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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25
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In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

22 July 2014 19:07
The EU's sanctions seem to fall some way short of David Cameron's ambitions. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh sanctions against Russia. The communiqué from today’s meeting of the… Continue reading

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The incredible, inspiring story of the man who ran ‘the greatest race of all time’

22 July 2014 17:30
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In the middle of a troubled and brawling world: some hope and inspiration. In last week’s edition of The Spectator we ran a piece by Jim de Zoete about the… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

22 July 2014 16:41
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During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was being sacked, Paterson reportedly said: ‘this will be a kick… Continue reading

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Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

22 July 2014 15:36
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On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last week’s reshuffle. Today he pops up in the Times to remind us… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt respond to the ‘Trojan horse’ schools report

22 July 2014 13:45
Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Nicky Morgan described the findings of Peter Clarke’s report into the Birmingham schools scandal as ‘disturbing’, and laid out how she plans to respond. listen to ‘Nicky Morgan’s statement on… Continue reading

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Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09
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Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. He has found evidence of a… Continue reading

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Report claims ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools

22 July 2014 12:44
Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

The Department of Education has published a damning report today which suggests there was an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in a number of the ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. Peter… Continue reading

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Hopeless in Gaza; Israel’s tragically futile war

22 July 2014 12:05
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Travelling back from holiday yesterday we had Jeremy Vine’s show on the car radio and the Radio 2 man was talking about the fighting in Gaza and as is often… Continue reading

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A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

22 July 2014 11:59
Job centres need to be radically overhauled to embed welfare changes and provide support to those who need it most. (Image: Getty)

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work, and unemployment at its lowest level since 2008. Increasingly the coalition’s… Continue reading

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Archive interview: Alexander Litvinenko on ice picks, radioactive thallium and Putin’s assassins

22 July 2014 11:37
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In the 25 November 2006 edition of The Spectator, Neil Barnett recalled his encounters with the poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko. Two days before the magazine went to press, Litvinenko died… Continue reading

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Priti Patel ‘totally up for it’

22 July 2014 11:14
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Priti Patel, poster girl for the next generation of the Tory right, will be a key face on the airwaves come election time. When the PM offered her a job last… Continue reading

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Does the man who saved Burberry from the chavs deserve £20 million?

22 July 2014 10:00
A £20 million prize (and a supermodel to boot)

There isn’t a single item of Burberry in my wardrobe, I’m afraid, so I was unaware until this week of the fashion genius that is the firm’s chief executive Christopher… Continue reading

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Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

22 July 2014 8:31
European Leaders Commemorate The 100th Anniversary of World War I In Belgium

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means what he says and is serious about following through with… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56
Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

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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Caption competition: Ed Miliband meets Barack Obama

22 July 2014 0:04
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I’m in the US right now, where the national conversation is – it’s safe to say – not fixed on Ed Miliband’s White House trip. We now have photographic proof… Continue reading

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Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00
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Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought for the Day I hear an undertone of disappointed ambition.… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

21 July 2014 16:59
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New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of Michael Gove’s special advisers on Friday morning. Friends tell Mr… Continue reading

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David Cameron: This is a defining moment for Russia

21 July 2014 16:21
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David Cameron has made a statement to the House of Commons about the destruction of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. He was quick to say that even those who shot down… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan passes her first test as Education Secretary

21 July 2014 15:53
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Nicky Morgan came to parliament today to praise Michael Gove, not to bury him: ‘It is a privilege,’ she said, ‘to follow him in this role.’ Her first outing as… Continue reading

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Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

21 July 2014 14:09
George Osborne Visits A School In East London

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and his agenda. But a letter in The Sunday Times yesterday told… Continue reading

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Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014 13:22
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading

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View from 22 morning review: the West’s response to MH17 and the reshuffle fallout

21 July 2014 12:18
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In this week’s View from 22 morning review, Douglas Murray, James Forsyth and Mary Wakefield discuss the weekend’s main stories. Can Europe really enforce sanctions on Putin, in the wake of… Continue reading

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It’s Evan Davis for Newsnight

21 July 2014 10:58
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With the BBC set to make a formal announcement about Jeremy Paxman’s replacement at Newsnight imminently, tweets from BBC staff revealing the news were hurriedly deleted. Not quite all of… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s grey-haired gamble

21 July 2014 9:15
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George Osborne has been in retail mode this morning, selling his pension reforms and explaining how pensioners can unlock their life’s savings. The Chancellor has said that the Treasury will… Continue reading

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