Voices Employers have accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk by targeting a 'perfectly legal' loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour

This week's session marked a return to combat as usual

Lapel politics: Nick Clegg and David Cameron this week

Pin doctors: The art of 'lapel politics'

Forget wearing your heart on your sleeve – for today's politicos, it's all about the badge on your lapel

Cameron brushes off clash with backbencher Jesse Norman

David Cameron today brushed aside reports that he was involved in an angry confrontation with the ringleader of Tory rebels on House of Lords reform as “tittle tattle and rumour”.

David Cameron slams 'spivvy and probably illegal' interest rate rigging ahead of Bob Diamond evidence session

David Cameron today condemned the “spivvy and probably illegal” activity of banks fixing interest rates ahead of Bob Diamond’s much anticipated evidence to Parliament this afternoon.

Ed Balls 'completely staggered' by David Cameron's taunt

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said today he was “completely staggered” when David Cameron branded him a “muttering idiot” during an angry outburst in the Commons.

Jeremy Hunt defends his actions on BSkyB

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt defended his conduct during News Corporation's takeover bid for BSkyB today as he battled for his political life amid demands for his resignation over claims that he was a "cheerleader" for Rupert Murdoch's company.

David Cameron rebukes George Galloway on Afghanistan

David Cameron today urged George Galloway not "to play to the gallery" over the Afghan war.

Despite his party being ahead in the polls Ed Miliband's own personal ratings are disastrous and appear to be getting worse

Ed channels Bobby in credibility quest

A respected political journalist recently went to watch Ed Miliband take part in a Q&A with voters in Birmingham and came away with an unexpected conclusion. He suggested afterwards that Miliband's performance that day had shown what his earliest supporters had seen: Ed had a touch of Bobby Kennedy about him.

London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone

The Diary: The taxing problem that Livingstone just can't shake off

Ken Livingstone pulled level with Boris Johnson in the London mayoral contest at the start of this year when a fares hike took effect, but lately he seems to be looking for ways to throw the election away.

John Rentoul: Clegg blows his liberal credentials

He's fallen out with his party over student fees, Europe and the NHS. Now the Lib Dem leader is buckling under the Budget

Radio 5 Live listeners criticise Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband said he was taking Tony Blair's advice to "be yourself" as he brushed off severe criticism of his leadership from radio listeners.

There was fevered speculation on Mumsnet late last year about the secret of Burnham’s lashes

Andy Burnham: 'It's a genie out of the bottle moment'

The shadow Health Secretary is furious at the coalition's plans for NHS reform, but reckons this is the one issue that could trigger David Cameron's downfall. Matt Chorley meets Andy Burnham

David Cameron defends 'fair' welfare reforms

The Government has offered concessions over its £26,000 cap on benefits as MPs threw out changes to the controversial welfare reforms made in the House of Lords.

David Cameron 'disappointed' as economy shrinks

David Cameron admitted today he was "disappointed" by figures showing the UK economy shrank in the final quarter of last year.

The Sketch: An ambitious effort, but Tory leader could do with a kitten

If the main shareholder can't make a kitten out of a fatcat, how will the little-interested ones?
Tom Watson is one of those who has changed forever the media and political culture in the UK

Ten people who changed the world: Tom Watson, MP who shook the world of British politics

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

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Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
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Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
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Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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