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The party leader described the scandal over the Oxfordshire councillor’s repeated media appearances as a ‘storm in a teacup’

Enter, stage right: Nick Griffin, the really creepy opera

Bonnie Greer inspired to write show after sitting next to the party leader on 'Question Time'

Election campaign left Conservatives £6m in debt

The Conservatives outspent Labour by £15m last year, highlighting the party's extra financial firepower at the last election.

Tories outspend Labour by £15 million

The Conservative Party spent £15 million more than Labour last year, according to official figures.

Christina Patterson: Raise a flag for democracy

When did someone decide that Norwegians could be proud of their country, but that English people couldn't?

Endorsement by mass murderer exposes EDL to fresh scrutiny

Matt Blake and Nigel Morris report on the domestic implications of Norway's tragedy

English Defence League warns UK could face attacks

As further details emerged of the connections between Anders Behring Breivik and the English Defence League (EDL), the group's founder warned last night that a similar attack could take place in Britain.

Labour urges councillors to form coalitions with Lib Dems

Ed Miliband has urged Labour councillors to forge coalitions with the Liberal Democrats to run local authorities despite his party's hostility to Nick Clegg for joining forces with David Cameron.

Confusion, caricature, half-truths: tactics that rattled Yes campaign

Even before polling booths closed last night, recriminations began over how electoral reformers appeared to have blown a once-in-a-generation chance to change the voting system.

A guide to the pros and cons of AV

For AV...

Radical plots: The politics of gardening

Gardens can captivate, relax and delight. But they have also been the setting for political statements and bloody protests. George McKay argues that we must dig beneath the flowerbeds and see the turf wars instead

Vince Cable: No wonder the Tories are so scared of AV

It is only self-interest and the desire to have things their own way that makes the Conservatives so keen on first past the post

Jon Cruddas: The question is, do we trust the people?

Democracy in Britain has always grown in the face of opposition from those who say the people are not ready, that change is too dangerous.

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