• 19 May 2017

    To a constituency that’s always been a petri dish of political passions. Bradford West was swayed away from George Galloway by Labour’s Naz Shah. Now she’s being challenged by former Respect leader, turned independent, Salma Yaqoob. With two left-wing women fighting it out, a young Tory male, among others, is hoping to benefit. And the…

  • 18 May 2017

    In Northern Ireland voters could be forgiven for suffering election fatigue as they trudge to the polls for the seventh time – yes seventh time, in three years. But the parties claim the electorate are motivated by Brexit and the collapse of Stormont. And also motivated by the chance that Sinn Fein – even though…

  • 18 May 2017

    The Conservative manifesto’s planned reforms for social care funding would see thousands more having to contribute to the cost of their care – but they will not have to pay during their lifetime.

  • 18 May 2017

    The business case set out in the Tory manifesto aims for a balanced budget by 2025, ten years behind the original deadline set by David Cameron.

  • 18 May 2017

    So the promise is that a Conservative government will tackle the “five giant challenges” facing Britain over the coming decade.

  • 18 May 2017

    Theresa May serves up a manifesto menu of tough love, especially for the grey vote that used to be seen by the Tories as indispensable.

  • 18 May 2017

    Theresa May attacks big business

    We had been told to expect a 1979 style, lean Tory manifesto giving direction of travel and not too much else. We got a bit more detail than that but something that defines itself against Thatcherite free market worship.

  • 18 May 2017

    Are the Tories taking a risk with their core demographic?

    The Tories are taking a bit of a risk with their central demographic with today’s care proposals and the proposals on pensioner benefits. Extrapolating from the latest polls it looks like around 64% of their projected vote at the election could be over 50, 36% could be over 65. Compare that with Labour’s much younger…

  • 11 May 2017

    While the Labour leadership was discussing its manifesto, the Prime Minister was visiting a mental health charity in London. Our Political Editor Gary Gibbon went along to meet her.

  • 11 May 2017

    A Labour government would re-nationalise the railways and the Royal Mail, abolish student tuition fees and repeal benefit cuts, according to a leaked draft of the party’s manifesto.

  • 9 May 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn – ‘we have four weeks to ruin their party’

    Am in Manchester following Jeremy Corbyn. He’s packed 1,000 supporters into a hall for his campaign launch. The backdrop is his battle bus, driven into the venue on a near empty tank due to health and safety rules.

  • 6 May 2017

    One of the key issues in this week’s elections was housing – or rather the price of it . And nowhere more so than in booming Manchester – considered the engine of the northern powerhouse.

  • 6 May 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that Labour faces a huge challenge to win next month’s general election after its disappointing showing in the local elections – urging supporters to win round the millions of people he said were still undecided.

  • 6 May 2017

    Conservative Nadhim Zahawi and Andy McDonald from Labour.

  • 5 May 2017

    How might Commons seats go based on today’s local election results?

    These local election results suggest Labour might not perform quite as abysmally as the national polls had suggested. If you crunch the results in the locals and mayorals you can take an informed guess at what yesterday’s numbers would mean, if they were cast in the same percentages in the general election.