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Wednesday December 18

2013 political stories: Thatcher, Syria and online porn

Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman's road safety call to PM

PMQs: Cameron suggests Ed Balls 'bye bye' hand gesture

PMQs: John McDonnell calls Cameron liar on Heathrow Airport

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on UK unemployment figures

PMQs review: Nick Robinson with MPs Bryant and Morgan

Tuesday December 17

Ban monkeys and apes as pets, says Mark Pritchard MP

Pensioners' Parliament call from Peter Bottomley MP

Actor David Schneider on MPs' appearance and uglyism

Political appearances debate: Schneider and Ferrari

Airport expansion: Goldsmith; Valentine and Burns

Monday December 16

Margaret Hodge on BBC pay-offs to senior managers

Political books: Keith Simpson MP's recommended reading

EU referendum: playing war games over UK future

Friday December 13

European week: Malta, Ukraine, fish and mobile phones

New German government attitude towards Cameron and UK

External Action Service: Cathy Ashton's EU ambassadors

2014 political bets: Scottish and UKIP election results

Prostitution: MEP calls to outlaw paying for sex in UK

Digital radio: switchover from FM and AM to DAB signals

Thursday December 12

Frank Field MP on child poverty and life chances

TV and newspaper journalists admit journalese phrases

Parliamentary beard contest: Corbyn, Spellar and Harris

Ipsa plans to give MPs 11% pay rise and cut expenses

MPs' salaries and Ipsa plan for Westminster pay rise

Wednesday December 11

Philip Hammond on Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement

PMQs review: Landale and MPs on Cameron and Miliband

PMQs: Harris and Cameron on married couples' tax breaks

Cameron on selfie photo at Mandela memorial service

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Ipsa and MPs' pay rise

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on cost of living standards

PMQs: Speaker tells Tom Blenkinsop MP to take up yoga

Christmas cards: Bloom's bongo drums and 'slut' cleaner

Air Passenger Duty (APD): UK has highest flights tax

Tuesday December 10

Programme cancelled to make way for coverage of Nelson Mandela memorial service

Monday December 9

MPs' pay rise: Mark Field, John Woodcock and Tom Brake

John Woodcock MP on depression and mental illness

Sunday December 8

Ed Miliband 'absolutely ruthless' says Diane Abbott

Sir Michael Wilshaw on standards in English schools

Autumn Statement: political reaction to Osborne speech

Friday December 6

Political week: Autumn Statement and Osborne's new dog

Mandela death: Paul Boateng on president's legacy

John Stuart Mill: Toby Young on philosopher's legacy

Tom Watson MP on 'embarrassing'' betting machine vote

Thursday December 5

Special index for Autumn Statement coverage

Wednesday December 4

PMQs: Clegg and Harman on energy and economic plans

PMQs: Clegg and Harman on energy prices and Labour 'con'

PMQs: Clegg and Harman attack economic policies

PMQs: Clegg 'staunch supporter' of HS2 high speed rail

PMQs: Kennedy and Clegg on coalition EU and Europe policy

PMQs: Landale on Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman clashes

Autumn Statement: Buzzword bets on Osborne speech words

Autumn Statement predictions for George Osborne speech

Police and crime commissioner on troubled families bid

Tuesday December 3

World War One: How should UK remember 1914-18 battles

World War One: Andrew Murrison and Sir Max Hastings

Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman on UK-EU trade deal

Save our pub: Drinkers' powers to postpone conversion

Monday December 2

UK coalition advice from Germany, Ireland and Sweden

Minister Michael Fallon 'wrote letters to himself'

International aid: UK gives more money than other countries

Sunday December 1

Yvette Cooper on nightmare Ed Balls leaked email claim

Yvette Cooper on immigration, police and crime figures

Boris Johnson: What are prospects for Mayor of London?

Friday November 29

Author Thomas Paine praised by Lewes MP Norman Baker

Political week: RBS loans, Scotland, Boris and Movember

James Wharton: EU referendum bill making good progress

Thursday November 28

Parental leave policies from Conservative and Lib Dems

Movember MP Jake Berry 'looks like 1970s porn star'

Movember moustache MPs shaved: Woodcock and Williams

NHS Whistleblower Gary Walker on statutory code

Wednesday November 27

Bulgarian ambassador Konstantin Dimitrov on immigration

PMQs: Miliband on cost of living, Cameron on economy

PMQs: PM and Miliband on payday loans and winter deaths

PMQs: Cameron and Wishart on Scottish independence

PMQs: Cameron on Movember 'banditos' MPs in Commons

PMQ review: Winter deaths, green levies and energy prices

MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers on farm pigswill ban

Tuesday November 26

Road safety checks on London's cyclists and drivers

Scottish independence: Darling on Salmond referendum plan

Scottish independence: Swinney on Salmond referendum plan

Political speeches: Hannan, Farage, Kinnock, Howe, Cook, Hague

Monday November 25

HS2: Hybrid bill for London to Birmingham rail route

Ed Miliband's music on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

Arts funding in austere times: public and private money

Sunday November 24

Co-op scandal: Labour's 'smear' response 'ludicrous'

Banking regulation: FSA to Financial Conduct Authority

FCA's Martin Wheatley on Paul Flowers and Co-Op Bank

Friday November 22

European week: Gibraltar, Strasbourg and bank accounts

European Union: How nations become EU members

EU taking action against airlines for flights delays

Estuary TV: first of new local telly stations launching

Thursday November 21

Barnett formula and council funding: Merrick Cockell

Politics of Doctor Who: Miners' strike and UK joins EEC

'We couldn't balance Liverpool's budget'

Wednesday November 20

TaxPayers' Alliance: Cut stamp duty to help property market

John Baron MP on government army and reservists plan

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Flowers, Balls and Boles

PMQS: Cameron on Paul Flowers and Co-Op Bank inquiry

PMQs: Dodds and Cameron on NI terrorist amnesty plan

PMQs: Cameron on Hull named City of Culture

PMQs review: Nick Watt and MPs on Cameron and Miliband

PMQs: Cameron apologises to Meacher over drugs 'banter'

Tuesday November 19

2015 general election: social media and digital campaign

Women in business: MEPs consider quota laws for boards

Scottish independence: Swinney on IFS financial report

Monday November 18

Paul Sykes on backing UKIP to get EU referendum in UK

TV dragon Theo Paphitis on 'earning while learning'

IFS on financial challenges for independent Scotland

Sunday November 17

NHS England planning for extra winter pressures

Mark Pritchard to sue Daily Telegraph on Albania claims

Burnham on Ed Balls 'nightmare' claim in Labour email

Typhoon Haiyan: Greening on UK help for Philippines

Tuesday November 12

Gove suggests geography lessons for historian Hunt

Peter Bone explains what an MP does in recess

Borgen writer Adam Price: Danish drama success on BBC4

Monday November 11

Armed Forces Covenant: Support and help for servicemen

Sir John Major and social mobility: Pearce and Dorries

MP election candidates: Mitchell, Davis and Nawaz

Sunday November 10

The Sun's Page 3 topless women pictures - stay or go?

Harriet Harman: Sun's page three topless women pictures

Campaign for an English Parliament: Eddie Bone

Friday November 8

Political week: Universal Credit, Speaker and spies

Pubs open longer for England World Cup football games?

Alistair McGowan praises green economist E F Schumacher

Ex-political editor John Cole tribute: Nicholas Jones

EU Referendum bill: Martin Horwood and James Wharton

Thursday November 7

NHS spending priorities: deprived areas and pensioners

London School Atlas aims to help parents decide

Intelligence and Security Committee: Spies before MPs

Hodge: Universal Credit IT, deadlines and money wasted

UK interest rates, inflation and economy: David Buik

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes' record

Wednesday November 6

BAE job losses at Portsmouth shipyard: Mike Hancock MP

BAE job losses at Portsmouth shipyard: Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson

PMQs review: Landale on Cameron v Miliband and NHS

School dinners 'by far the best option'

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on NHS and A&E services

PMQs: PM and Robertson on BAE shipyard job losses

PMQs: Speaker Bercow reminds Cameron to answer question

Tuesday November 5

Lucy Powell MP: Do you think I look like a politician?

Cold winter weather warning could help wind campaigners

Banking: current accounts and credit union loans

New York mayoral race: Rob Carolina on Bill de Blasio

Energy bills: Matthew Hancock on profit and competition

Monday November 4

Plebgate: Vaz on IPCC and police officers before MPs

Sexist politics: Harriett Baldwin and Fiona Mactaggart

EU Debate: CBI, Nigel Farage and French MP (Facebook link)

Sunday November 3

UK Muslims on challenging extremism and radicalisation

Muslim Council of Britain's Farooq Murad on veil issue

Unite's Len McCluskey warns Miliband of media 'traps'

Friday November 1

Karl Marx in London: Owen Jones on Marxism

Studio debate: Andrew Neil and Owen Jones (Facebook link)

Political week: energy, HS2, phone hacking and Red Ed

Football fans want more say in running of their clubs

Allister Heath on RBS plans for internal bad bank

Business for Britain: UK firms and the EU Single Market

Thursday October 31

EU toilet flushing water use advice: Bone and Bennett

Electoral Commission: Confusion over UK EU relations

EU referendum question change for James Wharton's bill

Labour 'still committed' to HS2 high speed rail plan

Energy UK's Angela Knight on changing energy supplier

Elderly and lonely: Reaction to Jeremy Hunt claims

Wednesday October 30

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on energy bills and policies

PMQs: Speaker tells Cameron PPS to nod and carry notes

PMQs: Cameron says Labour 'too weak' on HS2 rail plan

PMQs review of Cameron and Miliband on energy policies

EDL founder Tommy Robinson on Mo Ansar TV documentary

NHS charges: Hughes-Hallett on paying for health services

Cameron: 'Labour should reopen Falkirk inquiry'

Tuesday October 29

Mo Ansar on Tommy Robinson and EDL documentary

Jack Straw on Labour's Falkirk selection inquiry into Unite

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce: Labour must reopen Unite inquiry

MPs following parents into House of Commons

Monday October 28

London house prices and foreign investors buying homes

Russell Brand: Helen Lewis on New Statesman guest editor

'Mystic Ed' film reaction: Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MPs

Sunday October 27

EU summit: Cameron and leaders on UK taking back powers

Major windfall energy tax plan surprised Heseltine

Friday October 25

European week: Immigration, Turkey and Merkel's phone

College of Europe in Bruges: Home of Thatcher speech

European Parliament: Anti-EU political parties on rise

Economist: 'Decaying' Hull, Burnley and Middlesbrough

Northern cities' help: Daniel Knowles and Lord Prescott

Thursday October 24

Cabinet Office civil servants have email-free day

Simon Hughes: Lib Dem free school and education policy

Thatcher and Osborne economic plans for UK economy

Economic forecasts: Will Hutton and Liam Halligan

Wednesday October 23

PMQs review: Robinson on Cameron, Miliband and power bills

PMQs: Watson calls for fixed-odds betting machine ban

PMQs: Cameron on police and Miliband Plebgate apologies

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Major and power bills

PMQs Con man jibe 'bit below the level' says Speaker

Solar energy plan in Constable Country: Brooks Newmark

Grangemouth unions 'conned' says Michael Connarty MP

Tuesday October 22

Go home vans 'failed' says David Blunkett

Plebgate: Mitchell should have kept job says Blunkett

Peter Wishart MP: Online piracy a threat to UK jobs

Blunkett on education secretary job and teachers

Health debate: Henry Smith and Clare Gerada

Monday October 21

Why did Bristol want elected mayor George Ferguson

Nuclear energy debate: Tom Greatrex and Angela Knight

Dunfermline by-election: Schools dominate campaign

Sunday October 20

Plegbate: Do police still enjoy public confidence?

