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  • 11:57

    The Prison Governor's Association says it has 'major concerns' after the National Offender Management Service ordered the temporary closure of HMP Blantyre House in Kent.

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  • 11:06

    Labour leader Ed Miliband tells the BBC he does not use private healthcare.

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  • 11:06
    Ed Balls MP

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls rules out a coalition with the SNP on Sky News, and warns today's GDP figures are a 'concerning sign that the economy is slowing down'.

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  • 11:06

    Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher, responding to the Passenger Focus' National Rail Passenger Survey, says: 'This demonstrates once again that under David Cameron rail passengers are being let down and ripped off, and it shows that things have got worse on our railways'.

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  • 10:57

    Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley Jr is granted an Urgent Question at 12.30pm on recent developments in the controversial 'On the Runs' scheme.

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  • 10:44

    The Department for International Development announces a further £7m in funding to the UN's Common Humanitarian Fund appeal for Sudan.

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  • 10:26

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls responds to the latest GDP figures. 'Tory claims that the economy is fixed will ring hollow with working people who are still not feeling the recovery,' he says.

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  • 10:19

    Speaking in Manchester, Ed Miliband says today's health service is 'an NHS without enough time to care'. Read the full speech here.

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  • 09:46

    The Office for National Statistics releases its latest GDP estimate, saying the economy grew by 0.5% in the last three months of 2014.

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  • 09:38

    Chancellor George Osborne says a worsening international climate risks returning Britain to 'economic chaos', despite a 0.5% rise in GDP for the last quarter of 2014.

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  • 09:33

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander says today's GDP figures 'puts the UK in poll position to be the fastest growing G7 economy in 2014'.

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  • 09:30

    Commenting on today's Preliminary Estimate of Q4 2014 GDP, Joe Grice, Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics says: '"This is the second consecutive quarter in which the growth rate has fallen but it is too early to say if there is a general slowing-down of the economy.'

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  • 09:10

    World airports are set to make an extra 1bn journeys by 2036, a new KPMG study published today has found.

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  • 08:18

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ed Miliband says he will not bow to demands from 15 Labour MPs to abandon his promises on deficit reduction.

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  • 08:10
    David Cameron MP

    David Cameron defends cuts to child benefit on the Today programme, saying: 'those who can, should. Those who can’t, we always help. That’s the sort of welfare system we need to deliver.'

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  • 08:01

    On Holocaust Memorial Day, Ed Miliband recounts the story of his grandfather who died in a Nazi labour camp in Germany.

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  • 07:58
    Ed Miliband MP

    Speaking to BBC 5 live, Ed Miliband says there is a 'big fight' for the NHS at the next election, as he outlines Labour's plans for 5,000 extra homecare workers.

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  • 07:38
    Andy Burnham MP

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says the NHS would be 'sunk by a toxic mix of cuts and privatisation' if the Conservatives win the next election.

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  • 07:35
    David Cameron MP

    David Cameron tells Good Morning Britain that ending housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds would stop people deciding to live on benefits.

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  • 07:20
    David Cameron MP

    David Cameron tells Sky News he is 'worried' about the prospect of a Labour government, and adds that the TV debates should take place before the election campaign

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  • 07:10
    David Cameron MP

    David Cameron commits to the TV debates if the broadcasters agree to the inclusion of Northern Ireland's political parties, in a interview on BBC Breakfast.

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  • 07:00

    The Education Committee says it is 'too early to know' if the Government's academy programme has driven up standards in schools.

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  • 07:00

    Downing Street denies 'electioneering' with public money after it emerges that four out of five constituencies benefitting from the Coastal Community Fund are held by Tory or Lib Dem MPs.

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  • 07:00

    Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, David Cameron confirms he will reduce the benefit cap from £26,000 to £23,000 if he is elected in May.

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  • 07:00

    A leading charity has called on politicians to “put your money where your mouth is” and set out ambitious plans for improving cancer treatment in the UK.

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  • 00:01

    Baroness Newlove, the Victims' Commissioner, says victims feel 'ignored and confused' when they try to make a complaint to the police or another justice body.

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  • 00:01

    Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says today's Education Committee report on academies is a 'damning verdict' on the Government's programme.

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  • 00:01

    Launching a poster to mark 100 days to go until the general election, Nick Clegg says the Liberal Democrats will stop the Tories and Labour 'lurching to the extremes of left and right'.

