People and Power

  • April 13, 2010

    The political parties are being challenged over populist anti-migration policies and rhetoric by business leaders, clergy and human rights campaigners.

  • April 13, 2010

    William Hague says Tory 'free school' policy means "having faith" in parents, but critics say it may make education prey to special interest groups and extremists.

  • April 13, 2010

    7.30am Nick Clegg speaks about bankers bonuses at morning press conference

    9.00am UKIP Deputy Leader and Head of Policy, David Campbell Bannerman, launched UKIP manifesto at Atrium, Millbank

    11.00am Nick Clegg meeting with candidate for Bradford East, David Ward, at Printer Roller Services

    11.00am Conservative Party launches manifesto at Battersea Power Station (Tory regional launches will be conducted by members of the Shadow Cabinet)

    Afternoon: Lib Dems launch five-point plan to deal with excesses of bank bonuses

    2.00pm Nick Clegg meeting with Lib Dem candidate for Luton South, Qurban Hussain, at 2k Manufacturing

    3.00pm Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague at manifesto launch in the North West

    3.45pm Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox launches Tory manifesto in South East

    Launch of Plaid Cymru manifesto

    7.30pm Nick Clegg on ITV's 'Tonight' programme

  • April 13, 2010

    After a week of General Election campaigning, how many actual members of the public have the leaders of the three 'main parties' met?

  • April 12, 2010

    The political case is being made strongly for a hung parliament which could bring significant and much needed reform. Polls suggest that voters would prefer it to a Labour or Conservative majority government. The economic scaremongering has also been fact-checked and found wanting. There are some economic analysts now positively making the financial case:

    In an article 'Would a hung Parliament be best for the UK economy?' a number of commentators suggest "yes".

  • April 12, 2010

    It feels like we're living in interesting times. Since Obama swept to power last year, it's as though the UK might be getting the message that enfranchisement is a precious right worth acting on. I'm not saying that Brown, Cameron or Clegg carry with them the hope and light of the 'Yes we can' roadshow, but perhaps the apathy of the past UK general elections will be thrown aside in favour of active participation.

  • April 12, 2010

    Ahead of Thursday's election debate between the leaders of the three biggest parties, bookmakers are announcing how they are cashing in and encouraging people to gamble on the result.

    David Cameron is emerging as the 'favourite' to 'win' the live debate during which the leaders will discuss issues that will affect millions of vulnerable people in the UK including asylum seekers, the elderly, the disabled and people in poverty.

  • April 12, 2010

    7.30am Lib Dem press conference.

    8.10am Ed Miliband on Today Programme.

    8.45am David Cameron at campaign event in marginal constituency of Reading West.

    10.40am SNP launches manifesto.

    11.30am Launch of Labour manifesto in Birmingham with Cabinet.

    Scottish Labour launch manifesto.

    Gordon Brown visits 'green' factory in Rugby

    Jon Snow interviewing Gordon Brown on Channel 4

    Shadow Skills Minister John Hayes unveiling Tory apprenticeship scheme at debate in Birmingham.

    Tory Party chairman Eric Pickles in marginal constituency of Crawley where Labour has majority of 37.

    Taxpayers' Alliance in Parliament Square with large 'UK Debt Clock'

  • April 12, 2010

    According to today’s YouGov tracker poll in The Sun (which seems to be the only poll out this morning) the Lib Dem and ‘Other’ vote still seems to be holding up well. Lib Dems are on 20 (+2) and Others on 12. Whilst a number in any given poll can easily be out by two points or so, it does suggest that the smaller parties are not getting squeezed in the election campaign so far.

  • April 11, 2010

    Significantly more voters want a hung parliament (46 per cent) than a Labour (25 per cent) or Conservative (29 per cent) Government.