The party is forecast to spend less than Labour and the Lib Dems by the end of the parliament as austerity is prolonged.
SNP's anti-austerity rhetoric does not reflect its plans, says the IFS
By George Eaton - 23 April 11:30

The party is forecast to spend less than Labour and the Lib Dems by the end of the parliament through slower but longer austerity. 

Sitting comfortably? Ed in 2010. Photo: Paul Stuart.
Ed Miliband has had mixed results as an opposition leader – but he might shine as prime minister
By Anthony Seldon - 23 April 10:47

A new book by Tim Bale takes us as close as possible to understanding the awkward enigma that is Ed.

Rest in peace, Roy Mason, and good riddance
By Kevin Meagher - 23 April 9:12

Roy Mason, Labour's Northern Ireland Secretary from 1976 to 1979, has died. His legacy, sadly, is still with us.

Were the Labour leader to take power it would be a triumph for parliamentary democracy against the elite.
Even if Miliband is a second-placed prime minister, it would still be a victory for Labour to savour
By George Eaton - 22 April 21:36

Were the Labour leader to take power it would be a triumph for parliamentary democracy against the elite. 

Winning the popular vote may appear to give Labour or the Tories greater legitimacy. But it is seats that will determine who governs.
Tactical voting: Do votes or seats matter more?
By George Eaton - 22 April 17:20

Winning the popular vote may appear to give Labour or the Tories greater legitimacy. But it is seats that will determine who governs. 

None of the parties can communicate their plans to the public
By Nida Broughton - 22 April 17:17

The BBC's Daily Politics debate was a familiar scene: of a political class unable to communicate its plans to the voters

Cobra beer founder Lord Bilimoria on Tories trying to be “nastier” than Ukip, and “economically illiterate” Theresa May
By Anoosh Chakelian - 22 April 16:55

The crossbench peer and lager tycoon Karan Bilimoria lashes out at the government’s immigration rhetoric, calls our levels of defence spending "dangerous", and questions Ed Miliband's knowledge of business.

Simulection: What happens when you run the 2015 Lib Dem manifesto through a video game?
By Daniel Griliopoulos - 22 April 13:09

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

Double your cuts: the coalition is threatening to make a second round of cuts. Picture: Daniel Malka/Gallery Stock
The economic consequences of George Osborne: covering up the austerity mistake
By Simon Wren-Lewis - 22 April 10:09

How did the coalition government manage to transform the media debate on macroeconomics so comprehensively - and what will happen now they have?

Ed Milibae: how the Labour leader became a fandom icon
By Media Mole - 22 April 10:05

Students have created an Ed Miliband fandom, where they praise the leader's government policies, leadership potential - and soulful brown eyes.

How has Britain's most deprived community fared under the coalition?
By Morgan Meaker - 22 April 10:00

At the start of the parliament, Jaywick was ranked the most deprived area in Britain. Coalition policies have left their mark.

Is Ed Miliband finally becoming cool?
By Media Mole - 22 April 9:07

#CoolEdMiliband

David Cameron has dusted off the 1974 playbook
By Adam Evans - 22 April 9:00

In February 1974, the-then Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath famously went to the country on the question of ‘who governs Britain?’ In 2015 David Cameron appears to be fighting a campaign on the question of ‘who governs England.’ 

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...

The coming election will decide the future of the NHS, and with it, the United Kingdom
By David Owen - 21 April 12:28

The National Health Service will be on the ballot paper in May, and its continued survival is vital to the preservation of the Union.

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.

Big beasts: Francois Mitterrand, David Cameron and Barack Obama. Photomontage by Dan Murrell.
They may be ill-loved, ugly and tribal – but political parties are a necessity
By Mark Damazer - 21 April 9:24

In a world where depoliticising politics is sure to get a cheer on Question Time, the parties are key to keeping the system running.

The party leaders, minus Cameron. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/AFP
Who are the party leaders?
By New Statesman - 21 April 9:01

Where is Natalie Bennett from? How old is David Cameron? What was Nigel Farage's job? We give you the lowdown on the party leaders.

Chancellor George Osborne. Photo: WPA Pool Getty Images News
What is the deficit?
By New Statesman - 21 April 8:15

The deficit is the gap between government spending and income.

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.

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
Where is Natalie Bennett from?
By New Statesman - 20 April 16:45

The Green Party leader is from Australia, but now holds British Citizenship.

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

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