Carl Dinnen

Political Correspondent

Carl joined ITV News in 2012 as a Political Correspondent. He has previously worked at Channel 4 News.

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Tories have been 'chomping at the bit' to get laws passed

This is a deliberate statement of intent from the new government.

Theresa May, the home secretary. Credit: Reuters

These are measures that the Conservative Party have been chomping at the bit to get through.

The Liberal Democrats have been proudly saying today that they blocked these measures on three separate occasions during the coalition government.

We can finally see what the Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May wants to do now that she is unshackled from the coalition.

There are other measures we may see such as the so-called Snoopers Charter, the draft Communications Bill and no-one would put a lot of money on the Human Rights Act still being entirely in place by the end of this Parliament.

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Labour leaves 'gaping hole' in fiscal responsibility drive

Some of the Labour pledges are pretty clear; freezing rail fares, raising the minimum wage, childcare and tax credits and a few tax commitments on what they will and won't raise.

Ed Miliband with the Labour party manifesto. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

But the big thing at the heart of this is that they want to put fiscal responsibility front and centre in the manifesto - but the one thing it doesn't say is how quickly they will cut the deficit.

They are only saying as soon as possible and until we know how quickly they want to cut the deficit we don't know how much they are either going to raise taxes or cut spending over the next Parliament.

And that leaves a gaping hole at the centre of their economic credibility that the other parties will be tying to exploit.

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