Police trust debate: Carole Malone and Peter Kirkham

Eric Pickles MP cardboard cut-out travels around USA

Communities secretary Eric Pickles on council powers

Friday October 18

Political week: Boris, Clinton, US debt and 'plebgate'

Immigration: MPs and public opinion about immigrants

Worsthorne on Douglas Home's rise to PM

English and British identity: poll on St George's Day date

Thursday October 17

Government secrets: Classified and confidential terms

Scottish independence: Economic, debt and tax questions

SNP Conference: Sturgeon on independence campaign

Energy bills and prices: Greg Barker and Caroline Flint

Lord West court-martialed for losing government papers

Wednesday October 16

Deputy Speaker role: Seven Tory MPs stand in election

Drugs decriminalisation and law change call from peer

PMQs: Skinner on Atos work tests for disabled people

Andrew Mitchell owed 'plebgate' apology, says Cameron

PMQs: Cameron on England football team World Cup qualification

PMQs: Guardian harmed national security, says Cameron

PMQs: Robinson on Cameron, Miliband and cost of living

Tuesday October 15

Plebgate: Nick Robinson on Andrew Mitchell IPCC report

GM food: Goldsmith on Paterson 'wicked' golden rice claim

Deputy Speaker candidates: Binley, Dorries and Streeter

Deputy Speaker candidates: Amess and Bellingham

From TV to MP: McVey, Soubry, De Piero, Bell, Gove

Monday October 14

US shutdown could affect UK economy and global markets

Deputy Speaker candidates Eleanor Laing and Simon Burns

Traveller site plans for South Downs site near Brighton

Sunday October 13

Abbott: Mayor of London campaign and This Week role

Scottish independence: Carmichael on Cameron TV debate

Twitter role in reshuffles of cabinet and Labour shadows

Friday October 11

European week: fracking, Lampedusa and Malala Yousafzai

Europol crime agency: drugs and counterfeit bank notes

Cigarettes: EU rules to curb tobacco sales to teenagers

Plaid Cymru conference: planning election campaign

Plaid Cymru conference: Leanne Wood on 2016 elections

Thursday October 10

British roads and 194,000 potholes for drivers to avoid

Royal Mail shares: Forsyth on post privatisation price

Political jargon: What George Osborne and Ed Balls mean

Westminster dog of the year winners: Noodle and Brodie

UK farms: Migrant workers picking fruit and vegetables

Wednesday October 9

'Go home or face arrest' vans debate: Green and Khan

Freedom of Information Act 'should be for private firms too'

Freedom of Information Act extended to private firms?

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on energy prices

PMQs: Cameron congratulates Higgs for Nobel prize

PMQs: Cameron on BBC-ICM council cuts and services poll

PMQs: Cameron on birthday treats from Labour

PMQs review: Landale on Cameron and Miliband questions

E-borders: John Vine on customs and police check report

Tuesday October 8

Nuclear power support from former sceptic Mark Lynas

Nuclear power debate: Mark Lynas and Jenny Jones

Andrew Lansley on Lobbying Bill and its critics

Green party peer Jenny Jones: I wish I had been elected

Fracking arguments: Jenny Jones and IGAS' Andrew Austin

Monday October 7

Reshuffle: Hazel Blears in field of cows when PM called

Royal Mail sell-off: David Buik on share prices

NHS and health issues for voters at 2015 election

Tory James Wharton on Adam Afriyie EU referendum bill

Sunday October 6

UKIP: Godfrey Bloom MEP to rejoin former party?

Help to Buy housing scheme to help people get mortgages

Help to Buy debate: Margot James MP and Allister Heath

Friday October 4

Political week: Cameron, Miliband, Farage and Boris

Ex-editor Neil Wallis on Daily Mail Ed Miliband coverage

Nicky Clarke on chancellor George Osborne's new haircut

Planning changes: reaction to A21 road scheme for Kent

University student numbers rise despite higher fees in England

Thursday October 3

Raspberry Pi: Teaching computer program and coding skills

Treasury Minister Sajid Javid on Help to Buy scheme

UKIP: Amjad Bashir on Heseltine and media racist claims

Times' cartoonist Peter Brookes on Cameron and Clegg

Wednesday October 2

Gove defends free press over Daily Mail's Miliband story

Conservative conference: David Cameron's full speech

Heseltine warns Tories on links to 'racist' UKIP

Tory conference: Cameron for HS2 north south rail line

Conservative conference: Cameron on Russia and vodka

PM on Labour and Conservative NHS policies and spending

Cameron tells Tories of 'Red Ed and Blue Peter economy'

Conservative conference: We are on our way, says Cameron

PM on lower taxes to attract global companies

Tory and Cameron year review from ConservativeHome

Tuesday October 1

Duncan Smith on book claim that Osborne thinks he is 'thick'

Duncan Smith on work programme, benefits and sanctions

HS2 high speed rail views from Conservative conference

Tory Conference: Johnson jokes about being MP and mayor

Boris Johnson's call to 'yellow Lib Dem albatross'

Neil Hamilton: UKIP election strategy and no Tory pact

Conservative conference: Campbell on alcohol pricing

Monday September 30

Better Conservative leader: Cameron or Thatcher?

Shapps: No joint Conservative UKIP election candidates

George Osborne: 'No-one will get something for nothing'

Conservative conference: Osborne on Labour and Lib Dems

Conservative conference: Osborne 'to freeze fuel duty'

Conservative conference: Osborne on HS2 jobs and prosperity

Sunday September 29

Conservative conference: UKIP links and Cameron survey

Caroline Flint: Labour plans for trusted energy market

Flint: Labour plans for energy market and lower bills

Hague on Iran's nuclear plans and Syria's chemical weapons

UKIP-Tory electoral pact not on agenda says Diane James

Friday September 27

Political week: Miliband speech, HS2, Prescott and Dale

Boris Johnson MP? Mayor linked to Croydon South seat

UK Energy Research Centre on power bills and tax rates

Climate change debate: Matt Ridley and Greg Barker

Strike threat to Chris Grayling's probation plans

Thursday September 26

Labour conference: Socialism or capitalism choice

United Nations: calls for reforms and returning powers

Audit Commission figures on council tax and charges

Sir Merrick Cockell on council funding, fees and charges

Rural broadband: Dave Reynolds on fast internet service

Wednesday September 25

Labour conference: delegates on HS2 high speed rail bid

Labour conference: Letts reviews Ed Miliband's week

Labour conference: Cooper on crime figures and PCC role

Energy UK reacts to Labour's utility bills freeze plan

Cridland on Labour's economic plans and minimum wage

Tuesday September 24

LabourList's Mark Ferguson reviews Miliband's year

Labour delegates asked: Buy or bin Damian McBride book?

Labour conference: Khan on new homes and council powers

Damian McBride on book claims from Gordon Brown era

Tory MP Alun Cairns reports Damian McBride to police

Labour conference: Ed Miliband's full speech

Labour conference: Ed Miliband speech delights supporters

Monday September 23

Labour conference: Balls or Darling for next chancellor?

Labour conference: Jim Murphy on defence policies

Labour conference: Alexander on UK's international role

HS2: Ed Balls says no blank cheque for high speed rail

Charlie Whelan on Damian McBride smears and book claims

Sunday September 22

Labour conference: Miliband, unions and Labour survey

Rachel Reeves on Labour "wraparound" care plan costs

Labour conference: Rachel Reeves on Miliband leadership

Grant Shapps on Vince Cable Tory ugly politics comments

Grant Shapps on Tory and Liberal Democrat policies

Alastair Campbell on Damian McBride briefings and claims

Friday September 20

Political week: Lib Dems, veils, lunches and ring tones

UKIP conference on party's 20th anniversary

UKIP conference: Nuttall on MEP candidate selections

MEP Mike Nattrass on leaving UKIP and Farage

Farage: UKIP can win Europe poll and cause 'earthquake'

Hilary Benn on Damian McBride claims from Gordon Brown era

Thursday September 19

Archive of Labour, Tory and Lib Dem party conferences

Lib Dem blogger pledge 'to run naked down Whitehall'

Football fans chanting 'yid': Aaronovitch and Schneider

Wednesday September 18

Quentin Letts reviews Lib Dem conference week

Nick Clegg tells Lib Dems: We're no-one's little brother

Lib Dem conference: Clegg on Labour and Conservatives

Lib Dem conference: Clegg recalls setting up coalition

Nick Clegg: 'Our place is in government again'

Scottish independence: Michael Moore on devolution vote

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon on devolution vote

Reviewing Lib Dem and Clegg year with Stephen Tall

Lib Dem conference: Views on economy, Osborne and Cable

Tuesday September 17

Lib Dem conference: Cable and Alexander poll on economy

Lib Dem conference: delegates on UK role in Syria

Syria: Ashdown says armed action option must remain

Liberal Democrats and lack of women MPs in Westminster

EU referendum in UK: Susan Kramer and Mark Pritchard

Monday September 16

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable attacks Conservatives

Lib Dem conference: Clegg on banking and housing

Lib Dem conference: mood box vote on Labour or Conservative

Energy Secretary Ed Davey learns danger of wind power

Lib Dem conference: Davey on nuclear power U-turn

Lib Dem email leak: Jeremy Browne on interview advice

Sunday September 15

Lib Dem conference: Cable preferred as next party leader

Lib Dem conference: Paddy Ashdown on survey results

Paddy Ashdown on Lib Dem polling and party conference

Royal Mail sell-off: Chuka Umunna on Labour policy

Labour's Chuka Umunna on economy and housing market

Friday September 13

Political week: Boris loses temper, Royal Mail sell-off

UKIP founder Alan Sked launches New Deal party

How Green Party runs Brighton and Hove City Council

Green conference: Caroline Lucas on European elections

Zero-hours contract for workers explained by economist

Thursday September 12

UK security services scrutinised by MPs and public

Galloway warns BBC over Syria coverage and licence fee

Syria and chemical weapons: Galloway and Neville-Jones

Callanan and Farage on Barroso Tory UKIP predictions

Wednesday September 11

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on unemployment figures

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron on Gove food bank comments

