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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker, is Cameron's Coup, following on from The Verdict

Millions of women fail to vote. Did the suffragettes suffer in vain?

theguardian.com — Why did nine million women fail to vote at the last election? Labour quotes figures that suggest nearly a million fewer women than men voted - although others think the gap might be smaller, taking account of demographics. But since women had to struggle so hard to get the vote, shouldn't they be first in the queue at the polling booths?

How did the challengers fare in the final TV debate? Guardian columnists' verdict

theguardian.com — Oh, to have been a fly on the Green MP Caroline Lucas's wall on Thursday night. Oh, to have been a fly on the Green MP Caroline Lucas's wall on Thursday night. Received wisdom had it that Ed Miliband would be horribly squeezed in this third debate, a lone establishment stooge overrun by insurgents.

Britain’s rotten electoral system means that once again it’s nose-peg time

theguardian.com — In five days voter registration closes. Last time, 7.5 million people were unregistered; by next Monday's deadline, even more may be missing due to David Cameron's gerrymandering change that barred everyone in a household from registering on one form. Colleges are banned from registering all their students, as they used to.

David Cameron heckled by busker on campaign trail in Northumberland - video

theguardian.com — David Cameron is told to 'fuck off back to Eton with all your Eton chums' by a busker playing a ukulele. The prime minister was on a visit to Alnwick, Northumberland on Monday when the man began singing the expletive-ridden song

Tories deny right-to-buy housing election pledge is unaffordable

theguardian.com — The Conservative leadership is scrambling to shore up its key manifesto pledge to extend Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy scheme to 1.3 million families in housing association properties after experts said the policy was unaffordable.

Three-minute election: Has this Tory manifesto disappeared off into the realms of fantasy? - video

theguardian.com — Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Tories' manifesto launch. After a bad week, has David Cameron got it right on issues such as free childcare and a tax-free minimum wage? Or are the Conservatives trying too hard to pretend they're another party?

Puzzled by the manifestos? The Tories and Labour have swapped clothes

Puzzled by the manifestos? The Tories and Labour have swapped clothes

theguardian.com — Up in the stratosphere, ignored by many voters on the ground, the air war brings the clash of manifestos. Though few ever read them, their vapour trails leave deep impressions, or so the parties fervently hope. Up in the thin air, the talk is in billions cut, saved, taxed or spent - numbers rarely believed.

Ed Miliband’s war on non-doms shows whose side he is on

theguardian.com — Totemic policies that announce what a party stands for are the gold dust of elections. Most election offers try to hit that gilded button, crafted for message way above practical effect. How much would Labour abolishing non-dom status raise? No one knows - and it's not the point.

Back on the Isle of Wight, Tory Britain rehearses its collapse

theguardian.com — Going home? Not quite. Although it's my birthplace, the Isle of Wight is almost terra incognita to me. With 110,000 voters, it's the biggest constituency in the country, and a high proportion are old and Tory.
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Apr 17, 2015

RT @LabourLeft: The shame of David Cameron's Britain : One Million use Foodbanks The Independent & i Newspaper lead on this tomorrow http:…

Apr 17, 2015

RT @TeresaC123: @FrancesOGrady @pollytoynbee U can't get/keep a home w/ a zero hours contract-u can't sign a tenancy or get a mortgage:they r not real jobs

Apr 17, 2015

RT @willscobie: Come to Ramsgate, Kent on Sunday (19th) with Owen Jones + help defeat Nigel Farage in 2015. facebook.com/events/1092250… pic.twitter.com/eY2AxgG7Lj

Apr 17, 2015

RT @LabourEoin: 10 facts about the Tory Jobs Miracle that David Cameron is quite desperate for you not to know..... pic.twitter.com/dxicEifySU

Apr 17, 2015

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Apr 17, 2015

RT @BiteTheBallot: Avoid turning up to vote & having @danisnotonfire's reaction because u didn't register. DO IT! bit.ly/RegisterToVote… ht…

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