Nick Robinson, Political editor

Nick Robinson Political editor

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Debates - on or off?

TV debates 2010
David Cameron is setting new conditions for taking part in the TV debates

Debates - on or off? David Cameron says he wants to take part in TV election debates and that he thinks a deal can be done but... he's also setting new conditions for taking part.

The PM told the BBC this morning that the Northern Ireland parties should be included now that the SNP and Plaid Cymru have been invited.

What's more, he repeated that he wants election debates to take place not during the election campaign itself, as the hullabaloo they generate distracts from the real issues.

So, what now? The broadcasters have traditionally treated Northern Irish politics as different to the rest of the UK because the big parties are not serious players there (Labour does not put up candidates as it is allied to the SDLP. The Tories do but they are not competitive).

Some would argue that if you invite the biggest party - the DUP - you should also invite the others - Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance and Ulster Unionists as well.

Read full article Debates - on or off?

Scots votes on English NHS laws

I have been speaking to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about how SNP MPs will vote after the next election.

With the polls predicting a doubling in the party's support and, potentially, a huge increase in the number of their MPs this really matters.

Read full article Scots votes on English NHS laws

Iraq Inquiry - Is it being 'sexed down'?

Sir John Chilcot

Delayed again. Until after the election. Very suspicious say those who fear a cover up of the decisions taken by Tony Blair's government which led the UK to join George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq.

Nick Clegg - whose Liberal Democrat party opposed the war in the face of combined Labour and Conservative support for it - says that some will fear that the report of the Iraq Inquiry is being "sexed down".

Read full article Iraq Inquiry - Is it being 'sexed down'?

Nigel Farage and the future of the NHS

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage tried and failed to persuade his party to back his view that the NHS should be replaced with an insurance based system like they have in many parts of the world.

Two years ago he said that he'd be more comfortable if the money he spent on health was invested through the market place rather than central government.

Read full article Nigel Farage and the future of the NHS

Economy travels across the Atlantic

The Camerons and Obamas in 2012
David and Samantha Cameron, pictured here enjoying a White House visit in 2012

This is the day when the argument about the British economy travels across the Atlantic.

A day on which the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama have written a joint article in The Times boasting of how they've worked closely together to restore economic growth and to improve "living standards" - language which Labour has tried so hard to own and will be frustrated to see the White House sharing with Downing Street.

Read full article Economy travels across the Atlantic

TV election debates - who blinks first

Prime ministerial debate on general election
The 2010 election had the UK's first prime ministerial TV debates

A high-stakes poker game in which the ultimate prize is power - that is what the row about the party leaders' general-election TV debates has now become.

The players at the table are not just the nation's party leaders but also the bosses of the country's biggest broadcasters.

Read full article TV election debates - who blinks first

Election - Facts, claims, spin

David Cameron and Ed Miliband

The claims are all too familiar. You can't trust Labour not to spend and tax and borrow say the Conservatives. You can't trust the Tories with the NHS say Labour.

The facts and the claims and the spin that underpin them are new, though, and they matter.

Read full article Election - Facts, claims, spin

UKIP - power struggle, not soap opera

Nigel Farage at a polling booth in May
Mr Farage is hoping to hold the balance of power after May's general election

A parliamentary candidate resigns having tried blaming his racist comments on taking painkillers.

This comes days after an alleged sex scandal at UKIP head office in which the party's chief executive did - or did not - sleep with another candidate.

Read full article UKIP - power struggle, not soap opera

The speech that remembered the deficit

Ed Miliband

Just weeks after the speech which forgot the deficit comes the speech that remembers it - big time.

Ed Miliband knows he has a problem and can sense an opportunity.

Read full article The speech that remembered the deficit

Osborne on voters' choice in 2015: Competence or chaos

A "price that works for our country". That's how George Osborne describes the deep spending cuts which he claims are needed to cut the deficit.

Speaking to me in Manchester, the Chancellor said that "the prize is economic stability, growth, jobs in the future, a brighter future".

Read full article Osborne on voters' choice in 2015: Competence or chaos

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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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