Prime Minister David Cameron meets apprentices in Leeds

Bernard Trafford: Politics is like a dodgy hand-drier - a horrendous racket, hot air in all directions, no visible effect

Bernard Trafford says even hopeless actors and grumpy grannies have registered more memorable achievements than many politicians

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Labour launches manifesto with pledge to end the debt by cutting public spending

Labour leader Ed Miliband will warn "we live in a time of scarcity" as he slams Tory promises of £8 billion for the NHS

David Taylor-Gooby

David Taylor-Gooby: If Labour is to win it must show it is not the same as the other parties

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says he wants to see a Labour victory at the election - but it has got work to do

George Osborne

Thom Brooks: Voters can't be blamed for not wanting to go to the circus when all they see are clowns

Durham University professor of law and government Thom Brooks on George Osborne's budget and the message it sends

Paul Benneworth: A society where protest is impossible is a society where only powerful voices are heard

Journal columnist Paul Benneworth says May's election should give us a choice about what matters to us as a society, not just what to cut

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons

Paul Linford: The reputation of parliament will only improve when MPs resolve to change their behaviour

Former Journal political editor Paul Linford on how the decline in confidence in the House of Commons hit a new nadir this week

Dave Anderson MP

Dave Anderson: The fact David Cameron is running away from a debate speaks volumes

Blaydon Labour MP Dave Anderson says the election is the best opportunity to show who is boss

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Paul Linford: The next time anyone makes the Lib Dems an offer they will think twice about it

The Journal's political columnist Paul Linford on what could have happened at the 2010 election - and what may happen this year

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Paul Linford: Who's backing business the most?

Journal columnist Paul Linford argues that, despite the perception of some, Labour is the most pro-business party as the election approaches

A European badger

Farming groups hit out at Labour plan to end badger cull

Ed Miliband says his party will be the one to trust on animal welfare issues

The Rt. Honourable Alan Milburn

Paul Linford: Why Alan Milburn should have kept his mouth shut

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Journal columnist Paul Linford on why Labour's former health secretary was wrong to criticise his party's approach on the NHS

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Thom Brooks: Waiting for a credible message of realistic optimism

Journal columnist Thom Brooks on how coming up with a credible, optimistic message can be a vote winner in this year's election

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Thousands of Newcastle 'missing voters' could lose chance to take part in election

Students and young people could lose right to vote because of changes to election law, Labour leader Ed Miliband claims

Labour party leader Ed Miliband

Peter Troy: The only prediction I will make about the election is that it won't reflect people's wishes

At the start of election year North East writer Peter Troy says the poll will provide further evidence of a broken, out-of-date electoral system

Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson

Paul Linford: It is December 2015 and the new Prime Minister settles into his armchair

Journal columnist and former political editor Paul Linford looks into his crystal ball and predicts a truly tumultuous election year

Ballot box

What does 2015 hold for politics in the North East? Jonathan Walker looks ahead

Political Editor Jonathan Walker predicts an exciting General Election - and more cuts, whoever wins

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Labour cuts plan could save North authorities £25m compared with Tories', says council leader

Councillor Simon Henig said Ed Miliband's proposed slashing New Homes Bonus would see £3m pumped back into North East council funds

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott

Jonathan Arnott: Too many MPs don't know what it's like to live on the minimum wage

Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott says his party is making progress at the expense of Labour because they can better connect with real people

Ed Miliband MP, leader of the Labour Party

David Taylor-Gooby: Don't smugly say all political parties are the same

Journal columnist David Taylor-Gooby says the parties have to engage the electorate - and the electorate must try to engage

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