Galloway: Parliament 'vindicated on Syria'

PMQs review: Cameron and Miliband questions and answers

Simon Callow on Russian Olympic boycott and gay rights

Russia gay laws debate: Callow, Hoban and Leslie

Edwina Currie on liver and the House of Lords menu

Tuesday September 10

Licensing raids reveal overcrowded homes and bed bugs

Gibraltar Day: Rock's relations with UK and Spain

Assad "will continue to slaughter' says Tory MP Brooks Newmark

Miliband TUC speech: Union reaction from Unison and GMB

Monday September 9

Diane Abbott on Miliband and Falkirk union questions

Syria vote could leave Obama 'lame duck president'

MP fears Labour 'financial meltdown' over union links

TUC's Frances O'Grady on party funding and union links

Friday September 6

European Court of Justice where judges rule on EU laws

European week: Gibraltar, defence and German elections

Australia election: Pundits on Rudd and Abbott campaigns

Syria: European reaction on possible military action

Daily political emails with Westminster news and spin

Thursday September 5

Syria: Liam Fox on Syria vote and Cameron in G20 talks

Syria: Liam Fox and Peter Hain on UK and G20 reaction

Three London councils working together and saving money

Cockell on council and local government budgets and cuts

Wednesday September 4

Rebel MP Philip Hollobone MP on voting record

PMQs: Cameron v Miliband reviewed by Robinson and MPs

PMQs: Cameron quizzed on lobbying by Margaret Beckett

PMQs: Sacked Jesse Norman quizzes PM on cancer care

Cameron quizzed on Syria diplomacy by Miliband at PMQs

PMQs Cameron teases Labour front bench over possible U-turn

David Cameron defends 'robust' school uniform policies

PMQs: Cameron on Elvis and Miliband poll ratings

Tuesday September 3

Political tour of Scotland's monuments and landmarks

Lobbying Bill: Unlock Democracy and Tom Brake MP

Clothes reveal political party support and votes?

Nuisance calls: Direct Marketing Association on TPS service

Monday September 2

Richard Drax MP tours Dorset South seat on motorbike

HS2 high speed rail costs: Gillan, Campbell and Jowell

Syria: Cameron or Miliband right on military action?

Thursday August 29

Daily Politics special for Syria debate

Key quotes: Syria debate

Wednesday July 17

Heathrow Airport chief executive on third runway bid

PMQs noise levels tested by Alun Cairns and Tessa Munt

PMQs: Robinson on Crosby, cigarette packs and lobbying

PMQs: Cat noises and scratches for Cheryl Gillan MP

PMQs: Flynn asks Cameron about questions and answers

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Crosby and lobbying

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on nursing numbers

Tuesday July 16

UK defence and Trident: Penny Mordaunt and Nick Harvey

UK leaving EU? Lawson on prize for essay competition

UK and EU relations as seen by leading politicians

Why ice cream vans chime time rules are being relaxed

Nuisance phone calls and text action wanted by MP

Monday July 15

Sexism in British media - in newspapers and on TV

Page three and sexism: Caroline Lucas and Neil Wallis

Duchy of Cornwall tax affairs questioned by Republic

Forty Forty Conservative plan explained by James Morris MP

Sunday July 14

Party funding changes after union claims in Falkirk selection

Party funding: Patrick McLoughlin and Angela Eagle

Ed Davey: Climate science is incredibly complicated

Climate change: Ed Davey on science and energy policies

Friday July 12

Cambridge cycling: one in three journeys is on a bike

Bee decline: European Commission's pesticide ban

Moon landings, space debris and national park plan

Political week: Unions funding Labour, G4S and MPs' pay

Thursday July 11

Margaret Hodge on Fraud Office G4S investigation

Electronic cigarette controls: Stephen Williams and Amish Badiani

Eric Pickles: Immigrants must learn to speak English

Daily Politics mood box: public view of MP salary rises

Downing Street and TV politics: voice of Paul Lambert

Wednesday July 10

Put the legal profession in the dock, says Ross Clark

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on hedge fund and party donations

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on party funding and unions

PMQs: Lee Rigby tributes from Nuttall and Cameron

PMQs review: Robison on Cameron, Miliband and Bercow

David Cameron makes Wimbledon gaffe in Andy Murray tribute at PMQs

PMQs review: Robison on Cameron, Miliband and Bercow

Royal Mail: CWU Billy Hayes on postal privatisation

Tuesday July 9

Reflecting on the Margaret Thatcher years

Is all political propaganda bad?

David Lammy MP: 'Housing shortage is causing poverty'

Monday July 8

House of Commons 'bullying' towards Julian Huppert MP

Welfare changes and benefit for pensioners

Andy Murray win for UK or Scotland: Keith Brown and Mark Pritchard

Sunday July 7

UKIP: survey on Tory links, climate change and death penalty

Farage on UKIP and Conservative support and policies

Chris Grayling on UKIP election threat to Conservatives

Friday July 5

Diane Abbott on Miliband, Watson and union claims

US-European spying: reaction to Snowden EU bug claims

EU referendum: David Lidington on James Wharton bill

Schengen Agreement: Passports and European travel

European week: Croatia, Portugal and Marine Le Pen

Thursday July 4

Speaker Bercow deals with MPs in House of Commons

Tory MPs to attend Wharton EU Referendum Bill debate

Connie Hedegaard on CO2 and EU emissions trading scheme

Immigration salary debate: Mark Harper and Keith Vaz

Iran and a nuclear bomb: Jack Straw and Melanie Phillips

Wednesday July 3

24-hour NHS hospital care plan 'irresponsible' - Tallis

NHS 24-hour service: Dr Dan Poulter and Raymond Tallis

Speaker: PMQs Falkirk question 'complete waste of time'

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on schools and Unite union

PMQs: Cameron reminds Robinson of Mandelson loan

PMQs review: Robinson on Cameron Miliband and McCluskey

EU Referendum: Labour MP John Cryer backs Europe vote

Labour told to leave Owen Jones alone, says Dan Hodges

Tuesday July 2

Adam Afriyie MP: Business is a force for good

MPs in posh burger test: Murray, Birtwistle and Bone

Payday lending rates: Julio Martino and Stella Creasy

Unemployment benefit changes: Owen Jones and Simon Danczuk

MPs on planned pay rise: Clegg, Shapps, Davis and Cable

Council and local authority funding: Sir Merrick Cockell

Blunkett on Labour Falkirk selection and Unite claims

Monday July 1

MPs pay rise: Tory David Davis on IPSA recommendations

Trust in police: Hillsborough, Lawrence and 'plebgate'

Trust in police officers: David Davis MP and John Apter

Sunday June 30

Power cuts: Fallon on blackouts and new power plants

Labour candidate selection and union action in Falkirk

Friday June 28

Mortgage and interest rises to come: Merryn Somerset Webb

NHS Wales and health services in England compared

Political week: Spending Review, burger and Gillard

Thursday June 27

Spending Review: views of Ed Balls and George Osborne

Wednesday June 26

BBC Spending Review index

Spending Review UK economy in graphs and statistics

Spending Review: Which departments face biggest cuts?

Spending Review: Osborne announces council tax freeze to continue

Spending Review: Defence and intelligence budgets

Osborne opens Spending Review: From rescue to recovery

Spending Review: Winter fuel payment ends in warm countries

Spending review: Headlines from George Osborne's speech

Welfare cap, winter fuel payments and English lessons

Spending Review: Ed Balls says 'living standards falling'

Spending Review: BBC editors give their verdict

Tuesday June 25

HS2 rail plan economic claims examined by think tank

HS2 rail debate: MPs Cheryl Gillan and Stuart Andrew

Spending Review: Residents take over council services

Chancellor's Spending Review and cuts to budgets

Louise Cooper on mortgages, bond markets and base rates

Monday June 24

MP inquiry call over Stephen Lawrence police claims

Power of Information: faster access to health records?

Sunday June 23

Housing benefit changes and how one man downsized

NUT's Christine Blower on pay and sacking teachers

Friday June 21

Jacob Hacker on predistribution and Cameron PMQ jibe

UFO and life on other planets: Lembit Opik and David Clarke

Sunder Katwala on immigration from the West Indies

Political week: G8, GM and George 'Jeffrey' Osborne

Thursday June 20

Dr Sarah Wollaston on open primary candidate selection

Private Members' Bills: Caroline Spelman and Bill Cash

Paterson: GM food is 'no strange new spooky innovation'

Westminster political whips: Mitchell, Taylor and Dobbs

Wednesday June 19

Publish all drug trial results, says Dr Ben Goldcacre

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on banking and bonuses

PMQs: Speaker Bercow intervenes to stop Cameron answer

PMQs: Lucas and Cameron on Sun and page three pictures

PMQs: Skinner asks Cameron about mortgage payments

David Cameron praises G8 pledge for Syria

Ian Livingston to leave BT to become trade minister

PMQs review with Nick Robinson on banking questions

Tuesday June 18

Churchill, Thatcher and their psychopathic tendencies?

Vince Cable advised about smaller firms and apprentices

Brandon Lewis on councils and local government spending

Health and social care: Chris Ham and Norman Lamb

Monday June 17

Blears on unpaid internships to help young find work

G8 meeting - legacy of past gathering of world leaders

MP wants nine Whitehall departments merged or closed

Sunday June 16

G8 meeting in Fermanagh: Charlie Wolf and Owen Jones

EDL leader Tommy Robinson on convictions and Muslims

Friday June 14

European week: Turkey, Greece, and French films

English museums could close or bring back entry fees

Arts funding: Ex-ballerina Deborah Bull on financing

Rapporteur role for MEPs in European Parliament

Next EU Commission president depends on 2014 elections

Thursday June 13

Ministerial driver on day Thatcher left Downing Street

Southern Europe out of euro says Alternative For Germany

Turkey protest: role of MEPs and Turkish bid to join EU

House of Lords reform: Lord Strathclyde and Ben Stoneham

Wednesday June 12

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on unemployment figures

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on Syria and arming rebels

PMQs review: Nick Robinson, Douglas Alexander and Lord Howard

NHS payments: Steve Barclay on Sir David Nicholson

Tug of war between MPs and peers in charity match

UKIP councillor Suzanne Evans on why UK must leave EU

EU referendum: Lord Howard and Douglas Alexander

Tuesday June 11

Succession rules for aristocratic sons and daughters

Succession rules: Mary Macleod and Charles Mosley

Austerity and health: David Stuckler and Mark Littlewood

Ann Widdecombe on 1992 general election result

Monday June 10

Security and email claims: Lord West and Dominic Raab

Disability payments: Eustice. McGovern and Burt

Conspiracy theories with Kelvin MacKenzie

Sunday June 9

Bilderberg: Protesters and conspiracy theory in Watford

Bilderberg: Ed Balls on business meeting in Watford

Ed Balls on Labour economic policy and welfare changes

'Shock jock' disrupts BBC's Sunday Politics show

Friday June 7

Political week: Lobbying, Labour on benefits and gay marriage

Motorway speed limit may not rise from 70mph to 80mph

Syria: Julian Lewis on arming rebels and Parliament vote

Casualty waiting times: Ruth Thorlby on PMQs claims

Thursday June 6

Jacqui Smith on life with paparazzi outside her home

Westminster photographers and political life on camera

Michael Ignatieff on UKIP, Labour and Mark Carney

Bilderberg: Political and banking leaders in Watford

Wednesday June 5

Recall powers: Zac Goldsmith against government plans

PMQs: Cameron taunts Labour over EU referendum position

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on NHS and A&E services

PMQs: 'No decision to arm Syrian rebels'

PMQs: Labour on 'policy-altering substances' says David Cameron

PMQs review on NHS figures and casualty waiting times

Daily Politics soapbox: Pensions an issue for old and young

Tuesday June 4

Ed Davey on energy bill and government carbon target

Energy bill: Tim Yeo calls for UK carbon target

EU: Kate Hoey on Labour for a Referendum group launch

Occupy protester Alison Playford on direct action

Scenes of direct action protests in the news

Ministry of Justice proposes legal aid changes

Monday June 3

Can happiness affect children's health and education?

