband, another...

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Al Murray's Pub Landlord To Fight Nigel Farage For South Thanet At Election

(133) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (14:58)

Nigel Farage will not be the only pint downing politician seeking election in South Thanet in May, as Al Murray's Pub Landlord character has announced he will challenge the Ukip leader for the seat at the election.

Murray entered the race for the Kent constituency on Wednesday, posting...

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David Cameron Making 'Pathetic' Excuses To Dodge TV Debates

(48) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (10:09)

David Cameron was met with a wall of Labour MPs clucking like chickens on Wednesday, as he faced accusations of running away from the TV election debates.

This morning Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage joined forces to increase the pressure on the prime minister to sign up for...

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Iraq War Chilcot Inquiry Must Be Published Before Election Demand MPs

(6) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (12:08)

A cross-party group of MPs hope to force a vote in the House of Commons to put pressure on the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War to publish its report before the election.

Led by former Tory leadership candidate David Davis, the MPs want the inquiry's findings to...

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