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Proposals would see EU migrants' benefits cut after three months

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One widow left the Tories more money than all of their membership subscriptions in 2013

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Figures published show that the Labour Party had an income of £33,336,000

The series of measures included new rules forcing EU migrants to wait three months before they could claim out-of-work benefits

Tougher benefits rules for EU migrants: New arrivals will lose payments after just three months under new Tory plans

Moves are designed to hammer home the message to new arrivals that they cannot expect to get 'something for nothing'

Mr Burnham is writing to NHS England to call for the award of dozens of contracts to be deferred

Stop NHS privatisation until after the election, says shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham

Private companies, including Virgin Care and Care UK, received more than £10bn of public money last year

A ComRes survey for The Independent shows that Labour are now on 33 per cent, up one point from last month

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Drop in Tory support will fuel fears among its MPs that the party is experiencing a 'voteless recovery'

Tory MP David Ruffley who has apologised for his 'inappropriate action' after being given a police caution for common assault following an incident between him and his former partner.

Conservative MP David Ruffley to step down following domestic violence revelations

David Ruffley received a police caution for domestic assault against his partner

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