Police commissioners - six months after elections

Sunday June 2

MPs' expenses and the role of Ipsa which handles claims

Nadine Dorries on Ipsa, expenses and nurses' home for MPs

Jim Murphy on lobby claims from Labour peers to journalists

Sir Alistair Graham on MP and Lords lobbying claims

Francis Maude to cut civil service and marketing costs

Maude: Lobbying, MP recall powers and snoopers charter

Tuesday May 21

Political defections: MPs and councillors changing parties

Mentoring and New Enterprise Allowance: Levi Roots and Mark Hoban

2010 general election: Tory, Labour and Lib Dem talks

Legal aid: Solicitors on government court proposals

Same Sex Marriage Bill debate: Miller, Woodward, Loughton, Herbert, Howarth

Monday May 20

Gas and electricity: Simpler tariffs but higher bills?

Martin Lewis on Amazon, Google and Starbucks UK taxes

EU benefits and costs: UKIP and Business for New Europe

Gay marriage: David Burrowes, Nick Herbert and Andrew Harrop

Sunday May 19

Danny Alexander on EU referendum, euro and olive oil

Tories and UKIP pact: Peter Bone and Nadine Dorries

Friday May 17

Civil partnerships for straight couples - Tim Loughton MP

Luxembourg: European Union's third admin city

European week: budget, fishing, oil market and strikes

Free school: Hove v Gove battle in Sussex town

European plan for economic recovery and austerity debate

Thursday May 16

James Wharton on draft bill for EU referendum in UK

Lord Lawson on UK leaving EU, and Tory referendum vote

2015 general election: Labour and Miliband polling

Diane Abbott on masculinity and role of men in society

MEPs' reaction to UK EU referendum call (Facebook link)

Wednesday May 15

PMQs review: Clegg, Harman and European referendum call

PMQs: Clegg asked about Lisbon Treaty EU referendum call

PMQs: Harman questions Cameron absence from Westminster

PMQs: Clegg and Harman on unemployment figures

Boris Johnson on Queen's Speech bid for EU referendum

Boris Johnson on London funding and tax changes

Prof Heinz Wolff: Care4Care scheme helping older people

Tuesday May 14

Gay marriage referendum call from David Burrowes MP

MPs and ministers booed and heckled at conferences

MPs rebelling and voting against government more

Monday May 13

NHS England: GP funding and privatisation claims

NHS changes and privatisation claims: Gerada and Skidmore

Clegg party leadership: Kennedy on Gove 'mischief'

EU referendum: Tories and UKIP to run joint candidates?

EU referendum and Queen's Speech: Bone, Farage and Reynolds

Sunday May 12

Help to Buy: first-time buyers on the property ladder

Philp Hammond on EU referendum, defence budget and cuts

Friday May 10

EU referendum: Tory MPs table Queen's Speech amendment

UK business links with China amid human rights concerns

Political week: Queen Speech, Dorries and childminders

Thursday May 9

Labour Party and union-backed MPs and MEP candidates?

Local Government Association on council funding and cuts

UKIP's Paul Nuttall on Nadine Dorries defecting talks

Queen's Speech: Nuttall on Tory panic and EU referendum

Wednesday May 8

No programme due to the State Opening of Parliament

Tuesday May 7

Queen's Speech plans for government legislation

Royal Mail privatisation: Alan Johnson and Vince Cable

Food protection and origin for pies, cheeses and wines

Stilton cheese cannot be made in Cambridgeshire village of same name

Protecting UK in internet age after Communications Data Bill veto

Data Bill: Lord Carlile on Clegg and Lib Dem actions

Sunday May 5

Sadiq Khan: Labour was 'hollowed out' during years in power

Friday May 3

No DP today, with extended local election coverage on BBC2

Vote 2013 on BBC2: 60-min programmes from 1200, 1400 and 1700

BBC Vote 2013 index

Thursday May 2

Local elections: Huw Edwards and Andrew Neil on timings

Kelvin MacKenzie claims London supports rest of UK

North south claims: Kelvin MacKenzie and Mike Smith

Wednesday May 1

Political predictions: Nate Silver's foxes and hedgehogs

Economy and austerity: Sajid Javid and Stephen Timms

Political predictions: Nate Silver's foxes and hedgehogs

US pollster Nate Silver on UK and US election results

Tuesday April 30

MP calls for pricing and food information for shoppers

Community resolutions not for violent crimes says Khan

Ashdown: Allow Afghan interpreters to settle in UK

Eton school old boys: politicians in public service

Monday April 29

Local elections: candidates for Somerset Castle Cary seat

Local elections: Tory and UKIP on clown candidate claims

Sunday April 28

Local elections: Green and UKIP bid for Sussex votes

Local elections: UKIP's Paul Nuttall and Green Caroline Lucas

Clegg on Duncan Smith call for rich to return welfare

Sunday interview in full: Nick Clegg

Friday April 26

Political week: Economy, cycling, data bill, May and Reckless

Rich politicians: Times lists wealthy MPs and peers

Local elections: Nottinghamshire candidates on doorstep

Thursday April 25

Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman calls for road changes

Transport Minister Norman Baker: Cycle helmet and safety

GDP: Ed Balls on UK economy and US stimulus lessons

GDP: Danny Alexander on coalition economic policies

Prorogue in Parliament: Peers and MPs leave till Queen's Speech

Wednesday April 24

Farage: Romanian crime epidemic in London and UK cities

Nigel Farage MEP visited lap dance club in Strasbourg

PMQs: Robinson reviews Cameron v Miliband health questions

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on NHS waits and spending

Tanni Grey-Thompson: 'Was the Prime Minister consulted?'

Poet Motion: house building, Green Belt and countryside

House building and Green Belt protection: Motion, Harper and Smith

Tuesday April 23

FA Cup Final must have 3pm kick-off says John Leech MP

Baroness Warsi on Islamophobia and Muslim attacks

English Democrats: Robin Tilbrook on ex-BNP members

Charles Moore on authorised Margaret Thatcher biography

What currency could an independent Scotland use?

Monday April 22

Rail franchises: nationalisation vs privatisation calls

Rail privatisation: Christian Wolmar and Tony Lodge

London Marathon MPs: Nicky Morgan and Jim Murphy

MPs on workload and hours after Margaret Hodge comments

Immigration from Romania and Bulgaria: Stewart Jackson MP

Sunday April 21

Hilary Benn on Labour and coalition economic plans

Friday April 19

Local elections 2013: Natalie Bennett on Green launch

Local elections 2013: Bob Neill on Conservative launch

EU treaties: inside European archives in Brussels

EU plans to cut carbon emissions stalls after MEPs vote

European week: budget, airports, banks and Croatia

Tory privatisations: Redwood on convincing Thatcher

Thursday April 18

Food bank use rising with benefit changes says charity

Political leaders: Churchill, Thatcher and Blair

Margaret Beckett on time as Labour's acting leader

Miliband and Blair: Dan Hodges, Andrew Harrop and Iain Dale

Wednesday April 17

No programme (Lady Thatcher's funeral)

Tuesday April 16

Which revolt will social media cover next?

Planning restriction changes for England debated

MP 'delighted' at circus wild animal ban

Monday April 15

Public reaction to benefit changes and welfare cuts

Galloway anger at Thatcher funeral and cancelling PMQs

Thatcher funeral: Bernard Jenkin on protests and legacy

Local elections for council seats in England and Wales

Sunday April 14

Grant Shapps on polls, welfare, Cameron and Thatcher

Wednesday April 10

David Cameron's tribute to Margaret Thatcher in Commons

Labour's Ed Miliband: 'Margaret Thatcher broke the mould'

Baroness Thatcher tributes from peers in House of Lords

Margaret Thatcher highlights from the Commons

Mark Thatcher speaks of his sadness at his mother's death

Tuesday March 26

1963 Beeching Axe hit railway lines and rural stations

Beeching and rail franchising: Simon Burns and Christian Wolmar

Stafford Hospital debate: Julie Bailey and Jeremy Lefroy (Facebook link)

Cyprus debate: Lord Lamont and Prof Iain Begg (Facebook link)

Monday March 25

Free schools: Langley Hall report after two years

Boris Johnson: Michael Cockerell on mayor documentary

Debate: Devolution and the future of the UK (Facebook link)

Immigration debate (Facebook link)

Sunday March 24

OBR chairman Robert Chote explains economic forecasts

Fracking for shale gas: US energy model to help UK?

Friday March 22

Political week: Leveson, Budget and new Archbishop

Keith Vaz on Nick Clegg immigration 'security bonds'

Benefit changes for disabled people and social housing tenants

Margaret Thatcher papers over Falklands published

Margaret Thatcher papers: Conor Burns interview (Facebook link)

Thursday March 21

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon on vote date

Budget 2013: Osborne in right or wrong direction?

Budget 2013: Deputy Speaker on MPs at chancellor speech

Budget 2013: Pollsters react to Osborne and Balls

Wednesday March 20

BBC Budget index

Tuesday March 19

Budget 2013: Cuts or borrowing message to Osborne

House of Commons TV and film replica set up for sale

PM leadership challenge threat from Tory backbenchers?

