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Podcast: Greece’s tragedy, David Cameron’s EU opportunity and expanding Heathrow

2 July 2015 17:22

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red The crisis in Greece is rapidly turning into a tragedy. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry Mount and Vincenzo Scarpetta discuss… Continue reading

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An airliner comes in to land at Heathrow Airport on August 11, 2014 in London, England.

What happens next with Heathrow?

1 July 2015 17:40

Now that the Davies Commission has made its recommendation, the ball is back in the government’s court. The biggest immediate challenge the government has to face is David Cameron’s 2009… Continue reading

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Daddy, George, Peppa and Mummy Pig from the cartoon Peppa Pig.

Norman Lamb on Peppa Pig: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’

1 July 2015 13:43

Is it time for a lesbian couple on Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb thinks so. In an interview with PinkNews, the Lib Dem leadership candidate said it should ‘absolutely not be out of… Continue reading

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David Cameron Answers Questions With Business Staff In Hendon

Five things affected by the Airports Commission’s decision to back Heathrow

1 July 2015 9:11

So, now we know: it’s Heathrow. After three years, numerous representations, a ton of lobbying and much political handwringing, Sir Howard Davies’s Airports Commission has recommended building a third runway… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers journalists' questions after an EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015.

Greek government proposes third Eurozone bailout on the eve of IMF default

30 June 2015 17:30

The Greek government is making one final throw of the dice. Just hours before Greece is set to default on its €1.55 billion payment to the IMF, Athens has proposed… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall has warned that Labor should avoid Einstein's definition on insanity and change its stance on fiscal responsibility.

How the three stages of the Labour leadership race could benefit Liz Kendall

30 June 2015 15:50

Liz Kendall is continuing to push herself as the ‘change everything’ candidate for the Labour leadership. During a speech at Reuters this morning, Kendall called for the party to make a big… Continue reading

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Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan speaks at the Conservative party manifesto launch on April 14, 2015 in Swindon, England.

Nicky Morgan: intolerance of homosexuality in schools may be a sign of extremism

30 June 2015 9:19

Nicky Morgan is taking the fight against radicalisation into the classroom. On the Today programme, the Education Secretary outlined what her department is doing to support schools in tackling, what she called, this ‘very real threat’. The… Continue reading

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is greeted by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival at Schloss Elmau for the summit of the G7 group of nations on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Podcast: Angela Merkel’s burden, Ukip’s American flirtation and Gove’s grammar rules

25 June 2015 9:32

This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red. Germany has just as much to worry about from a Grexit as Greece. On this week’s View from 22… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown and Alan Milburn who is leading Labour's election campaign, stand together during the unveiling of Labour campaign posters in London, 11 January  2005

Alan Milburn finally confronts Labour with the hard truth about Tony Blair

24 June 2015 14:02

Alan Milburn has told Labour something it does not want to hear: Tony Blair was as great for the party as Margaret Thatcher was for the Tories. At a breakfast… Continue reading

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Migrants climb in the back of a lorry on the A16 highway leading to the Eurotunnel on June 23, 2015 in Calais, northern France.

Will the Calais crisis create another EU headache for David Cameron?

24 June 2015 9:08

The crisis at Calais has once again raised the issue of UK border security. Some of the 3,000-odd illegal migrants residing at the port took advantage of yesterday’s ferry workers… Continue reading

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Norman Lamb and Tim Farron on the Victoria Derbyshire show today. Photo: BBC.

Tim Farron strengthens his position in the Lib Dem leadership race

23 June 2015 17:11

While the media has been focused on the Labour leadership contest, the Liberal Democrats are also shuffling closer to choosing their new leader. The ballot papers are being sent out… Continue reading

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Zac Goldsmith and Boris Johnson attend a rally against the Heathrow expansion. Photo: Getty Images.

