Ed Miliband needs to escape from the “Westminster bubble” if he wants to see off a threat from Ukip and beat the Conservatives at the next general election, according to Liverpool’s elected mayor.
Freedom of speech was uppermost in everyone’s mind, but even on happier days David Cameron’s has never been greeted with a passionate cry of ‘Ich liebe dich’ from a stranger in a crowd.
It’s now four months until the election and YouGov’s latest poll, for the Sun, has put the two main parties on 33% each.
David Cameron has said he would be open to leaving it to MPs in the Commons to decide whether the vote should be extended to 16- and 17-year-olds. Speaking at prime minister’s questions, he said: “I’m very happy for us to have a vote. Personally, I think the right age is 18.”
When Ukip’s website suffered a mysterious outage on Tuesday, Twitter erupted with theories.
YouGov’s first poll of the year has put the Greens in fourth place on 8% - just one point ahead of the Liberal Democrats. The Greens are growing fast.
The Liberal Democrats have still to select their parliamentary candidates in more than half the seats up for grabs in the general election in four months’ time, leading Labour to claim that Nick Clegg’s party is in danger of forfeiting its right to present itself as a national party.
George Osborne’s plans for deficit reduction have been questioned after parliament’s all-party spending watchdog found that tax receipts did not rise rapidly enough to meet the £126bn savings promised by the government.
Labour contenders for London mayor have lined up with Boris Johnson to criticise a proposal from the new leader of Scottish Labour to use funds generated by the party’s planned mansion tax to pay for 1,000 extra NHS nurses in Scotland.
‘I support the prime minister on a full range of government policy,” said Nick Clegg a little louder than strictly necessary at deputy prime minister’s questions. Cue laughter, some of it possibly genuine, from both sides of the house. “I don’t understand the hilarity,” the Liberal Democrat leader continued, his smile widening.
Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech in London to urge Labour voters to lay the blame for pressures on housing, jobs and the NHS at the door of the Conservatives, instead of seizing on the EU as a scapegoat.
Kezia Dugdale has challenged the Scottish National party to make the positive case for Europe as she formally launched the Labour In for Scotland campaign with its UK chair, Alan Johnson.
It has been claimed that the Conservatives have misallocated spending during their 2015 general election campaign.