NHS whistleblowers Gary Walker and David Bowles before MPs

Monday March 18

Budget 2013: Advice for chancellor ahead of speech

Budget 2013: Allister Heath on Osborne economic plans

Thatcher legacy: Archive for former Tory prime minister

Margaret Thatcher: what Mitterrand asked Shephard

Sunday March 17

Adam Afriyie on Conservative Party leadership reports

Friday March 15

'Vichy' tag for Conservatives from UKIP's Godfrey Bloom

EU single market: French liquor and trade barriers

European week: budget, airline rules and animal testing

EU expansion: why more countries want to join the union

Thursday March 14

MPs Tessa Munt and Therese Coffey locked in Commons

Leveson: A free press is vile, says Peter Lilley MP

Civil servants and ministers at war in Westminster?

Civil servants and ministers: Herbert and O'Donnell

Lord O'Donnell on working with Steve Hilton at No 10

EU budget rejected: Richard Ashworth and Jan Mulder MEPs

Wednesday March 13

Leveson: Hugh Grant on Cameron and press Royal Charter

PMQs: Wollaston and Cameron on alcohol prices in shops

PMQs: Miliband brewery joke on alcohol pricing policy

PMQs: PM urged to look at knife crime

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron and Miliband joke

Professor Heinz Wolff on Britain's record on inventions

National Apprenticeship Week: Boss on finding young workers

National Apprenticeship Week: National database call

Tuesday March 12

Inflation basket: Peter Stringfellow tested on shopping costs

Trident submarine-launched missiles: For and against

Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds: public give their views

Falklands referendum: UK Foreign Office minister on result

Falklands referendum: George Galloway and Lord Hennessy

School drug and alcohol education: Winehouse and Crouch

Monday March 11

Housing benefit: Bedroom tax or spare room subsidy?

Housing benefit changes: Campbell Robb and Jake Berry

Budget 2013: Build houses, says CBI's John Cridland

Budget 2013: Willetts on spending and Thatcher taxes

Sunday March 10

Local TV: Andy Crane on new North West England stations

Journalist Isabel Oakeshott defends Vicky Pryce article

Army on N Ireland streets 'inconceivable' says Villiers

Friday March 8

Political week: NHS, Vince Cable and Theresa May

Conservatives polls and 2015 general election planning

Socialist Workers' Party conference over sex claims

Rosindell on Falklands Islands referendum and Argentina

Thursday March 7

MPs in fashion: Johnson, Thatcher, Hague, Blair, Davis

MPs' Margaret Thatcher slippers and Lib Dem waistcoats

10p tax rate call from Conservative MP Robert Halfon

Bank Of England hints at negative interest rates

Cooper on immigration: Labour got some things wrong

Wednesday March 6

PMQs: Cameron urged to sack NHS boss David Nicholson

PMQs: Miliband suggests May as next Conservative leader

PMQs: Cameron on banking bonuses and 'bedroom tax'

'Under-occupancy charge is not a tax' says PM

Lib Dem MP Bob Russell's yellow waistcoat admired in Commons

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on 'bedroom tax' and 'croupier' phrases

Preston Bus Station landmark to be spared demolition?

Tuesday March 5

Iraq 10 years on: Lessons from history for politicians

This House: Work of 1970s government whips on stage

Whips: Ann Taylor, Brooks Newmark and Baroness Neuberger

Living on £1 a day: Jack McConnell on going hungry

Monday March 4

Rebel MPs? Douglas Carswell, Margaret Hodge and Robert Halfon

Police Federation on industrial action vote figures

Damian Green on police strike and industrial action vote

Thatcher statue: Conservative oppose Grantham plan

Arts funding: Philip Booth on government culture money

Arts funding: Jude Kelly on ticket prices and arts subsidies

Sunday March 3

Vince Cable: Nick Clegg and Liberal Democrat leadership

Vince Cable: Spending, Trident, Rennard and women MPs

Gove plans to change school history teaching in England

Friday March 1

UKIP's Nigel Farage on Eastleigh and European elections

BBC waste: MP on bill to reveal spending and receipts

How by-elections campaigns have made headlines

Political week: AAA credit rating, Boris and 'jellies'

Thursday February 28

Can new motorway services drive an economic recovery?

Phill Jupitus on playing Conservative in Coalition play

Mark Harper: UK immigration figures and policy changes

Sir Don McKinnon: Commonwealth 'good investment' for UK

Wednesday February 27

Karel de Gucht: UK's EU membership 'not a free lunch'

EU integration Sophie in 't Veld, Roger Helmer, Glenis Willmott, David Davis

PMQs: Blears asks Cameron about 'soaring energy bills'

PMQs: Cameron quizzed on NHS privatisation pledge

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on AAA rating and economy

PMQs: Speaker Bercow on Cameron help to silence Bryant

Reviewing PMQs economy exchanges on the Daily Politics

Tuesday February 26

QE: what is quantitative easing and how it should work

Bob Servant actor Brian Cox: English and Scottish independence

Conservative polling: Rick Nye and Peter Bone MP

US election David Frum on lessons from UK Conservatives

Birmingham City Council cutting budget for youth services

Monday February 25

Eastleigh by-election: candidates name soap characters

Young William Hague and Charles Kennedy enter politics

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on Westminster fish 'march'

Mark Littlewood on Lord Rennard sex allegations

Sunday February 24

Eastleigh by-election candidates from smaller parties

Sunday February 17

Eastleigh by election: Grant Shapps on Maria Hutchings

Mansion tax and 10p tax: Labour trusted with economy?

Eastleigh by election: John O'Farrell Thatcher comments

Sadiq Khan on economy and jail sentences for burglars

International aid: UK overseas spending and UN targets

Friday February 15

PoHorse meat found in Lancashire school food reaction

Marxism writer Alan Woods on anti-capitalist protests

Political week: Pope, pancakes, 10p tax and horsemeat

Spitting and urinating fines set by Waltham Forest Council

Thursday February 14

Europhile Tory MPs launch European Mainstream group

Ed Balls says Brown made 'big mistake' scrapping 10p tax rate

Ed Balls on Labour 10p tax rate plan and mansion tax

Harold Wilson night of archive on BBC Parliament

Romania and Bulgaria: Heseltine on immigration figures

Wednesday February 13

More women needed on TV and in media, says Alice Arnold

Women quotas: Alice Arnold, Emily Thornberry and Jo Swinson

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on living standards

PMQs: Cameron teased on horsemeat and '100% bull'

PMQs: Cameron on horsemeat prosecutions and meat checks

PMQs: Tories on Eastleigh Lib Dem by-election campaign

PMQs review with Nick Robinson and MPs

Tuesday February 12

Hacked Off on Royal Charter for press regulation

Leveson and royal charter: Lord Fowler and John Hemming

Women's Hour power judge Oona King explains rankings

House of Cards's FU from Ian Richardson to Kevin Spacey

NHS and health reforms in England felt by patients

Shrove Tuesday: MPs flip to win Rehab pancake race

Monday February 11

Eastleigh by-election: fight for seat after Huhne resigns

Eastleigh by-election: Blears, Lloyd, Andrew and Farage

UK and France: relations between London and Paris

Legal issues for Scottish independence (facebook link)

Sunday February 10

Owen Paterson: Meat ban 'would not be helpful'

Ed Davey on Clegg, Huhne, Eastleigh and boundaries

Citizens Advice Bureau: Rent arrears fears over welfare changes

Friday February 8

Nigel Farage on EU budget and Eastleigh by-election

BNP and far-right parties could lose European funding

European week: football match-fixing, traffic and fish

European Council presidency rotating every six months

Councils to 'grab wealth for their areas'

Thursday February 7

EU referendum: Wales view of future in Europe

Wales: Devolution record on education and health

Sergei Stanishev on Bulgarian immigrants heading to UK

Mark Reckless on benefits for Bulgarians and Romanians

Mark Carney should resign immediately says Max Keiser

Wednesday February 6

Housing market: Starter homes price restrictions call

Affordable homes and mortgages: Michael Fallon and Sadiq Khan

PMQs noise and decibels level in the House of Commons

PMQs: Cameron teased over welfare-to-work assessment

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on bedroom and mansion 'taxes'

NHS Confederation on Stafford Hospital report

Tuesday February 5

Jon Cruddas MP on Labour record and policies

Richard lll burial: York, Leicester, London or Worksop?

Gay marriage: Tory MPs Peter Bone and Nick Herbert

Scottish independence: MSP Derek Mackay on referendum

Falkland Islands politicians in London for Hague talks

Monday February 4

Tories on gay marriage: Geoffrey Vero and Gavin Barwell

Chris Huhne reaction: Tessa Munt and Alun Cairns

Chris Huhne: Joshua Rozenberg on MP perverting justice

Bond markets, traders and UK's AAA credit rating

Speaker John Bercow on noisy MPs in House of Commons

Sunday February 3

Borgen actor Sidse Babett Knudsen on Scandinavian drama

Worries for future of local press in Wales after job cuts

William Hague dismisses chancellor job swap reports

Hague: 'MPs can make own decision' on gay marriage

William Hague on defence cuts, Mali and EU referendum

Friday February 1

George Galloway MP on Mali, Syria and Arab politics

Political week: HS2, Mali, Scotland and stalking horse

John Redwood: bigger tax rule book but lower revenue

Avaaz online political campaigns targeting MPs

Posh MPs: Stephen Hepburn, Angie Bray, Eric Ollerenshaw

Thursday January 31

EU referendum: British business view of new Europe deal

Bob Servant Independent writer Neil Forsyth on Galloway

GCSEs and exam changes: Graham Stuart reaction

Wednesday January 30

Muslim vigilantes: Peter Tatchell on homophobic abuse

Muslim vigilantes: Sayeeda Warsi and Peter Tatchell

Scottish independence: SNP MSP on referendum question

Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants and UK benefits

PMQs: Galloway and Cameron on Arab dictators and Mali

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on GDP and economic figures

PMQs: Speaker Bercow warns barrister Michael Ellis MP

PMQs: 'Stalking horse in the Tory food chain?'

