Under the Tories: No pay rise for 15 years.

Workers in Britain are on course to suffer an unprecedented 15 years of lost earnings growth and have been warned to prepare for a third successive parliament of austerity by a leading thinktank. MORE

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The Tories are full of unbelievable ideas and policies. But which of these is actually an April Fools’ Day joke?

Think you can tell the Tory prank from the policy. Take our quiz and find out

Tory party at war as Iain Duncan Smith allies slam ‘immoral cuts’

David Cameron and George Osborne were struggling to maintain a semblance of unity in the Tory party as allies of Iain Duncan Smith said he had quit the cabinet because he regarded their cuts to welfare as “morally indefensible”.Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith’s allies said he regarded cuts to welfare as ‘morally indefensible’. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

George Osborne: does anyone believe

In the last 5 years of a Tory Government…

MERSEY FIRE & RESCUE BUDGET CUT BY£26.3m

300 FIREFIGHTER POSTS LOST (31pc)

136 SUPPORT POSTS LOST (29pc)

RESPONSE TIMES INCREASED

FIRE DEATHS DOUBLED

Wallasey fire station faces closure because Tory government cuts grant for Mersey fire service by 50%.

£11m FUNDING CUT FOR MERSEY FIRE & RESCUE.

FIRE CHIEF: CUT IN FIRE STATIONS & APPLIANCES INEVITABLE

6 OUT OF 24 FIRE STATIONS AT RISK, INCLUDING WALLASEY

Under the Tories: by 2020/21 we are likely to suffer “the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share of GDP in any period since 1951”

The Tories say NHS spending is growing, which it is – but more slowly than the economy is growing. So, under the Tories, the proportion of our national income spent on the NHS is F

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Tory England: All of these countries spend a greater proportion of their national income on healthcare than we do…

UNITED STATES

NETHERLANDS

SWITZERLAND

SWEDEN

GERMANY

FRANCE

DENMARK

JAPAN

BELGIUM

CANADA

AUSTRIA

NEW ZEALAND

GREECE

PORTUGAL NORWAY

SPAIN

ITALY

ICELAND

AUSTRALIA

SLOVENIA

FINLAND

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Jeremy Corbyn: An Eventful week

Jeremy Corbyn shares his take on what has been an eventful week, from the Government’s change of heart on the Saudi prison contract to the celebration of Black History Month in Bristol.

Woman breaks down on Question Time over tax credits

Embedded image permalink  On BBC Question Time a woman who says she voted Conservative at the election criticises the Tories for breaking their promise not to cut tax credits and talks of the effect on her family. 

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