Paddy Ashdown has conceded that the Scottish National party has taken a lead over the Liberal Democrats in many of the party’s key seats, forcing the Lib Dems to rely on tactical voting to survive.
The political centre ground in Britain has shifted to the left since the last general election in 2010, a leading thinktank has concluded from a new assessment of the British Social Attitudes survey.
A Liberal Democrat peer has resigned from the party and the Electoral Commission has begun an investigation into claims that he accepted a potentially illegal donation.
Ukip has suspended another MEP, Janice Atkinson, one of its highest-profile female parliamentary candidates, over allegations of a “serious financial nature”.
In the street last night I bumped into a friend who said: “I missed the budget, tell me what it was about.”
The phone connection is terrible, but I interview TV star Andrew Michael despite such interference and the noise from passing cars.
Banks bore the brunt of George Osborne’s revenue-raising initiatives in a budget that was otherwise welcomed by business leaders for bolstering the oil and gas industry and pushing on with cutting corporation tax to one of the lowest levels in the G20.
Ed Miliband has warned that the pain of austerity will worsen if the Tories win the general election, and accused the party of seeking to hide an “extreme plan” to impose “colossal” spending cuts in the next parliament.
Currently, the Lib Dems are struggling, but they have influenced the budget and will likely do so in years to come
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has called for a ban on hedge funds to commission private exit polls for the EU referendum.
The Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry is facing a second police inquiry after the SNP regional association of which she was formerly convenor made a complaint about alleged financial discrepancies.
Labour needs to change to overcome a feeling it is not fit for purpose in the modern era, the shadow cabinet minister Lisa Nandy has said, as she launched a new group that aims to unify supporters.