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Nigel Farage on course to win Thanet South for Ukip, says poll

Ukip leader set to become MP with Survation poll showing he has 11% lead in Kent seatNigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, is on course to win his battle to become an MP, according to a new poll in Thanet South showing him with an 11% lead.The poll conducted by Survation over the past week shows Farage on 38.6%, Labour on 27.6%, the Conservatives on 26.6%, the Greens on 3.1% a

Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP

Labour refuses to rule out post-election agreement but shadow chancellor says coalition governments are now very unpopularEd Balls has sought to quash speculation that Labour could strike a formal post-election deal with the Scottish National party by hinting that Labour would prefer a minority government to a coalition. The shadow chancellor said a deal with the SNP “is not part of our pl

Foreign Office budget cuts may hurt UK's global position, say MPs

Committee says severe budget reductions appear to be damaging department and any further cuts may affect country’s diplomatic influenceBudget cuts and low pay at the Foreign Office are endangering the UK’s global role and could have a “disastrous and costly” effect on the government’s ability to make informed judgments on critical issues, including whether to go to war, according to a parliam

Rotherham MP describes town's child protection funding as 'drop in the ocean'

Sarah Champion says city council is in ‘unsustainable position’ as it struggles to protect victims of the child sexual exploitation scandal Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham, has dismissed the government’s announcement of £250,000 to help set up an outreach project to help victims of child sexual exploitation in the city as a “drop in the ocean”.Speaking during a debate on government su

Ukip’s LGBT chair quits due to party's lack of ‘gay-friendly tone’

Tom Booker resigns as chair of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group and leaves Ukip, saying he ‘simply couldn’t defend the party any more’Ukip’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group chair has resigned over concerns that the party’s leadership has failed to “set a gay-friendly tone”. Related: Ukip urged to cut ties with Christian group over gay ‘depravity’ comments I step

Bradford West: police enter row as candidate claims online smear

Naveeda Ikram says she was impersonated online by someone who wanted to suggest she holds sectarian viewsPolice have reportedly entered the toxic row over Labour’s general election selection debacle in Bradford amid claims one of the candidates shortlisted to fight George Galloway has been smeared on social media.Naveeda Ikram, a Labour councillor who was the first Muslim woman to become B

Voters feel let down by main parties, with migration a key issue

Thurrock in Essex – a key Ukip target – reverberates with disappointment in politicians while many feel immigration is out of controlWaiting at the bus stop outside a Morrisons supermarket in Thurrock, Thomas Street takes off his flat cap and scratches his head. “You can’t trust any of them anymore,” says the 76-year-old with a shrug after hearing net migration to Britain is now higher tha

MPs demand rigorous shakeup at top of the BBC

Report recommends replacing the BBC Trust with a single board, creating a public service broadcasting commission to act as external watchdogFinancial and editorial “mistakes” made by the BBC have prompted an influential cross-party group of MPs to call for the abolition of the broadcaster’s governing body in a wide-ranging report into the funding and future of the corporation to be published

George Osborne rebuked for boasting he halved £1.7bn EU surcharge

Treasury committee stops short of saying chancellor misled parliament by claiming he won the bill reduction when the surcharge was halved by the UK’s automatic rebate Continue reading...

Ed Miliband sleep-talks into EEF's manufacturing conference

Labour leader tries to love-bomb engineering employers by saying nothing much at all about apprenticeships and Local Enterprise Partnerships Continue reading...

Ed Miliband warns against flirting with EU exit

Labour leader’s speech will say there is no greater threat to stability and prosperity of Britain than leaving European Union Continue reading...

Tasmania bans fracking for another five years to protect agriculture

Liberal government announces extended moratorium to protect clean produce reputation but Northern Territory says practice can continue Continue reading...

David Cameron reveals his wife helps him buy clothes

Prime minister gives interview to Woman & Home magazine, saying Samantha passed him clothes under the changing room door of Marks and Spencer and Gap Continue reading...

New Whitehall lobbyists register to be launched within weeks

Parliamentarians would have to publicly declare meetings with ministers and permanent secretaries if they are being paid to do so and are VAT registered Continue reading...

Labour tells Tory minister accused of swearing at Ed Miliband to apologise

Anna Soubry denies shouting ‘the foulest word’ at party leader but officials still demand she says sorry Continue reading...

Ed Miliband urges David Cameron to ban MPs from second jobs – video

At the weekly prime minister's questions in the House of Commons, Ed Miliband calls on David Cameron to ban MPs from having second jobs 'to restore the reputation of this house', following allegations against two former foreign secretaries. In one of his most confident performances at PMQs, the opposition Labour leader on Wednesday offers to amend his party's plans to accede to a demand by the pri

Miliband accuses PM of reneging on promise to limit MPs' outside earnings

Opposition leader turns on David Cameron after Labour proposal to bar MPs from paid directorships and consultancies rejected Continue reading...

Labour seeks to embarrass Tories over MPs' outside earnings with vote

Commons motion calls for ban on paid directorships and consultancies, and follows cash-for-access allegations against Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind Continue reading...

Going Green around the gills thanks to maths

Natalie Bennett wanted to talk about the big themes – everyone else wanted to know what it would all cost Continue reading...

Astrology could help take pressure off NHS doctors, claims Conservative MP

David Tredinnick says that astrology and complementary medicine could help healthcare and opponents are ‘racially prejudiced’ Continue reading...

Britain's House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies

Clinics in UK will be able to apply for licenses from this autumn after MPs approved new rules earlier this month Continue reading...

Sir Malcolm Rifkind sealed fate shortly after cash-for-access allegations made

Former foreign secretary irritated Tory leadership in ‘overly lawyerly’ phone call with chief whip Michael Gove on Monday morning Continue reading...

Ukip MP denies being at odds with Farage over 'success' of immigration

Douglas Carswell says immigration has helped Britain thrive as Ukip leader pushes for points-based system to ensure immigrants can support themselves Continue reading...

Malcolm Rifkind admits to 'errors of judgement' – video

Sir Malcolm Rifkind answers reporters' questions as he leaves an office in Westminster on Tuesday after resigning as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee and announcing he will not stand as an MP at the next election. The Tory former foreign secretary says he does not think he did anything wrong, but says he may have made errors of judgement Continue reading...

Labour would cut top level of university tuition fees to £6,000

Ed Miliband pledges to lower fees from £9,000 by curtailing pension tax reliefs if Labour is elected, arguing current system of student finance is broken Continue reading...

Should Britain introduce electronic voting?

Using technology instead of paper ballots reduces costs and could boost voter turnout – but questions remain over security and possible electoral fraud Continue reading...

DUP: BBC has done nothing to break election debate deadlock

Peter Robinson has threatened legal action if Plaid Cymru and the SNP take part but his party is excluded Continue reading...

UK man behind Isis beheadings named as Mohammed Emwazi - reports: Politics Live blog

The Washington Post and the BBC have both named the man dubbed as ‘Jihadi John’ Continue reading...

Natalie Bennett's 'brain fade' may come and go without denting the Greens

No one expects the Greens to win an arithmetic competition in the first place, so it won’t harm them much when they trip over numbers as spectacularly as Bennett did this week Continue reading...

Alexander Lebedev: my editors decide who papers back in general election

Independent owner says he supports Labour’s mansion tax plans, but he would not interfere in the political decisions of his four UK newspapers Continue reading...


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