Cameron v Miliband: The debates begin

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman (right) on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: "Cameron v Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10"

It was not a head-to-head debate. But it was a back-to-back job interview and a good one at that.

It gave voters the chance to see the two men who could be our prime minister tested, above all, by Jeremy Paxman's robust questioning. (Full disclosure: I once spent a summer doing some paid research work for Jeremy when I was a student).

And both men were revealed to be vulnerable over their records in office and their promises for the future.

David Cameron was forced to admit to his missed targets on immigration and the deficit. He was unable say how he would meet his targets to cut welfare.

Ed Miliband was forced into the defensive over Labour's past record on the economy and immigration. And he was unable to spell out his own plans to cut spending.

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Has David Cameron opened Pandora's Box?

So, what did he mean by that?

David Cameron's admission that he will not serve a third term in Downing Street will provoke a flurry of speculation. What was he hoping to achieve? What message was he trying to send?

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Leader profile: Nick Clegg opens up about life outside politics

Nick Clegg is unique in British politics.

No MP has such a cosmopolitan and international background - his mother is Dutch, his father half Russian, his wife Spanish.

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Budget 2015: Osborne's message to voters

Chancellor George Osborne with his Treasury team outside 11 Downing Street

George Osborne's aim today was to turn the economic recovery of the country into the political recovery of the Conservatives.

So, he tried to reassure voters worried about another Tory-led government and convince them they'll benefit from the growing economy.

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Budget 2015: Police warning over leak risk

Chancellor George Osborne outside 11 Downing Street prior to the 2014 Budget
Mr Osborne is set to deliver his sixth Budget

The top civil servant at the Treasury has warned staff he will not "hesitate to call in the police" if anyone leaks details from the Budget.

Sir Nicholas Macpherson has sent an email to officials reminding them he takes rules banning any pre-briefing of next week's Budget "very seriously".

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UKIP tries to broaden its appeal

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage

There was a time when UKIP appeared bomb proof.

Candidates and party members would say offensive things. A media storm would hurtle through. And the party could steadily continue to win votes.

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A chat with Justine Miliband

At home, Justine Miliband is a mother of two young boys. At work, she is an eloquent barrister. And in public, she is a silently supportive wife.

But not for much longer. In her first major broadcast interview, the wife of the Labour leader has come out fighting in defence of her husband.

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Leader profile: 24 hours with Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has a secret, a nocturnal passion.

Away from the pubs and the cameras, while the nation is sleeping, the leader of UKIP likes to go fishing. On the Kent coast. At night. By himself.

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Could UK politics go a little bit Swedish?

Swedish parliament
The Social Democrat-led minority government has 138 of the 349 seats in the Swedish Riksdag

Imagine for a moment that a Conservative-led coalition is defeated at the general election.

It is replaced by what could loosely be called a centre-left coalition that includes the Green Party. But this new government does not have a majority in parliament. It represents only the largest minority group and survives day to day by scraping together temporary coalitions - deal by deal, issue by issue.

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Hague opts for the lesser of two EVELs

William Hague

William Hague has chosen the lesser of two EVELs.

His version of this ghastly acronym would give English MPs control over the detail - and a veto over - English laws. But MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would still have a role debating and voting on English legislation.

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