PMQs: Bedroom tax and housing benefit clash

Tuesday January 29

Political book award judges on writing a winner

Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband and William Hague interviews

Boundary changes and polls for Conservatives

Football changes 'not fast enough' says David Davies

Monday January 28

Women in Parliament: quota call for more female MPs

Tim Montgomerie on Adam Afriyie Tory leadership stories

Greg Barker on Green Deal bid to cut energy bills

House of Lords election: Lord Sudeley on his bid

Sunday January 27

EU referendum: David Lidington on Conservative policy

EU referendum: Business view of UK and Europe powers

Friday January 25

GDP: Max Keiser on UK economy, bonds and gold market

Danny Alexander on GDP figures and economic plans

GDP figures: Labour's Chris Leslie on UK economy

Political week: EU referendum, Harry, Clegg and Obama

Thursday January 24

Gay marriage support growing says Tory MP Nick Herbert

Police reforms: ACPO and Superintendents' Association

Police reforms: Nick Herbert on pay and conditions

MPs' pay increase: Jack Straw and John Mann on salaries

Flooding risk: no snowman help says Environment Agency

Wednesday January 23

TV news: Wayne Hemingway on science and design stories

Wayne Hemingway debates TV good news stories with MPs

PMQs: Skinner and Cameron on Davos trip, tax and banks

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron on EU referendum and Europe

PMQS: Cameron on Scotland and EU referendum timings

PMQs: Straw challenges Cameron on defence cuts

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on Cameron and Miliband

Tuesday January 22

Ethnic minority MPs: Rushanara Ali and Alok Sharma

David Cameron's petition on VAT and sandwiches

Tim Farron on Lib Dem polling and coalition future

EU referendum: Tim Farron on Lib Dem Europe policy

Liberal Democrats: coalition, polls and 2015 election

Monday January 21

Gay MPs: Author Donna Smith and Labour MP Angela Eagle

Plebgate: Bernard Jenkin on Andrew Mitchell inquiry

Sunday January 20

Douglas Alexander on the UK in Europe and EU referendum

Teachers' pay in England linked to performance at work

Friday January 18

UK and EU: European politicians on Britain in Europe

European lobbying at the EU in Brussels

Councils invest in tobacco while helping smokers quit

European political week: presidency, salary and Mali

Thursday January 17

Obesity: Weighing MPs Conor Burns and Michael Gapes

UKIP threat to Tories: Mark Field and Douglas Carswell

Europe: UKIP poll rating and threat to Conservative MPs

PSI: Public Sector Information data to help UK economy?

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie selling UK in Germany

Wednesday January 16

Medical Innovation Bill: Lord Saatchi on cancer treatment

Medical Innovation Bill: Dan Poulter on Saatchi bill

PMQs review: Nick Robinson on EU referendum and Europe

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron clash on UK in Europe

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband on UK-Europe referendum

Conservative Fresh Start: Andrea Leadsom on EU powers

Tuesday January 15

Police pay: Nick Herbert on lower PC starting salary

Yes Minister training manual for MPs says Nick Herbert

Hours of Lords: Peers reject Commons' boundary reform

House of Commons reform: Lord Forsyth and Lord Rennard

What Brown, Blair, Major and Thatcher did after office

Pensioners on politics of welfare benefits and savings

British industry: Nick Comfort on manufacturing changes

Monday January 14

Immigration into UK and EU from Romania and Bulgaria

Falklands future: Alan West and Jeremy Corbyn

Falklands Islands referendum choice of UK and Argentina

Signatures of David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg

Sunday January 13

Eric Pickles: EU 'influx' may add to housing problems

Eric Pickles on wheelie bin fines legislation in 2013

The Sunday Interview in full: Eric Pickles

Friday January 11

Mannequin trial: Renee Slater on Helena Torry exchange

Debt and deficit financial terms explained by IFS

Political week: coalition review and benefit changes

UK joining up with Europe - 40 years in the EEC (EU)

Thursday January 10

London Underground: Blair, Cameron and Johnson on Tube

London Underground: Bob Crow tested on Tube knowledge

Retail Price Index: RPI, CPI and inflation explained

Executive pay: MPs and salaries of business leaders

Aberdeen beggars and plans to outlaw street begging

Wednesday January 9

Daily Politics highlights with Andrew Neil and guests

HS2: Actor Geoffrey Palmer against high speed rail plan

HS2 line route via Heathrow, suggests action group

PMQs: Nick Robinson on Cameron v Miliband on welfare

PM: 'We need a shared future in Northern Ireland'

PMQs: Fox hunting ban question to David Cameron

PMQs: Miliband and Cameron on coalition audit pledges

PM: Higher welfare payments 'not fair'

Tuesday January 8

Women in business: Matthew Hancock and Shami Chakrabarti

Communications Bill: web snooping and civil liberties

Communications Bill: James Brokenshire and Shami Chakrabarti

Citizens Advice Bureau on benefit and welfare changes

Monday January 7

Health minister Anna Soubry on healthy eating TV adverts

Louise Cooper on UK AAA-rating and triple-dip recession

UKIP leader Nigel Farage on HS2, Romania and Bulgaria

Coalition highlights for David Cameron and Nick Clegg

London locations for David Cameron euro announcement?

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    13:22: SNP: Trident "not necessarily" a deal breaker BBC Radio 4

    Deputy Leader of the SNP Stewart Hosie says the SNP's position on Trident doesn't "necessarily" rule out a deal with Labour.

    Asked whether disagreement over the issue would prevent a pact with Labour, Mr Hosie told the World at One: "Not necessarily - three quarters of Labour candidates back the SNP's position."

     
  12.  
    13:18: Referendum campaign "free advert" for SNP BBC Radio 4

    Professor and psephologist John Curtice has told the World at One that the independence referendum proved to be a "two-year free advert" for the SNP's vision of Scotland.

    But he added that he SNP's vote is very sensitive and the "tide doesn't have to be reduced by much" for Labour to hang on to its seats. But there is a desperately short time for Labour to turn things around. For the latest of play on the SNP and Labour read this.

     
  13.  
    13:02: Miliband on minimum wage
    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband is taking questions from the public, including Labour Party members, in Redcar. He has just said Labour would look at increasing the minimum wage for young people - currently £3.50 an hour for 18 to 20-year-olds - but not by so much that it would "have an effect on young people's employment".

     
  14.  
    Coming up... BBC Radio 4

    The World at One coming up shortly on Radio 4. You can listen via our Live Coverage tab.

     
  15.  
    12:45: Green MEP on alliance Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Molly Scott Cato

    Molly Scott Cato, the Green MEP, says her party wants a politics that moves beyond austerity - hence support for a "progressive alliance" with the SNP and Plaid Cymru, which could hold the balance power after May's election.

    She says she doesn't know anyone in the party who wants Caroline Lucas to replace Natalie Bennett in the TV debates (if they happen) - both are excellent performers, she adds (bookmakers are offering odds of 2-1 that Lucas will represent the party in any debates).

    The MEP says the party's housing policy - which led to Natalie Bennett's famous "brain fade" in a live LBC radio interview - would cost £19.5bn over the next parliament. The party is "committed to the principle" of the citizen's incomes and will open the figures up for debate soon. She claimed earlier that there was a "great sense of sisterhood" among the Green Party's leaders.

     
  16.  
    12:35: Plaid Cymru leader Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Leanne Wood

    Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru's leader, admits her party has "some way to go" before Wales has a referendum on independence - "we've got a challenge", she tells Andrew Neil. But she says there is no doubt there is increasing support for more powers.

    Ms Wood, speaking from her party's spring conference in Caernarfon, says she would not prop up a Conservative government after the election. From Labour, she would want a end to "the politics of austerity" and a new devolution deal for Wales. Follow the party's conference here.

     
  17.  
    12:32: English nationalism Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Robin Tilbrook

    English nationalism is always seen as something negative, unlike Scottish and Welsh nationalisms, says Julia Hartley-Brewer. The panel are discussing the role of the English Democrats with the party's leader Robin Tilbrook, who says he wants England as a single, independent nation - not broken up into constituent parts, but standing alone.

     
  18.  
    @George_Osborne George Osborne

    tweets: 1 month until biggest reforms to pensions in a century come in. Your money, your choice #pensionfreedoms

     
  19.  
    12:30: 'Can't go preaching' on defence Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    We can't "go around preaching" to other NATO countries that they should spend 2% of their GDP on defence and not do it ourselves, says Bob Stewart. But he says he won't resign from the Conservative Party on the issue. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown suggests the UK needs a "different kind" of defence.

     
  20.  
    12:21: Miliband's vow to pensioners
    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband is in Redcar, on the Yorkshire coast, to set out his offer to pensioners at the general election. "Even in these tough times," he says, "we will strengthen the protection for pensioners." The party would cut the winter fuel allowance for better-off pensioners, but all other benefits, including TV licences for the over 75s and bus passes, would be untouched if Labour wins power. Full details here.

     
  21.  
    @tnewtondunn Tom Newton Dunn, political editor of The Sun

    tweets: I hear ITV contemplating going unilateral and hosting a 7 way debate as per No10 offer, as they have 1st one. Would send BBC/Sky apoplectic.

     
  22.  
    12:14: Bob Stewart on defence Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Bob Stewart MP

    Colonel Bob Stewart, the Tory MP, says he feels "horror" at the prospect of defence spending falling after the election. The former British Army officer says defence is the first priority, and we are already "down to the bare minimum". He disputes the idea there are no votes in defence, saying the public cares about the issue. Debate is raging in the Conservative Party over whether defence spending should be ring fenced at 2% of GDP.

     
  23.  
    12:08: 'Everything to play for' Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics

    On the subject of a possible Labour/SNP deal after the election, journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says Ed Miliband should not rule out a possible pact - it would "be a mistake", she thinks. Julia Hartley-Brewer agrees - "everything is to play for", but Mr Miliband should set out what his red lines are and what deals he might do.

    But is it a nationalist trap to facilitate the break-up of the UK? "One should not be automatically suspicious" says Alibhai-Brown. Nicola Sturgeon is different from Alex Salmond, she adds, praising the SNP leader as "very appealing" (and as having "beautiful nails").

     
  24.  
    @bbc5live BBC Radio 5 live

    tweets: Just how crumbly is the Palace of Westminster?

    @JPonpolitics went through the keyhole

     
  25.  
    11:55: Tories on Labour/SNP

    Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has been speaking about a potential Labour/SNP deal after the election. He says such a deal would "mean more debt than our children could ever hope to repay, higher taxes on hardworking people and economic chaos for our country."

    He adds: "Ed Miliband and the SNP have signed the pre-nup and are now half-way up the aisle.

    "Day after day, vote after vote in Parliament, Ed Miliband would be forced to negotiate with Alex Salmond - the man who tried to break up Britain - about how to run Britain."

     
  26.  
    11:51: Democrats 'flying the flag' BBC News Channel
    Robin Tilbrook

    Robin Tilbrook of the English Democrats has been speaking about the difference between his party and UKIP. Asked whether his policies are the same as Nigel Farage's party he said he "didn't know about that" and described Mr Farage as having torn up his own party's manifesto in a "fit of pique".

    Mr Tilbrook went on to set out the English Democrats' hopes for the election: "I don't think we will win a seat to be fair, we're not aiming to do that what we are aiming to do is to fly the flag for England."

     
  27.  
    11:43: Major "embarrassing" Labour
    Stewart Hosie at party conference

    Stewart Hosie MP has labelled John Major's comments on a potential Labour/SNP deal after the election as "embarrassing" for Labour.

    The SNP Deputy leader said in a statement: "For a former Tory prime minister to tell Labour what to do on the eve of their conference in Scotland is hugely embarrassing for Jim Murphy.

    "John Major wants the Tories to be re-elected in May, and therefore he wants Labour to rule out an agreement with the SNP, because that would stop the Tories. There are no circumstances in which the SNP would put the Tories into government - the question is if Labour have the same commitment, with a number of senior Labour figures promoting voting Tory in Scotland, and even the idea of a 'grand alliance' between the Tories and Labour.

