Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is Deputy Political Editor at The Independent.

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Numbers of nursery places has fallen sharply in England since 2010

Child care 2015: Parents spending up to half their income on nursery place

Three-quarters of local authorities charge more than £100 for finding 25-hours-a-week place

Ed Miliband gives his New Year message promising to focus on the economy

Unhappy New Year for Cameron, Miliband and Clegg: They face most unpredictable general election in a generation

Our poll of polls sets scene for a turbulent run-up to 7 May

Tony Blair is backing Chuka Umunna to be the next Labour leader,

I support Ed Miliband, says Tony Blair as he faces Labour backlash over 'misinterpreted' comments

Former PM attempted to damp down furore over suggestion that party fighting on 'traditional left-wing' platform would lose

Critics of Fiona Woolf say she should step down amid accusations of an establishment cover-up

Fiona Woolf, lawyer who quit sex abuse inquiry, makes New Year Honours list amid fury

Sex-abuse campaigners reacted with dismay last night after Fiona Woolf was created a dame in the New Year Honours list despite the controversy that forced her to step down as head of the inquiry into historical abuse just two months ago.

Tony Blair wants Labour to return to the centre ground of the political landscape

Ed Miliband will lose general election under 'left-wing' Labour, warns Tony Blair

Former PM casts doubt on the prospect of Labour leader taking party to victory at next year’s general election

County court bailiffs repossessed 41,195 properties on behalf of landlords in the 12 months to September

Number of evicted tenants is soaring, Ministry of Justice figures show

Labour has blamed the increase on the failure of wages to keep up with rents

Labour’s decline in the opinion polls has not lifted David Cameron’s party

David Cameron will trigger Tory civil war with a General Election win, senior party figures warn

The Conservatives are divided over the PM's rigid 2017 deadline for an EU referendum

Cameron needs to adopt a more 'positive agenda', José Manuel Barroso said

David Cameron's 'defensive agenda' weakens UK in Europe, says former EU president

José Manuel Barroso said the PM is no longer Barack Obama's first port of call for advice on European matters

More than one million families with children cannot afford to heat and light their homes, official figures have disclosed

More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

Families hit by a combination of soaring energy costs and the squeeze on benefits

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax

Poorest households are the most heavily taxed

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax because they are disproportionately affected by flat-rate indirect taxes

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