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UKIP Spring Conference

Watch: Mark Reckless and Steve Crowther discuss day one of Ukip’s spring conference

27 February 2015 19:45

Today has been ‘Nigel Farage Day’ in Margate. Although many of the party’s other prominent characters addressed its spring conference, it was the leader who entirely stole the day with… Continue reading


Nigel Farage now polling first place in South Thanet

27 February 2015 15:39

Is Nigel Farage having any more luck in South Thanet? According to a new poll from Survation on the eve of Ukip’s spring conference, Farage has pulled ahead of the Tories and… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage tells Republicans to ‘reach out to the grassroots’. But should have stayed at home?

27 February 2015 7:47

Nigel Farage is becoming a jet setter. Yesterday evening, he addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) of Republicans in Maryland. Later today, he is delivering the final speech… Continue reading


Ukip is the most trusted party on controlling immigration

26 February 2015 14:17

Which party does the public trust the most to control immigration? ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll revealing it’s not the Conservatives — unsurprisingly given today’s figures. 36 per cent trust… Continue reading

First Minister Alex Salmond, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP campaign in Piershill Square with activist on September10, 2014 in Edinburgh,Scotland.

Podcast: the SNP threat to Westminster and the myth of a house building crisis

26 February 2015 9:09

Are the SNP poised to become Westminster’s kingmakers? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Alex Massie discusses this week’s cover feature on the role the Scottish nationalists could play… Continue reading

London Mayor, Boris Johnson is shown around the Aura residential development which is under construction in the Edgware district of north London on February 20, 2015 in London, England.

The Tories need to put Boris front and centre of the campaign — the numbers prove it

25 February 2015 15:46

Have you seen Boris Johnson? The Mayor of London has been surprisingly absent from the Conservatives’ floundering campaign so far. He was not chosen to be member of the core… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell speaking at a British Future event in Westminster this evening.

Douglas Carswell vs Nigel Farage (again) — but are these real disagreements?

24 February 2015 22:03

Is Douglas Carswell happily at home in Ukip? The Clacton MP’s latest policy intervention, this time on immigration, adds to the sense that his beliefs differ somewhat from his party and… Continue reading

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, poses for a photograph on January 28, 2015 in London, England.

Listen: two disastrous interviews by Natalie Bennett

24 February 2015 12:40

It’s been an inauspicious start to the Green Party’s election campaign. Natalie Bennett has given two radio interviews this morning where she produced rather poor answers regarding her party’s policies. On the Today programme, Bennett said… Continue reading

Sir Malcolm Rifkind walks to his home from Parliament on February 23, 2015 in London, England.

Malcolm Rifkind quits as ISC chair and will stand down at next election

24 February 2015 10:33

Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s political career is over. Following the Dispatches/Telegraph lobbying expose, the former Conservative defence and foreign secretary and MP for Kensington has announced he is standing down at the next… Continue reading

Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

A bad week for Ukip in the polls — and a good one for Labour

24 February 2015 8:56

Ukip’s spate of bad publicity appears to be hitting it in the polls. The racism row over the Meet the Ukippers documentary comes as the party has dropped several points in two new… Continue reading


Mini Election: Tim Montgomerie on his plan to fix British conservatism

23 February 2015 10:30

Is conservatism in Britain broken beyond repair? Tim Montgomerie thinks it’s time for a reformation on the right. In the latest Mini Election video, I speak to the Times columnist and founder… Continue reading

The 2010 General Election - Barking And Dagenham Declares Its Result

Five things you need to know about the latest political donations report

19 February 2015 15:06

£20 million — that’s how much money was donated to the political parties in the last quarter of 2014. The Electoral Commission has released their latest report on political donations… Continue reading


Ashcroft poll: Ukip second in four top target seats

19 February 2015 11:56

How close is Ukip to taking away seats from the Conservatives in May? Lord Ashcroft has surveyed the Ukip-Tory battleground in his latest round of constituency polling. He has surveyed four likely… Continue reading

US President Barack Obama (L) holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, on June 17, 2013.

Podcast: Putin’s war on the West and the disappearing Lib Dems

19 February 2015 9:05

Is Vladimir Putin drawing a new Iron Curtain over Europe? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Anne Applebaum and Ben Judah discuss the new Spectator cover feature on whether Putin’s… Continue reading


Record employment figures create more problems for Labour

18 February 2015 13:06

Britain has reached its highest ever level of employment. According to new figures from the ONS, the employment rate has risen to 73.2 per cent — or close to 31… Continue reading

Harriet Yeo of the TSSA has switched her support from Labour to Ukip.

Former NEC chair dumps Labour for Ukip

17 February 2015 19:18

Labour’s decision to shy away from an EU referendum has cost it a senior figure. The Telegraph reveals that Harriet Yeo, the former chairman of Labour’s National Executive Committee between… Continue reading


Inflation sinks to a record low — and is set to fall even further

17 February 2015 12:50

Inflation fell to 0.3 per cent in January, the lowest level since records began in 1989. As the above chart shows, the government’s target of two per cent CPI inflation… Continue reading

Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

‘Ukip: The First 100 Days’ shows the media prefers to laugh at than understand the party

17 February 2015 11:42

What would happen if Britain left the EU later this year? According to Channel 4, the country would descend into riots and anarchy. Last night’s one-off drama Ukip: The First… Continue reading

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speaks to business leaders on December 11, 2014 in London, England

Seven times Labour has previously launched a plan for the economy

16 February 2015 15:35

The Labour vs. Conservative battle of economic plans is heating up. Ed Miliband is launching a 79-page Better Plan for Britain’s Prosperity today, which appears to be his latest alternative… Continue reading

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L)

Conservatives are four points ahead in latest ICM poll

16 February 2015 13:53

Are the Tories beginning to edge ahead of Labour in the polls? ICM have released their latest monthly poll, which suggests a surge in support for the Conservatives. Since their last poll in… Continue reading

Ukip's Tim Aker delivers his speech during the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire

Mini Election: Tim Aker on Ukip’s election strategy and winning in Thurrock

15 February 2015 12:12

Tim Aker is one of Ukip’s most recognisable figures. At just 29, he is already an MEP for the East of England, a local councillor in Aveley and, until recently,… Continue reading

Nigel Farage at the packed campaign launch in Canvey Island, Essex.

Nigel Farage kicks off Ukip election campaign with slogan ‘Believe in Britain’

12 February 2015 15:19

Voting Ukip is a state of mind, according to Nigel Farage. At his first major speech of 2015, and the campaign, in Canvey Island, Essex, Farage set out his stall… Continue reading

Internet Companies Vie For Market Dominance

Podcast: why modern love is rubbish and is Ed Miliband an honourable opposition leader?

12 February 2015 8:57

In the age of Tinder and online dating, is modern love rubbish? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Melissa Kite, Cosmo Landesman and Camilla Swift discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on why romance is being killed off by digital… Continue reading


Conservatives have a three-point lead in latest Ashcroft poll

9 February 2015 19:16

Have the Tories benefited from Labour’s week of misery? In Lord Ashcroft’s latest national poll, the Conservatives are now three points ahead of Labour — up from 30 per cent… Continue reading

Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell have been plotting to unseat Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty.

Mandelson and Campbell reportedly tapped up Alan Johnson to replace Miliband

6 February 2015 13:35

Is Ed Miliband ready to be Prime Minister? His personal poll ratings suggest not and many in his party remain sceptical. But Labour remains toe-to-toe with the Conservatives in the… Continue reading