Visible leadership, an established authority, and a common external enemy: an enduring defence mechanism 350 years on.
Backbench anti-EU MPs like David Nuttall could hold the balance of power in the next Parliament.
Steve Doran has worked at a care home in Dartford for four years, but she believes that a concentration on abuse cases has blighted the reputation of her industry.
Senior MPs secretly filmed by journalists deny that they have broken the rules in a "cash for access" sting.
The broadcasters have announced their plans for the television debates, after an FA Cup style draw.
Cameron's promise creates a new dividing line with Labour and the Lib Dems, who would means-test some payments.
The Conservatives' negative approach reveals a party bereft of ideas or empathy for working families.
A refusal to acknowledge the democratic remit of the new, however irritating, Greek government could result in a contagion effect across the rest of the eurozone.
The political outsider running to be a mayoral candidate discusses his MP opponents, Margaret Hodge's "political malice", and why it's "really patronising" to call for a non-white mayor.
New plans from the Home Secretary aim to introduce a "British values" test for foreigners seeking to work, study and attend business meetings in the UK.
The new measure encourages the perception that the party is for some, not for all.
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