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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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Jim Murphy to stand for Scottish Labour leader

29 October 2014 21:59

As expected, Jim Murphy has announced he’s standing for Scottish Labour Leader. He’s given an interview to the Daily Record in which he says he wants to stop ‘the Scottish… Continue reading

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European Arrest Warrant rebellion shrinks after Cameron pledges pre-Rochester vote

29 October 2014 16:53

Why did David Cameron set the vote for the European Arrest Warrant for before the Rochester and Strood by-election? It seems to be a way of picking a right-wing sore… Continue reading


PMQs: Immigration arguments mean Ukip won the session without asking a question

29 October 2014 13:00

Ed Miliband chose one of his medleys of things that have gone wrong for today’s Prime Minister’s Questions. There were plenty of those to choose from, and the Labour leader… Continue reading


Exclusive: Gove letter telling Tories how ‘Lib Dems have killed’ EU Referendum Bill

29 October 2014 10:18

Privately, the Conservatives are probably not particularly surprised about the demise of Bob Neill’s EU referendum bill, this time at the hands of the Liberal Democrats. It was always a… Continue reading

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What would a Ukip win in the South Yorkshire PCC by-election tell us?

29 October 2014 8:22

Before the by-election battle with Ukip in Rochester that Westminster is rather obsessed with, there’s another chance for Nigel Farage’s party to cause a political earthquake. Tomorrow, voters in South… Continue reading


Nick Boles: We can’t control immigration as EU members

28 October 2014 20:00

Nick Boles has a habit of making explosive interventions and then disappearing from political debate for a little while after an almighty telling off from Number 10. Tonight he may… Continue reading

Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign

28 October 2014 18:24

Liam Fox has launched a series of ‘One Minute Fox’ videos in which he sets out his position on various hot issues from the threat of fundamentalism to welfare reform. He unveiled… Continue reading

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Who’s playing dirty politics on Lord Freud and welfare? Everyone

28 October 2014 14:23

The main business of the day in the House of Commons is Labour’s debate on Lord Freud, a row that blew up nearly a fortnight ago. The party’s motion, entitled… Continue reading

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Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill?

28 October 2014 13:26

What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a sum anything like’ the £1.7 billion demanded by the European… Continue reading

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Tribal loyalty stops bad news becoming worse for party leaders

28 October 2014 8:54

Today’s Independent explains why the Tory party is starting to get rather jitter again. Sure, Labour has fallen five points to level-peg with the party in a ComRes poll for the… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy

27 October 2014 19:32

MPs have a free vote tonight on Zac Goldsmith’s amendment to the Recall Bill. But I have learned that instead of voting with their Tory colleague, the Prime Minister and… Continue reading


Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill

27 October 2014 17:52

Tory MPs might have appeared keen to support the PM after his surprise EU bill when they spoke in the Commons this afternoon. But behind the scenes the party is… Continue reading

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Listen: David Cameron tells MPs why he won’t pay EU bill

27 October 2014 16:06

The House of Commons is in a febrile, nervy mood this afternoon. No-one is quite happy with anyone else. David Cameron raised a cheer when he told MPs that he… Continue reading

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Justin Welby: I worry about damage caused by language on immigration

27 October 2014 15:46

When Justin Welby spoke to the Parliamentary press gallery today, he took great care to emphasise a number of points. One was about the influence the Church of England has… Continue reading


Tricky Commons session looms for Cameron on EU bill

27 October 2014 9:27

It’s been a while since David Cameron had to give such a difficult feedback statement to the House of Commons after a European summit. Even his last tricky address, on… Continue reading

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Kelly Tolhurst wins Rochester primary on turnout of 5,688

23 October 2014 18:03

Kelly Tolhurst has won the open primary to be Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood, I understand. The result is not due to be announced until this evening, but I… Continue reading


Labour’s football policy reveals what the party really thinks about business

17 October 2014 17:02

One of the few things that brought real joy at the Lib Dem conference last week was the party passing a football policy that included a lament about the sport’s… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Campaigns In Rochester And Strood

Why the Tories think they can win in Rochester

17 October 2014 16:23

One of the bits of their Parliamentary party meeting this week that cheered Conservative MPs the most was a speech by Tracey Crouch on why the Tories could win the… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Labour has a better-than-expected week, but the party remains shaky

17 October 2014 8:58

This week has gone much better for Labour than many of its MPs thought it would. They started the week in very poor form indeed, grumpy after a bad conference,… Continue reading

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Number 10: No final decision on European Arrest Warrant

16 October 2014 17:51

Is Number 10 really preparing for a U-turn on the European Arrest Warrant? After Coffee House reported some odd manoeuvres by chief whip Michael Gove involving him suggesting to Tory… Continue reading

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David Cameron: I want one last go at renegotiating Britain’s relationship with Europe

16 October 2014 15:11

Is David Cameron about to announce emergency controls on European jobseekers or a points-based system on EU migration? The Times and the Sun both splashed on these ideas today (after… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Is a U-turn looming on the European Arrest Warrant?

16 October 2014 14:03

Tory chief whip Michael Gove has been calling round MPs to suggest that it might be better if Britain does not opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, Coffee House… Continue reading


Exclusive: Cameron hints at points-based immigration system in meeting with Tory Right

15 October 2014 16:36

Whatever David Cameron’s promised ‘big bang’ announcement on immigration in the EU is, it has certainly excited Conservative backbenchers. A group of them confronted him this afternoon to ask whether… Continue reading

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Lord Freud offers ‘full and unreserved apology’ for disability comments

15 October 2014 14:04

Lord Freud has apologised for suggesting that disabled people were not ‘worth’ the minimum wage. He said: ‘I would like to offer a full and unreserved apology. I was foolish… Continue reading

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Can Lord Freud survive row over disability comments?

15 October 2014 13:55

Labour clearly scent blood with Lord Freud’s comments about disabled people not being ‘worth’ the full minimum wage. They knew their first PMQs back would be difficult after their own… Continue reading