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Nigel Farage's party has seen a tricky couple of weeks

Nigel Farage admits he 'doesn’t listen to music, watch TV or read' – and that he's 'stretched' leading Ukip and running to become an MP

The Ukip leader spoke following a challenging couple of weeks for his party

Ed Miliband is currently the narrow favourite to be the next prime minister in the polls

General Election 2015: No sign of a clear winner as the race begins

While Ed Miliband appears to have the better chance of being the next prime minister, the Tories could still turn the tables

A scene from ‘Regeneration Game’, the first in a series of films by

The Media Column: Can traditional broadcasters capitalise on the first ‘digital election’?

Party managers are aware that the best-laid plans can instantly be blown off course by a rogue tweet or a mocking video sent viral via BuzzFeed

Lois Pryce... Life Without a Postcode. Lois lives on a boat with her husband.. Registering to vote in the election has prooved to be very difficult without a fixed residential post code. (David Sandison)

Floating voters: How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'

Lois Pryce highlights the plight of all those (the homeless, the nomads) who, without a postcode, have no voice

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, says that the introduction of higher tuition fees was ‘incredibly traumatic’

Business Secretary Vince Cable: 'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Cable has had to cope with the privatisation of Royal Mail and the ruling on whether News Corporation should be allowed to take full control of BSkyB

Former leader Alex Salmond has his picture taken as he signs copies of his book The Dream Shall Never Die during the SNP conference

Alex Salmond unwittingly steals the show at SNP conference

Seconds after he started to speak into the microphone, the delegates rushed back to their seats and shouted and roared him back towards the big stage

Asked by the Sunday Times if the Tories would find the full £30bn, Mr Hunt replied: “Yes. We’ve demonstrated that we’re as good as our word.

Jeremy Hunt promises Tories will boost NHS spending by £8bn over next five years

Jeremy Hunt’s intervention appeared designed to scupper Labour attempts to seize the initiative over health in early skirmishes in the election campaign

Enoch Powell

Tory MP Enoch Powell investigated as alleged member of Westminster paedophile network

The name of the late MP was provided to Scotland Yard after a clergyman came forward with claims from the 1980s relating to ritual satanic abuse

Labour's Diane Abbott condemns party's anti-immigration mug as 'shameful'

Diane Abbott, a former leadership contender, condemned as 'shameful' the mug, which carries the slogan 'controls on immigration'

Prospects of Labour-SNP partnership flagged as SNP pledge to oppose the 'madness' of austerity

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney offered a series of campaign initiatives that would have been welcomed at any Labour conference

Campaigners accused ministers of fiscal short-sightedness after proposals drawn up by civil servants to deliver Chancellor George Osborne’s commitment  to cut £12bn from the welfare budget by 2017-18 revealed plans to raise £1.5bn by clawing back a slice of key disability payments.

Charities 'very worried' after leak suggests Tories plan to tax disabled benefits if re-elected

The document detailed plans to impose taxes on the disability living allowance, personal independence payments and attendance allowance

Roger Helmer is also Ukip’s industry spokesman

Ukip’s energy spokesman 'an idiot' after urging people to turn all their lights on for Earth Hour

Roger Helmer instigated the less-than-successful boycott with a tweet shortly before the event in which 172 countries and 7,000 cities take part

David Cameron will not serve a full second term as Tory leader, says Iain Duncan Smith

IDS also admits Tories 'may not' reveal details of £12 billion cuts before election

Ed Miliband waves to the crowds as he steps on to Labour's battlebus (PA)

General Election 2015: Labour gains four-point lead over Conservatives following TV 'debates'

Nearly half of those polled said Ed Miliband came out top after TV interviews

There’s a sense David and Samantha Cameron would be relieved to lose their security guards

A normal life for Sam and Dave? If Cameron is no longer PM in May, his family could breathe a sigh of relief

If he does leave Downing Street, it is worth thinking about what legacy he leaves – the socio-cultural imprint of 'Brand Cameron'

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing