Tory press more powerful than Fox News, says ex-Obama aide David Axelrod

Tory press more powerful than Fox News, says ex-Obama aide David Axelrod

06 May 2015 12:18

Barack Obama’s former senior adviser has hit out at the partisan nature of the British press, calling it more powerful than Fox News.

David Alexrod has been advising Ed Miliband during the election campaign. His interview with the Politico website is published as The Sun and Daily Mail have become the latest newspapers to endorse the Conservatives.

Asked if he believed Britain’s conservative print media to be more powerful than Fox News, Axelrod responded:

“Yeah,

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Mind the gaffe: What do voters know about Dave, Ed et al?

Mind the gaffe: What do voters know about Dave, Ed et al?

05 May 2015 16:42

The latest polling from Lord Ashcroft finds the Tory lead is down by four since last week to 32 per cent.

Labour is unchanged on 30 per cent, with the Lib Dems up two points at 11 per cent, UKIP up one at 12 per cent, the Greens unchanged at seven per cent and the SNP up one at five per cent.

Meanwhile, in his focus groups, Lord A got punters to come up with

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Lucy Powell plays hardball as Tories seize on EdStone comments

Lucy Powell plays hardball as Tories seize on EdStone comments

05 May 2015 13:30

Labour’s Lucy Powell has accused the Conservatives and senior journalists of misquoting her after she spoke out this morning on the so-called EdStone.

The party’s election campaign vice chair was asked about the move to carve Labour promises in stone as she appeared on 5Live. She said:

“The point we're trying to make there is that Ed Miliband... he stands by his pledges and his promises.

"I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the

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Kids call the election for Cam

Kids call the election for Cam

05 May 2015 10:10

A poll of 5,000 schoolchildren has found 40 per cent backing David Cameron to win the general election.

The survey by First News children's newspaper put the Tory leader top, with Ed Miliband on 22%, Natalie Bennett on 18%, Nick Clegg on 9%, Nigel Farage on 6%, Nicola Sturgeon on 4% and Leanne Wood on 1%.

The young voters were also given the opportunity to comment about their selection.

Jay, 9, voted for Plaid Cymru's

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Russell Brand endorses Ed Miliband, but don't expect him to vote for Labour...

Russell Brand endorses Ed Miliband, but don't expect him to vote for Labour...

04 May 2015 20:55

Russell Brand has urged voters to back Labour in the general election - days after making it clear that he would not be voting himself.

The actor and comedian offered the endorsement at the end of a previously unreleased clip of his recent interview with Ed Miliband:

“David Cameron might think I'm a joke, but I don't think there's anything funny about what the Conservative Party have been doing to this country and we have

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Miliband to set promises in stone: Twitter reacts to the EdStone

Miliband to set promises in stone: Twitter reacts to the EdStone

03 May 2015 10:35

After David Cameron's plan to bring in a law to stop himself from increasing taxes, has Ed Miliband outdone the PM in the gimmick stakes?

The Labour leader has unveiled a giant stone inscription bearing Labour’s six election pledges. Apparently, it is set to be installed in the Downing Street garden if he becomes prime minister.

According to The Observer, the 8ft 6in-high limestone structure is intended to underline Ed's commitment to keep his promises

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Watch: Tories weaponise Liam Byrne note (again) in final PEB

Watch: Tories weaponise Liam Byrne note (again) in final PEB

03 May 2015 10:23

The Conservatives have produced their final election broadcast, which hits the TV channels on Tuesday evening.

The film begins with footage of a clock and states:

“Over the past five years the Conservatives have taken an economy that Labour left in ruins and started to mend it...”

A few moments later the clock is smashed and David Cameron pops up to warn against Miliband wrecking the economy.

He also produces ‘no money left’ note left

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Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Horne back Labour as Steve Coogan set to hit campaign trail

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Horne back Labour as Steve Coogan set to hit campaign trail

02 May 2015 16:43

Labour has unleashed a number of celebrity backers at a rally in London.

The event was hosted by actor Jason Isaacs who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

Also speaking at the rally were Gavin and Stacey star Matthew Horne, former Eastenders actress Michelle Collins, and TV presenters Paul O’Grady and June Sarpong.

But Labour’s new top signing is snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan who also features - along with Ed - in a

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Guardian slams 'tawdry' Tories and swings back to Labour (as does Will Self)

Guardian slams 'tawdry' Tories and swings back to Labour (as does Will Self)

02 May 2015 09:47

Five years after struggling to feel any enthusiasm for Gordon Brown, The Guardian is back in the Labour fold.

Saturday’s leader states that the Conservative campaign has been “one of the tawdriest in decades” and argues Ed Miliband has better answers than his rivals to the "profound questions" facing the country.

It expresses disappointment in David Cameron’s record:

“On issues such as Europe, the integrity of the United Kingdom, climate change, human rights and

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Seven of London’s best election night party venues

Seven of London’s best election night party venues

01 May 2015 13:59

Back in 1997, New Labour types celebrated their landslide victory with a lively election party at the Royal Festival Hall.

In 2015, with the polls tighter than ever before, neither Labour or the Tories are remotely confident enough to plan a similar bash. So where is the action taking place?

For those keen to mix politics and partying, there is no shortage of big-ticket events in the capital and a variety of tastes are catered

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Leaders' question time highlights: welfare, Europe, public spending, the SNP... and the Milistumble

Leaders' question time highlights: welfare, Europe, public spending, the SNP... and the Milistumble

30 Apr 2015 21:41

David Cameron was first up to face the music in Thursday's live question time and opted to stand up rather than use the seat provided by the BBC. Presumably in an effort to show some more of that passion he recently discovered.

The pumped-up PM was put on the spot about whether he would cut child benefit or tax credits if he wins next week's election. He didn't explicity rule it out, but said:

"I

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Economist and FT endorse Cameron despite Europe fears

Economist and FT endorse Cameron despite Europe fears

30 Apr 2015 15:08

After The Sun endorsed The Conservatives in today’s paper, The Economist and FT have followed suit.

In a leader posted online this afternoon, the FT does not quite give a ringing endorsement of the Conservative offer.

It worries that David Cameron's pledge to hold an in-out referendum on Europe threatens to consume the first two years of a Tory government and states:

“It could ultimately push Britain out of the bloc, a seismic change

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