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Andrea Leadsom is the current economic secretary to the Treasury

General Election 2015: Tory backbenchers tip rising star Andrea Leadsom as successor to David Cameron as party leader

PM's speech on ethnic diversity is overshadowed by a gaffe about his favourite football team

Decriminalisation of hard drugs would clear court backlogs

Change the drug laws to save money, say civil servants

The Lord Chancellor has been heavily criticised by lawyers for his relentless focus on cuts, notably on legal aid, at what they claim has come at the expense of 'access to justice'

Money for one in four elective procedures has been reduced

NHS hit by stealth cuts of £2bn as tariffs received for medical procedures are reduced

Unison claims the tactic of lowering the amounts given to hospitals for different treatments is a false economy

The original field in High Wycombe, which is used as the banner image on a number of websites belonging to local Tory associations

General Election 2015: The photo of a tree that proves the Tories have an image problem

The same bucolic image is being used in different constituencies

General Election 2015: Let's take a more positive, balanced view on immigration

We wish the debate could be conducted in a different frame; with a more generous cast of mind

General election 2015: Poll of pollsters shows still too close to call... so let the horse-trading commence

Since last week, the Tory lead over Labour widened slightly in the average forecast

Ed Miliband knows he is in for a tough time from the Conservative-leaning press until polling day

General Election 2015: I think the narrative has just changed again

The media got bored of saying Miliband was useless, but as the herd changes course, it overshoots

David Cameron may well be asking himself how he can redesign the Tory label

General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Are fashion and politics really that different? They're mostly about looks, but without the substance to back it up, it's difficult to get anyone to buy what you’re selling. Alexander Fury gives his verdict on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them

Postal workers protesting in 2009 over Royal Mail sell-off plans

General Election 2015: Postal workers union to vote on cutting ties to Labour

The CWU is unhappy with Ed Miliband's cash-strapped party - and may bestow its affiliation fees elsewhere

Most experts agree no party will win an overall majority. So what will happen post-election come May 8th?

General Election 2015: Who will own the post-vote weekend?

Senior Labour figures remember the way Cameron seized the initiative following the 2010 election and made a Lib-Con coalition all but inevitable

The Lib Dems are set to put their electoral hope in the “incumbency factor” after a ComRes poll showed a double-digit swing to the Tories across 14 constituencies in the south-west of England

General Election 2015: Lib Dems face disaster in the South-west as Tories target thin majorities

Conservatives launch concerted attack in key region which offers hope to all parties

The set of ITV Leaders' Debate 2015. Channel 4 is to broadcast a youth leaders debate on Tuesday

General Election 2015: Next up for a TV debate - the parties' youth leaders

Channel 4 is to broadcast a youth leaders debate at 8pm on Tuesday on the digital channel All4. Here, they tell us about their politics

Labour’s Chuka Umunna is third favourite to become Labour leader with bookmakers Ladbrokes

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

The shadow business secretary says there is a 'virus of racism' that runs through Ukip and that a Labour government would celebrate British multiculturalism

Nick Clegg will launch the Lib Dem environment mini-manifesto this week which will include pledges for a legal requirement for zero carbon power by 2050

General Election 2015: Keep Lib Dems in coalition, says green industry

Figures in renewable energy sign letter praising the party’s track record on the environment

Gordon Brown: 'Remember what the SNP used to say - the referendum was once in a generation'

General Election 2015: Gordon Brown warns of 'chilling SNP plan for second independence referendum'

Former PM says party only wants more Westminster representation to force the vote

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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions