News Paul Sykes has promised to do 'whatever it takes' to help UKIP top the polls in the European elections according to the Daily Telegraph

One of the country's wealthiest businessmen has announced a multi-million pound boost to the UK Independence Party.

Redwood's tax cuts pledge sparks row over 'bouncing Tory cheques'

A row over tax and spending broke out last night after John Redwood claimed his party's £4bn tax cuts, promised by leader Michael Howard, were merely a "down payment" and more would follow.

Howard accused of playing politics

The Home Secretary has hit back after Michael Howard accused Labour of playing politics with the fight against terrorism.

Ashcroft's donations to individual candidates upsets Tory leadership

Twenty four Tory candidates were paid a total of £161,840 by the Tory benefactor Lord Ashcroft in a snub to Michael Howard's Conservative campaign headquarters.

Tories are taking our turf, says BNP chief

Michael Howard's immigration policy faces fresh scrutiny after accusations from the leader of the British National Party that Tories were "moving in on our turf".

Apathy is greatest threat to Labour as poll predicts lowest turnout since 1918

Britain is heading for the lowest general election turnout since 1918, when troops were returning from the trenches of the First World War, according to an NOP poll.

Howard claims he will abolish all waiting lists

Michael Howard, the Tory leader, pledged to abolish all NHS waiting lists and wipe out the MRSA "superbug" by giving matrons the power to overrule NHS chief executives and close dirty wards.

Top Tories row over £500,000 gift and millionaire's jet

Conservative leader Michael Howard has returned a donation of £500,000 to Lord Ashcroft, the party's biggest donor, after the peer said that the Tories could not win the next election, it was reported last night.

The real meaning of Tony's banal battle cries

He is sending a message to those who are not New Labour that their services are not required

Major calls for moratorium to end election `dirty tricks'

JOHN MAJOR called for a moratorium on the release of any more papers from past Tory governments in the run-up to the general election after accusing Labour of a "dirty tricks" campaign.
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