‘The image is a rare example where the interests of the Conservatives and the SNP collide, since both want to emphasise Labour’s weaknesses.’ Above, detail from a new Conservative Party political poster showing Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond of the SNP. Photograph: Conservative Party/PA

‘The SNP will fight the coming election with some clear themes: Scots were robbed, Labour is dying and only they can deliver for (...)

High-risk districts have certain characteristics in common: A high density of people from the same family or ethnicity living close together. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Troubling allegations of postal-vote cheating persist in key battleground constituencies

“I think this referendum is a great threat to the political stability of the country,” says Kenneth Clarke

Referendum unavoidable if Tories govern after May, says ex-chancellor

A new Conservative Party  poster showing Labour leader Ed Miliband, Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond of the SNP and  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams which claims together they will bring chaos to Britain. Image: Conservative Party/PA Wire.

Labour distances itself from claim it asked Sinn Féin to prop up minority government

Labour’s Northern Ireland spokesman, Ivan Lewis: until now, Labour has been less than enthusiastic about the new powers, consistently raising questions about Northern Ireland’s ability to replace the lost tax income

Labour’s Ivan Lewis pledged the party’s support subject to ‘acceptable level of scrutiny’

Starting periods earlier is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer later in life, according to the report in the journal Human Reproduction.

Study finds girls who frequently consume sugary drinks have first period months earlier

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: “I am delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again . . . although I don’t quite see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out.” Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Mention of Northern Ireland parties seen as tactic to keep broadcasters on defensive

British energy minister Matthew Hancock. The legislation before the Commons seeks to maximise ‘the economic recovery’ of the UK’s energy resources, including shale gas. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Fracking incompatible with climate targets, says environmental audit committee

Rabbi Miriam Berger, London: “We spend a huge part of the synagogue’s budget on security. That’s ludicrous. We do what every Jewish organisation does. Nobody is going to be the one to say, ‘No, we shouldn’t do that’.”

Home secretary Theresa May’s speech amplified sense of threat, says Rabbi Miriam Berger

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