Downing Street believed the Tories had their dream candidate when Afzal Amin won the nomination to fight Dudley North in a corner of the West Midlands that symbolises the party’s troubled history on race relations.
Owen Jones (If the UK falls apart blame the Tories, 19 March) is right to say the Conservatives have been doing their best to support the breakup of the UK, whether deliberately or not.
A new YouGov poll indicates that most Scots think it was wrong for Miliband to rule out a coalition deal, whilst voters in the rest of the UK disagree.
The Tories have surged into a three-point poll lead over Labour after chancellor George Osborne offered help to savers, pensioners and first-time buyers in his last budget before the general election.
Senior Lib Dems warned on Saturday night of disastrous consequences if a Tory-led government is allowed to stage an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership, as signs grew that Nick Clegg could split his party if he tries to form a second coalition with the Conservatives.
David Cameron has blocked Nick Clegg from appearing in a general election TV debate three weeks before polling day because he doesn’t want to be the only absent leader, it has been claimed.
Heritage groups have accused the government of failing to protect Britain’s world heritage sites after effectively allowing plans for a development on London’s South Bank that will obscure views of the Houses of Parliament.
Even if the Conservatives form an administration with other parties after May, the SNP will be able to capitalise without being involved.
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.
Iain Duncan Smith has claimed “Turkey is on the ballot paper” in June’s referendum and warned of the prospect of even greater uncontrolled migration when the country joins the EU.
With the road now clear for the remaining “short campaign” to the EU referendum, both sides are accusing their rival of panic: David Cameron for allegedly warning of future European wars, Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson for assorted wild exaggerations.
The former Tory MP Neil Hamilton has been elected to lead the seven-strong Ukip group in the Welsh assembly, winning by four votes to three.