Cameron moves to curb union funding of Labour’s election campaigns

Opposition protests at David Cameron ‘panic’ after surprise additions to anti-sleaze bill in response to lobbying scandal Downing Street was accused of conducting “shabby” politics by Labour after David Cameron and Nick Clegg took a new anti-sleaze bill announced in response to the lobbying scandal and inserted last-minute plans to clamp down on union funding […]
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Party politics needs mending and quickly | Observer editorial

We need a long hard look at the way we ‘do’ parliamentary politics. Disengagement and disillusion are dangerousOn Thursday, BBC1’s Panorama will screen undercover footage of Tory MP Patrick Mercer allegedly agreeing to take £4,000 to lobby on behalf of business interests from Fiji. Mr Mercer accepted the money from a fake company, in a […]
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Too many MPs are wrapped in the tentacles of the lobbyists | Andrew Rawnsley

The Patrick Mercer affair is just one small symptom of a much bigger and insidious subversion of democracyWhenever another one of them is caught, there is a temptation to sigh: will they never learn? Two decades have passed since the original cash-for-questions affair and one thing that some MPs have still not absorbed is this: […]
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Golden Dawn gathers strength as Greeks desert traditional parties

EU criticises the establishment’s failure to deal with violence in a country suffering from effects of harsh budget cutsIt wasn’t just that their symbols looked like swastikas. Or that thousands of Greek flags filled the marble square beneath the Acropolis. Or that they were marking the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople.It was that […]
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Tory sleaze allegations after Mercer quits

Conservative party under fire after ex-soldier allegedly failed to declare £2,000 paid by journalists in sting operationThe Conservative party was left reeling by sleaze allegations after an MP resigned from the parliamentary party for allegedly failing to declare thousands of pounds paid by a fake lobbying firm in a damaging journalistic sting.Patrick Mercer, MP for […]
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Patrick Mercer resignation puts spotlight on lobbying

All-party parliamentary groups of the kind MP was asked to set up have been criticised as back door for lobbyistsTo those who do not know the intricacies of parliament and its arcane rules, the reasons for Patrick Mercer’s resignation from the Conservative party, and pledge not to stand at the next election, will probably seem […]
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Tory MP Patrick Mercer resigns from party after lobbying sting

Former shadow minister is understood to have failed to declare £2,000 he was paid by journalists posing as lobbyistsPatrick Mercer, the former shadow minister, has resigned from the Conservative party after being caught up in a sting by journalists posing as lobbyists, having failed to declare £2,000 of the £4,000 they paid him.The Conservative MP […]
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Now Ukip is gunning for Labour, what’s Ed Miliband going to do about it? | Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin

It’s a misconception that Ukip draws from the right: its biggest support is from Labour’s traditional – and disaffected – baseThis weekend the UK Independence party (Ukip) will enter a new stage in its strategic evolution. In a television broadcast the party, already the most successful challenger to the main parties in postwar English politics, […]
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Andy Coulson: Samantha Cameron should be key part of election campaign

Former spin doctor says prime minister’s wife is ‘badly needed in the trenches’ and could help him re-engage with ToriesSamantha Cameron needs to be put on the frontline of David Cameron’s re-election campaign and should also be taken into his close circle of advisers, according to the prime minister’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson.Coulson, facing […]
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Christine Milne calls for full inquiry into political campaign funding – video

The leader of the Greens, Senator Christine Milne, discusses party funding. Calling for a $50 limit on anonymous donations, she says: ‘It would be madness to allow the old parties to further entrench a two-party system when right across Australia people are saying they need the Greens in the Senate after the election to stand […]
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