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

John Rentoul: Here we go again, voting tactically...

The referendum on AV is the voter's chance to rebuff the least-liked party. But other polls on 5 May matter more

BNP's opposition to AV exploited by Yes campaigners

Voters keen to distance themselves from the far right are courted by advocates of voting reform

Baroness Warsi under fire for invoking BNP in anti-AV speech

Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, was accused of scoring a spectacular own goal last night in a speech about the British National Party, provoking calls from some Tory MPs for David Cameron to move her in a summer reshuffle.

AV system 'would give fascists more power'

A switch to the Alternative Vote for Westminster elections would give more power to fascists, Conservative co-chairman Baroness Warsi warned today.

Vote reform opponents 'ridiculous'

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron bracketed David Cameron with BNP leader Nick Griffin today as he launched a broadside at the "reactionary and ridiculous" opponents of voting reform.

John Healey MP: Vote reform would benefit only BNP, Ukip and Lib Dems

As we move closer to referendum day on 5 May, the momentum for a "No" vote is gathering pace. Some are happy with the voting system we have. Others do want a change but see the proposed Alternative Vote (AV) as a step backwards. Others think the whole thing is a waste of time and money.

Lib Dems beaten in Burnley election

Liberal Democrats slumped from first place to third behind the BNP as Labour scored a landslide council by-election victory at Burnley Borough, Lancashire.

Lib Dems put brave face on defeat

Senior Liberal Democrats today tried to put a brave face on their humiliating "kicking" in the Barnsley Central by-election, where their candidate lost his deposit and limped in sixth behind Ukip, the British National Party and an independent unemployed ex-miner.

As Clegg and Cameron wade in, No2Av campaigners pledge to reveal backers

Campaigners against electoral reform today pledged to reveal details of their main financial backers before the country goes to the polls in May.

Has the Daily Star decided to back the English Defence League?

Front page suggests paper wants to bring far-right party into mainstream

Labour accuses Cameron of lining up with extremists on multiculturalism

PM's attack on some minorities' failure to integrate draws stinging criticism

Anti-Islam US pastor is banned from Britain

Terry Jones, the controversial American preacher who wanted to burn the Koran in public, has been banned from entering Britain.

Campaigners highlight growing list of abuse cases

The sentencing of Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat is the latest in a growing list of similar abuse cases in the UK but is not a new form of grooming, an anti-trafficking campaigner said today.

Billy Bragg dismisses hatemail campaign

Singer Billy Bragg has described a hatemail campaign against him as "the powerless ranting of a bitter individual".

Ten candidates to contest by-election

Ten candidates will contest the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election following today's close of nominations.

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