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  • 00:01

    The Public Accounts Committee releases a report on HMRC IT systems, warning of the risk of 'havoc' if a planned replacement for 2017 is unsuccessful.

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  • 00:01

    Read Nick Clegg's message on Holocaust Memorial Day in full here.

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  • Monday 26th January
  • 23:33

    On Newsnight, Caroline Lucas and Diane Abbott reject claims that Ukip represents the British equivalent of the populist Syriza movement, while Ken Clarke argues the party's victory does not mean Greeks are 'suddenly all being converted to the works of Marx'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 23:12

    David Cameron unveils plans to lower the household benefit cap to £23,000 within seven days if elected in May.

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  • 22:55

    The Liberal Democrats accuse the Conservatives of 'reverting to type' amid reports David Cameron will tomorrow back plans to cut housing benefit for 18-21 year olds.

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  • 22:33

    Tonight's poll topline figures - ComRes/Independent: CON 31%, LAB 30%, LDEM 8%, UKIP 17%, GRN 7%; YouGov/Sun: CON 34%, LAB 33%, LD 6%, UKIP 15%, GRN 7%; Populus: CON 34%, LAB 35%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 13%, GRN 6%; Survation/Mirror: CON 31%, LAB 30%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 23%, GRN 3%.

    Read on at UK Polling Report

  • 22:00

    Labour leader Ed Miliband and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will tomorrow announce plans for 5,000 new homecare workers in the NHS.

    Read on at The Daily Telegraph

  • 22:00

    The Conservatives say tomorrow's announcements by Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham on the NHS mean 'Labour would spend the same family homes' tax revenue three times over on three different things'.

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  • 22:00

    Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham will launch Labour's ten-year plan for the NHS on Tuesday, warning that the health service is at its 'most perilous moment', ahead of the general election.

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  • 20:53

    David Cameron calls new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to 'congratulate him on being elected'. Read Downing Street's full readout of the call here.

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  • 19:34

    Dave Watts stands down as chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

    Read on at LabourList

  • 19:06

    Business Secretary Vince Cable says there is 'no reason for the situation in Greece to lead to another Eurozone crisis'.

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  • 18:10

    Labour accuses the Government of a U-turn on fracking after ministers agreed a series of changes to the law governing the controversial energy extraction method.

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  • 17:26

    A Labour source tells PoliticsHome they support the inclusion of Northern Irish parties in the televised leaders' debates: 'we can see no good reason to treat NI differently to the rest of the UK in these debates'.

    Read on at Paul Waugh

  • 16:52

    Nigel Farage says the Greek election results are 'symptomatic of huge political change' sweeping across Europe.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 16:45

    The Government’s legal adviser to the inquiry into child sexual abuse gives a stinging retort to accusations he acted inappropriately as interim ‘chair’ of the panel, during a session of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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  • 16:25

    Vince Cable's parliamentary private secretary Tessa Munt is set to resign from the Government over fracking proposals being debated in the House of Commons, City AM reports.

    Read on at City AM

  • 16:15

    Energy Minister Amber Rudd tells MPs debating amendments to Infrastructure Bill that there will be an 'outright ban' on shale gas exploration in national parks.

    Read on at Jim Pickard

  • 14:12
    Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg hits out at David Cameron over income tax, accusing the Conservatives of a 'brazen' attempt to take credit for the Lib Dems' flagship policy of reducing the threshold for low-paid workers.

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  • 14:04

    Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint says a price cut announcement by SSE 'shows that Ed Miliband was right to challenge the energy companies to pass on the falls in wholesale costs to consumers'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:41

    Labour unveils plans to make £70m of annual savings in the courts budget.

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  • 13:38

    Ukip announces that it would prevent foreign nationals from buying their council homes under Right to Buy.

    Read on at UKIP

  • 13:08

    A YouGov/Evening Standard survey suggests Labour could seize up to eight of its London target seats at the general election.

    Read on at Evening Standard

  • 12:41

    Writing in the Telegraph, former Conservative chair Norman Tebbit asks 'whether whether the Conservatives have acquired an asset or a potential liability' in the defection of Ukip's Amjad Bashir.

    Read on at Telegraph blog

  • 12:37

    Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Angela Eagle, commenting on the report from the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, says Labour is 'committed to piloting online voting to see if it can be done securely and affordably'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:34

    In response to today's speech by David Cameron, Lib Dem Treasury Minister Danny Alexander says the Prime Minister is the real 'enemy of aspiration'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

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