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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 23:10
Christopher Thomond for The Guardian./Christopher ThomondThe anti-fracking protest camp in Salford, where energy company iGas built a vertical test well. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for The Guardian./Christopher Thomond
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "Energy, Fossil fuels, National parks, Ca..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 23:05
Ray Tang/Rex FeaturesThe shadow transport secretary, Mary Creagh, is to unveil Labour's proposals during a visit to Glasgow. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex Features
Author: "Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent" Tags: "Transport, Politics, UK news, Scotland, ..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 13:16
Alexei Nikolsky/APVladimir Putin pictured here with the presidents of Brazil and Fifa, Dilma Rouseff and Sepp Blatter is under pressure over Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/AP
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Fifa, Russia,..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 12:55
BBC/ReutersThe Labour leader, Ed Miliband, made his comments on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. Photograph: BBC/Reuters
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "David Cameron, Russia, World news, Ukrai..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 11:03
Handout/Getty ImagesEd Miliband is shown an image of Wallace on the Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "David Cameron, John Bercow, Ed Miliband,..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 09:40
AlamyScotlands gross domestic product (GDP) per head, including a geographic share of UK oil, is around £23,300, the SNP says. Photograph: Alamy
Author: "Press Association" Tags: "Scottish independence, Economic growth (..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 07:30
Felix Clay'Dedicated to the job': Theresa May with her Home office red box. Photograph: Felix Clay
Author: "Elizabeth Day" Tags: "Politics, Michael Gove, Theresa May, Con..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 06:00
Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesThe NHS is struggling to fund a growing population with more expensive conditions. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Author: "Daniel Boffey" Tags: "Health, Society, Liberal Democrats, Poli..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 01:02
Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesNick Clegg believes it would be 'unthinkable' for the World Cup 2018 tournament to go ahead in Russia. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Author: "Press Association" Tags: "Nick Clegg, Russia, Football, World news..."
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 23:06
Sean Dempsey/PAThe surreal prospect of a tennis match involving David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the wife of a former Putin ally exceeds in dark absurdity any sketch revived by Monty Pythons Flying Circus. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA
Author: "Steve Richards" Tags: "Roman Abramovich, David Cameron, Malaysi..."
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 20:00
Richard Gardner/Rex FeaturesHealth secretary Jeremy Hunt has said reforms should cost no more than £1.5bn in total, and eventually save £1.5bn a year. Photograph: Richard Gardner/Rex Features
Author: "Toby Helm, political editor" Tags: "Andy Burnham, Health, Society, Public se..."
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 19:01
Matthew Lloyd/Getty ImagesThe Behavioural Insights Team has reputedly saved the government £300m by changing public behaviour, but questions remain about its value. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images
Author: "Jamie Doward" Tags: "David Cameron, Oliver Letwin, Society, P..."
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 18:43
Michael Tubi / Demotix/CorbisEd Miliband said this week: "if you want the politician from central casting, its not me; its the other guy." Photograph: Michael Tubi / Demotix/Corbis
Author: "Toby Helm, political editor" Tags: "Lynton Crosby, Women in politics, Ed Mil..."
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Date: Saturday, 26 Jul 2014 14:58
Dan Kitwood/PADavid Cameron launched the Big Society Network at 10 Downing Street two months after the coalition took office. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA
Author: "Agencies" Tags: "David Cameron, Charities, Voluntary sect..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 23:38
Cathal Mcnaughton/PALord Rennard is now under investigation only over the issue of whether his 'criticisms of party processes' on social media and in the press have harmed his party. Photograph: Cathal Mcnaughton/PA
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "Liberal Democrats, Lord Rennard, Politic..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 18:18

While Polly Toynbee may well be right to say the solidity of the policies taking shape is giving Labour a new spring in its step, she omits the fact that it is the moderation of the policies which has lost Labour so many voters, especially to Ukip, predicted in the latest Ashcroft poll to win two of Labours target seats (Labours got its spring back but what about the swing? 22 July). Goodwin and Fords research suggests the defectors to Ukip were not so worried by doubts about Labours fiscal rectitude as about policies resembling those of the Tories too much, and some members of the front bench being too close to the City (Revolt of the dispossessed, 10 March).

This apparent Catch-22 situation is not insoluble, as there is, in Toynbees words, room for manoeuvre; policies can be radicalised in some areas without additional cost, as in retaining RBS as a peoples bank, and a declaration of war on tax avoidance. In the struggle to win the swing voters trust, Ed Miliband could insist all Labour MPs and candidates make public their tax details prior to the election, so the electorate can be clear there is at least one party willing to be transparent on this important and ethical issue. Cameron failed to carry out his promise back in 2012 that the tax details of the leading lights of the cabinet would go public and completely avoided answering a question about it in last weeks PMQs. Could this be the silver bullet Labour seeks?
Bernie Evans
Liverpool

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Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "UK Independence party (Ukip), David Came..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 16:58
Stefan Rousseau/PAEd Miliband takes a selfie at a hairdressers in Cambridge. He said in the speech: 'If you want a politician who thinks that a good photo is the most important thing, then don't vote for me.' Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Author: "Patrick Wintour" Tags: "David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Politics, UK..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 16:10
Ben Cawthra/REXDavid Cameron said the government must 'get to grips' with domestic violence in the UK. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/REX
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "David Cameron, Domestic violence, Societ..."
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:55
Will Oliver/EPAThe BBC Tees presenter eventually highlighted his mistake: 'You keep mentioning the River Tyne. Thats not our region, prime minister.' Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA
Author: "Rowena Mason, political correspondent" Tags: "David Cameron, BBC, Politics, UK news"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 11:33
Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty ImagesBritish Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne speaks Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "George Osborne, Economic growth (GDP), E..."
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