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Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph.

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Steven Sotloff murdered by Isis

2 September 2014 23:02

A second beheading of an American hostage brings a second round of condemnations from leaders of the barbarity of Isis. Steven Sotloff appears to have been killed by Isis, with… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tory Clacton selection will be an open primary

2 September 2014 16:24

How do the Conservatives make the Clacton by-election more difficult for Douglas Carswell? I hear from two extremely well-placed sources that the selection for the Tory candidate will be an… Continue reading

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Boris: No-one seriously approached me to stand in Clacton

2 September 2014 14:23

If the Tories did want to really fight Douglas Carswell in the Clacton by-election, then Boris Johnson would have been a jolly good way of driving a steamroller over Ukip’s… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument

2 September 2014 8:53

Nick Clegg had a stab at being René Magritte on the Today programme this morning, telling us that a disagreement between the two coalition parties over anti-terror measures that were… Continue reading

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Cameron’s anti-terror statement sets out autumn battles

1 September 2014 17:07

So, after the horsetrading of the past few days, the Conservatives appear to have won their battle to add relocation powers to the terrorism prevention and investigation measures. In his… Continue reading

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The current political climate rewards authoritarians, not civil libertarians

1 September 2014 14:48

The talks between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on the anti-terror measures that David Cameron will unveil this afternoon have finally finished. There are a few more details to… Continue reading

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Listen: Humiliated Bercow heckled as he pauses Clerk appointment

1 September 2014 14:46

Even though he decided to call the delay in the appointment of a new Clerk ‘modest’, John Bercow has just suffered a humiliating climb down in the Commons. The Speaker… Continue reading

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Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

1 September 2014 8:16

What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs could go into the general election pledging to leave the… Continue reading

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Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures

31 August 2014 20:02

The Coalition parties are gearing up for a week of minding the gaps. Tomorrow, David Cameron plans to tell MPs about measures that he feels are necessary for plugging the… Continue reading

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Campaign against Bercow’s Clerk plan reaches 84 supporters

29 August 2014 18:03

Monday will be a busy day in the Commons. Speaker Bercow is expected to give a statement on the swelling row over his plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk… Continue reading

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David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37

It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to the UK that were significant, but what he looks like… Continue reading

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Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip. Wheeler has been the broker in any potential defections, wining… Continue reading

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Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25

What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this morning about other meetings that Ukip has held with Conservative… Continue reading

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Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection

28 August 2014 12:37

Douglas Carswell’s defection today to Ukip is terrible for David Cameron. But it is also deeply inconvenient for his band of eurosceptic brothers. He was a key member of a… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading

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Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip

28 August 2014 11:08

In the past few minutes, Tory MP Douglas Carswell has announced at a special press conference that he is defecting to Ukip. listen to ‘Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip’ on… Continue reading

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Exclusive: 74 MPs support campaign against Bercow’s clerk appointment

27 August 2014 12:26

The cross-party group of MPs opposing John Bercow’s appointment of Carol Mills as Clerk of the House have now submitted their early day motion designed to stop the Speaker going… Continue reading

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Rotherham: Fear of all the wrong things failed 1,400 children

27 August 2014 9:34

‘By 2005 few members or senior officers could say “we didn’t know”.’ It was ‘extraordinary’ that no-one on the lead Labour group on the council could remember discussing these matters.… Continue reading

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Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge

26 August 2014 13:48

Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is going to apply to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. His announcement comes on the same day that Nigel Farage… Continue reading

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Revealed: the cross-party motion to stop Bercow in his tracks over clerk appointment

26 August 2014 11:38

With just a few days before the House of Commons returns for the autumn term, the revolt against John Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House… Continue reading

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Salmond and Darling’s Jeremy Kyle debate reinvigorates campaign

26 August 2014 8:58

Both camps in the Scottish independence debate have now has their shock: Alex Salmond was shaken to be beaten by Alistair Darling in the first debate, while a confident Darling… Continue reading

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No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue reading

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The growing campaign against John Bercow’s choice for Commons clerk

22 August 2014 13:03

The campaign against Speaker Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House is growing on the Tory backbenches. Coffee House has today been contacted by a series… Continue reading

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Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55

Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show housing starts in the second quarter of 2014 increased by… Continue reading

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