The DUP manifesto: open for business, and willing to do a deal with anybody
By Ciara Dunne - 27 April 14:25

The DUP are on course to have more influence on the politics of mainland Britain than they've ever had, and their manifesto reflects that. 

The nationalists are barely more left-wing to begin with.
Why the SNP wouldn't drag Labour far to the left
By George Eaton - 27 April 13:20

The nationalists are barely more left-wing to begin with.

A baby boy is held by a midwife after being born in an NHS maternity unit in Manchester. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty
The battle for better maternity care shows the limits of the Amazon warehouse approach to medicine
By Helen Lewis - 27 April 12:23

The issues around maternity care are a microcosm of the bigger battles in the NHS – centralisation, protocols and “efficiency savings” v making a space for common sense, professional judgement and personal relationships.

Mark Reckless is no longer a member of the Conservative party. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images
Land of hopeless Tories: hen parties, Harwich and a Reckless spin room slip
By Kevin Maguire - 27 April 12:22

Plus: why the Lib Dems are paying a teenager to deliver their leaflets.

It's not just enough to "listen" to young people. They have to be respected, too
By Will Scobie - 27 April 9:31

We need to reach for a more authentic, localised politics, in the wake of the Spad era, rather than just revert to the days of pinstripes and tweed. As the faux warts ‘n’ all allure of Ukip shows, there’s a danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Why vote Conservative? Even they don't seem sure
By Stephen Bush - 27 April 8:00

The Labour message in the final days seems to be that if you vote for Miliband you'll get some free stuff. The Conservative counter-offensive is that if  you vote Tory, you won't get Miliband's free stuff.

Labour leader promises to remove charge on properties worth up to £300,000 as party steps up housing offensive.
Miliband pledges to scrap stamp duty for first-time buyers
By George Eaton - 27 April 0:00

Labour leader promises to remove charge on properties worth up to £300,000 as party steps up housing offensive. 

Gentrification in Brixton: who wins, who loses and who's to blame?
By Morgan Meaker - 26 April 12:00

These are only people who have been priced out of Clapham and Fulham. No one should feel guilty because everyone in some way is in a sense complicit.

A journalist used the words "little slut" in conversation with Theresa May. What larks!
By Media Mole - 26 April 11:02

We really need a macro for putting "Seriously?" in the standfirst.

Don't lead Britain out of Europe, Andrew Adonis warns Nick Clegg
By Tim Wigmore - 25 April 14:02

Labour peer urges Clegg to " turn left rather than right" in a hung parliament after Deputy PM hints at second coalition with Tories. 

The Conservative campaign: disingenous and dangerous - but what if it works?
By Stephen Bush - 25 April 11:43

The Tory campaign is putting that party's own principles in the shredder - but if it works, they could shut Labour out for decades.

WATCH: David Cameron forgets his football team
By Media Mole - 25 April 10:17

David Cameron urged his audience to support West Ham - but he supports a different team in similar colours.

Green space must be for all, not a lucky few
By Maria Eagle - 24 April 16:30

The environmental record of this Government is bad enough but another five years doesn’t bear thinking about. If things are going to change, we need a Labour Government.

Simulection: What happens when you run the Ukip 2015 manifesto through a video game?
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 24 April 15:00
We are running the parties' manifestos through Democracy 3, an election simulation video game. Here's what happens if Ukip wins...
No vote, no voice: EU migrants and the general election
By Laura Varriale - 24 April 14:14

The chance has passed to register to vote. Some people will be gutted to have missed it. Some will not have bothered. Some might choose Russell Brand’s decision not to vote to raise their voice. And some people who are bothered will be left with no choice - and no voice.

If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, who would win the 2015 general election?
By Media Mole - 24 April 13:15

According to the Telegraph, Ukip are reportedly winning "the Google election". But what other fictional elections could produce a landslide result?

Sex workers deserve the rights and protection of any worker. Photo: Getty
Moving on from the “happy hooker”: why I love my job as a sex worker
By Margaret Corvid - 24 April 12:04

I am lucky, but luck changes. This is why I believe in fighting for our rights.

Sinn Féin manifesto: both more and less important than you think
By Ciara Dunne - 24 April 10:52

Sinn Féin won't take their seats at Westminster. So what is their manifesto for? Mainly, it's a dry run for the contests that really matter to the party in 2016.

Naked men, diminutive voters, existential questions: what really happens "on the doorstep"
By Stephen Bush - 24 April 8:10

Good response on the #labourdoorstep? Here's what really happened on the doors this week.

Labour leader accuses Cameron of presiding over the "biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation" through "small-minded isolationism".
Miliband promises "hard-headed multilateralism" in first major foreign policy speech
By George Eaton - 24 April 0:01

Labour leader accuses Cameron of presiding over the "biggest loss of influence for our country in a generation" through "small-minded isolationism".

Chelsea boots: ruined? Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A politician’s right to shoes: it's not just the women whose footwear is telling
By Justine Picardie - 23 April 17:39

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are known for their style - but what about the other leaders? Harper's Bazaar editor Justine Picardie explains how shoes mirror views.

The unionist Edward Carson signs the Ulster Covenant in 1912, protesting against Irish home rule. Photo: HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES
Vernon Bogdanor: The crisis of the constitution
By Vernon Bogdanor - 23 April 17:32

Although the spirit of British democracy is in good health, its mechanisms are under threat. The task now is to transform crisis into opportunity.

Suddenly, Ed Miliband became a meme. In a good way.
From Nate Silver to #Milifans: welcome to the age of political fandom
By Elizabeth Minkel - 23 April 16:42

Whether it’s political fanboys who geek out over polling data or teenage girls photoshopping flower crowns onto Ed Miliband’s head, digital excitement is the new electioneering frontier.

Who asks websites who they should vote for, and who listens?
By Alan Wager - 23 April 16:08

The Internet is awash with vote-matching apps. But who uses them - and which party benefits most?

Simulection: What happens when you run the 2015 Green manifesto through a video game?
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 23 April 15:47

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

The shadow chancellor emphasises growth while the IFS emphasises austerity.
Balls says IFS wrong not to assume Labour wants a surplus - but how would it be achieved?
By George Eaton - 23 April 15:42

The shadow chancellor emphasises growth while the IFS emphasises austerity. 

Paul Birch, Bebo founder: "I’ve been consuming [cannabis] since I was 23"
By Laura Gozzi - 23 April 15:14

Laura Gozzi talks to Paul Birch, the Bebo founder turned party leader for Cista, the Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol party.

Media City UK, Salford. Photo: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images News
Westminster goes local: interviews outside London too often offer politicians a soft touch
By Roger Mosey - 23 April 14:29

It is incumbent on the serious interviewers to use their time wisely when they have a politician in their studio.

Poetic fragments. Photo: Flickr/Steve Johnson
Harriet Harman would make a rotten barman – and other general election clerihews
By Craig Brown - 23 April 14:25

Craig Brown finds rhymes for Guru-Murthy and Rees-Mogg.

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