- The Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems agree that there's a need to reform party funding, but they stand divided on what it entails.
- The options for reform include imposing a cap on individual donations and increasing the taxpayer's subsidy.
- It's not yet clear whether any proposed cap would apply to trade union contributions - the Labour party's main source of funding.
How party funding and spending compares
- The international community is currently divided on how to deal with the escalating violence in Syria, after reports that chemical weapons have been used against civilians.
- At the end of August the UK government was narrowly defeated on a motion supporting the principle of joining military action against President Bashar Al-Assad.
Government departments can normally be expected to strike a positive tone when it comes to the state of the nation.
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