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UK could become a 'permanently divided nation' without cross-party plan to combat poverty

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Sarah Champion, who comes from a non-political background, has been frustrated by ‘cash for access’ incidents this week involving Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

Sarah Champion: On becoming Rotherham’s first female MP and working 'like a dog'

We’re not all like Straw and Rifkind, the indefatigable member for Rotherham tells Chris Green

Under the controversial proposal, announced at the party’s final conference before the election, subsidies currently paid from Westminster to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Barnett formula would be abolished, saving up to £8bn a year

Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts

Conference told foreign aid payments also in the firing line

Some senior Labour figures are believed to have expressed such fears of Milband's plans in private – including Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor; Chuka Umunna, the shadow Business Secretary and Tristram Hunt, the shadow Education Secretary

Row within Labour party over who benefits from student tuition fee cuts

Senior Labour figures privately worry Ed Miliband's flagship policy would help better off graduates rather than the poorest

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Landlords put rents up by 8% last year – and even more in London

The new figures make grim reading for tenants

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The Labour Party had all day to think of a joke about #TheDress and came up with this

Ed Miliband has also weighed in

The Labour leader will declare that he will not back down in his criticism of people accused of avoiding tax

Ed Miliband gives the official Labour party line on what colour the dress is

The Labour leader has his say on the vital issue

The Welsh government will be guaranteed minimum funding under the terms of the agreement, while decisions on fracking, energy projects and control of Welsh Assembly elections will also be made locally rather than in Westminster

Clegg and Cameron hail 'landmark' deal on Welsh devolution

However the deal has already been dismissed by Welsh politicians as 'third-rate'

Immigration does not increase unemployment or wages

Immigration to Britain has not increased unemployment or reduced wages, study finds

A major new study found no impact on wages or unemployment

David Cameron talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin

The British government was left in the dark during the Ukraine crisis because its diplomats can’t understand Russian

MPs says the lack of language skills in the Foreign Office is 'alarming'

Speaking in Leeds, Mr Miliband disclosed that higher earning graduates would pay a slightly higher rate of interest  on their loans – 4 per cent instead of 3 per cent

Miliband announces tax relief reductions on higher earner pensions to pay for tuition fee cuts

The Labour leader said the cap on fees in England would be cut by a third in September 2016 at an annual cost of £2.7bn if his party wins this May’s election

Farage pulls out in front in South Thanet (Getty)

General Election 2015: Nigel Farage is 11 points clear in South Thanet

Ukip looks set to score a vital victory in May, according to Survation data

Leicester's Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower

This Ukip official thinks the Taliban are running a whiplash insurance scam in Leicester

Richard Crouch is being investigated by the party

The Labour leader will argue that the trebling of fees in 2012 will saddle graduates with an average of £44,000 of debt

Ed Miliband pledges to cut university tuition fees – by £3,000

The Labour leader will argue that the trebling of fees in 2012 will saddle graduates with an average of £44,000 of debt

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Andy McSmith's Diary: Sting in the tail for Jack Straw, a bridge too far for Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is an aloof grandee who never took much trouble making friends or remembering names. Jack Straw has spent 35 years in the Commons being friendly and keeping his enemies to a minimum. Both, it is assumed, have destroyed their chances of being elevated to the House of Lords after the latest lobbying scandal, but Straw can take some comfort from the reactions of other MPs when he made a reappearance in Parliament today. As he was speaking in the Commons, the maverick right-wing Tory, Jacob Rees Mogg, interrupted to pay tribute to Straw’s “amazing chairmanship” of a committee set up to sort out the fractious argument over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. “It was amazing to see so sophisticated and capable an operator steer us through... I hope he doesn’t mind me interrupting him to put that on the record,” said Mogg.

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