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Watch David Cameron Ask Angela Merkel To Ban Football Penalty Shootouts

(11) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:21 AM

David Cameron has jokingly asked Angela Merkel to agree to ban penalty shootouts - in order to make football matches between England and Germany fairer.

The prime minister was speaking at a press conference in Berlin with the German chancellor. Cameron has been on a whistle-stop tour of European capitals...

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Watch Yvette Cooper Praise Theresa May's 'Cool Shoes', Mock Home Secretary's Leadership Ambitions

(14) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper praised Theresa May's "cool shoes" today, before moving on to mock the home secretary for reportedly wanting to become leader of the Conservative Party.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, the shadow home secretary conceded she would rather be sat on the other side...

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Labour Did Not Lose The Election Because Of Ed Miliband, Insists Bob Roberts

(34) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:43 AM

Labour did not lose the election because voters rejected Ed Miliband as a leader, the party's former director of communications has insisted.

Bob Roberts, who worked for the party under Miliband's leadership, said the Conservatives secured an overall majority due to the SNP surge in Scotland.

"There was a social...

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European Union Referendum Question Has Pro-EU Bias, Complains Nigel Farage

(317) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:55 AM

Nigel Farage has dismissed David Cameron's referendum on the European Union as a "fudge" and attacked the wording of the question that will be given to voters.

The Ukip leader's comments come as foreign secretary Philip Hammond warned Britain would vote to leave the EU unless Brussels granted "substantial" concessions....

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Fox Hunting Ban Will Not Be Repealed By Queen's Speech

(51) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 4:23 AM

Environment secretary Liz Truss has said she would vote to bring back fox hunting, however she may have to wait a while as a Bill to repeal the ban was not included in today's Queen's Speech.

David Cameron promised in his general election manifesto to give MPs a free vote...

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Lib Dems Must Learn From Nigel Farage, Says Norman Lamb

(12) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:16 PM

Lib Dem leadership hopeful Norman Lamb has said the party should draw inspiration from Nigel Farage in order to rebuild following its crushing election defeat.

In May, the Lib Dems were almost entirely wiped out and now have just eight MPs. Lamb is challenging Tim Farron to succeed Nick Clegg...

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Suzanne Evans On Leading Ukip: 'Tried That, Something Went Wrong ;) ;) ;)'

(22) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Ukip's deputy chairman Suzanne Evans has indicated she is still interested in succeeding Nigel Farage as leader of Ukip and cheekily alluded to the explosive internal row that consumed the party in the days after the election.

Evans also said the number of controversial comments made by

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Liz Kendall Wins Labour Leadership Backing From Chuka Umunna

(39) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:38 AM

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall has won the much sought after backing of shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna.

Writing for the New Statesman this morning, Umunna, who dropped out of the race to succeed Ed Miliband, said Kendall was the candidate who could lead Labour out of its...

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Alistair Carmichael Admits To Leaking Nicola Sturgeon Memo During Election Campaign

(92) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has admitted to leaking an internal UK government document that claimed Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the election.

On April 3, in the middle of the campaign, the Daily Telegraph reported the explosive story based on a memo detailing a conversation...

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Steve Hilton Didn't See David Cameron's Victory Coming, And Warns Labour Not To Rush Leadership Election

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:38 AM

Steve Hilton (left) and then leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, at Oslo Airport during their visit to the Arctic, April 2006.

Steve Hilton asks to sit in the sun. David Cameron's former director of strategy and policy guru is back...

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Labour MP Richard Burgon Calls For End Of Monarchy Before Swearing Allegiance To The Queen

(210) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 7:29 AM

Labour MP Richard Burgon broke convention on Wednesday, by calling for the end to the Monarchy before affirming an oath of allegiance to the Queen.

All MPs have to either swear an oath, or a non-religious affirmation, in order to take their seats. But the newly elected MP for East...

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Tristram Hunt Won't Run For Labour Leadership, Backs Liz Kendall And Takes A Swipe At Unite

(25) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:55 AM

Tristram Hunt has decided not to run for the Labour leadership, after realising he did not have have sufficient backing from his fellow Labour MPs.

Hunt had been considering a bid to succeed Ed Miliband, however today he backed Liz Kendall for the party's top job. "In trying...

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Ed Miliband Ally Jon Trickett Insists Labour Policies Were Not 'Too Left Wing', Attacks Leadership Candidates

(44) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Labour did not lose the election because it was "too left-wing" and the party should reject a move to the right as advocated by the leadership candidates, a close ally of Ed Miliband has warned.

Jon Trickett, who served as shadow minister without portfolio in Miliband's top team,...

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New SNP MP Mhairi Black Spent First Day In Parliament Studying For Her Politics Exam

(141) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:06 AM

The SNP's newly elected 20-year-old MP has revealed she spent part of the first day of the new parliament in the House of Commons library studying for an upcoming politics exam.

Mhairi Black, who sensationally ousted Labour's campaign chief Douglas Alexander from his Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat...

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Angela Eagle Launches Deputy Labour Leadership Bid With Plea For Party To Stop 'Faction Fighting'

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:56 AM

Angela Eagle has launched her bid to become deputy leader of Labour with a warning that the party must not collapse into an internal war.

Harriet Harman, the current deputy, has announced she will step down from the position once the party chooses a replacement for

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Nigel Farage Tells 'Senior Ukip' Figure To Drop Leadership Question Or Quit

(125) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:07 AM

Nigel Farage has attacked an unnamed "senior figure" in Ukip for demanding a leadership election, following a day of open warfare in the party.

Last night Farage moved to defend his position at the top of Ukip. He insisted he enjoyed a "phenomenal" level of support...

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Nigel Farage's Top Adviser Sacrificed Amid Ukip 'Civil War'

(58) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Nigel Farage's top aide has lost his job in Ukip, as the party's leader battled to fight off an apparent coup against him.

Raheem Kassam, Farage's chief of staff, has had to watch from New York as the party descended into open warfare.

A damaging and volatile internal...

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Dappy From N-Dubz Just Waded Into The Lib Dem Leadership Contest

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:27 AM

N-Dubz frontman Dappy has waded into the Liberal Democrat leadership contest, endorsing former health minister Norman Lamb.

Which is actually not as odd as it may at first seem. The singer was a client of Lamb's music producer son. As was rapper Tinchy Stryder.

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Nigel Farage Told To Quit As Ukip Leader By Major Donor Amid Explosive Internal Row

(52) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:51 AM

Nigel Farage has been told to resign as Ukip leader by one of the party's key financial supporters, amid a blazing internal row that has burst into public.

Ukip donor Stuart Wheeler, who has given the party at least £500,000, told BBC Radio 5 Live today: "I would...

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Priti Patel Refuses To Say If She Wants To Bring Back The Death Penalty

(30) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:45 AM

Newly promoted employment minister Priti Patel has refused to reveal whether or not she still supports the death penalty.

In 2011, the then backbench Conservative MP told BBC Question Time she believed capital punishment should be re-introduced. Appearing on Sky News this morning, Patel...

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