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# Letter from London
Four men and a lady: Political deadlock could means days of fraught talks
Forming coalition governments comes natural to Irish politicians, but the same is not true across the water.
# Letter from London
The Cork connection to the most marginal constituency in England
Just 42 votes separated the winning Labour candidate and her Conservative rival in 2010. Now a second generation Irishman is targeting the seat for the Tories.
# Letter from London
Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up
We’re in London ahead of the UK general election on Thursday. Here’s what we’ve found out so far.
# going blue
Watch this former party leader call Tories 'b***ards' seven times in four minutes
Paddy Ashdown is not familiar with being on the fence.
Voices
Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own
There are some remarkable similarities between British and Irish politics as voters in the UK prepare to vote on 7 May, writes Seamus Conboy.
# Explainer
What you need to know about the election that no one can predict
In a closely-fought race it appears neither the Conservatives nor Labour will emerge victorious on 7 May.
# nine eights
David Cameron is scared to answer basic maths questions
The answer was 72, David.
# Your worst nightmare
The Tories tried to use Sinn Féin to have a go at Ed Miliband
Sinn Féin said it was silly behaviour from the Conservatives
# freudian slip
A UK minister said it's 'not worth' paying disabled people the minimum wage
Lord David Freud, great grandson of Sigmund Freud, is now facing calls to resign.
# Westminster
Britain's first Ukip MP has been sworn in - and he looks pretty happy about it
Douglas Carswell defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and was re-elected in his old seat.
# Brooks Newmark
Bad day for Cameron: Minister quits over 'explicit photos' and MP defects to UKIP
Mark Reckless is the second MP to defect to UKIP in the space of two months.
# panic on the streets
UK leaders take "unprecedented" step to boost Scottish campaign
All three party leaders have pulled out of Prime Minister’s Questions to head north.
# Election 14
Here’s a crash course on how the European Elections are shaping up in Northern Ireland
Haven’t been following the race up North? Here’s a taster.
# not a racist
Tory MP who organised Nazi-themed stag party 'stupid and offensive' but 'not a bad man'
Aidan Burley, who was sacked as a ministerial aide over the incident in 2011, has apologised.
# court battle
Gay marriage was legal in Utah for the weekend but a ban could return today
A statewide ban was ruled illegal but conservatives in favour of it are not giving in.
# Jealous
Norway has 'so much money that it literally doesn't know what to do with it'
Well for some…
# Boris
Video: Uncomfortable Boris Johnson insists he's not a 'nasty piece of work'
Interviewed on the BBC this morning, the Mayor of London looked distinctly uncomfortable as he was questioned about allegations of making up quotes and lying about an affair.
# Get Me Out Of Here
Tory MP suspended over I’m a Celebrity appearance
Who else is going into the jungle?
# Everyday I'm Shufflin
British cabinet reshuffle sees 'Minister for Murdoch' get health portfolio
Jeremy Hunt was the surprised appointment to the Ministry of Health as David Cameron conducted his first reshuffle since taking office over two years ago
# Hacking
David Cameron to appear before Leveson inquiry today
The British prime minister will face questions about his relationship with Rupert Murdoch.
# Going going...
World's biggest advertising company to move HQ from Dublin to London
WPP, which announced record profits of €1.2 billion today, confirmed that it plans to leave Dublin as soon as new tax rules are passed in Westminster.
# Eric Joyce
British Labour MP charged with assault after incident at Westminster bar
Eric Joyce was arrested on Wednesday following an incident in a bar at the British Houses of Parliament.
# Merkozy
Merkel backs Sarkozy for second-term as French president
Although Sarkozy is yet to officially declare himself a candidate in the upcoming election, the German chancellor has given her support to the incumbent.
# Commons clash
Cameron defends veto on EU deal, says he negotiated in 'good faith'
The opposition said he lost but the prime minister insisted he was defending his country’s interests over his veto of the EU deal.
# Controversy
Tory students in Scotland burn an effigy of Barack Obama
The students at the University of St Andrews burned the likeness of the American president on a bonfire at the weekend. The president of the Conservative society has apologised and said it was a “stupid thing to do”.
# Straw-ocracy
Labour wins control of UK council after candidates draw straws
The candidates – Labour and Conservative – could not be separated after three full recounts so it was either straws or a coin toss to determine the outcome.
# Nosejob
Britain's opposition leader to have nose operation 'to make him an election winner'
The Labour party leader Ed Miliband will undergo a nose operation this summer with reports saying it is part of a plan to improve his voice and make him an election winner.
# Dry Your Eyes
UK Deputy Prime Minister: I cry to music and my sons ask why everyone hates me
Nick Clegg has told a magazine that he worries about the impact his unpopularity in the UK is having on his children.
# coalition trouble
UK coalition government party 'humiliated' in by-election
The Liberal Democrats finished sixth in the poll increasing pressure on their embattled leader whose decision to enter into a coalition with the Conservatives has been unpopular.
# Coalition
Hip hop musical to chart the formation of UK coalition government
The musical will feature David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown and others rapping.
# prejudice
Prejudice against Muslims is seen as normal, says senior Tory
Co-chairperson of British Conservatives says Islamophobia is now socially acceptable in the UK.