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Sebastian Payne is online editor of The Spectator

Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

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Video: Frank Field pulls apart the coalition’s Modern Slavery Bill

3 July 2014 13:28

How radical is the coalition’s Modern Slavery Bill? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Labour MP Frank Field discusses the government’s efforts to clamp down on slavery and… Continue reading

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What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: The UK without Scotland, assisted dying and modern slavery

3 July 2014 8:42

How would the rest of the United Kingdom cope without Scotland? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses his Spectator cover feature with Fraser Nelson and Eddie… Continue reading

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All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

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Will the authorities get to the bottom of what happening in Tower Hamlets back on 22 May?

Tower Hamlets: more allegations of obfuscation and electoral malpractice

30 June 2014 18:45

Will investigators ever get to the bottom of what’s going on in Tower Hamlets? London’s most dubious borough has several ongoing inquiries into the alleged misuse of funds, electoral malpractice… Continue reading

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David Cameron at his press conference following Juncker's ascension to EU president Photo: Getty Images.

Leaked: what David Cameron really told Van Rompuy and the EU leaders last week

29 June 2014 13:25

It’s well known that David Cameron voted against Jean-Claude Juncker and tried to persuade his EU colleagues to do the same. Thanks to today’s Mail on Sunday, we know exactly… Continue reading

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Audio: Rebekah Brooks’ statement after hacking trial acquittal

26 June 2014 17:02

The former chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks and her husband have given the following statement outside her London home: listen to ‘Rebekah Brooks’ statement after hacking trial acquittal’… Continue reading

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Jimmy Savile assisting a patient at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1980. Photo: Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the NHS’s Jimmy Savile report

26 June 2014 16:11

The NHS has released the findings of its investigations into Jimmy Savile’s relationship with several hospitals and the accusations of abuse. Leeds General Infirmary has been the location of the… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

Video: George Osborne — future Foreign Secretary and Tory leader?

26 June 2014 12:49

Has George Osborne reached the top of his political game? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman discuss the rising fortunes of the Chancellor and… Continue reading

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Are British politicians clueless about religion? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Is religion the new politics, and Osborne on the up, Miliband on the down

26 June 2014 9:30

Are we seeing a global revival of religion, which is having a radical impact on politics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Damian Thompson debates Cristina Odone on this… Continue reading

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George Galloway speaking at the Spectator's debate on Scottish independence. Photo: Jonathon Fowler

Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union?

25 June 2014 15:49

Unionists frequently lament the lack of passionate figures on the Better Together campaign, able to take on Alex Salmond. Thankfully, there is at least one such person — George Galloway.… Continue reading

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‘A great experience during my colposcopy’ – inside the NHS’s new Accountability Hub

24 June 2014 18:23

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. Jeremy Hunt has taken up this mantra with the launch of the NHS’s Accountability Hub today. As well as offering information… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are set to lose 15 seats to the Conservatives at the next election.

Tories set to take a dozen seats from Lib Dems in 2015

19 June 2014 18:03

How many seats will the Conservatives take from the Lib Dems at the next election? According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, a dozen or so Tory-Lib Dem marginals look set… Continue reading

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Thanks to groups like ISIS, can we expect instability in Iraq for years to come? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Terror’s comeback kids and Steve Coogan, foe of press censorship?

19 June 2014 9:10

Why do Iraq’s jihadists keep on coming back? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Freddy Gray (1 min, 29 sec) examine why groups such as ISIS have… Continue reading

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Video: can Labour solve its Miliband problem?

18 June 2014 14:54

Ed Miliband’s popularity ratings have sunk below those of Nick Clegg this week, so what can Labour do? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman… Continue reading

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The UK's attitude towards Britishness and immigration has changed over the last 10 years. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the latest British Social Attitudes survey

17 June 2014 17:03

How have British attitudes changed over the last decade? The latest British Social Attitudes survey is out today, suggesting that Britons have become less tolerant of immigration, benefits tourism and… Continue reading

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Is Generation Y obsessed with smartphones instead of politics? Photo: Getty Images.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is wrong — my generation isn’t selfish or obsessed with cappuccinos

16 June 2014 22:01

Is Generation Y becoming more right wing and self-obsessed? Radio 4 broadcast a very interesting documentary tonight, Generation Right, on whether my generation is becoming more individualistic — featuring this parish’s… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, the next Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? Photo: The Sun.

Ed Miliband apologises for endorsing The Sun

13 June 2014 12:32

Ed Miliband’s love affair with The Sun has ended almost as soon as it had begun. Following reports that he was ‘very very sorry’ for endorsing the newspaper, the Labour leader… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, the next Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? Photo: The Sun.

Labour MPs disagree with Ed Miliband over The Sun

12 June 2014 18:02

Ed Miliband appears to have had a sudden change of heart about The Sun. After calling for Rupert Murdoch’s empire to be dismantled, the Labour leader has endorsed The Sun’s World… Continue reading

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Oldknow Academy in Birmingham - one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' inquiry. Photo: Getty,

Podcast: the betrayal of British Muslims and the new Iraq war

12 June 2014 9:50

Do we need to take more action to tackle the Islamist threat in British schools? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Matthew Parris debate… Continue reading

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Video: Matthew Parris vs Douglas Murray on responding to the ‘Trojan Horse plot’

11 June 2014 16:00

What should the government do in response to Ofsted’s report on the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ plot? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Spectator writers Matthew Parris and Douglas Murray… Continue reading

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Charles Clarke on the Daily Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Charles Clarke: Labour has no credible economic plan and voters don’t see Miliband as PM

10 June 2014 13:52

Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according to Charles Clarke. The former Labour Education and Home Secretary… Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted Chief Inspector, has released his report into the Birmingham Schools today. Photo: PA.

Five things you need to know about Ofsted’s ‘Trojan Horse’ report

9 June 2014 16:27

Ofsted’s report into the 21 Birmingham schools involved in the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot has been released (pdf) and it does not make for pleasant reading. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage in Newark yesterday. Why was he missing from the by-election? Photo: Getty Images.

Six things we’ve learnt from the Newark by-election

6 June 2014 11:42

So, the Tories have managed to hold onto Newark with a surprising 7,000 majority. For Ukip, it was a disappointing evening as they failed to come close to taking the… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Podcast: The Queen’s Speech and the farce of recall and the fight for Ukip’s soul

5 June 2014 10:35

Was this year’s Queen Speech a waste of time? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MPs Zac Goldsmith and Chris Skidmore discuss the government’s plan for the… Continue reading

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