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Voting age for EU referendum should be lowered to 16, says SNP

Leader of Scottish National Party MPs says to follow Scottish independence poll and give young people ‘right to shape the country they live in’David Cameron must follow the example of last year’s Scottish independence referendum and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote on whether to remain part of the EU, the Westminster leader of the SNP has said. Related: The EU is young people’s future. T

George Osborne fails to deliver on promise to french kiss Lynton Crosby

Chancellor had offered strategist snog if Tories won election – but gave peck on cheek following resultIt’s possibly just as well Labour supporters didn’t know about this when it happened, given they were already feeling nauseous anyway. The news has emerged that the morning after the general election, George Osborne gave the Conservatives’ election strategist Lynton Crosby a kiss for guiding

Theresa May's anti-extremism plan will protect free speech, says Sajid Javid

Business secretary who clashed with home secretary over pre-broadcast censorship powers for Ofcom brushes off reaction to row as ‘overexcitement’Sajid Javid, the business secretary, has insisted that freedom of speech will be protected in the government’s plans to give Ofcom more powers to tackle extremism, claiming that a disagreement between him and Theresa May over the issue of pre-broadca

Iain Duncan Smith in cabinet row over £12bn welfare cuts

Work and pensions secretary fighting rearguard action against any changes that would involve slashing at key benefit schemesIain Duncan Smith is “pushing back” against attempts to “salami slice” through the welfare budget to deliver the prime minister’s pledge of £12bn in savings, allies of the work and pensions secretary have claimed.Duncan Smith was surprised when the sheer scale of the cu

Byelection fears grow for Lib Dems’ last MP in Scotland

An inquiry into leak by Alistair Carmichael intended to damage SNP leader could lead to new poll in constituency he won only by 817 votes in general electionThe Liberal Democrats were thrown into fresh crisis on Saturday as their only MP in Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, faced the prospect of a full parliamentary inquiry and a byelection fight against the SNP over his role in a Whitehall leak i

John Prescott throws his weight behind Andy Burnham as party leader

The former deputy prime minister says his choice shows many of the skills and qualities of Tony BlairFormer deputy prime minister John Prescott is backing Andy Burnham as Labour leader. Announcing his support, Prescott says he sees the skills and qualities of a young Tony Blair in the shadow health secretary.Prescott says in his _Sunday Mirror _column that he believes Burnham, who was first

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP will work across party lines to keep Human Rights Act

MPs in Westminster will join other parties to fight against Conservatives scrapping act that offers ordinary men and women ‘fairness’, says SNP leaderThe SNP’s MPs will join forces with other opposition parties in an effort to block Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The first minister claimed the Conservatives’ agenda “lacks legitimacy in Scotland”, where D

Yvette Cooper: ‘The whole party is devastated. But we can’t afford to curl up in a corner’

Labour leadership contender says that the party needs to have energy and direction, not agonise over defeatLife was never going to be easy for the Cooper-Balls household after the 2015 general election. Had Labour formed the government, they would have instantly become the most powerful married couple in Britain. Ed would have been chancellor of the exchequer and Yvette, in all likelihood, home

Kezia Dugdale wins support of half of Scottish Labour MSPs for leadership

Day after announcing her bid, deputy leader says she is ‘proud’ of 20 MSPs’ support, while Ken Macintosh is also in the runningKezia Dugdale has won the backing of more than half of her party colleagues at Holyrood after announcing she is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour.Dugdale confirmed she was running for the leadership on Friday while MSP Ken Macintosh also announced h

David Cameron tells EU leaders: I will talk about reform until deal is done

Prime minister uses Riga summit to begin his campaign for EU renegotiation, and dismisses objections of foreign politicians as ‘noise’David Cameron has warned fellow European leaders that he wants to get on with EU reform and will bring it up at every summit for the foreseeable future, while dismissing the objections of foreign politicians as “noise”.The prime minister said he was not gree

New law will force councils to merge services to improve adoption rates

Schools and adoption bill will require local authorities to merge services in effort to increase pool of potential adopters and reduce waiting timesCouncils will be forced to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates, according to plans to be set out in the Queen’s speech next week. Adoption is “happening at too small and localised a scale”, the Department for Education said, and mer

Labour leadership election will not be union 'stitch-up', says Harriet Harman

Interim leader confirms policy reversal on EU referendum, saying party will instead make the case for UK’s continued membership Continue reading...

Can David Cameron make Tories the new party of social justice?

The PM’s former policy guru, Steve Hilton, has spelt out why the Tories should rekindle their ‘big society’ ideals, but reconciling manifesto pledges with reform is likely to prove a headache Continue reading...

Tory commentators on how the Conservatives can hold on to power

MPs and pundits give their views on ways in which David Cameron and George Osborne can extend the Tories’ reign Continue reading...

Alistair Carmichael urged to quit as MP for leaking anti-Sturgeon memo

SNP MP Stewart Hosie tells former Scottish secretary to ‘consider very seriously stepping down’ after he admitted leaking potentially damaging memo Continue reading...

Yvette Cooper warns against Labour lurch to the left or right

In apparent swipe at her leadership rivals, Cooper says there need not ‘be blood on the floor for the Labour party to rise again’ Continue reading...

New minister for Cabinet Office attacks Margaret Hodge in first speech

Matthew Hancock calls former chair of public accounts committee, whose toughness on heads of big business has earned admirers, ‘extremely partisan’ Continue reading...

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David Cameron backs plans for Ofcom to block 'extremist messages' on TV

PM appears to support Theresa May’s proposals despite business secretary Sajid Javid’s statement that measures would amount to ‘state censorship’ Continue reading...

Ed Balls to give up politics following his surprise defeat at general election

Former shadow chancellor accepted his share of blame for Labour’s disastrous results and signalled move towards writing about economy Continue reading...

Alistair Carmichael apologises for anti-Sturgeon leak - video

Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael apologises for a leak intended to hurt the Scottish National party's chances in the general election. The former secretary of state for Scotland authorised the release of a memo including details of a private conversation in which Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, purportedly said she wanted David Cameron to remain prime minister Continue reading..

Election 2015: turnout crucial for Tories as Labour supporters stayed at home

Tories were most successful among voters aged 65 or above and Labour only had a clear lead among those in the 18-34 age bracket, according to Ipsos Mori Continue reading...

David Cameron's desperate plea to Europe

Chris Riddell on the prime minister’s renegotiation strategy Continue reading...

Martin Rowson on David Cameron at the EU summit – cartoon

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Steve Bell's If ... on Labour's bland leadership contenders

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First Dog on budget 2015: how to forget how bad last year's one was

This year’s budget wasn’t as Mad Max as last year’s. Neither was it that nice. Really it was pretty boring and now we have to hear all about it Continue reading...

The EU is young people’s future. They must have the vote in this referendum

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds voted in huge numbers in Scotland’s independence referendum. The SNP will fight for everyone’s right to have a say on the EU Continue reading...

Will George Osborne's productivity plan help make Britain a world-beater?

When chancellor says he wants economy to find another gear, it’s not so much speed at which UK is expanding that concerns him, it is quality of that growth Continue reading...

Pundits lost their deposits in the general election

Airy, after-the-fact analyses of the left’s problems fail to convince. If it was that obvious, why did none of the commentariat see the result coming? Continue reading...

Ukip’s Patrick O’Flynn was ‘unfair and unkind’ – and very unwise

The Ukip economics spokesman said his remarks about Nigel Farage were taken out of context – the sort of thing that never happens in newspapers Continue reading...


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