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Bermondsey & Old Southwark: The Last Liberal?
By Barbara Speed - 05 May 8:36

He survived mergers, New Labour's high tide - but now, with most of the party's councilors wiped out and Labour on the march, Simon Hughes faces the fight of his life. Barbara Speed goes on the campaign trail.

Lynton Crosby. Photo:Getty
The Conservatives have questions to answer over tax avoidance
By Richard Murphy - 04 May 21:02

Do the Conservatives truly have the best of intentions as far as taxation is concerned?

Are the Ashcroft polls wrong?
By Stephen Bush - 04 May 17:58

An ICM poll of Sheffield Hallam puts Nick Clegg seven points ahead of his Labour rival - and raises questions about the accuracy of the Ashcroft polling.

The women in Southwark Street. Photo: Sisters Uncut
Anti-austerity women shut down a London street
By Stephanie Boland - 04 May 16:31

Acitivist group Sisters Uncut stopped traffic in Southwark Street in protest against cuts to vital domestic violence services.

Notebook: Tim Farron on the campaign trail
By Tim Farron - 04 May 16:14

The importance of red lines, the children are the future, and whatever happened to foreign policy?

The opposition seek to stop the PM surviving if it becomes clear he could not command the confidence of the Commons.
Labour denounce Cameron's plan to "cling to power" even if he lacks a majority
By George Eaton - 04 May 15:39

The opposition seek to stop the PM surviving if it becomes clear he could not command the confidence of the Commons.

First past the post is sounding its death knell
By Katie Ghose - 04 May 13:51

Under a proportional voting system, voters could support a range of parties knowing their vote would genuinely count. 

Russell Brand endorses Labour
By Media Mole - 04 May 12:50

The comedian, who had previously encouraged people not to vote, has endorsed a Labour victory in the election.

Suzanne Evans, Ukip's leader-in waiting
By Tim Wigmore - 04 May 11:56

The Nicola Sturgeon to Nigel Farage's Alex Salmond?

What's worth staying up for on election night?
By Stephen Bush - 04 May 9:05

What are the parties saying about the key seats on election night, when will they declare, and what will they mean?

Watch out! The Coalition is planning another tuition fee hike
By Chuka Umunna - 03 May 16:55

If the present coalition is re-elected, students will pay the price.

David Cameron can declare what he wants after the election. Numbers, not words, decide who wins elections
By Stephen Bush - 03 May 12:42

Complaints about legitimacy may make defeat taste better - but it won't change who governs. Just ask Al Gore.

After the opposition warned of an increase in fees from £9,000 to £11,500, the Deputy PM remained mute.
Clegg reinforces Labour attack as he refuses to rule out tuition fees rise
By George Eaton - 03 May 10:48

After the opposition warned of an increase in fees from £9,000 to £11,500, the Deputy PM remained mute.  

The guys who crashed the car: why Labour is still in a mess over spending
By Tim Bale - 01 May 16:58

It’s never easy to confess to a crime that you don’t think you’ve committed.  And perhaps, in the end, it’s not really that sensible either.

A battle between two fears: who'll win in the Vale of Glamorgan?
By Stephen Bush - 01 May 15:37

Stephen Bush visits the Vale of Glamorgan, which has picked the winner at every election since its creation.

General election 2015: Who's endorsing who?
By Media Mole - 01 May 14:39

It's endorsement season! Who's backing who?

Watch: Milibae the Movie
By New Statesman - 01 May 13:13

People are now making fan videos about Ed Miliband. No, really. 

Are Ukip the victims of a media vendetta?
By James Nickerson - 01 May 12:07

Ukip's supporters feel that they are done over by an hostile press. The reality is more complicated.

Ukip's manor? Photo: Getty
Think Ukip helps Labour? Visit Thurrock
By Anoosh Chakelian - 01 May 9:32

Anoosh Chakelian visits a seat that is a three-way race between Labour, the Conservatives and Ukip.

Mad dogs and naked men: what happened on the doorstep this week?
By Stephen Bush - 01 May 7:57

A ghost from the past, goldbugs and David Cameron's bicycle: what really goes on "on the ground".

The PM raised his game and delivered a more engaged performance as the deficit returned to haunt Miliband.
Cameron fares best as party leaders are put on the torture rack
By George Eaton - 30 April 22:43

The PM raised his game and delivered a more engaged performance as the deficit returned to haunt Miliband. 

What we learned from the three leaders in the TV election Question Time debate
By Anoosh Chakelian - 30 April 21:55

A verdict on David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg’s performances on the last televised leaders’ debate.

How has the coalition done on child poverty?
By Alison Garnham - 30 April 16:44

The road to ending poverty is long – longer today, alas, than five years ago.

Forget healthcare: the trick to making people well is to make them more equal
By Lucy Shaddock - 30 April 16:13

You can't make people healthier without making them richer.

WATCH: Labour's trailer for "the Coalition"
By New Statesman - 30 April 15:04

Ahead of the final televised setpiece event, Labour release a new video attacking the Coalition's record.

If you think the SNP are a left-wing force, think again
By David Clark - 30 April 14:30

Many on the Left see the SNP as a progressive partner - the reality is very different. 

Andrew Adonis: "The tale of two cities is the reality of London"
By Tim Wigmore - 30 April 11:15

The Labour peer talks London, inequality, and why the SNP's hand is weaker than it looks

What if the polls are wrong?
By Stephen Bush - 30 April 9:46

Averaged together, the polls still point to a Labour victory - but the picture is more complex.

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