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Election coverage: fewer than one in five politicians featured are female

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Analysis of election coverage in TV and national newspapers shows that just 14% features female politicians, despite three parties being led by womenJust 14% – fewer then one in five – of politicians featured in election coverage so far have been female, despite three parties being led by women, according to new research.The analysis of general election coverage in TV and national newspapers by Loughborough University found that more attention was paid to leaders’ wives than politicians over the campaign. ... more

The Travelling Politician Problem: here's the shortest route between the 50 top marginals

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Mathematician solves complicated puzzle of how best to get round the UK’s political hotspots.In the final weeks of the general election campaign, the party leaders are criss-crossing the country. But not the whole country. Their destinations are mostly the marginal constituencies, the ones that will decide the outcome on May 7. Continue reading...

Miliband vulnerable to SNP 'blackmail', warns John Major

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Former prime minister intervenes in election campaign, saying a Labour government would be ‘held to ransom’ by Scottish nationalistsEd Miliband would be left vulnerable to a “daily dose of political blackmail” by the SNP if the Labour party forms a post-election alliance with the Scottish nationalists, Sir John Major is to warn. Related: Election 2015 live: Labour would be 'blackmailed' by SNP, says John Major Continue reading...

Calm down dear: the dark side of ‘emotional intelligence’

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British chess master Nigel short recently caused controversy by saying women’s brains aren’t ‘hard wired’ for chess. He also pointed out women have greater ‘emotional intelligence’. But this supposed praise reveals a great deal of cultural preconceptions and gender stereotyping, which suggests it’s not actually a compliment at all.Nigel Short, UK chess grand master, recently said that the reason there are so few women in the world of competitive chess because male brain is “hardwired” to be better at it. ... more

Safe House review – nobody broods better than Christopher Eccleston

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This thriller is full of guilt, redemption and suspense, with a superb cast gathered around Eccleston, who remains a consummate master of the small screenSpring is here! Trees are coming into verdant leaf, plants are in full bud, begging to be let bloom, all is fresh, green, vibrant, full of hope and promise … For all those temperamentally disinclined to all this uplifting nonsense, however, there is ITV’s new drama Safe House, starring Christopher Eccleston as former police protection officer ... more