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Nick Robinson Political editor

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Russia: how tough a response?

21 July 2014
Russian president Vladimir Putin
Members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle have been targeted by existing sanctions

The rhetoric could scarcely sound tougher but will the reality come close to matching it?

David Cameron, writing in yesterday's Sunday Times. said that "for too long there has been a reluctance on the part of too many European countries to face up to the implications of what is happening in eastern Ukraine."

"It is time to make our power, influence and resources count," he wrote.

Ed Miliband, speaking in Washington DC on Monday, agreed, saying "the international community has not done enough to show that Russian aggression cannot be allowed to stand" and "European unity must not be an excuse for European inaction".

Whilst Nick Clegg said at his news conference this morning that the EU had so far failed to "act with the right collective resolve," adding that "we believe the time has now come for sanctions to be tightened further and that is precisely what we will be seeking to deliver in the meetings in the EU later this week".

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Labour plan to part renationalise rail network

17 July 2014

Labour will soon unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part renationalisation of the rail network.

Public and not-for-profit companies would be allowed to run train services as well as private firms.

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Cameron sets his sights on human rights court

17 July 2014
European Court of Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights is based in Strasbourg

Who will rid me of this troublesome court?

That's the question David Cameron badly wants an answer to before the next election.

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Michael Gove - Down but not out

15 July 2014
The recent strike
Michael Gove's name featured on lots of placards at last week's strikes

It is no exaggeration to say that many teachers will be celebrating the cabinet reshuffle tonight.

"Gove has gone" they will shout as they pour themselves another glass. Which is why, of course, the education secretary had to go.

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Reshuffle: Who will be the winners?

15 July 2014
Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond is tipped to be the next foreign secretary

On Monday the losers learnt their fate.

Now we will discover who are the winners in a reshuffle made more dramatic and more wide-ranging by the decision of William Hague to quit the post he has filled for four years.

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Miliband lobbies for meeting with Obama

11 July 2014
US President Barack Obama
Mr Obama has met Ed Miliband before - but not at the White House

How do you look more prime ministerial?

That's a question that faces any leader of the opposition. One answer is for people to see him doing the things which prime ministers do - like meeting the President of the United States.

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Emergency phone and internet data storage law to be brought in

10 July 2014

Emergency legislation will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use.

Ministers say it is necessary so police and security services can access the data they need after a legal ruling which declared existing powers invalid.

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Labour - working with or against business?

1 July 2014
Shopping centre in Birmingham

Labour is promising to give more power and more money to cities outside London and the regions that surround them.

It is one part of a series of policies designed to mend what the party is calling the "fractured economy" symbolised by one stark fact - eight out of 10 new private sector jobs created in the past four years have been created in London. (see update below about the dispute over these figures)

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Cameron's fears after Juncker defeat

27 June 2014
David Cameron

When Margaret Thatcher swung her handbag in Europe she was isolated but she won - securing a rebate for Britain or what she called "her money".

I put it to David Cameron that his defeat here will convince some that he has stamped his feet, been isolated but won nothing.

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About Nick

Nick started blogging about politics for the BBC in 2001 when he was one of the earliest mainstream journalists in the UK to adopt the format.

He has been in his current role since 2005.

Before he was political editor, he did the same job at ITV News, before which he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24, deputy editor of Panorama and a presenter on BBC Radio 5 live.

He began his time at the BBC behind the microphone, starting as a trainee producer in 1986 on Brass Tacks, Newsround and Crimewatch.

Based at Westminster, he has particular responsibility for serving the flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, he attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

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