A high-speed rail connection between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds would be transformative for the north.
The party has reduced its debts from £25m in 2005 to £4.5m but risks to funding have increased.
In an increasingly atheistic and multi-faith society, a secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."
Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again.
Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it.
But Ukip is betting on a late surge.
"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
The Tories should start preparing for the possibility of a mayoral by-election next year.
With little chance of winning an overall majority, the Conservatives are focused on remaining the largest single party.
The party now favours strict limits on zero-hour contracts, the abolition of the bedroom tax and progressive taxation.
The party's new campaign is designed to win votes by whipping up animosity against foreigners living and working and contributing to this country.
The former PM retains a strong connection with the working class Scots who could determine the referendum result.
The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics.
Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team.
It is farcical that the employment regulations that MPs put into law are not accessible to their own staff.
There are not purely economic answers to the problems families face. Poverty and social disadvantage are linked to emotional health.
The right want Ed Miliband to be more "pro-business". The left want him to abandon austerity. His challenge is to hold the centre.
Nearly half of Britons do not belong to a religion and just a third believe faith has a positive role to play in their lives.
The party attacked "privately educated" Times journalists. But its leader, treasurer, a third of its MEPs and all of its peers were similary well-schooled.
In response to NS story, spokesman for the former PM says "He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath".
Conservatives are desperate for Ukip to falter but they may be underestimating the stubborness of the anti-politics vote.
Average pay excluding bonuses remains below inflation. For most, there is still no recovery at all.
The latest TNS survey suggests that the race is not narrowing at the rate the nationalists need to win.
Benefit delays and cuts blamed as new figures show the number of referrals has risen by 163 per cent to 913,138 in the last year.
With the general election result so uncertain, leadership contenders in the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems are making themselves known.
Party writes to Jeremy Heywood asking whether Coetzee's involvement in Lib Dem election strategy has breached the special advisers' code of conduct.