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

Hague rules out more concessions to Lib Dems

Foreign Secretary William Hague today ruled out fresh concessions to the Liberal Democrats if they fail to secure victory in next month's referendum on voting reform for Westminster elections.

Saint George, the canon and a flood of right-wing hate

When Manchester Cathedral asked poets and artists to create a celebration, it attracted unexpected attention

Nick Clegg slams anti-AV 'falsehoods'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hit out today at "distractions and falsehoods" being used by campaigners against a change in the electoral system.

Cash-strapped BNP 'turns to racist hardcore'

The BNP was last night accused of turning to "a hardcore group of neo-Nazis and racists" to stand as candidates in next month's local elections.

Do not sleepwalk into AV, warns PM

David Cameron issued a warning to voters today not to "sleepwalk" into a change of voting system for Westminster elections with damaging consequences for Britain's democracy.

Cloak-and-dagger day with the BNP – a party in crisis

Deserted manifesto launch signals election disaster

Why Churchill is hardly the font of all knowledge: Debunking the myths surrounding AV

To combat the No camp's propaganda, Matt Chorley and John Rentoul trawl through the arguments to offer a guide to electoral reform

Margaret Hodge: PM needs to lead honest debate, not offer false promises

When, in 2006, I first raised the issue of immigration and its impact on white working-class communities, I was vilified for giving the "oxygen of publicity" to the British National Party. The false accusation was that talking about immigration legitimised support for the extreme right.

Ukip attracts anti-immigrant vote as polite alternative to BNP

The UK Independence Party is picking up wide support from voters who are hostile to immigration but regard it as a "polite alternative" to the far-Right British National Party, new research concludes.

Cable leads attack on PM's immigration stance

David Cameron came under fire from his Liberal Democrat coalition partners yesterday after controversially claiming that immigration had damaged the social fabric of communities across Britain.

Mary Dejevsky: There is an immigration problem – but Cameron won't dare tackle it

Little by little the Goverment has succumbed to pressure from particular lobbies, such as businesses wanting skills they are relucant to pay for

Osborne in 'dirty tricks' storm over AV referendum

Chancellor angers Yes campaign with 'dodgy' funding claims

Leading article: The No campaign is built on fear and cynicism

The No to AV camp does not have a very high opinion of the intellectual capabilities of the British public

Billy Bragg: AV would marginalise extremists

The singer Billy Bragg, a high-profile campaigner against the British National Party, will today argue for electoral reform as a crucial step to marginalising extremist politicians.

BNP 'Koran burning' charge dropped

A British National Party election candidate accused of publicly burning a copy of the Koran was freed today when the charge against him was unexpectedly dropped.

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