15 December 2014
All the bizarre news stories that have emerged from UKIP in recent days reflect a power struggle within a party that aspires to hold the balance of power after the next election.
Migrants made about 100 attempts a day to get into the UK illegally this summer, figures suggest, as nearly 12,000 were stopped in four months.
The Conservatives suspend two of Theresa May's advisers from a list of 2015 general election candidates amid a row over campaigning.
Nigel Farage says an ex-UKIP candidate recorded using a derogatory word about Chinese people had been "loutish" but suggests "a lot of people would use" the term.
2 December 2014
George Osborne's challenge is simple to explain but hard to achieve. He will want to use the poor borrowing figures to try to convince voters that the recovery is still too fragile to risk any change of government. But he will want to avoid voters concluding that his failure to fix the deficit at the pace he intended means that it might be time to give Labour a go.
19 December 2014
It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.
Mandy Rice-Davies and a scandal that wounded a prime minister
Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?
What did UK know about CIA practices?
Mark Mardell on Scottish Labour's new leader
Re-imagining the political highlights of 2014
George Osborne's EU payment plan makes little difference
The options and what it will mean for the rest of the UK
What we know parties will be promising at next year's election
See how parties have been doing in opinion surveys
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