Can internet vote-match quizzes really help you decide who to vote for?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 April 18:38

The 21-year-old CEO of one of them thinks you can’t just focus on policies, even in impartial vote-matching programmes.

Consensus breaks out over childcare
By Giselle Cory - 21 April 15:50

Across the political spectrum, we are seeing the beginnings of a decent offer of childcare that addresses the anachronistic divide between work and family. Despite the differences in detail, these pledges show the tide is turning for childcare.

Miriam González Durántez hits out at the "victim complex" of politicians and their families in the public eye
By Anoosh Chakelian - 21 April 14:38

The international trade lawyer and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister discusses election campaign scrutiny, defending her husband's record, and protecting her family from the public eye.

How do the manifestos rate for ethnic minorities?
By Lester Holloway - 21 April 13:21

Labour do best, the Greens scrape a pass, the Liberals make the right noises and Ukip have nothing to say.

Simulection: What happens when you run the 2015 Conservative manifesto through a video game?
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 21 April 12:29

We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if the Tories win...

SNP manifesto 2015: Less of a ransom note, more of a blank cheque
By Nida Broughton - 21 April 11:01

The SNP's manifesto, far from a ransom note, is easily reconciliable with Labour's fiscal plans. The bigger fear is that none of the parties are planning for what happens if the economy takes a turn for the worse.

Nick Clegg: not the best, not the worst. Just what we're stuck with
By Rosie Fletcher - 21 April 10:19

Clegg’s tactic for the election is to pitch his party as the necessary bulk needed to eke out a full government. Much like whoever did the budgeting in the Conservative manifesto, the Liberal Democrats are here just to make up the numbers.

There is a Commons majority for Trident and the party couldn't amend Budgets in the way it hopes.
Why the SNP would struggle to hold Labour to ransom
By George Eaton - 21 April 7:55

There is a Commons majority for Trident and the party couldn't amend Budgets in the way it hopes. 

Here's why the Conservatives are banging on and on about the SNP
By Stephen Bush - 20 April 17:47

A new poll confirms what the Conservatives been saying privately, and bodes ill for Labour after the election.

It's not Ed Miliband who Vladimir Putin wants in Number 10
By James Bloodworth - 20 April 16:09

For all the Conservative scaremongering, it is their victory, not Miliband's, that will be cheered in the Kremlin

Market meltdown, vigilante mobs, and an asthma epidemic. Photo: Getty
Simulection: What happens when you run Labour's 2015 manifesto through a video game?
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 20 April 15:48

We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if Labour wins...

Germany and Sweden have both recently been governered by parties that finished second.
Can Labour enter power if it finishes second? Europe shows it can
By George Eaton - 20 April 15:23

Germany and Sweden have both recently been governered by parties that finished second. 

Simulection: How I'm testing the party’s 2015 manifestos on the video game Democracy 3
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 20 April 15:15

What happens when you run the main political parties' 2015 manifestos through a politics simulation game?

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Britain's immigration debate has taken a turn for the toxic
By Kavya Kaushik - 20 April 13:58

Whether it is the attacks on migrants crossing the Mediterranean or questions about Nick Clegg's heritage, our national debate on immigration has taken a nasty turn.

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence.
Balls says Labour would speak to SNP - but rules out negotiations
By George Eaton - 20 April 13:40

Shadow chancellor says Leader of the House would "talk to all parties" but rejects negotiations on the Budget and defence. 

Exclusive: George Foulkes calls on Philip Hammond to intervene in the Mediterranean
By George Foulkes - 20 April 13:17

We cannot, therefore, continue to bury our heads in the sand, nor can we hide behind talk of a more comprehensive EU strategy. The simple fact is, unless more boats are sent out to patrol the region and rescue people, more innocent lives, including those of children, will be lost in the days and weeks to come.

The Lib Dems' coalition red lines are too agreeable – they need to start playing hard to get
By Richard Morris - 20 April 12:01

No one's talking about deals with the Lib Dems, because there's nothing in their manifesto to scare the Tory or Labour horses.

What's wrong with tax avoidance?
By Mark Rowney - 20 April 11:30

In 2012, Ed Miliband said it wasn’t “for politicians to lecture people about morality”; he was right. Notwithstanding some politicians’ moral convictions, society cannot agree a moral standard for tax. 

The DWP's new solution to the problem of low pay? Blame working families
By Lindsay Judge - 20 April 10:58

The latest developments to the Universal Credit will hit working parents hard, while doing little to tackle the real problem.

What will Labour do for people with disabilities?
By David Blunkett - 20 April 8:52

I have been very fortunate in my life to have had essential help when I have needed it and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others. This election is the moment when disabled people can exercise their power and make their voice heard. And today, with the launch of its disability manifesto, Labour is hoping to win their support.

Milibandimania! Watch as Ed Miliband mobbed by screaming ladies
By Media Mole - 19 April 13:49

Ed Miliband's transformation from punchline into rockstar Prime Minister is almost complete.

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland.
Tetchy Cameron dials up SNP attack by warning English voters would lose out
By George Eaton - 19 April 11:05

The PM suggested that a Labour government reliant on nationalist support would be forced to cancel infrastructure projects outside of Scotland. 

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".

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