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Tories turn right to mend their broken poll lead

Panic-stricken party signals less public spending and more tax cuts

Cameron: No new gay rights under the Tories

No new legislation is needed to protect gay people, David Cameron has insisted, in an interview discussing his voting record on gay rights.

David Cameron: No point in tougher deportation if we keep letting unwanted people in

We need to do much better at stopping wars from ever starting and that means really focussing on the causes of conflicts. We've also got to think through much more carefully whether Britain should get involved in a foreign conflict, and if so, how to cope with the consequences. And then if we do intervene and send troops to fight in a foreign country, there should be a proper reconstruction force ready and waiting to deliver a stabilisation strategy as soon as the fighting stops.

Minister accuses councils over poor white communities

Government bodies and councils have been "blind" to the needs of white working class communities, a Cabinet minister said today.

John Rentoul: Labour's special delivery to Griffin

The BNP leader on TV was pure panto, but the real villains in this drama have been at the cabinet table

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Question mark lifted

*Tory spin-doctors looked relieved and pleased with themselves in Westminster yesterday after Sayeeda Warsi, their representative on the most-watched Question Time panel on record, put in a feisty performance that drew good reviews.

BNP plays race card with attack on Question Time rivals

Bonnie Greer described as 'black history fabricator' and Jack Straw branded 'slimy'

Last-ditch bid to prevent BNP appearance on Question Time

Hain warns BBC of threat of legal challenge after inviting Griffin on to programme

BNP attacks fellow 'Question Time' panellists

As the far-right party prepares for its first programme appearance, it accuses the BBC of 'stirring up trouble' with its choice of guests

Baroness Warsi to face BNP leader on 'Question Time'

Sayeeda Warsi, the shadow minister for community cohesion, is to take on the leader of the British National Party (BNP) on the BBC's Question Time next week.

Sarah Wollaston: You ask the questions

Sarah Wollaston, Conservative candidate for Totnes, answers your questions including: Why did you join the Tories? And who is the most fanciable frontbencher?

John Rentoul: Once clunking, now funking... but how will Brown respond?

Gordon Brown should have been in his element. After all, he had waited 10 years for the top job. But, with David Cameron in the ascendancy, the challenge to the PM is to silence his critics and emerge resurgent
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