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  • 18 Apr 2010

    Gordon Brown spoke today about the role of faith groups in helping to secure access to primary education for every child in the world by 2015.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Support for proportional representation seems to be strong according to the latest poll from YouGov tonight which finds only 16 per cent of the population now opposing it and 29 per cent still undecided.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Party leaders have been criticised for avoiding the issue of Afghanistan during the election campaign, despite a poll showing that 77% of voters support the withdrawal of troops.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The British Humanist Association has responded to a statement made in the Court of Appeal by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey - saying it is offensive to Christians.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The Communist Party of Britain (CPB) has said that after a week and a half of election campaigning, “the people's needs continue to be ignored by the main parties”.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The Labour Party has been criticised by equality campaigners after launching an LGBT Manifesto that fails to commit the party to legal equality for same-sex marriages.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Green Party leader Caroline Lucas hopes to become the first of many Green MPs at the 2010 General Election. She is standing in Brighton Pavilion and is currently a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England region. Third Way's Huw Spanner talked to her back in 2005.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Christians and others working in the field of International Development have said Conservative policy looks like ‘political posturing’ rather than a serious commitment to tackling global poverty.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Lord Carey of Clifton has had his call for special legal provisions for Christians roundly rejected by lawyers, human rights advocates, commentators - and other Christians.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Nick Clegg addresses congregation at Christ Church, New Malden, to mark Election 2010 World Poverty Day and urge voters aged 18 to 25 to register to vote before Tuesday's deadline. Will be introduced by the new Director of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella

    10.15am - Gordon Brown on Andrew Marr Programme (BBC1)

    10.30am - Sky News hosts Welsh leaders' debate (Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams; Labour Party Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain, and Conservative Party Shadow Secretary, Cheryl Gillan)

    David Cameron expected to visit leading aid agency and speak about international development

    Samantha Cameron celebrating 39th birthday

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond campaigning in Aberdeenshire

    David Cameron is expected to target voters aged over 50, with a pledge to restore the link between pensions and earnings

    Comment

    Party leaders will mark ‘World Poverty Day’ today by outlining their visions of how the UK should act on its responsibility to the wider world.

    It comes after a ranking carried out by the World Development Movement suggested that none of the three main parties score well on their plans to tackle key international development issues.

    The Conservatives fare particularly poorly (three out of ten), Labour (five out of ten), and the Liberal Democrats (six out of ten) receive a middling rating. The Greens (eight out of ten) come out on top on issues such as trade justice, international aid and IMF reform.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The media is an important vehicle for religion, but also challenges its inbuilt authority structures, said a range of experts on the interaction of the two meeting in Chicago recently.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Nick Clegg has made unprecedented waves as a result of his appearance in the first ever UK election Leaders' TV Debate. Here Simon Barrow probes him on his beliefs, religion, Europe, his political creed and more.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    Alex Salmond, Scottish first minister and SNP leader, who retired as an MP this week, says the Commons has declined "in an extraordinary fashion over the last two decades".

  • 17 Apr 2010

    The existential, legal and social reality of Palestinian men and women living under occupation is the often hidden reality of the political stasis of the region, says Harry Hagopian. Since the ultimate losers of this political stasis are ordinary Palestinians and Israelis, they should be leading the struggle for peace.

  • 17 Apr 2010

    The English Democrats have launched their manifesto, supporting an English Parliament, withdrawal from the EU and opposition to immigration.