Constituents give Zac Goldsmith ‘permission’ to run for Mayor of London

23 June 2015 13:39

Zac Goldsmith is in the race to be the Tory candidate for Mayor of London. After announcing his intention to seek the nomination last week, Goldsmith balloted his constituents in Richmond Park… Continue reading

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Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act puzzle will be disappointed. In a speech to the Legatum… Continue reading

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Business for Britain attempts to show the positive side of the ‘No’ campaign

22 June 2015 13:15

The EU ‘out’ campaigners have two troublesome image problems to contend with: the message of ‘No’ is intrinsically negative and will scare off voters, plus they are looking to change the… Continue reading

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Demonstrator's signs are seen at an Anti Austerity demonstration at Bank Of England on June 20, 2015 in London, England.

David Cameron makes the case for the Tories’ moral mission

22 June 2015 9:16

David Cameron has never particularly warmed to the language of compassionate conservatism. In the past, that side of the conservatism has generally been represented by Iain Duncan Smith — with… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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Ukip Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans takes part in a press conference on April 9, 2015 in London, England

Suzanne Evans ‘unsacked’ as Ukip spokesman

19 June 2015 15:50

Those Kippers just can’t decide whether to stay or go. Suzanne Evans, Ukip’s deputy chairman, was yesterday banned from representing the party, according to a leaked internal email. Evans upset some in… Continue reading

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David Cameron seen during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not seen) after their talks in Berlin, Germany on May 29, 2015.

The ‘In’ and ‘Out’ EU referendum campaigns begin to take shape

19 June 2015 9:24

The campaigns to keep Britain ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of the EU are keen to begin their work. The Times today reveals details of a cross-party Eurosceptic group, which is expected to morph into the Brexit… Continue reading

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Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper speaks during a meeting in London, United Kingdom, on June 15, 2015.

Yvette Cooper attacks David Cameron for a ‘blind spot’ on women

18 June 2015 18:01

Yvette Cooper addressed a lobby lunch today and put on an impressive performance. In contrast to her slightly wooden performance during last night’s debate, Cooper came across as straightforward and… Continue reading

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Suzanne Evans, deputy chairwoman of UKIP, speaks with Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, as he prepares to launch the party's 2015 general election manifesto at the Thurrock Hotel, ahead of the May 7 general election, in Thurrock, U.K., on April 15, 2015.

Suzanne Evans upsets Farage loyalists with ‘divisive character’ comments

18 June 2015 15:57

Nigel Farage has himself admitted that he is a ‘Marmite’ character. It’s one of the reasons given for his party’s patchy performance at the general election and it turns out it is a view… Continue reading

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New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of these committees but now they are voted in by MPs.… Continue reading

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Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham during a live television showdown on BBC2's Newsnight from Nuneaton.

Team Burnham: Liz Kendall’s ‘country should come first’ remark was a ‘cheap point’

18 June 2015 12:32

The one memorable moment from last night’s Labour leadership debate was Liz Kendall’s remark that ‘country should come first’, with regards to another leadership contest before 2020. It was a… Continue reading

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Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis  (L) listens to Prime Minister addressing his MP's and ministers, next to Syriza lawmaker Konstantinos Tsoukalas (R) at the Greek Parliament in Athens on June 16, 2015,

Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Channel 4’s Paul Mason discusses this week’s Spectator leading article… Continue reading

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Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham at the Newsnight leadership hustings. Photo: BBC.

Labour’s first televised leadership hustings were dull and achieved very little

17 June 2015 21:39

The first televised debate in the Labour leadership contest was a rather dull affair. None of the candidates shone and no one stumbled. Although there were a few moments of… Continue reading

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Labour MP Tom Watson arrives at the High Court in London on June 4, 2015 to challenge the government on emergency suveillance legislation passed last year.

The ‘anyone but Tom Watson’ campaign has its first success

17 June 2015 13:11

Five candidates have made it onto the ballot paper for deputy leader of the Labour party. Tom Watson and Caroline Flint have long had the 35 nominations required to make… Continue reading

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