    "A strong team of SNP MPs elected in May means a powerful voice for Scotland - and that is really what the Westminster establishment, Labour and Tory, are really scared of."

     
  28.  
    11:35: Greens gunning for Bristol West BBC News Channel
    Molly Scott Cato

    Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has just been setting the Greens' electoral ambitions. She told the BBC's Eleanor Garnier electoral success would mean holding former leader Caroline Lucas's Brighton Pavillion seat and gaining Bristol West

    She said the now notorious Natalie Bennett LBC interview was just a case of the leader having an "off day", which no one outside Westminster is talking about. And she suggested the media now moves on.

     
  29.  
    11:27: Games fail

    Another politician has been caught playing on their tablet during a meeting. Lib Dem councillor Martin Elengorn was snapped by a Tory rival playing a sneaky game of Scrabble during a town hall meeting in Richmond, South London, reports the Evening Standard. The incident has put him off the game for life, apparently.

     
  30.  
    11:20: Labour 'at war' over resources The Scotsman

    According to today's Scotsman, there is a row in Scottish Labour over where to concentrate resources ahead of the election. The paper says several MPs have "demanded" the party gives up on trying to save the west of Scotland, with one even saying they should abandon Glasgow - previously a hot bed of Labour support, but which voted in favour of independence at the referendum. This comes after a poll suggested Labour could lose most of its seat north of the border. More here.

     
  31.  
    11:11: Sing-a-long-a-UKIP You Tube

    For those looking for something to make their Friday lunchtime go with a swing, here's UKIP candidate for Stockton Mandy Boylett singing her cover version of Abba's Chiquitita, with rewritten lyrics tackling the government's record on immigration and criticising her electoral opponent, Labour MP Alex Cunningham.

    All together now...

     
  32.  
    @TheGreenParty The Green Party

    tweets: .@TheGreenParty welcomes over 1,300 attendees to @ACCLiverpool for the Party's largest ever Conference. #gpconf

    AND

    tweets: .@TheGreenParty membership stands at almost 56,000 #gpconf #GreenSurge

     
  33.  
    11:02: Immigration-led cuts in services The Daily Telegraph

    More on immigration, with the Telegraph reporting that population increases fuelled by immigration have helped to contribute to cuts of almost 50 per cent cut in council services in parts of the country.

    The paper cites IFS analysis that shows councils which had big influxes of immigrants were among those hit the hardest by cuts to local authority budgets.

     
  34.  
    @LBC LBC

    tweets: Nigel Farage's response to the woman who called him the Messiah is hilarious!

     
  35.  
    10:46: Lab/SNP pact would 'save' union

    Amid all the calls for Ed Miliband to rule out a coalition with the SNP, an alternative take on politics.co.uk. The piece argues that ignoring SNP electoral success would push Westminster further from Scotland, whereas Ed Miliband and Sturgeon arm-in-arm would send a powerful "better together" message.

     
  36.  
    @Plaid_Cymru Plaid Cymru

    tweets: "The vision I've got for Wales is one where no individual is left behind & more autonomy is how we can achieve that" Leanne tells students

     
  37.  
    10:29: SNP 'hurts Labour'
    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy MP and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP

    More comment on a possible Labour/SNP coalition from Phil Collins in today's Times (subscription required).

    He writes: "Give or take a few Lib Dem seats, the rise and fall of the SNP and Labour is a zero-sum game. The SNP hurts Labour and benefits the Conservatives. This is a split in the left that will surpass the damage that UKIP can do to the Conservatives south of the border."

    He calls for Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to, therefore, rule out a coalition with the SNP.

     
  38.  
    10:23: Labour to set out pensioner offer
    Labour leader Ed Miliband MP

    Ed Miliband is to set out his party's offer to pensioners at a campaign event in Yorkshire later today.

    The Labour leader will pledge to maintain the 'triple lock' on the state pension and guarantee free bus passes and free TV licences to all those currently eligible. But he will say he will take away winter fuel payments from the richest five per cent of pensioners.

    More here.

     
  39.  
    10:17: Challenge for Bennett The Daily Telegraph
    Green party leader Natalie Bennett

    Today's Telegraph may make reassuring reading for Green party leader Natalie Bennett, ahead of her party conference speech this afternoon.

    Although the paper reports some knives out for Ms Bennett among the membership, following her performance during 'that' LBC interview, the piece says the numbers dissatisfied are not enough for any move against her as leader. A petition of ten per cent of the membership is required to trigger a leadership election.

    We will be covering Natalie Bennett's speech here around 14:00 GMT.

     
  40.  
    10:08: Plaid conference
    Leanne Wood

    Plaid Cymru is holding its conference in Caernarfon today. In her speech - expected early this afternoon - party leader Leanne Wood will urge the "Westminster parties" to promise Wales an extra £1.2bn a year. You can follow the proceedings here.

     
  41.  
    10:01: 'Serious concerns' over parking plans
    Car park

    The Local Government Association has been responding to the government's announcement that drivers will get 10 minutes' grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parks in England. Cllr David Sparks, the body's chair, says many councils already allow grace periods.

    He adds: "We are concerned that government has rushed through today's announcement and failed to fully consult councils on the detail of the regulation. Beyond the headlines, what is particularly worrying is the detail of these proposals which could make roads less safe for vulnerable pedestrians and inconvenience millions of motorists and commuters.

    "We have serious concerns about the decision to ban the use of CCTV on zebra crossings and bus routes. This decision could endanger vulnerable road users such as children, blind or disabled people and create delays for millions of bus users."

     
  42.  
    09:55: Farage on 'negative campaign'

    A bit more from Nigel Farage on the tone of the election campaign.

    The UKIP leader has ruled out making personal attacks on his opponents for the duration of the campaign and blamed the influence of American advisers for what he predicted would be the most negative contest ever.

    Mr Farage laid blame for the tone on "Washington spin doctors" - the Conservatives' Jim Messina and Labour's David Axelrod.

    "What I'm seeing in this election is the influence of these big American advisers and it's becoming the most negative, personal and nasty campaign I've ever seen," he said.

    The UKIP leader hit out at criticism of his Labour counterpart, telling LBC radio: "I don't agree with what most of Ed Miliband stands for but he's a perfectly decent human being.

    "For him to be attacked personally day after day after day - how is that taking us forward? I'm going to do my best over the next 60-odd days to rise above it."

     
  43.  
    @rosschawkins Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: Green conference doc: policy to ban almost all cars "would probably prove unattractive to the electorate"

     
  44.  
    09:49: Immigration figures Chris Mason Political correspondent, BBC News

    There is recognition at Westminster - across the political divide - that immigration really matters to millions of people, our correspondent says. You only have to flick through the literature the party have been churning out to really get a sense of how important immigration is, he adds.

     
  45.  
    09:47: Farage on 2010 manifesto

    "We had a massive PR problem with our 2010 manifesto", Nigel Farage admits on LBC. "A 12 page document that was put to me and signed off was fine. Behind it were 486 pages of detailed notes then deemed to be the manifesto." He says much of the content was "intellectual wonderings" and accuses other of playing "academic games".

     
  46.  
    09:39: Labour-led coalition with SNP a "nightmare scenario" The Daily Telegraph

    Max Hastings sets out his views on the prospect of a Labour-led coalition with the SNP in today's Mail.

    He doesn't spare the hyperbole: "If this sounds a nightmare scenario for the English people, and indeed for everybody with a head on their shoulders throughout the UK, it is the way events could turn out if the polls are right."

    He concludes: "The grim prospect for English taxpayers is that Miliband himself, and many of his supporters, would be more than happy to support the SNP's almost Stalinist agenda for raising borrowing and soaking the rich, purely to sustain their Labour and Scottish client votes."

     
  47.  
    09:29: Hammond in Warsaw
    Hammond

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is in Warsaw for talks with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna

     
  48.  
    09:25: Farage 'a very naughty boy'

    Nigel Farage is having a fun over on LBC.

    When one caller said she felt Mr Farage had been sent from on high to protect us, presenter Nick Ferrari asked Mr Farage if he had, in fact, been sent by God. The UKIP leader modestly responded: "I am not the Messiah, I'm a very naughty boy" - a reference, of course, to the famous Monty Python sketch,

     
  49.  
    @JamesTapsfield James Tapsfield, Press Association reporter

    tweets: Ukip immig policy premised on leaving EU - but wd take two years+ of negs after "out" referendum vote. Unclear what wd happen in interim

     
  50.  
    09:20: UK 'no longer a 'serious player'
    Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage is voicing strong support for increasing the UK defence budget on his LIBC show.

    He says it is "absolutely astonishing" that a Conservative-led government has upped the foreign aid budget but cut the defence budget.

    He added: "Internationally we are no longer being referred to as a serious player."

     
  51.  
    09:16: Farage 'turning the other cheek'

    Nigel Farage comes out fighting against Nick Clegg over on LBC.

    Responding to the Lib Dem leader saying Mr Farage was "having a nice time of it", the UKIP leader said he didn't want to trade insults, adding: "I'm trying to turn the other cheek."

    But he went on: "when it comes to inconsistency on policy the Lib Dems are absolutely at the top of the tree."

    Mr Farage said this election campaign was becoming one of the nastiest he had ever seen but he would do his best to rise above it.

     
  52.  
    09:09: Farage: Cameron afraid to debate immigration

    Nigel Farage is talking immigration with Nick Ferrari on LBC.

    He asks: "I'm reading Tory literature talking about controlling immigration - but how can you control immigration if you have an open door policy?"

    The UKIP leader went on to say this is the issue Mr Cameron is afraid to debate.

     
  53.  
    @Nigel_Farage Nigel Farage, UKIP leader

    tweets: #PhoneFarage: Mr Cameron doesn't want to face the questions about how he's doubled the national debt in just 5 years

    Nigel Farage
     
  54.  
    09:00: Jim Murphy on polls
    Jim Murphy

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been speaking to BBC Scotland about his party's polling performance, which suggests they could lose almost all of their seats north of the border. He told Good Morning Scotland: "There's still a long way to go. In voting for an SNP MP, people will get a Tory government." More on his interview on our Scotland Live page.

     
  55.  
    08:58: Preventing extremism BBC Radio 4 Today

    Has the government's Prevent scheme - a key element of its counter-terrorism strategy- failed? Frank Gardner, our security correspondent, says it has worked in some cases, where people have been steered away from extremism at the last minute. But in other cases it has been counter-productive. The scheme has a problem of perception - it is seen by many Muslims as unfairly focussing on their communities, he adds.

    Our correspondent spoke to experts about the scheme. We'll post a link later.

     
  56.  
    08:53: Putin's 'undeclared war' on Ukraine BBC Radio 4 Today
    José Manuel Barroso

    José Manuel Barroso says Europe must not accept Russia seeking to redraw the borders of Europe.

