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Roger Bird: Ukip general secretary suspended over sex harassment claim by high-profile candidate Natasha Bolter

Mr Bird had been the eurosceptic party's general secretary since July

According to an academic study, Ukip poses twice as much of a threat to the Conservatives at next May’s election as it does to Labour

Ukip 'twice as dangerous' to Tory election prospects as to Labour's

Labour had lost most of the voters it was going to lose in 2010

Neil Hamilton’s possible candidacy for Ukip has divided members of the party

Disgraced ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton in line to make stunning Commons comeback for Ukip

Ex-minister who famously took 'cash for questions' could run in South Basildon and East Thurrock

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A dog’s breakfast of food banks and porridge oats

One sense in which the unanimous report was 'cross party' was that after it was launched, the parties got rather cross

Baroness Jenkin

Tory attitudes to poverty under fire amid benefit sanctions and Baroness Jenkin comment that poor 'don’t know how to cook'

Baroness Jenkin forced to apologise after blaming food bank use on culinary incompetence

Paul 'Gobby' Lambert: Ukip's latest recruit is from the BBC

Sparks should fly when Paul 'Gobby' Lambert, the BBC's mouthy politician-baiter, takes up his post as Ukip's new communications director. Simon Usborne investigates

Ed Miliband has delivered a formal commitment to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in elections from May 2016

Labour's Ed Miliband formally pledges to give 16-year-olds the vote during Leaders Live event

Promise for if Labour wins the general election was announced during a debate held via YouTube

Tory MP Nigel Mills said he would 'try not to' play Candy Crush during Parliamentary committee meetings in the future.

Candy Crush MP: House of Commons launches investigation to find person who took photo of Nigel Mills

The MP will not be punished for playing the game on his iPad

Baroness Anne Jenkin of Kennington made the remarks while launching a major report that showed that 4 million people are going hungry in Britain (Rex Features)

Baroness Jenkin: Tory peer claims poor people go hungry because they 'don’t know how to cook'

Baroness Jenkin — a PR consultant — has attempted to clarify the remarks

Tory MP Nigel Mills admits to playing Candy Crush on his iPad during Parliamentary meeting

Nigel Mills said he would ‘try not to do it in the future’

Lord Mandelson, left, has said that Ed Miliband, right, should abandon his 'them versus us' strategy pitching the poor against the rich, so he can extend Labour’s appeal beyond the party’s core vote

Lord Mandelson tells Ed Miliband to stop bashing the rich

Former minister wants Labour to be nicer to bosses

Nick Clegg has accused the Tories of not being “straightforward” with the public and of “kidding themselves” if they believe they can achieve their proposed budget cuts

Coalition leaders trade blows over plans for economy

The Conservatives are clinging to the hope that they can win an outright majority at next year's general election

Volunteers assemble a selection of tinned food for a client at a food bank depot in Brixton, south London

Food banks: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urges politicians to face up to Britain's hunger

Archbishop joins campaigners to launch report into new phenomenon of food banks

Nadine Dorries draws inspiration from her childhood, spent largely on a Liverpool council estate, for her novels

Nadine Dorries interview: ‘I would say Labour are posher than us these days’

The James Ashton Interview: Nadine Dorries has livened up political life with a stint in the jungle and some outspoken views. But as the Tory MP has  a second novel published, she shows her passion for frontline issues is strong as ever

File: Nigel Farage has blamed his lateness to an event in Wales on 'immigration' and the state of the M4

Nigel Farage blames late arrival at his own Ukip event on immigrants

Party leader claimed lateness due to ‘population going through the roof’ – meaning more traffic on the roads

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