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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

Nici Marx: Voters are looking for smart, not smug

Advice to the leaders

Brown-must-go blogger Ellie Gellard now backs PM

A young Labour supporter who helped launch the party's manifesto explained today why she criticised Gordon Brown in a blog written two years ago.

Leading article: A less than convincing manifesto for a fourth term

The Labour Party is trapped by its ambiguous record in office

Andrew Grice: The last PMQs show

The last session of Prime Minister's Questions of this parliament and, the Tories were keen to remind us, possibly Gordon Brown's last as Prime Minister.

Sean O'Grady: Latest economic forecasts present a win win situation for Brown

Good news for Gordon Brown. Bad news for Gordon Brown. It’s all the same as far as the economy is concerned.

Election 2010: the campaign in pictures

It was no surprise when Gordon Brown stepped out in front of 10 Downing St, flanked by his cabinet, to announce the general election on 6 May.

Leading article: Things can only get better

For Government ministers fearful of their future after the election, Tony Blair's return to the domestic fray yesterday must have been heartening. Not that even his most fervent admirers could believe that this master of the optimistic vision and the self-deprecating humour could turn the election single-handed.

Broonland: the Last Days of Gordon Brown, By Christopher Harvie

As adepts of Photoshop endlessly elide the pores of party-leader portraits, and the creaking, shrieking merry-go-round of the general election picks up speed, the citizens deserve nothing less than robust political biography with their cornflakes. This is exactly what Christopher Harvie's Broonland provides, in a capacious critique of this most complex of modern British politicians - whose "last days" may not, even yet, be near.

Simon Carr: You can go too far in cursing

Now when Brown is accused of anything, it improves his reputation

Lords to rule on whether PFI aimed to hide liabilities off balance sheet

The Lords' economic affairs committee will announce its verdict on the Private Finance Initiative on Wednesday.

Andrew Grice: 'Not Blair' survives Iraq grilling

When he took over as Prime Minister in 2007, some allies of Gordon Brown spoke privately of his "not Blair" strategy.

Andrew Grice: Peer dominates PMQs shock

No Gordon Brown at Prime Minister's Questions today. Tories are accusing him of "ducking out" but Downing Street insists he must attend the official ceremony to mark the start of the state visit by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma.

MPs call for debate on new assisted suicide guidelines

Fresh guidelines on assisting suicide could open a "new back door" to euthanasia, the Commons heard today.

323 seek seats for Gordon Brown's Iraq inquiry appearance

More than 300 people applied for public seats for Gordon Brown's appearance next month before the Iraq Inquiry, it was disclosed today.

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