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Ed Miliband's ‘Turing's Law' Will Offer Posthumous Pardons To Gay Men

(37) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 6:07 AM

Ed Miliband has announced a Labour government will offer posthumous pardons to all gay men who were convicted of a crime simply because of their sexuality.

Last year the government gave Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing a pardon. The famous mathematician committed suicide more than 50 years...

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Boris Johnson Gets Into Heated Argument With Cage Director Asim Qureshi On LBC

(27) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 5:35 AM

Boris Johnson got involved in an angry exchange with Asim Qureshi from the advocacy group Cage this morning, over suggestions the extremist known as "Jihadi John" was radicalised as a result of the way he was treated by the security services.

The Conservative London mayor took...

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Boris Johnson Wants To Scrap Tpims But Doesn't Know What They Are

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:43 AM

Boris Johnson has said he wants to scrap the Tpim terrorism prevention system introduced by the coalition and bring back Labour's control orders - however the Tory mayor repeatedly failed to explain what the acronym 'Tpim' actually stood for.

For the record, the the policing mechanism introduced by...

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Tim Farron Interview: Nick Clegg Is 'Lovely' About Lib Dem Leadership Speculation

(23) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Tim Farron speaks to The Huffington Post about the general election, why the Lib Dems must be willing to walk away from power and why he should be a minister in a second coalition. As he launches his re-election campaign Baroness Williams and he also address speculation about his leadership...

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Douglas Carswell Rules Out Ever Becoming Ukip Leader

(26) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 6:33 AM

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell has ruled out ever standing to become the party's leader. Asked on Sunday morning whether he would one day want to succeed Nigel Farage, Carswell told Sky News: "Absolutely not, I will never, ever, lead a political party."

Carswell, who became Ukip's first elected MP after...

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Ukip Candidates Have Been Issued A Stern Warning Not To Say Anything Stupid Before The Election

(198) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 9:50 AM

The Ukip leadership had a simple message for its party members and parliamentary candidates gathered in Margate this weekend. Please don't say anything stupid between now and May 7.

Nigel Farage used his speech on Friday to encourage his party members, many of whom have a habit of appearing on...

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Anti-Ukip Protesters March On Party's Margate Conference, Clash With Far-Right

(244) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 8:34 AM

Around 200 anti-Ukip protesters marched on the venue of the eurosceptic party's spring conference in Margate on Saturday afternoon.

The rally sang a variety of songs with lyrics including "Nigel is a banker" and "immigrants are here to stay" and "we're black, white, asian and we're gay". Signs...

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Ukip MEP David Coburn Got Slow Hand-Clapped So Called BBC Audience Names

(219) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Ukip MEP David Coburn appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme on Friday evening. He got slow hand-clapped by members of the audience. So he called them names.

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Patrick O'Flynn Tells Ukip Leadership Not To Damage Election Hopes With 'Ranting'

(85) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:32 PM

A senior Ukip MEP has warned the party leadership not to damage the party's election chances by getting caught "ranting" on television.

Patrick O'Flynn, the party's economics spokesman and former communications director, said leading Ukip figures must be "civilised in debate" and not resort to "hyperbolic" language.

Addressing...

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Nigel Farage Attacks 'Malicious' Speculation About His Health: 'Rumours Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated'

(93) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Nigel Farage has accused his opponents of spreading "malicious" rumours about his health and insisted he plans to lead Ukip for many years to come.

Speaking at Ukip's spring conference in Margate on Friday, Farage told party members: "Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

Farage has...

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John Cleese Compares Journalists To Murderers At Confrontational Hacked Off Meeting

(22) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Comedian John Cleese has likened journalists arguing for self-regulation to murderers wanting to police themselves during a press reform rally.

The Monty Python star also accused Britain's newspaper editors of being cold-blooded liars who only wanted control to remain fully within the industry so they could be "free to do...

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Ed Miliband Catches David Cameron Off-Guard At PMQs Over Second Jobs

(118) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:14 AM

Ed Miliband appeared to surpruse David Cameron today, when he offered to ban Labour MPs from serving as trade union officials.

Labour hopes to embarrass the Tories over the cash-for-access scandal by forcing a House of Commons vote on Miliband's proposal to ban MPs from holding...

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Ukip MP Douglas Carswell Denies He Is 'At Odds' With Nigel Farage

(47) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Douglas Carswell insisted there is no ideological split between him and Nigel Farage, as he said Ukip needed to appeal to "all Britons" if it was to make a significant breakthrough in Westminster.

Speaking at an event in central-London on Tuesday hosted by the the Politeia think-tank, Ukip's...

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Natalie Bennett May Have Given The Worst Political Interview Ever

(269) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 4:29 AM

The Green Party launched its election campaign today, however it did not get off to the best of starts. Party leader Natalie Bennett caused a stir during an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme by suggesting the West should give concessions to Russian...

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Ukip Candidate Victoria Ayling Asks What Happens 'When Renewable Energy Runs Out'

(184) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 9:20 AM

A Ukip parliamentary candidate has been widely mocked for reports that she was worried renewable energy would one day run out.

Victoria Ayling, who wants to be the next MP for Great Grimsby was taking part in a hustings in the town of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. According...

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Polls Show Ukip Within Striking Distance Of Three Tory Seats

(210) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 6:09 AM

Ukip is within striking distance of snatching three seats from the Conservative Party in May's general election, polling published on Thursday suggested.

Detailed constituency surveys conducted by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft shows Nigel Farage's party running the Conservatives close in Boston & Skegness, Castle Point and...

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Tory Minister Esther McVey Refreshingly Admits She Wants To Be Prime Minister

(101) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:56 AM

Senior Conservative minister Esther McVey has given a refreshingly honest answer when asked today if she wanted to be prime minister.

The employment minister, who was given the right to attend cabinet last year as the face of David Cameron's reshuffle, has had a rapid rise...

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Conservative Party Strongly Denies Labour 'Paedophile Smear' Allegations

(76) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:52 AM

The Conservative Party has strongly denied accusations that it was prepared to "smear" Labour MPs with allegations that they were paedophiles.

On Wednesday, Labour MP Tom Watson suggested that staff at Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), formerly known as Conservative Central Office (CCO), were either withholding information from police or inventing...

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Cathy Newman No Show At Parliamentary Pancake Day Race After Mosque Furore

(20) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 7:56 AM

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman was a no-show at Tuesday's charity parliamentary Pancake Day race today, amid a row that saw her apologise for claiming she was "ushered" out of a mosque.

Every year MPs and political journalists take part in a pancake relay-race, organised by disability...

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Parliament Pancake Day Race Sees MPs Accuse Journalists Of 'Foul Play'

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 6:14 AM

Every year MPs and peers take part in a charity Pancake Day race against a team of political journalists. This year, as always, the result was disputed by the losing team amid accusations of cheating.

The press team emerged victorious, flipping their way to victory in the contest...

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