Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at a  nursery: ‘I have a moral and, I think, a democratic obligation to listen to and to speak to, if they choose to talk to the Liberal Democrats, the party that has got the greatest mandate first, even if they haven’t won outright.‘ Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has insisted he has “a moral obligation” to speak with the largest party about trying to form a coalition after the(...)

British chancellor George Osborne accepted that public scepticism and “fatigue” is growing about the election offerings of all parties.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The borrowing and spending plan of all of the main British parties in the general election leave voters “in the dark” about the spending cuts and t(...)

London mayor Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron join a hand-printing session with children at the Advantage children’s daycare nursery in  Surbiton, England. The pair have set their sights on the Scottish National Party recently. Photograph: Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The message is everywhere from David Cameron, even on the gaily coloured sofas so beloved of mid-morning televisions studios. Be afraid, be very afrai(...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon:   Piers Morgan huffs that the Scottish National Party  leader is “the world’s most dangerous woman”. Photograph; Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

For three weeks, the British election campaign has, outside of Scotland, only occasionally interested voters, as politicians struggle to break through(...)

Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the launch of the Scottish National Party  election manifesto in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Lesley Martin

The Scottish National Party (SNP) will use its post-election House of Commons influence to act “in the interests” of all of the United Kingdom and e(...)

David Cameron: “They don’t believe in the Westminster parliament, they don’t believe in the United Kingdom. They would not be coming to Westminster to help our country. They are coming to Westminster to break up our country.” Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has warned that a Labour/Scottish National Party alliance threatens the break-up of the United Kingdom, less than(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor  Alex Salmond on the election campaign trail in Inverurie at the weekend. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland must be exempted from increases to the old-age pension age because Scots die earlier, the Scottish National Party will today declare when it (...)

Nicola Sturgeon, who was applauded by a London audience during a BBC-hosted TV debate when she criticised Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Truth is the first casualty in war, but the same applies to politics. This has been graphically illustrated during the British election campaign, as a(...)

 Ed Miliband looks on as Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett and Leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon embrace after the “BBC Challengers’ Election Debate”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFp

The Challenger’s Debate hosted by the BBC took place on Thursday at Central Hall Westminster hosted by David Dimbley. The televised debate was not at(...)