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June 2014: Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

What to expect in today’s Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 7:54

The new parliament officially begins with the grand State Opening of Parliament ceremony today. The Queen will deliver the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years this morning, outlining the topics… Continue reading

Michael Gove and Daniel Hannan speaking to members of the AECR at Winchester Guildhall on 26 May 2015. Photo: AECR

Michael Gove: Tories will not be forgiven for ‘fudging’ the EU referendum

26 May 2015 16:35

Michael Gove’s gusto has returned after his elevation back to top level of the Cabinet. On Friday evening, the Justice Secretary spoke to Hampshire Conservative activists and members of the… Continue reading

Former foreign secretary David Miliband listens to a speech on the second day of the Labour party conference at Manchester Central on September 27, 2010 in Manchester, England.

David Miliband doesn’t rule out running in future Labour leadership contest

26 May 2015 12:07

Is David Miliband Labour’s prince across the water? The elder Miliband brother appears to be watching the leadership contest closely avidly from afar, without backing any particular candidate. Speaking to… Continue reading

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael prepares to make his first speech of the year setting out his case for Scotland remaining part of the UK at Stirling University..

Malcom Bruce defends Alistair Carmichael: ‘lots of people have told lies’

26 May 2015 9:10

Alistair Carmichael’s battle to remain an MP is turning into a debate about whether it’s acceptable to lie in public office. The SNP are keen to talk the up the notion… Continue reading

Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland visits the Engine Shed on October 10, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alistair Carmichael could be the first test of recall

24 May 2015 13:41

Pressure is growing on Alistair Carmichael, the former Scotland Secretary and only Lib Dem north of the border, to resign his seat after an official investigation proved he lied about… Continue reading

Alistair Carmichael attends a Cabinet Committee  meeting in September 2014 (Photo: Getty)

Alistair Carmichael responsible for Nicola Sturgeon leak

22 May 2015 15:33

During the election campaign the Telegraph reported that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, after a memo was leaked to them which included an account of a private conversation between Sturgeon and the… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the Home Office, on May 21, 2015 in London, England.

Mr Cameron goes to Latvia

22 May 2015 9:04

Five days before the Queen’s Speech, David Cameron is taking on the first big challenge of this new Parliament: renegotiating our relationship with the EU. He’s undertaking a whistle-stop tour of… Continue reading

UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a press conference in which he announced his resignation after failing to win the South Thanet constituency on May 8, 2015 in Broadstairs, England.

Nigel Farage kowtows to critics and takes a summer break

21 May 2015 18:27

Nigel Farage stamped his authority on Ukip with a round of sackings, but he has also listened to his critics. In his Spectator diary, the Ukip leader admits one of his chief critics… Continue reading

Michael Gove arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor on May 19, 2015 in London, England.

Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading

UKIP leader Nigel Farage passes UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans during the launch of the party's election manifesto on April 15, 2015 in Thurrock, England;

Nigel Farage insists he has future plans for Suzanne Evans

20 May 2015 9:35

Peace appears to have broken out across Ukip, albeit after Nigel Farage has stamped down on those who criticised him. Suzanne Evans is the latest casualty of the Ukip wars,… Continue reading


Is Mark Reckless set to become Ukip’s Head of Policy?

19 May 2015 21:03

Mark Reckless has been rather quiet during the recent Ukip wars. After losing Rochester & Strood to the Conservatives, it has been expected he would return to the party in… Continue reading

Nigel Farage Announces UKIP's Economic Policy

Patrick O’Flynn issues humiliating apology and resigns as economics spokesman

19 May 2015 14:19

Patrick O’Flynn has apologised for starting last week’s Ukip wars. I understand that O’Flynn met with Farage in Strasbourg this morning — the first time the pair had sat down… Continue reading

Labour MPs (L-R) Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall address delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London on May 16, 2015.

Liz Kendall’s campaign still confident of getting 35 MPs

19 May 2015 10:55

Despite her early entry, Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign is failing to keep up with rivals when it comes to noise and backers. Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham have emerged as… Continue reading


Does David Cameron have the patience to achieve substantive EU reform?

19 May 2015 9:06

David Cameron is wisely using his first 100 days to tackle the biggest challenge of this parliament head on: the EU referendum. This morning’s papers report that a new referendum… Continue reading

Unite trade union General Secretary Len McCluskey addresses delegates during the second day of the Labour party conference in Brighton, Sussex, south England on September 23, 2013.

Len McCluskey and the trade unions need Labour as much as the party needs them

18 May 2015 9:19

Can Labour’s links with trade unions survive the leadership contest? This morning, Harriet Harman will outline in a speech at Labour HQ how the new party leader will be elected… Continue reading

Suzanne Evans on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

Ukip’s Suzanne Evans: ‘nobody wants Nigel to leave’

17 May 2015 11:02

Ukip’s internal warfare continues today with interventions from both sides. Suzanne Evans, the party’s deputy chairman, appeared on the Andrew Marr Show this morning to play down the tensions. She told Andrew… Continue reading

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale deputy leader arrive at the Labour headquarters Glasgow.Photo David Cheskin.16.05.2015.

Jim Murphy resigns as Scottish Labour leader and condemns Len McCluskey

16 May 2015 16:36

Jim Murphy is quitting Scottish Labour. After only narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence from the party’s executive this morning, Murphy announced that after a ‘terrible election defeat’, he… Continue reading

UKIP leader Nigel Farage campaigns with Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, on April 13, 2015 in Clacton, England.

Douglas Carswell breaks cover and says Farage ‘needs to take a break now’

15 May 2015 22:50

Nigel Farage said today his critics need to put up or shut up and Douglas Carswell has chosen the former. Confirming that he is the ‘senior figure’ Farage mentioned earlier,… Continue reading


Paul Lambert out as Ukip’s head of communications

15 May 2015 14:47

The Ukip wars have taken another casualty: the party’s head of communications Paul ‘Gobby’ Lambert. Guido reports that the ‘press office has declared war on the leader’ and it appears… Continue reading

Nigel Farage Speech At UKIP Public Meeting In Basingstoke on April 9, 2014 in Basingstoke, England..

Nigel Farage tells mystery ‘senior figure’ to put up or shut up

15 May 2015 12:18

Nigel Farage’s fight back has continued with an interview on Sky News this morning. Following on from his appearance on Question Time, the Ukip leader described an ‘astonishing’ level of support… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell (L) and UKIP leader Nigel Farage eat ice-creams as they visit Clacton-On-Sea, in eastern England, on October 9, 2014.

Have Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell reached détente over Ukip’s Short money?

15 May 2015 8:39

The row over what to do with its Short money was the tinderbox for Ukip’s internal tensions. Although the war between Team Farage and Team O’Flynn has been bubbling away for… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage leaves the party's head offices in central London, on May 14, 2015.

The ‘save Nigel Farage’ operation is underway, but is it too late?

14 May 2015 18:16

It is touch and go whether Nigel Farage can survive as Ukip leader. With key figures such as former leader Roger Knapman, donor Stuart Wheeler and treasurer Hugh Williams saying… Continue reading


Raheem Kassam un-sacked as Nigel Farage’s senior adviser

14 May 2015 16:34

Raheem Kassam, senior adviser to Nigel Farage, has not been ‘sacked’ from Ukip after all. It was reported earlier this afternoon that he had left the party today — as… Continue reading

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Does Patrick O’Flynn actually want a new leader for Ukip?

14 May 2015 13:18

Patrick O’Flynn has surfaced to explain his remarks about Nigel Farage and the team around him. On Sky News, O’Flynn denied he was gunning for Farage’s position, describing him as… Continue reading