Voices

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

Affair with MP brings down scandal-hit Australian treasurer

After tearfully apologising two years ago for conduct that included sniffing a female colleague's chair and pinging another's bra strap, the Treasurer of Western Australia might have been expected to stay out of trouble. He didn't, and yesterday Troy Buswell was forced to resign from the state government following revelations of an affair with a Greens MP, Adele Carles.

Independent Cambridge debate: Live!

Featuring Steve Richards ("SR") and Johann Hari ("JH) from The Independent, and Nick Hillman ("NH" - Conservative party candidate for Cambridge), Julian Huppert ("JHu" - Lib Dem candidate), Tony Juniper ("TJ" - Green party candidate) and Daniel Zeichner ("DZ" - Labour party candidate)

For one night only? Climate change back on election agenda

climate change came back into the election as a live issue yesterday when the three main parties clashed over each other's credentials for fighting global warming.

From the youngest MP to the youngest ex-MP, if Harman has her way

A year after taking Norwich North, Chloe Smith faces an even bigger battle to retain the seat for the Tories

Green surge as main parties try to attract eco-vote

Environmental issues will be pushed up the agenda in the last 10 days of the election campaign, as Britain's major parties scuffle to attract the eco-vote, and the Greens remain on course to return their first MP to Parliament.

Can Caroline Lucas change British politics for ever?

As leader she has won her battle to transform the Green Party. Now, she is fighting to make history in Brighton

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (25 April 2010)

David Cameron and Jeffrey Sachs are right when they say "we need targeted action to support women the world over" and strengthening the voice and role of women so that they are involved in the decision-making process is crucial ("Educated women hold the key to ending poverty", 18 April).

Open up politics to small parties, Lucas demands

First 'Independent Live' debate of the election hears leader of Green Party call for democratisation of campaign

Why my niche vote won't be a wasted vote

Ten years ago, as a first-time voter, Sophie Morris thought supporting the Greens was just about saving polar bears. Now, she argues, the party is getting serious

Heathrow shows clear air between parties

Environment Editor Michael McCarthy assesses the battle for the eco-vote

Best UK politician: Caroline Lucas

Since 1997, Britain's emissions of warming gases have actually risen – and if you factor in the emissions from goods now manufactured for us in China, they have risen dramatically. Very few politicians have been honest about the crisis we face, or demanded the swift transition to an economy powered by the power of the sun, the wind and the waves. Working on the inside, the Environment Secretary Ed Miliband has a strong claim to this award, often trying to drag other government departments towards radical low- carbon approaches. But he is, in the end, too tainted by ineffective compromises, and by his sometime promotion of false solutions like the myth of "clean coal", to clinch it.

Leading article: A Green vote is not wasted

The Green Party has been on quite a journey these past two decades. In the 1989 European elections, the party won an astonishing 15 per cent of the national vote. Two Brussels seats followed in 1999. And on 6 May Caroline Lucas has a strong chance of becoming the Greens' first representative in the Westminster parliament, as the party's leader contests the constituency of Brighton Pavilion.

The Sketch: No eruptions, just a tax hike

"Because that is what this party is about. It's about justice. It's about fairness. Vote for us and we'll put it right." Who said that? Who doesn't say that? They're all saying it, the Labour future is to be fair for all, the Tories claim fairness for their futurity, Liberal Democrats are fair for fairness's sake. They just can't help it.

Green manifesto shifts Lucas to left

'Robin Hood' tax policies put redistribution on equal footing with saving planet

Vote for me &ndash; wherever you live

Money's too tight to mention at the Labour party; that much is well-known.

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

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