There is much for Labour to agree with in the Liberal Democrat manifesto
By Andrew Harrop - 15 April 14:00

Although a formal Labour/Lib Dem coalition may not be on the cards, Labour must take the Lib Dem manifesto seriously.

There is nothing "progressive" about "spending more on your debt interest repayments ever year than you do on housing," says the shadow business secretary.
Chuka Umunna: Labour must make more positive case for deficit reduction
By George Eaton - 15 April 14:00

There is nothing "progressive" about "spending more on your debt interest repayments ever year than you do on housing," says the shadow business secretary. 

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna faces a battle on two fronts as he attempts to secure Britain's place in a global economy - without alienating business leaders.
Chuka Umunna interview: "I did not go into politics to tax people"
By George Eaton - 15 April 14:00

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna faces a battle on two fronts as he attempts to secure Britain's place in a global economy - without alienating business leaders.

Nick Clegg is was in a punchy mood. Photo: Getty
Liberal Democrat manifesto: All the compromises are already made
By Stephen Bush - 15 April 12:21

There are no hostages to fortune in the Liberal manifesto, but little to stir up the blood either.

Nigel Farage has launched Ukip's manifesto. Photo: Getty
Ukip manifesto launch: out with the "drivel", in with the "serious"?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 15 April 11:15

Ukip is launching its manifesto today, but confusion remains over some of its policies.

What is the point of the Liberal Democrat campaign?
By Stephen Bush - 15 April 8:01

I’ll admit it. I simply don’t “get” the Liberal Democrat campaign.

David Cameron with the 2015 Conservative manifesto. Photo: PETER MACDIARMID/AFP/Getty Images
Cameron promises a land of sunshine – but will voters believe him?
By George Eaton - 14 April 13:29

The Tories’ decision to break from their narrow and negative script was the right one. But to many their words will sound empty.

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Labour’s manifesto: Miliband pulls off a tricky marriage of radicalism and credibility
By George Eaton - 13 April 13:53

The party’s programme aims to reduce inequality through “big reform”, not “big spending”. The defining question is whether it would work.

Labour manifesto launch: new pledges to “improve family finances”
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 April 11:50

The Labour party is launching its manifesto today, which includes a focus on family finances.

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Exclusive: David Blunkett questions “energy and time” Labour puts into traditional campaigning
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 April 11:50

The Labour MP and former cabinet minister calls for his party to be “robust” on immigration, “radical” on education, and asks if doorknocking “actually wins votes”.

Why Labour's manifesto begins by promising to cut the deficit every year
By George Eaton - 13 April 11:14

The party is seeking to “neutralise a negative” with its ‘Budget Responsibility Lock’.

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The Tories' big problem is they are seen as the party of the rich. They have just made it worse
By Tim Wigmore - 11 April 9:13

The Tories are seen as the party of a privileged few - and a tax cut that benefits just 11.6 per cent of the population won't change that.

Why the Tories think they can get away with unfunded spending pledges
By George Eaton - 10 April 23:59

The party believes its economic reputation is strong enough for voters to give them the benefit of the doubt as they promise more money for the NHS and huge tax cuts. 

If Labour fight the SNP too hard, they risk harming themselves
By Neal Lawson - 10 April 10:38

Is Labour's election campaign building itself a springboard, or a cage?

"You never really know with Grant Shapps, do you?" Photo: Getty
Why has a performance artist hijacked Grant Shapps MP's abandoned identity?
By Emma Woollacott - 10 April 10:14

Meet the man who has resurrected the Tory chairman's alter ego "Michael Green".

The battle for Paisley: will a 20-year-old SNP student defeat Labour’s chief election strategist?
By Helen Lewis - 10 April 10:01

Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary and Labour’s election strategy, is fighting to hold on to his seat.

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Is the stab in the back attack on Ed Miliband anti-Semitic?
By Stephen Bush - 10 April 8:23

Michael Fallon's broadside at Ed Miliband yesterday has sparked accusations of anti-Semitism. But the reality is more mundane - and better news for Labour, too.

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Ask the Jewish community how they're voting, yes. But ask about more than Israel and security
By Jay Stoll - 09 April 18:02

A new poll finds that British Jews prefer the Conservatives to Labour; but a discussion of the community's needs deserves a broader palette than just the Middle East.

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Leader: Labour’s non-dom initiative is a statement about the kind of country Britain wants to be
By New Statesman - 09 April 16:40

The non-domocile tax rule is a two hundred year old anomaly. It's time for citizens to pay up - or renounce the right to be British.

Justine Miliband now has Instagram
By Media Mole - 09 April 14:43

Cupcakes and campaigning.

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“The only spinster in the House of Commons”: how women have fared in Parliament
By Mary Honeyball - 09 April 12:09

It took 80 years to get the level of female representation we have now. We must do better in the coming years.

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Michael Fallon's attack backfires, leaving Miliband to emerge as the decent man
By George Eaton - 09 April 12:09

The Defence Secretary's "backstabbing" charge left the Tories looking cheap and Labour dignified. 

What would make young people get interested in politics?
By Rys Farthing and Alex Hudson - 09 April 9:53

Young people don’t join political parties because they offer real change. If they join at all, it’s because it’s a great joke to tell their friends.

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Harriet Harman: "You can't have social mobility if the rungs of the ladder are too wide"
By Stephen Bush - 09 April 8:41

The deputy Labour leader on feminism, Westminster and her party's chances in the general election.

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As the Tories struggle to defeat Miliband, they are hoping others will do the job for them
By George Eaton - 08 April 22:22

Having failed to achieve the polling gains they expected, the Conservatives are reliant on a divided left - the SNP and the Greens - to allow them to retain power. 

4 things we learned from the Scottish debates (again)
By Stephen Bush - 08 April 22:22

The Greens have better weapons than Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon is caught between two stools, and Labour doesn't understand the SNP's world.

The Culture Debate in progress. Photo: @BBCArts
Four things we learned from the culture debate
By Caroline Crampton - 08 April 21:34

Everyone agrees about everything. Almost.

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