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Election 2015 hots up

Election dissection: A rapid round-up of the week’s political proceedings

Fri, 27 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which parties are on track, and which have gone off the rails?

Magician cards

Fraudulent arms companies charged taxpayers for magicians, croquet and speeding fines

Thu, 26 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Michael Fallon to call for “vital” changes to arms procurement

Natalie Bennett

EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Bennett – “It’s a bad day when I can’t get the message across”

Tue, 24 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Green Party leader said it’s “for other people to judge” whether she comes across badly in interviews

Nigel Farage

How racist is UKIP?

Mon, 23 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

From calling a Thai party supporter “ting tong from somewhere” to disliking “negroid features”, UKIP representatives have kicked up many racism storms.

Jack Straw

Politicians for hire? Jack Straw & Sir Malcolm Rifkind embroiled in "cash for access" scandal Video

Mon, 23 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

The “cash for access” scandal is back again… starring Labour party’s Jack Straw and the Conservatives’ Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

Theresa May Britain

Theresa May plans “British values” test for visas

Fri, 20 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Visitors coming for business meetings would have to demonstrate respect for “British values”

Ed Miliband studious

How embarrassing! Labour's biggest private donor PwC is accused of promoting "tax avoidance"

Thu, 19 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

So PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) donated £386,605 to the Labour party in the last quarter of 2014. This is the biggest non-union donation made to the party in the quarter.

Backhander money

Private equity chiefs using “government-sponsored tax avoidance”, to save £700m a year, investigation finds

Thu, 19 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Research highlights the money pipeline between political parties and private equity houses

Harriet Yeo Labour to UKIP

Top Labour figure defects to UKIP over "EU referendum hush-up"

Wed, 18 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Former chair of Labour’s executive body Harriet Yeo quits and pledges support to UKIP

Nigel farage upset

YUK-IP! Nigel Farage's party has just been named the UK's most HATED brand

Tue, 17 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

UKIP has just had another big win. It has beaten the Tories, Labour and even Marmite to become the UK’s most hated brand.

Stuart Rose Lord Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose’s critical report on NHS management put on government “back burner”

Tue, 17 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Report critical of NHS management given no publication date

Ed Miliband

Labour campaigns hard on higher wages

Mon, 16 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Sounds similar to what the Tories said last week though…

Which countries have the best press freedom?

These 33 countries have better press freedom than the UKVideo

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

We’re behind Jamaica, Slovakia, Namibia, Uruguay, Suriname, Lithuania…

Cameron Snooze sleepy

Election Dissection – a swift ride through the week’s political news

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which parties are encountering turbulence? Who’s on the war path? Is anyone winning? Here’s what’s been happening

Ed miliband dreaming of SNP coalition

How likely is each party to form a coalition? We made a cool chart

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

You had me at “robust fiscal policy”

Farage laughing - 300

Farage says the other parties are afraid of UKIP. He's right

Thu, 12 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Sorry everyone. Here are three times Farage is totally right, says Robyn Vinter

Dracula child with lollipop

“Dracula is in charge of the blood bank”: Row rages over sugar companies funding government obesity studies

Thu, 12 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Conflict of interest brouhaha erupts over research funded by snack food companies

Labour frontbench mean girls

Labour forced to defend “patronising” pink bus

Wed, 11 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

What’s bright pink, can carry several passengers and is an embarrassment to the Labour party?

Nicola Sturgeon SNP Scotland

SNP: austerity has “categorically and comprehensively failed”

Wed, 11 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Renegotiating spending cuts would be the party’s number one priority if it wins the balance of power

HSBC Private Bank Switzerland

HSBC scandal: MPs to conduct “urgent” investigation into bank’s conduct

Tue, 10 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Revelations about world’s second largest bank mean difficult questions for UK government

Cameron long

Give people a pay rise, Cameron tells businesses

Tue, 10 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Cameron makes it his business to tell people how to run theirs

Square Mile

A tale of two Cities? Square Mile divided over Europe

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Hedge funds vs Investment bankers – the fight is on

money cash - 220 tall

Ouch. Osborne’s pension giveaway is “intergenerational theft” costing taxpayers £300m

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Chancellor comes under fierce criticism from traditional allies

Muslim protest - Downing Street 8 Feb - from Twitter

In pictures: Thousands of Muslims protest against Charlie Hebdo cartoons at Downing Street

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Did you see Sunday’s protest in central London?

Ed Miliband hand shake oh dear

Election Dissection: the political circus this week

Fri, 6 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

What’s new this week in Britain’s favourite unpopularity contest?

PwC office

PwC “promotes tax avoidance on an industrial scale” and misled MPs

Fri, 6 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Accountancy firm condemned by Public Accounts Committee

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