    He told Today: "Putin is saying he respects the sovereignty of Ukraine. But at the same time we know this is the biggest Russian operation since the Second World War in military terms. It's a kind of undeclared war."

    The former President of the European Commission went on to say that he expects the situation to get worse before it gets better.

     
  57.  
    08:47: 'Parliamentary no-man's land' The Daily Telegraph

    Fraser Nelson says the Tories need to be more ambitious if they are to win an overall majority.

    Writing in today's Telegraph, he says: "On its own, 'long-term economic plan' just won't be enough. It will lead not to victory, but to a parliamentary no-man's land."

     
  58.  
    08:44: Sturgeon on Trident The Guardian

    Is Trident a red line for the SNP? In another video posted by the Guardian, Nicola Sturgeon suggests her party could still back a Labour government if it backs renewal of the weapons. But the SNP leader rules out her party voting for it.

     
  59.  
    08:36: Davey: Tories 'crazy' for fracking The Daily Telegraph
    Ed Davey MP

    The Telegraph is reporting Ed Davey's criticism of the faith some Conservatives have in fracking.

    The Lib Dem Energy Secretary said parts of the Conservative Party are "crazy" because they want to "frack every bit of croquet lawn" in Britain.

     
  60.  
    @DPJHodges Dan Hodges, political commentator

    tweets: Someone needs to explain to me how telling Scottish voters "vote SNP and we disenfranchise you" helps make the case for the Union.

     
  61.  
    08:29: Sturgeon on domestic chores
    Strugeon

    Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, has been a vocal advocate of women's rights since taking over from Alex Salmond. It might come as a surprise to some, therefore, that she still irons her husband's shirts. She made the revelation in a video interview with the Guardian. Her husband is SNP chief executive Peter Murrell.

    As part of a series of videos, the SNP leader also said she couldn't rule out another independence referendum.

     
  62.  
    08:23: Green conference Eleanor Garnier Political correspondent

    Our correspondent says the Green Party has seen a huge surge in membership over the last year and even had to change venue to fit in all the activists it expects to turn up.

    But leader Natalie Bennett is under some pressure after a poor interview performance last month and our reporter says Ms Bennett "really does need to bounce back."

    There is unprecedented opportunity at this conference, but also unprecedented scrutiny, she concludes.

     
  63.  
    08:19: UKIP 'will reduce immigration' BBC Radio 4 Today
    Mark Reckless MP

    UKIP MP Mark Reckless is on Today defending the party's immigration policy. Asked why the party don't have a target for immigration, Mr Reckless said: "What we are going to do is control the quarter of a million people who come from the EU last year."

    He went on to set out policies including tighter border controls and a points-based system and said: "What that will do will hugely reduce that number of people coming to this country."

     
  64.  
    @FrankRGardner Frank Gardner

    tweets: We'll be discussing the UK Govt's controversial 'Prevent' strategy to counter extremism at 0830 on @BBCr4today

     
  65.  
    08:08: UK 'needs own Abraham Lincoln' The Guardian

    Over on the Guardian, Martin Kettle argues the UK needs its own Abraham Lincoln. If Britain proves to be "a house divided against itself" in coming years, especially with the rise of nationalism, "it will also require someone to fill Lincoln-sized shoes if the house is to continue to stand, both within these islands and in the union with Europe", he says. But he's not confident David Cameron or Ed Miliband have shown they can match the former US president's oratory skills. You can read his piece here.

     
  66.  
    08:04: Chuka: Selfies 'keep it real'
    Chuka Umunna MP

    In an interview with House magazine, Chuka Umunna has praised the selfie. He said: "The thing about selfies is so often you do these posed, formal shots whereas when you are doing a group shot like that, it's a little bit more relaxed, you keep it real. Certainly with young people, it just relaxes the whole thing. And that is what my constituents say: keep it real."

    The Shadow Business Secretary also told House that he finds it awkward being praised for his looks: "I feel a little bit awkward, if I'm honest about it". He added: "It amuses my family, my friends take the piss out of me royally about it."

     
  67.  
    07:53: Bennett interview 'a serious failure' Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News
    Natalie Bennett

    The stumbling performance by Green leader Natalie Bennett in a radio interview last month was a "serious failure" that showed she had failed to prepare and left her colleagues "taken aback", according to the Green leader on Liverpool City Council John Coyne.

    He told the BBC it wouldn't happen again as Ms Bennett would in future rehearse her performance in mock interviews.

    Mr Coyne said: "It's a failure that she was underprepared we know why that happened and we know it will be fixed for the future."

    The criticism comes as Greens meet in Liverpool for their spring conference, gathering in the Liverpool Riverside constituency - which they are targeting at the general election - and where Mr Coyne is a sitting councillor.

    Mr Coyne is chair of the Green Councillors Association and was the first Green on Liverpool council after defecting from the Liberal Democrats.

    He said: "It was a serious failure and we thought it might be damaging to us but one thing that perhaps is saving us from that is people who are attracted to the Green Party tend to have a more generous disposition anyway."

    Asked about the reaction of Greens to a performance he described as "excruciating" he said: "We were taken aback but again in the Green Party we are compassionate and it certainly helped to indicate that we have someone who's a human being."

    Bennett apologised to members after the interview.

     
  68.  
    07:47: Globalisation driving immigration

    Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani digests today's immigration story on his blog. He writes: "The old way of thinking about immigration and how it affects the UK needs to be tossed into the dustbin."

    He adds: "Today's migrants - particularly those from Eastern Europe - may be found in all manner of locations because of the effects of globalisation and the single market."

    Research from Oxford University shows immigration has increased the population of England by half a million in the past three years.

     
  69.  
    @rosschawkins Ross Hawkins, BBC correspondent

    tweets: Green leader Natalie Bennett will do mock interviews in future to prepare, Liverpool councillor tells me before Liverpool conference

     
  70.  
    07:41: John Major on SNP The Daily Telegraph
    John Major

    Sir John Major has also been giving his views on the rise of the SNP in Scotland. The former Tory prime minister, writing in this morning's Telegraph, says Ed Miliband should rule out a coalition with the nationalists. He says "the SNP would enter into any agreement with Labour with one overriding aim: to break up the United Kingdom". You can read the Telegraph's news story here and Sir John's piece here.

     
  71.  
    @Number10gov UK Prime Minister

    tweets: PM: To everyone in the UK, India and around the world celebrating the festival of colour and arrival of spring, I wish you a happy #Holi!

     
  72.  
    07:30: John Humphrys in Watford BBC Radio 4 Today

    In the latest of Today's 100 seats in 100 days series, John Humphrys has visited Watford to explore what effect marketing has on voter choices. You can listen to his package here.

     
  73.  
    07:23: Plaid to demand equal funding for Wales and Scotland
    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM

    Plaid Cymru say they will demand equal funding for Wales and Scotland in any post-election Westminster coalition talks.

    At the party's spring conference in Caernarfon, party leader Leanne Wood will urge the "Westminster parties" to promise Wales an extra £1.2bn a year.

    More on this.

     
  74.  
    07:16: Labour's video mocking PM on debates You Tube

    Paul Waugh from Politics Home has tweeted a video from Labour contrasting David Cameron's positive and negative stances to TV debates.

     
  75.  
    07:06: PM's debates decision shows 'aristocratic contempt' The Guardian
    David Cameron MP

    John Harris takes up Nick Clegg MP's "Downton Abbey" characterisation of David Cameron's decision on the debates in his column in today's Guardian.

    Harris writes of the PM: "Once he styled himself as a leader who was open and up for a challenge; now he looks more than ever like a cold power politician with a tinge of aristocratic contempt for rules and rituals that need only apply to others."

    Clegg told LBC radio yesterday: "I can't get over the lofty pomposity of the Conservatives. It's as if they think they are ordering a drink in the drawing room of Downton Abbey, telling everybody else what they should do."

     
  76.  
    07:00: SNP influence 'desirable' BBC Radio 4 Today

    Ewan Crawford, a former SNP special adviser, says the trouble for Labour is they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Conservatives during the referendum. At the time, they said there would be no threat to public services and promised "strength and security", Mr Crawford argues, but now they say the Tories would be a disaster. Mr Crawford says the SNP would push Labour to do what Labour actually wants to do. And SNP influence on a Labour government is "desirable", he adds.

     
  77.  
    06:56: Labour MP on Scotland polls BBC Radio 4 Today

    Ian Murray, a Labour MP in Edinburgh, is speaking about the latest polls, which indicate a disastrous result for his party in Scotland could be coming. He admits if his party loses Scotland, Ed Miliband won't be prime minister. He says Labour doesn't want or need a coalition with the nationalists.

     
  78.  
    06:51: Parking leeway introduced

    The government has announced drivers will be given 10 minutes' grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parks in England. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, says he wants to end the "war on drivers". The leeway is set to take effect later this month. And it will apply to free and paid-for parking spaces both on streets and in off-street car parks. More here.

     
  79.  
    06:46: Greens 'bigger than UKIP'

    As the Green party heads to Liverpool for their conference today, it's worth remembering that they are believed to have more members than UKIP. In January BBC Online reported the party had 43,829 members compared with UKIP's 41,966. We'll be covering the Green party conference throughout the day.

     
  80.  
    06:41: The papers
    Daily Mail and i front pages on 06/03/15

    This morning's national newspapers feature a number of political stories. Alex Kleiderman has the newspaper review here.

     
  81.  
    06:34: 'UK must support Hong Kong'
    Hong Kong

    The Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has urged the government to speak up in support of democracy in Hong Kong or risk damage to the UK's reputation there. The MPs said they were "profoundly disappointed" at ministers' response when China blocked committee members from visiting the former UK colony. Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said the UK wanted democratic "transition". More here.

     
  82.  
    06:28: Greens moot alliance with SNP
    Caroline Lucas

    The Greens are expected to call for a "progressive alliance" with the SNP at their party conference in Liverpool later today.

    Green Party MP and former leader Caroline Lucas will say: "With the rise of the SNP, and with our own Green surge, we have the chance to forge a new grouping in Parliament. A progressive alliance.

    "Of course, in Scotland and in Wales we'll be fighting hard for our distinctive values and policies. Just as we do against those individual Labour and even Lib Dem candidates with whom we have something in common." More here.

     
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    06:18: 'England's population up'

    A major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates that the population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 because of immigration. The Migration Observatory unit says it came up with the projections because similar official data will not be available before the general election. Two-thirds of the rise is attributed to people from the European Union. We'll bring you all the reaction.

     
  84.  
    06:13: Good morning from Westminster

    Hello and welcome to Friday's political coverage. Nick Eardley and Sarah Weaver will bring you all the action, reaction and analysis in text and you'll be able to watch and listen to all the main BBC political programmes, from Today and Breakfast through to Newsnight and Today in Parliament. Don't forget you can get in touch by emailing politics@bbc.co.uk or via social media @bbcpolitics. Here's how Thursday unfolded.

     

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