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Boris Johnson’s popularity is outstripping that of the Conservative Party and David Cameron

Popularity poll: Boris Johnson tops David Cameron – and his own party

Result puts the Tories on their lowest-ever rating for ComRes

Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls

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Shadow chancellor sets challenge to George Osborne, who is due to announce a cap on the welfare bill this month

Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Labour admits it did not build enough homes while in power

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne today admitted that Labour did not build enough homes when it was in power.

Ed Miliband is 'confused over benefits,' claims David Cameron

Comments come after Labour said it would not seek reverse coalition's child benefit cuts

Andy McSmith's Diary: It wasn’t ‘just like that’ in Tommy Cooper’s day

As MPs gathered after the half-term break, you could hear the question whizzing around the building: “Do you know who they are?” The reference was to a mystery story festooned across the front of the Mail on Sunday about an extramarital affair between two unnamed famous people.

Ed Balls arrives at the Thomson Reuters headquarters to give his speech

Ed Balls sets out election battle lines with promise to spend billions on housebuilding and road and rail projects

Labour would stick within the Coalition’s limits on day-to-day spending if it wins power in 2015 but would plough billions of pounds more into housebuilding and road and rail projects.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: International laughing stock, Prime Minister? Don’t worry – just blame it all on the rebels

John Baron can seem like a Mafia operative offering you the sort of protection that it would be unwise to refuse

Conservative supporter John Risworth in Corsham, Wiltshire

Ed Miliband told to answer the question - this time by Labour

Jittery party demands more detail on economic policy as poll lead narrows

Editorial: A nation more divided

A tax handout to the rich and cuts for the poorest makes a mockery of 'all in it together'
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pension Secretary, says he could get by on £53 a week

Welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith: I could get by on £53 a week

Online petition calls on the Work and Pensions Secretary - who currently takes home £1,581 a week after tax - to prove it

Chancellor George Osborne (left) comes face to face with Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls outside the Millbank studios in Westminster today

George Osborne under fire: Labour brands Budget's home ownership boost scheme a 'subsidised mortgage for millionaires'

Ed Balls contrasts new measures with 'bedroom tax' saying claiming the Government will help people buy spare homes

G20 finance ministers meeting in Moscow this weekend

UK economy is 'in the relegation zone'

The UK has one of the slowest economic growth rates of all the G20 countries, new figures revealed yesterday, as George Osborne met finance ministers in Moscow.

George Osborne speaking at JPMorgan in Bournemouth yesterday

Chancellor 'is being soft' on banks' ring-fencing

Labour on the attack, claiming George Osborne has failed to deliver radical reform

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Europe poll pledge gives PM 5-point 'bounce'

David Cameron's referendum promise narrows the Labour lead to six points, down from 11 last month

Labour defends plans to deprive the long-term unemployed of benefits if they refuse to take job offer

Labour today defended its plans to deprive the long-term unemployed of their benefits if they refuse to take up the offer of a “guaranteed” job.

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