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Nick Robinson, Political editor

Nick Robinson Political editor

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Douglas Carswell defection: the Europe 'bomb' goes off

28 August 2014
Nigel Farage (left) and Douglas Carswell
There will be speculation about who else could join Douglas Carswell in defecting to UKIP

This is a body blow for David Cameron.

When he became Tory leader, he told his party that they needed to stop obsessing about Europe.

This defection - and the by-election which will follow - will revive that obsession.

Conservative MPs and activists, as well as the Tory press, will angst and speculate about who might follow Douglas Carswell into UKIP's ranks.

They will debate and argue about whether their leader now needs to threaten to leave the EU and spell out his full negotiating demands. They will disagree and fall out about whether and how to control immigration.

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Fighting will continue after debate

25 August 2014
Second televised debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling

Two heavyweight bruisers locked together - both desperate to land a knock-out blow.

That, I fear, may be what sticks in the memory after Monday night's debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

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What's the PM's next move on Iraq?

20 August 2014

There have been all too many acts of barbarism in Iraq and Syria in recent years.

What makes this dreadful act stand out from the rest is the fact that the murderer is almost certainly a British citizen and the victim is not just a journalist who sought to highlight suffering in the Middle East but a citizen of Britain's closest ally - the United States.

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Russia: how tough a response?

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."

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Labour plan to part renationalise rail network

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

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

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?

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

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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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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