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Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Who is numerate enough to shadow Osborne and Cable?

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Margareta Pagano: City has its own good reasons for backing 'Red' Ed

If City bankers had been voting for the Labour leadership, Ed Miliband would have beaten his brother with a proper grown-up majority rather than the tiny 1.3 percentage points he managed.

Gordon Brown to quit in bid to woo Lib Dems

Gordon Brown tonight announced he will resign as Labour leader - but offered to stay on as Prime Minister in a potential power-sharing government with the Liberal Democrats until his party has chosen a successor.

Andrew Grice: His dream of leading a progressive alliance lies in tatters

The game is still in play. There is still a prospect of a Liberal Democrat deal with Labour – but not with Mr Brown

Ashcroft gave Tories a further £123,464 donation, figures reveal

New figures released by the election watchdog show the Conservatives accepted £123,464 from Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the party, who is spearheading the battle for the key marginal seats.

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.

TV debate: Ninety minutes that could change Britain

Huge audience expected on night that could swing polls

Labour: Demands of the campaign will force Brown to loosen his grip

He fought the last three elections from his bunker at party HQ. But this time, he'll be on the road – and the team effort will be critical, argues Steve Richards

Pandora: Labour wants you (to design its posters)

After, we assume, several long hours in the Downing Street bunker discussing the Conservatives' latest less-than-flattering M&C Saatchi designed campaign advert, Labour party officials appear to have found a new strategy. Namely, DIY.

Tory MP blocks bill targeting 'vulture funds'

Lone objector halts move to curb debt shark activity in world's poorest countries

Douglas Alexander: With the right effort, the world can meet the Millennium Development Goals

Five years ago today, the Commission for Africa launched a groundbreaking report that helped to set in motion a year of remarkable achievements in the fight against global poverty.

Hague: I was kept in dark by Ashcroft

Admission suggests Tory leadership is distancing itself from controversial donor

Douglas Alexander: Tackling corruption is critical to Afghanistan's future

A loss of faith in public officials has driven people into insurgents' arms

Brown agrees to pre-election Iraq inquiry date

Gordon Brown agreed today to give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry before the general election.

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