Nick Robinson, Political editor

Nick Robinson Political editor

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UKIP immigration policy - the wife test

22 April 2014

On a day when Nigel Farage launched a nationwide poster campaign warning that millions of Europeans were waiting to take your job, I asked him why he employed a German as his secretary.

Couldn't he have found a British person instead, I wondered. Somewhat to my amazement the UKIP leader told me "nobody else could do that job".

His point, apparently, was that only his wife Kirsten - who as he often reminds us is German - would be prepared to work unsociable hours, seven days a week, helping him at "midnight, one o'clock, two o'clock".

As so often, the UKIP leader was trying to make me and all those listening smile along with him. He's an amusing and likeable guy and often I've done just that, but on this occasion I was determined to press on.

Mr Farage's decision to employ his wife at public expense highlights two important questions he and his party now face - about what their immigration policy means in practice and their attitude to public money.

'Sensible policy'

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Miliband on Israel, PM plan and Thatcher comparison

12 April 2014
Ed Miliband is greeted by the outstretched arms of his mother's cousin Sara
Ed Miliband was welcomed with open arms by his mother's cousin Sara in Israel

On a kibbutz outside Jerusalem Ed Miliband was greeted with a loud, warm Jewish embrace from 84-year-old Sara - his mother's cousin - who, like her, is a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust.

It marked the end of a visit to Israel that has been as much about the personal as the political - a chance for the Labour leader to connect with his past as well as to talk about the future of the Middle East.

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David Cameron feels legacy of expenses anger

9 April 2014
David Cameron

Five years after the scandal of MPs' expenses first broke little may seem to have changed.

A prime minister defends his own when they come under fire, only to discover that the press, the public and some of his own MPs regard that as unacceptable.

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The pressure was too much for Maria Miller

9 April 2014
Maria Miller

She's gone. The pressure, it seems, was too much. In a letter to the prime minister, Maria Miller says that

"It has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing."

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Maria Miller's apology 'minimum requirement' for PM

8 April 2014
Maria Miller enters Downing Street on Tuesday

"I am devastated that this has happened, and that I have let you down."

Thus Maria Miller makes the apology she failed to make in her thirty two second appearance in the Commons.

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Labour's rubber to hit the road?

4 April 2014
Ed Miliband

Just in case you're not counting it is now less than 400 days until the next election. To be precise it's 398 days until the moment Ed Miliband might start to pack his bags to move into Number 10. Not very long.

All of which begs a rather important question - what would the Labour leader actually do if he becomes our next prime minister and, more pressingly, what should he say he's going to do in order to convince voters to send him to Downing Street.

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Farage v Clegg – the verdict

3 April 2014
Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg
Wednesday night's clash between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg followed an earlier debate last week

The self-proclaimed leader of "the people's army" can relish his victory.

Nigel Farage - whose party was once dismissed as a home for fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists - has established himself as a big beast in the political jungle.

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About Nick

Nick started blogging about politics for the BBC in 2001 when he was one of the earliest mainstream journalists in the UK to adopt the format.

He has been in his current role since 2005.

Before he was political editor, he did the same job at ITV News, before which he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24, deputy editor of Panorama and a presenter on BBC Radio 5 live.

He began his time at the BBC behind the microphone, starting as a trainee producer in 1986 on Brass Tacks, Newsround and Crimewatch.

Based at Westminster, he has particular responsibility for serving the flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, he attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

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