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.

A straight swap: the Greens’ Natalie Bennett for Labour’s Ed Miliband. Images: Getty.
Why I swapped my vote with a stranger
By Barbara Speed - 23 April 14:25

A "vote-swapping" website lets you get around the first past the post system.

A cricket ball. Photo: Wikimedia commons
The Tories’ nutty tax promises, how Fallon weaponised Trident, and a minor cricketing drama
By Peter Wilby - 23 April 13:59

Wrong-to-buy, socialist Monopoly - and a rather strange cricketing romance.

Postcard Flag (Union Jack) by Tony Cragg. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty
Leader: Forget Scotland - why is the English political identity so confused?
By New Statesman - 23 April 13:09

With too much power in Westminster and Whitehall - and no-one quite sure how to manage devolving it - it's hard to tell what England wants.

Britain’s housing crisis is a peculiar sort of madness. Photo: Getty
How I fell onto the property ladder: a journey from rent boy to a housing millionaire
By Pete May - 23 April 13:00

Almost by accident I’ve become property rich, cash poor, and without producing anything of use to the economy.

High five: Boris is credited with making a difference in the marginals. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty
Tory MPs remain very confident. Are they seeing things that are hidden from the pollsters?
By Simon Heffer - 23 April 12:54

Is the optimism from Conversative MPs collective delusion, or do they know something we don't? Simon Heffer probes the factors hidden from the polls.

The House of Lords. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP
Parliament? Over the years I've met several powerful men there who have no idea of boundaries
By Suzanne Moore - 23 April 12:37

Suffice to say that it’s an uncomfortable place for someone like me. One feels like a masked anarchist simply being there as a woman.

Lutfur Rahman found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices
By Stephen Bush - 23 April 12:22

The election in Tower Hamlets has been declared void and will be re-run.

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.

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