Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today"s crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result

Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result Polls open in Hampshire town to elect successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris HuhneContest billed as three-horse race between Lib Dems, Tories and UKIPLib Dems thought win was 'in the bag' until allegations emerged against ex-chief executive Lord RennardTories fear they could be forced into third place by a surging UKIP By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 08:54 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 28 February 2013 Panicked Liberal Democrats launched a drive to persuade their supporters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears voters will desert them in protest at the Lord Rennard scandal. Voters go to the polls in the Hampshire seat today to choose a successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, who quit after being warned he faces jail for pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice. The Lib Dems are battling to see off challenges from the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party, who claim they could be on course for a historic first Commons win

Cameron and Miliband really are on a different wavelength: People at different ends of political spectrum "use their brains differently"

Ed and Dave really are on a different wavelength: People at opposite ends of political spectrum 'use their brains differently'New study says while parental influence may play a role, being a Tory or a socialist changes how the brain functions The results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage in different cognitive processes when they think about risk By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:49 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:20 GMT, 14 February 2013 People at opposite ends of the political spectrum don't just have different views – they even use their brains differently. Researchers have found liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study by a team of political scientists and neuroscientists suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Tory or a socialist changes how the brain functions

Labour has biggest lead over Tories for a decade as women turn on David Cameron

Labour surges 12 points ahead in polls to biggest lead over the Tories in a decade as women voters desert David Cameron ICM/Guardian: Labour 41%, Conservatives, 29%, Lib Dems 13%, UKIP 9%Female voters deserting Tories for Labour – 26% more would vote for themIn/out referendum promise has not stopped UKIP gaining votesLabour lead despite lack of faith in Ed Miliband as leaderOnly 18% asked thought him 'good in a crisis' – half PM's rating By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 12 February 2013 Labour has surged to its biggest lead over the Tories in the polls for a decade as female voters continue to desert the Prime Minister. If a General Election was held today Ed Miliband's party would probably secure 41 per cent of the vote while David Cameron's Conservatives would get 29 per cent – down four per cent in a month

"There are some pretty odd people": Cameron insults UKIP again as party hits poll high

'There are some pretty odd people': Cameron insults UKIP again as party hits poll highPrime Minister made comment as poll suggests UKIP seeing record supportA survey for the Mail on Sunday puts UKIP at 16 per cent, taking third placeUKIP leader Nigel Farage said comments meant there was no chance of pact By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 23:58 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 7 January 2013 Mr Cameron has said there were 'some pretty odd people' when asked about his previous comments of UKIP supporters David Cameron renewed his attack on UKIP yesterday, saying it contains some ‘pretty odd people’.

Well-off pensioners should donate money to charity

'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80

Nick Clegg"s leadership "in trouble", admits his deputy Simon Hughes

Nick Clegg's leadership 'in trouble', admits his deputy as opinion polls show Lib Dems languishing in fourth with just 10% of vote | UPDATED: 12:07 GMT, 17 December 2012 Nick Clegg’s leadership is ‘in trouble’, his deputy admitted yesterday. Simon Hughes spoke out as the Deputy Prime Minister prepared to distance himself from David Cameron with a call to scrap benefits for better off pensioners. Mr Hughes acknowledged that there was growing ‘chatter’ within the party about Mr Clegg’s leadership following months of polls suggesting the Lib Dems will be wiped out at the next election

Top Tory minister dismisses "fantasy" of Britain breaking away from EU but staying in single market

Top Tory minister dismisses 'fantasy' of Britain breaking away from Brussels but staying in single marketHome Office minister Damian Green uses major speech to ridicule 'fantastic vision' of EuroscepticsHe warns foreign investors would shun Britain if outside the EU | UPDATED: 12:40 GMT, 12 December 2012 Home Office minister Damian Green warned it is a 'fantasy' to think Britain could opt out of EU laws but still be part of the single market Hopes of Britain dismantling ties with the European Union to a simple common market are a ‘fantasy’ a senior Tory minister will claim today. Home Office minister Damian Green takes aim at Conservatives including Boris Johnson who believe Britain could opt out of almost all parts of the EU but retain access to the common market. The intervention is likely to escalate the turmoil in the Tory party over Europe, as David Cameron prepares to set out his plan for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the euro bloc

Autumn Statement: Osborne orders fresh round of 5billion of cuts to pay for schools and transport links

Osborne orders MORE spending cuts, telling Whitehall to find 5billion to pay for schools and transport linksChancellor to use today's statement to set out plans to cut spending further Transport, schools, science and skills will benefit from proceeds made Plans will be announced when growth forecasts will be downgradedChancellor will tell MPs that government departments are being ordered to trim an additional 1% from their budgets next year and further 2% in 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 GMT, 5 December 2012 Chancellor George Osborne will announce his spending plans to the Commons in his Autumn Statement today Tens of thousands of school places will be created at 100 new academies and free schools as part of a 5billion investment programme to be funded by a fresh round of spending cuts. Chancellor George Osborne will use today’s autumn statement to set out plans to cut spending further in most Whitehall departments over the next two years, with the proceeds poured into transport, schools, science and skills. Education is the big winner, in another indication that the Conservatives will make their school reforms a central plank of the next election campaign.

Leveson report: Politicians "spent too much time courting media" but PM cleared

Politicians 'spent too much time courting media': But PM cleared of deal to win Murdoch's backing David Cameron has demanded an apology from Labour and Gordon Brown who claimed the Conservatives were influenced by News Corp Leveson said politicians had 'developed too close a relationship' with press | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 29 November 2012 Britain's political class escaped serious criticism from Lord Justice Leveson – despite extensive evidence to his inquiry that members of it got ‘too close’ to media barons in the hope of securing the support of newspapers. Lord Justice Leveson explicitly rejected Labour claims that Mr Cameron had done a ‘deal’ with Rupert Murdoch in the run-up to the last election in return for the support of The Sun