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All the talk has been of cabinet reshuffles in the run-up to the party conference season – but now it looks like they may be delayed until after it is over.

May plans to scrap 24-hour pubs

Round-the-clock pub opening in England and Wales may be ended after the Home Secretary blamed it for an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence. Theresa May announced a review of the licensing reforms introduced by the previous government seven years ago.

London voters may face a choice between Johnson and Johnson to be their mayor

One was a contemporary of David Cameron at Eton and Oxford, the other is a self-educated, working-class Londoner who missed out on university.

David Miliband enters Labour leadership race

David Miliband announced today that he would be standing for the Labour leadership, saying the task for the party was to present itself again as "an alternative government".

Harman takes over until next leader is chosen

Gordon Brown resigned immediately as Labour leader following the collapse of talks on creating a Lib-Lab coalition. Aides, however, denied that he was planning to stand down as an MP, just days after being re-elected as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Miliband pitted against Miliband (and Balls) in leadership battle

Ed Miliband may stand against his elder brother, David, in the Labour leadership election that will be sparked by Gordon Brown's sudden decision last night that he is to stand down this autumn.

Brown ready to stand down early as Labour holds out hope of agreement

Speculation was growing last night that Gordon Brown could tender his resignation as leader of the Labour Party as early as tomorrow.

Election night coverage: Channel 4 did comedy while ITV's efforts were just laughable

It began with an unprecedented third-party surge, with Channel 4 opening its campaign for the couch-potato vote 55 minutes before the two established parties – BBC and ITV – even got into the game. There would be, the announcer promised, "very strong language and adult humour", not something that had ever been delivered by the traditional coverage, and it was rapidly clear that the Alternative Election Night really did have fresh policies to offer.

So what will we wake up to on Friday morning? One of the below

Following a campaign that, with your help, could change the face of British politics for ever <b>Nigel Morris</b> analyses eight possible post-election scenarios

Do you want to be leader? The question Miliband can't escape

Donald Macintyre joins the Foreign Secretary on the campaign trail and finds him refusing to look beyond 6 May, whatever the future may bring

With support back to 1980s levels, Labour turns in on itself

They won't say so – publicly, at least – but the more realistic Labour strategists have set their sights on coming second in next week's general election.

Tories accuse Lib Dems of 'holding country to ransom'

The Conservatives today accused Nick Clegg of trying to "hold the country to ransom" after the Liberal Democrat leader spelt out some of the conditions under which he would offer his party's support in a hung Parliament.

Splits emerge in Labour's election strategy

Alan Johnson breaks cover to say Labour should not fear deal with Liberal Democrats

Respected medical journal attacks drug ban

The Lancet attacks political 'contamination' in scientific process over mephedrone

Nevin's Notes (14/04/10)

An alternative take on the election

Murdered Sally Anne Bowman's mother backs Gordon Brown over DNA

Gordon Brown was joined on the campaign trail today by the mother of murdered model Sally Anne Bowman as he sought to portray the Tories as soft on crime.

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