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Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

Australia faces the prospect of first hung parliament since 1940

The Australian opposition leader, Tony Abbott, is a keen triathlete who rarely shuns a physical challenge. Yesterday he set himself a new endurance test: to campaign for 36 hours straight in a last-ditch attempt to win government in tomorrow's federal election.

David Prosser: The Green family's tax planning makes Sir Philip the right man for the job

Outlook After the enduring and damaging ructions over the tax status of Lord Ashcroft, the Conservative Party donor, one might have expected David Cameron to think twice before appointing a government adviser likely to prompt a similar row. It was brave of him, then, to ask Sir Philip Green to head a review looking for public spending cuts. The Prime Minister surely cannot have been surprised that his choice has caused some consternation – not least, it is increasingly clear, among Liberal Democrat MPs whose votes he may need in order to push the cuts through Parliament.

Cycle hire launch 'a new dawn'

A cycle hire scheme got under way today with London mayor Boris Johnson hailing it as "a new dawn for the bicycle in the capital".

Senior politician found hacked to death in Rwanda

The deputy leader of Rwanda's Green Party was found murdered yesterday amid a crackdown against opposition organisations before next month's presidential elections.

How Wilkinson's kicking coach is helping Donald hit the greens again

Mentor behind Jonny's Rugby World Cup win has now transformed the golfer's game

Greens hoping for presidential shock

A former university rector who suffers from Parkinson's disease and got married on an elephant will find out tomorrow whether his shockingly successful campaign for the presidency of Colombia has paid off, when the country goes to the polls.

A historic moment for anyone who cares about the environment

History doesn't always come in thunderclaps or cheering crowds, and yesterday it was made with very little outward fuss when a woman in a pale blue trouser suit got to her feet from a green leather bench and began to speak.

Caroline Lucas: 'You can do politics without selling out'

Her election as an MP is a triumph for the green movement. But how will Caroline Lucas make a difference? She talks to Sophie Morris about turning ecological ideals into reality

Colombia set to elect the world's first Green leader

A former philosopher with some unusual policy ideas looks certain to take the country's presidency

One Brighton shining moment as Lucas makes Green history

After years of struggle, the environmental movement has taken a giant step forward

Anger mounts over problems that left thousands disenfranchised

The voting system was condemned today as a throwback to the Victorian era as polling stations closed while hundreds of people were still queueing up to vote.

Green Party savours first Westminster seat

The Green Party was this morning celebrating having its first MP in Britain with the election of Caroline Lucas.

Green Party: £400,000, 335 candidates – and one MP?

It's Brighton Pavilion or Bust today for the Green Party, who appear to have their best-ever chance of a Westminster seat with the candidature of their leader, Caroline Lucas, in the Sussex seaside resort.

DJ Taylor: If this election is getting to you, just find a dark room and lie down

Sleepless nights of inner conflict aggravated by severe Cleggmania? You need the soothing ministrations of a Florence Nightingale...

'Independent' debate tackles immigration

An audience of Independent readers attacked Labour and the Conservatives for their increasingly "negative stances" on immigration.

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