British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne at the Conservatice conference: he rejected claims he is targeting the poor. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Chancellor promises better deal for Britain before referendum on membership of union

“We may actually get Labour . . . That may not be a wholly bad thing,” says David Davis MP

MP’s switch to Ukip may be a chance for Cameron to make a byelection point

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron must neutralise the Ukip threat on one side, without damaging centre-ground support. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Ukip defector Mark Reckless at the centre of Conservative conference ire

Northern Secretary  Theresa Villiers addressing the  Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham yesterday. “The time is now right for a new round of cross-party talks,” she said. Photograph: PA

British and Irish governments signal move to overcome impasse

Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) welcomes Mark Reckless to the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in south Yorkshire. Photograph: PA

Farage awaits disenchanted Labour as well as Conservative MPs

Conservative MP Mark Reckless (right) is welcomed to Ukip by party leader Nigel Farage after the tory MP announced he was defecting to the party. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Latest blow to Cameron announced gleefully by Ukip leader at party conference

Shia fighters, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, take part in field training in the desert region between Kerbala and Najaf, south of Baghdad. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

House of Commons gives go ahead for RAF airstrikes against Islamic State

The leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage delivers his speech at the party’s annual conference at Doncaster Racecourse in Doncaster, northern England. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Party is ‘now parking its tanks on Labour’s lawn’

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton arrive at Salford Cathedral for the funeral of Labour MP Jim Dobbin on September 20th. The party had already selected its candidate to contest Dobbin’s Heywood and Middleton seat. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Manchester Letter: Heywood and Middleton could be worst place in England for Labour

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