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Nigel Farage Denies He Proposed Flat Tax, But This Ukip Leaflet Did

(28) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 7:47 AM

Nigel Farage has denied Ukip proposed introducing a flat tax during a by-election campaign. However a leaflet distributed by the party in the contest appears to contradict the Ukip leader.

Farage took part in a phone-in show on LBC radio on Friday morning. One caller, Sam from Bristol, questioned whether...

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Ukip Deputy Chair Suzanne Evans Accuses 'Out Of Touch' Londoners Of Not Wearing Poppies

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 5:51 AM

The deputy chairman of Ukip, Suzanne Evans, has accused "out of touch" Londoners of not wearing poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Evans was Ukip's representative on the BBC's Rochester by-election coverage on Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.

Explaining the success of Nigel Farage's insurgent...

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Ukip's Mark Reckless Wins Rochester By-Election Amid Rumours Of Further Defections

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:03 PM

Nigel Farage is celebrating seeing a second Ukip MP elected to parliament this morning after Mark Reckless comfortably secured victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election, raising the prospect that more Conservatives may defect.

Reckless, who tried to derail David Cameron's party conference two months ago by dramatically defecting from...

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Myleene Klass Gave Miliband A 'Pasting From A Popstar' Jokes Cameron

(21) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:21 AM

David Cameron today seized on Ed Miliband's his awkward TV clash with singer Myleene Klass, joking that the Labour leader had been on the receiving end of a "pasting popstar".

On Monday, Miliband appeared alongside Klass on ITV's The Agenda programme. The singer launched...

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Oliver Letwin: I'll Vote To Leave The European Union If David Cameron's Renegotiation Fails

(22) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Oliver Letwin, the senior Conservative charged with helping to draw up the party's general election manifesto, has said he will vote to leave the European Union if David Cameron fails to win enough powers back from Brussels.

The Cabinet Office minister, who is close to the prime minister,...

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George Osborne 'Locks' His Milk In Fridge To Stop Lib Dems Drinking It

(24) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 10:14 AM

George Osborne keeps the milk for his tea locked away to stop other ministers in the Treasury from stealing it, according to Danny Alexander.

The Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury revealed to reporters in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon that while he and the Tory...

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Danny Alexander 'Happy' To Fight Alex Salmond For Commons Seat

(74) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:26 AM

Danny Alexander has said he would be "happy" to see Alex Salmond challenge him for his seat in the Westminster parliament at the general election in six months time, and dodged questions about whether he wants to become Lib Dem leader.

On Tuesday, Salmond, the outgoing Scottish first minister and...

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Yvette Cooper Attacks 'Liberal Commentators' Who Don't Want To Talk About Immigration

(45) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:15 AM

Yvette Cooper has criticised unnamed "liberal commentators" who, she said, believe it is wrong to talk about immigration.

In a speech today, Labour's shadow home secretary pledged to pay for 1,000 extra border guards by imposing a charge on visitors from the US and 55...

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Watch Myleene Klass Shout At Ed Miliband Over The Mansion Tax

(18) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:08 AM

Under fire Labour leader Ed Miliband has found himself coming under attack from yet another unexpected quarter.

Appearing on ITV's The Agenda, Miliband appeared to be taken by surprise when singer Myleene Klass tore into his plans for a "mansion tax" on properties worth more than...

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Alistair Darling Warns UK Exit From EU May Be 'Unstoppable'

(280) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 4:44 AM

Britain's exit from the European Union may be "unstoppable", Alistair Darling has warned.

The former Labour chancellor, who ran the successful Better Together campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom, said on Tuesday there were striking similarities between the independence referendum and the debate about the EU.

Writing...

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Karren Brady Says Nigel Farage Makes Her 'Shudder'

(237) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Karren Brady, the Tory peer and star of The Apprentice, has said Nigel Farage makes her "shudder".

Brady, who took her seat in the House of Lords earlier this month, attacked Ukip for wanting to "turn the clock back" on women's rights. Brady hit out at Farage as she campaigned...

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Nigel Farage Challenges Ed Miliband To Live TV Debate

(108) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:18 AM

Nigel Farage has challenged Ed Miliband to a live head-to-head debate on TV, after the Labour leader attacked Ukip's "unjust" values.

In a letter published on Twitter today, Farage said he was "quite surprised" that Miliband said he wanted a debate about Ukip, given he had previously "declined" a face-to-face...

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Ed Miliband Insists He 'Won't Buckle Under The Pressure' Following Leadership Attacks

(36) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 7:52 AM

Ed Miliband has said he will tour the country over the next six months in order to personally sell his message to voters, following a worrying poll for the Labour leader that suggested an overwhelming number of people did not think he was ready to be prime minister.

In a...

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Ched Evans Could 'Play Football Abroad', Says Nick Clegg

(49) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:19 AM

Chef Evans should consider playing football abroad, Nick Clegg has said.

Sheffield United is under pressure not to re-sign Evans, who was convicted and served a prison sentence for rape. The club has allowed the player to train with the team, but insists no decision has...

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Ed Miliband Will Warn Labour To Keep Its 'Eyes On The Prize' In Fightback Speech

(18) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Ed Miliband will warn on Thursday that Labour needs to "fight" if the party wants to win the general election in six months time, following a week of damaging internal rows.

The Labour leader speech tomorrow has been billed as a fightback against speculation that his position was...

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David Cameron 'Begging' For Labour Votes To Avoid Ukip Defeat

(37) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:14 AM

Nigel Farage has gleefully branded David Cameron "desperate", after the prime minister took the unusual step of asking Labour and Lib Dem supporters to vote tactically for the Conservatives in the Rochester by-election to prevent Ukip from winning.

The latest polls indicate Mark Reckless is set to become Ukip's second...

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Tony Blair Really Doesn't Want To Talk About Ed Miliband On TV

(28) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Tony Blair today said Ed Miliband has his "full support", however the former prime minister really did not want to answer questions about the Labour leader when pressed.

Miliband has been under intense pressure in recent days, with his leadership of the party being questioned by internal critics. Blair, who...

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Ukip Voters Need Their Brains Tested, Says Rochester Santa

(65) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:55 AM

Every parliamentary by-election attracts a cast of minor party or independent candidates. And the battle for Rochester and Strood is no different.

Mike Barker, "the world leading expert on bomb disposal" has been campaigning as an independent, dressed as Father Christmas, to snatch victory from the Tory or Ukip...

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NHS Demands Mark Reckless Withdraw 'Misleading' Ukip Leaflet

(179) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:46 AM

A local Rochester hospital has accused Mark Reckless of "misleading" voters by implying it is supporting Ukip in this month's crucial by-election.

A Ukip leaflet being distributed in the Kent constituency attacks the Conservative Party for failing NHS patients. The campaign leaflet features a picture of Reckless with Dr Phillip...

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Theresa May Downgrades Tory Immigration Pledge To A Mere 'Comment'

(17) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:54 AM

Theresa May ran into trouble with her own voice on the Today programme this morning, when she had to stop it from blurting out the wrong words.

Asked about the Conservative Party's pledge to bring immigration down to the "tens of thousands", the home secretary took a stumble....

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