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TV Debates: Leaders Could Be 'Empty Chaired'

news.sky.com — Broadcasters have suggested they would be prepared to "empty chair" leaders who decline to participate in the TV debates, as they revealed their latest proposals. Sky News, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have also proposed holding the debates during the election campaign, on 2, 16 and 30 of April.

Cameron 'Relaxed' Over Publishing Tax Returns

news.sky.com — The Prime Minister has reiterated he remains 'relaxed' about publishing his tax returns, after the Chancellor appeared to rule out the move. When asked about it at a speech in Ipswich, he insisted that his stance, set out three years ago, had not changed. "I am very relaxed about publishing these things," David Cameron said.

Miliband Attacks 'Five Years Of Failure'

news.sky.com — Ed Miliband has launched an attack on the Conservatives' economic record, claiming there has been five years of denial, complacency and failure on living standards. Responding to the Prime Minister's call on British businesses to pass on the success of recent months in higher wages, the Labour leader said people across the country will have been "choking on their cornflakes".

Women 'Will Bear The Brunt' Of Welfare Cuts

news.sky.com — Women will "bear the brunt" of austerity measures if the Conservatives win the General Election, Labour has warned. Analysis commissioned by the Labour Party from the independent House of Commons Library showed that freezing benefits and tax credits would disproportionately affect women.

Funeral Costs Leading To Backyard Burials - MP

news.sky.com — The rising cost of funerals is leading people to bury their deceased loved ones in their back gardens, an MP has claimed. Labour backbencher Emma Lewell-Buck warned that people were falling into debt, forced to sell possessions and take out payday loans as the cost had doubled in a decade.

Osborne To Admit Missing Borrowing Target

news.sky.com — Around a billion pounds of investment for small and medium sized businesses, relief on petrol prices and changes to business rates to help the High Street are among measures to be announced later in the Autumn Statement.

Osborne 'To Stay On Course To Prosperity'

news.sky.com — Around a billion pounds of investment for small and medium sized businesses, relief on petrol prices and changes to business rates to help the High Street are just some of the Austumn Statement measures to be announced later.

PM Slated As Boris Sister's Twitter 'Hacked'

news.sky.com — David Cameron, in opposition, once said: "The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it - too many twits might make a twat." Well, he was certainly on the end of an unintentional Twitter tirade when Rachel Johnson, editor of weekly magazine The Lady and sister of London Mayor Boris Johnson, tweeted...

Migration Target 'Blown Off Course' Says May

news.sky.com — 'No ifs, no buts' the Prime Minister on his pledge to get net migration down to tens of thousands by May 2015. Well today, those ifs, those buts came with Theresa May admitting that the target had been 'blown off course' because of internal EU migration. And that was down to Britain's booming economy.

SNP Slams Main Parties Over UKIP Victory

news.sky.com — The Scottish National Party has accused the three main Westminster parties of "pandering to the politics of the extreme right" following the victory of Mark Reckless in the Rochester and Strood by-election. In a scathing attack the party accused UKIP of being "a xenophobic, anti-European, anti-immigration party" who are "totally beyond the pale".
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Jan 26, 2015

David Cameron says he wants to take part in televised debates and progress has been made towards agreeing a format: news.sky.com/story/1415117/…

Jan 25, 2015

Security procedures are under review after a hoax caller was put through to David Cameron claiming to be the director of GCHQ.

Jan 23, 2015

Broadcasters suggests they would "empty chair" leaders who decline to participate in TV debates in latest proposals: news.sky.com/story/1413652/….

Jan 22, 2015

Lib Dems on debates: “We have always been clear that as a party of government, we must be able to defend our record in all the TV debates."

Jan 22, 2015

@JGForsyth Why focus on DUP. SDLP have 3 MPs, Alliance 1 and Sinn Fein, although don't take seats do fight elections and have 5 MPs?

Jan 22, 2015

BBC and ITV set to expand party leader debates to include Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru. Full details: gu.com/p/455cb/stw via @Guardian.

Jan 22, 2015

Tributes paid to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan. Read them here: news.sky.com/story/1412943/…

Jan 22, 2015

BREAK: Conservative Peer and former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died of cancer at the age of 75.

Jan 22, 2015

The UK and US don't pay hostage randoms...but who does, and how much? news.sky.com/story/1411314/….

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