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Mandy eyes up Lib Dems but Clegg and Farron keeping their options open (and Gove says no to Ukip)

Mandy eyes up Lib Dems but Clegg and Farron keeping their options open (and Gove says no to Ukip)

18 Apr 2015 09:32

As the polls continue to point to an electoral deadlock, are Labour types warming towards the idea of a deal with the Liberal Democrats?

The FT reports a senior figures talking about a “pretty substantial overlap” between the parties.

In particular, Lord Mandelson is to cosying up to the Lib Dems a bit:

“Obviously Ed Miliband’s first choice would be to have a Labour government, pure and simple, and I would strongly support that. But

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Watch: Awkward TV debate moment for Miliband as Sturgeon urges him to work with SNP

Watch: Awkward TV debate moment for Miliband as Sturgeon urges him to work with SNP

16 Apr 2015 21:28

Nicola Sturgeon has implored Ed Miliband to work with the SNP to remove David Cameron from Downing Street.

In one of the most dramatic moments of this evening's five-way BBC election debate, Sturgeon faced Miliband and told him:

“I can help Labour be bolder … take the chance to kick David Cameron out of Downing Street. Don’t turn your back on it - people will never forgive you.

"It’s about delivering real change – not

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Watch: Cornered Nigel Farage lashes out at 'left wing' audience in BBC election debate

Watch: Cornered Nigel Farage lashes out at 'left wing' audience in BBC election debate

16 Apr 2015 20:50

Nigel Farage lashed out at the audience in this evening's five-way BBC election debate.

The Ukip leader was the only voice from the right to feature in the debate - and at various times came under attack from Ed Miliband, Nicola Sturgeon, Natalie Bennett and Leanne Wood.

After some applause for his rivals, Farage snapped and claimed the audience was displaying left-wing tendencies.

His comments were jeered by some audience members and earnt him a

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Labour deploys Jo to reinforce Brand credentials on NHS

Labour deploys Jo to reinforce Brand credentials on NHS

16 Apr 2015 17:01

Labour is determined to ram home its advantage over the Tories when it comes to the NHS. It has now turned to Jo Brand in the latest attempt to do exactly that.

The most recent YouGov tracker has Labour as the most trusted party on the NHS, having the support of 39% of voters, compared with the Conservatives’ 25%.

So in Labour's latest election broadcast the comedian and former nurse spends a good two minutes

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Is Suzanne Evans set to be the next leader of Ukip?

Is Suzanne Evans set to be the next leader of Ukip?

15 Apr 2015 15:01

Ukip’s deputy chairman Suzanne Evans seems to have boosted her standing as the party's ‘leader in waiting’ at its manifesto launch today.

Evans stepped in as Ukip’s policy chief earlier this year and was the main speaker at this morning’s launch event at a hotel in Essex.

In a recent Sunday Times interview, Nigel Farage named Evans and Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttal as his preferred successors should he fail to win in South Thanet

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Lib Dem manifesto launch: Clegg chooses hipster venue to shoot from the hip at opponents

Lib Dem manifesto launch: Clegg chooses hipster venue to shoot from the hip at opponents

15 Apr 2015 11:04

Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrat manifesto today with a number of pot shots at his various political opponents.

After the Green party’s manifesto launch in uber-cool Dalston yesterday, Clegg continued the hipster vibe by making his speech at an "architecturally distressed undercroft" in Battersea.

The Lib Dems are pledging an extra £2.5bn for education in England. But Clegg’s main message today was that voting Lib Dem is the only way to keep the wolves

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Tory manifesto launch: Strains of vintage Blair as Cameron backs 'buccaneering' Britain

Tory manifesto launch: Strains of vintage Blair as Cameron backs 'buccaneering' Britain

14 Apr 2015 12:18

David Cameron has launched the Conservative election manifesto in a relentlessly positive manner, saying Britain can once again be a “buccaneering, world-beating, can-do country”.

After five years of austerity and weeks of negative campaigning, the Conservative leader made a clear effort to reframe the Tory election drive in his speech in Swindon this morning.

He even managed to avoid putting the boot into Ed Miliband for the duration of his speech

The stand-out manifesto policy

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Green party launches ‘end to Thatcherism’ manifesto

Green party launches ‘end to Thatcherism’ manifesto

14 Apr 2015 10:51

Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas have unveiled the Green party’s election manifesto.

Launching the document in Dalston, east London, this morning, Bennett said the Greens had surged to 59,000 members - more than Ukip or the Lib Dems.

Sounding slightly like Nick Clegg in 2010, Bennett spoke of "a new kind of politics, the end of politics as usual".

Asked whether the Green Party really is proposing the end of austerity, Bennett reached for Maggie:

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Reaction to Mili manifesto pledge: Gove, Clegg and IFS

Reaction to Mili manifesto pledge: Gove, Clegg and IFS

13 Apr 2015 15:16

Labour and the Lib Dems have been busy attempting to shoot down Ed Miliband’s pledge to be a fiscally responsible prime minister.

As he launched Labour’s election manifesto, Miliband said Labour would not promise anything it could not fund.

For the Tories, Michael Gove was not convinced. He told BBC News:

“I don’t think anyone believes that Labour are the party of fiscal responsibility. This is a deathbed conversion that’s got no credibility at all.”

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Top journalists lap up Miliband manifesto speech

Top journalists lap up Miliband manifesto speech

13 Apr 2015 13:38

Ed Miliband’s manifesto speech has been described as “the speech he should have given at his party conference”, by the BBC's political editor.

Nick Robinson was one of many political journalists to react positively to the Labour leader’s address at his party's manifesto launch in Manchester this morning.

Daily Mail deputy editor Tony Gallagher said Miliband was “relaxed, funny, confident”.  The Guardian’s Rafael Behr said the speech was even good enough to earn Miliband “a

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Exasperated Andrew Marr says George Osborne not answering questions over NHS funding

Exasperated Andrew Marr says George Osborne not answering questions over NHS funding

12 Apr 2015 10:57

George Osborne has failed to explicity spell out how the Conservatives would fund their pledge to spend £8bn more per year on the NHS by the end of the next parliament.

The Chancellor faced repeated questioning on how the Tories would pay for the pledge as he appeared on the Andrew Marr Show.

He said the Tories had a “track record” which proved that they could be trusted to meet the spending target identified by

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Nigel gets the Nigel vote and Charlottes prefer Cameron

Nigel gets the Nigel vote and Charlottes prefer Cameron

11 Apr 2015 17:46

People called Nigel are roughly twice as likely to vote for UKIP as the general population, according to new research.

YouGov explored how first names tie in to political attitudes for the BBC Radio 4 programme Campaign Sidebar.

It found that 31% of Nigels back UKIP, compared to 16% among the public overall. But the name most likely to vote UKIP is Jill.

For the other parties, Charlotte, Michelle and Tim were the names

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