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Michael Gove's wife compares Ed Miliband to Uncle Monty from Withnail and I

Michael Gove's wife compares Ed Miliband to Uncle Monty from Withnail and I

21 Apr 2015 16:52

Sarah Vine appears to have taken to Facebook to express her concern about what might happen after May 7.

PoliticsHome has clocked a comment that Michael Gove's wife made on a friend’s Facebook page. As David Cameron desperately tries to woo voters in the north, Mrs Gove helpfully declared of Labour:

“They will unite with Sturgeon - and take power. The north and then Scotland will then leech of [sic] us until we die.”

She

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Future Labour MPs quizzed on Ed’s leadership, NHS privatisation and trade unions

Future Labour MPs quizzed on Ed’s leadership, NHS privatisation and trade unions

21 Apr 2015 16:08

As the second instalment of a two part feature, TP has spoken to five Labour candidates standing in winnable seats in the 2015 general election.

The five likely future MPs were noticeably cool towards New Labour, with Neil Kinnock’s son among those criticising aspects of Blair/Brown era.

Stephen Kinnock, who is married to Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmid, is standing in the Welsh seat of Aberavon. He told us that while “huge things were achieved” in

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Labour peer hails ‘electrifying’ Nicola Sturgeon and expects ‘chaos’ after the election

Labour peer hails ‘electrifying’ Nicola Sturgeon and expects ‘chaos’ after the election

21 Apr 2015 13:10

The Labour peer Lord Puttnam has been speaking about one figure who he believes has lit up the election campaign. And it’s not Ed Miliband.

The Chariots of Fire producer told an audience of marketing execs last night:

"The most electrifying thing for me about this election is Nicola Sturgeon...  She feels so authentic."

He also gave a candid verdict on what he expects to happen after May 7.

"I would be very, very, very

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SNP calling the shots? That ain’t gonna happen, says Miliband

SNP calling the shots? That ain’t gonna happen, says Miliband

20 Apr 2015 20:17

Ed Miliband has denied that the SNP would be able to dictate the policy of a minority Labour government by saying it “ain’t gonna happen”. Twice.

The Labour leader was responding to a suggestion by Evan Davies that the SNP would be “calling the shots” if Labour did not have a majority. He looked the BBC presenter in the eye and told him in no uncertain terms:

“That ain’t gonna happen. That ain’t gonna happen.”

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Future Tory MPs quizzed on gay marriage, capital punishment and Ukip

Future Tory MPs quizzed on gay marriage, capital punishment and Ukip

20 Apr 2015 09:48

As the first installment of a two part feature, TP has spoken to five Conservative candidates standing in winnable seats in the 2015 general election.

The five we spoke to were all keen to see greater diversity in politics and were united in their dislike of Prime Minister’s Questions.

None would have voted against equal marriage and neither did any of the five appear to dispute climate change. One of the five was in favour

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Watch: David Cameron gets irritated by Andrew Marr interrogation

Watch: David Cameron gets irritated by Andrew Marr interrogation

19 Apr 2015 10:46

David Cameron has used an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show to ram home his argument that a Labour government supported by the SNP is a "frightening prospect".

The PM said the outcome would leave England, Wales and Northern Ireland "without a look-in" at Westminster.

He was responding to comments on the same show from Nicola Sturgeon that her party would be in a "very, very strong" position after May 7 to "change the direction"

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

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

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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