Election '97: No fun for Mellor as he is ousted from his Putney seat

Ex-minister loses after 20 years. Clare Garner reports

Election '97: Labour keeps 17-point lead

The final Independent/Harris poll suggests that the widely-expecting closing of the gap in the last days of the campaign has failed to materialise, writes John Rentoul.

Election '97: Goldsmith tells Tories the show will go on

Clare Garner attends the Referendum Party's first and last pre- election press conference

Election '97: Labour set to feel benefit from Euro-sceptic ballots

The Labour Party could be thanking Sir James Goldsmith on Friday morning. According to Harris's polls for The Independent, the Referendum Party's intervention tomorrow is likely to increase Tony Blair's majority in the Commons by 12 seats.

Election '97: QUOTES OF THE DAY

"Have I delivered greater prosperity? Is that leadership? Yes. Have I delivered it? Yes." - John Major

The raving youngsters' groovy parties

Clubs are standing candidates to get the youth vote, says Alister Morgan

Election '97: Goldsmith loses broadcast plea

The Referendum Party yesterday failed in a High Court attempt to win more party political broadcasts in the run-up to the general election.

Election '97 : PM gets short shrift over promises on quota-hopping

Few of the fishermen in the port of Newlyn, where decommissioned boats were being burnt last year, had much time for John Major's tougher line on "quota-hopping" when the Prime Minister's campaign tour pulled into the harbour.

Letter: Stag-hunting ban: National Trust bullied by the animal rights puritans

Sir: Chasing red deer with hounds has been found to be probably cruel. Who'd have thought it? The next subject for these intrepid scientists to research should be the effect on small mammals and birds of the ghastly and protracted process of being caught, teased, tortured, and terminated by domestic cats. My own beloved moggie performs such atrocities daily.

Election '97: Swashbuckling Goldsmith lands in port

Adulation and tricky questions marked the Referendum Party campaign launch

Election '97: Mellor takes on Sir James

David Mellor launched an attack on his Referendum Party rival for his Putney constituency in west London yesterday, calling Sir James Goldsmith a "playboy politician".

Election' 97: Tories fear big changes by Labour

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British exit from Europe is aim of Goldsmith

Two leading spokesmen for Sir James Goldsmith's Referendum Party made it clear yesterday that their aim was not just halting progress towards the single currency but also achieving Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. Addressing a small group of the party faithful in an underground hall in the City of London, Sir Alan Walters, formerly economic adviser to Baroness Thatcher, and Brian Reading, an economist who once worked for Sir Edward Heath, warned of the dangers that closer integration with the rest of Europe would bring.

Referendum Party sues over canvassing claim

Sir James Goldsmith's Referendum Party yesterday issued a libel writ following allegations that a former Tory agent was paying individuals to persuade people to vote for the party.

Labour lead widens to 27 points

Only one voter in five is prepared to take the opinion polls at face value, according to today's Independent/Harris poll. With the polls showing Tony Blair heading for a 261-seat majority, only 20 per cent of voters think the election is "already decided".
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