About that Conservative jobs miracle...
By Jonathan Portes - 18 April 9:17

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed.

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.
How Labour could call the SNP's bluff in a hung parliament
By George Eaton - 17 April 13:02

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech. 

Restart the rescue: the most important policy you've never heard of
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 11:57

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

Labour's young people manifesto keeps the promise of Britain alive
By Ivan Lewis - 17 April 11:10

The launch of Labour's groundbreaking young people manifesto today is further evidence of Ed Miliband's determination to put the future of the younger generation at the heart of this election campaign.

Liz Kendall: "Nobody wants to think about what they'll be like when they're incredibly old"
By Stephen Bush - 17 April 10:59

The shadow minister for care and older people on the future of old age in Britain, parents versus the state, and what she's most excited about.

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks.
Miliband pledges to ban unpaid internships as Labour woos youth vote
By George Eaton - 17 April 0:01

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks. 

An interview with Ken Clarke: "The iron of the Treasury has entered my soul"
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 23:53

The Tory MP and former Chancellor on how politics has changed, the dangers of unfunded spending pledges, and how his party is "too right-wing".

The Labour leader filled the prime ministerial hole on the stage and threw down the gauntlet to Cameron.
TV debate: Miliband passes his toughest test - he looked like a prime minister
By George Eaton - 16 April 22:26

The Labour leader filled the prime ministerial void on the stage and threw down the gauntlet to Cameron. 

Five things we learned from the TV election challengers' debate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 21:59

It was everyone but David Cameron and Nick Clegg on the BBC's "challengers' debate" panel. Here's what it revealed.

The biggest losers from the manifesto season? The young and the poor
By Javed Khan - 16 April 17:36

As it stands, on election day, the young people who have been rejected throughout their lives will find that they yet again have no one to turn to.

Partying with Paddy Ashdown, Ed's Labour HQ rules, and a literally rubbish Tory
By Kevin Maguire - 16 April 16:09

Plus young Tory exploits with the Northern Ireland Secretary's red box.

In political debate as in sport, practice doesn't make perfect: it makes for boring
By Ed Smith - 16 April 14:58

Instead of playing to win, politicians are seeking not to lose.

Tony Blair's EU error, Labour's nuisance calls, and Peter Hitchens' defence of Ed Miliband
By Peter Wilby - 16 April 14:51

Plus a call for a parliament so hung it can't make pointless changes.

Here's why London should bid to be the next City of Culture
By Gareth Thomas - 16 April 14:47

London is home to the biggest galleries, the most famous museums and some of the country's most famous cultural destinations. But in outer London, many venues are struggling and deserve a moment to shine.

Labour launch registration push: "Take a hold of your future, or someone else will"
By Stephen Bush - 16 April 14:17

As the latest ONS figures show 830,000 people falling off the electoral register, Labour release a non-partisan video urging people to register to vote.

Nick Clegg gives careers advice
How do the party manifestos rate for social mobility?
By Emran Mian - 16 April 13:23

None of the major parties really grapple with the necessary work to improve social mobility, although they all say they're for it.

Exclusive: Ken Clarke warns Tories against “blank cheques” and “silly” pledges that could wreck “fragile” recovery
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 April 12:47

The former Tory Chancellor also says his party hasn't won an election for 23 years because it's "too right-wing", and that attacking Ed Miliband's personality will "cost votes".

Ukip and the SNP are symptoms, not the cause, of the crisis in our democracy
By Robert Corfe - 16 April 12:40

Ukip and the SNP are merely the strongest political expressions of our present discontents.
 

The public won't buy Right to Buy
By David Orr - 16 April 10:21

David Cameron's Right to Buy policy scored good headlines but the public won't buy it.

Suzanne Evans addresses the party faithful. Photo:Getty
Ukip don't deserve their media prominence. Here's the proof
By Justin Murphy - 16 April 9:35

Which came first, the breakthrough or the BBC appearances? An academic suggests that Ukip are getting a helping hand from the press.

How did the Labour party manifesto deal with social security?
By James Bolton - 16 April 7:58

Social security is perhaps the least surprising part of Labour's manifesto. But it's also one of the most important. 

Shadow chancellor deploys new line of attack against the Conservatives' profligate manifesto.
Balls warns Tories' £25bn unfunded pledges would cost average family £1,400
By George Eaton - 15 April 22:30

Shadow chancellor deploys new line of attack against the Conservatives' profligate manifesto. 

Which party should you vote for to make you happiest?
By Michael Plant - 15 April 16:57

You’ve heard the economic arguments and seen the policy wrangling, but which party would actually increase your happiness?

How might Labour talk about the coalition without winding up the Liberal Democrats?
By Nick Tyrone - 15 April 16:30

How might Labour and the Liberal Democrats reach common ground over the recent past? A Liberal Democrat explains how Labour might approach it.

There is much for Labour to agree with in the Liberal Democrat manifesto
By Andrew Harrop - 15 April 14:00

Although a formal Labour/Lib Dem coalition may not be on the cards, Labour must take the Lib Dem manifesto seriously.

There is nothing "progressive" about "spending more on your debt interest repayments ever year than you do on housing," says the shadow business secretary.
Chuka Umunna: Labour must make more positive case for deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 15 April 14:00

There is nothing "progressive" about "spending more on your debt interest repayments ever year than you do on housing," says the shadow business secretary. 

Nick Clegg is was in a punchy mood. Photo: Getty
Liberal Democrat manifesto: All the compromises are already made
By Stephen Bush - 15 April 12:21

There are no hostages to fortune in the Liberal manifesto, but little to stir up the blood either.

Nigel Farage has launched Ukip's manifesto. Photo: Getty
Ukip manifesto launch: out with the "drivel", in with the "serious"?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 April 11:15

Ukip is launching its manifesto today, but confusion remains over some of its policies.

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