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Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument

2 September 2014 8:53
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Nick Clegg had a stab at being René Magritte on the Today programme this morning, telling us that a disagreement between the two coalition parties over anti-terror measures that were… Continue reading

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Scottish referendum: ‘no’ lead falls to 6 points, from 22 points last month

1 September 2014 22:16
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Tonight brings a reminder that the Union is in real danger. A new YouGov poll has the No camp’s lead in the Scottish referendum down to just six points. Just… Continue reading

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Cameron’s anti-terror statement sets out autumn battles

1 September 2014 17:07
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So, after the horsetrading of the past few days, the Conservatives appear to have won their battle to add relocation powers to the terrorism prevention and investigation measures. In his… Continue reading

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The current political climate rewards authoritarians, not civil libertarians

1 September 2014 14:48
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The talks between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on the anti-terror measures that David Cameron will unveil this afternoon have finally finished. There are a few more details to… Continue reading

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Listen: Humiliated Bercow heckled as he pauses Clerk appointment

1 September 2014 14:46
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Even though he decided to call the delay in the appointment of a new Clerk ‘modest’, John Bercow has just suffered a humiliating climb down in the Commons. The Speaker… Continue reading

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How Parliament ignored sex abuse allegations

1 September 2014 14:19
Rotherham. Alexis Jay's report, released last Tuesday, estimates that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town's care homes between 1997 and 2013. Image: Anna Gowthorpe/Getty Images

Sexual exploitation of a single child is a despicable crime, but the whole country is in shock at the industrial scale of the abuse that has been revealed in Rotherham… Continue reading

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Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

1 September 2014 8:16
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What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs could go into the general election pledging to leave the… Continue reading

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Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures

31 August 2014 20:02
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The Coalition parties are gearing up for a week of minding the gaps. Tomorrow, David Cameron plans to tell MPs about measures that he feels are necessary for plugging the… Continue reading

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If Carswell was serious about Europe, he would never have defected

31 August 2014 16:10
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Where is this burning point of principle that drove Douglas Carswell into the arms of Ukip? I’ve read lots about his defection, and I’m still none the wiser. We’re told… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39
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David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07
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Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… Continue reading

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Can Douglas Carswell stop Ukip screwing things up?

30 August 2014 20:25
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I rejoiced at the news of Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip. Not because I’m a Ukip supporter (I haven’t made up my mind) but because it highlights the slippery dishonesty of… Continue reading

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I’ve been called a paedophile, a terrorist and a Quisling: Jim Murphy on the ‘Yes’ mob

30 August 2014 17:27
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I have had to suspend my ‘No Thanks’ independence referendum tour of Scotland. It was back in June that I announced my plan to tour the country.  A hundred events. … Continue reading

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Spectator competition: compose a poet’s verse selfie (plus: what happens when the lights go out)

30 August 2014 10:30
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Submissions to the latest competition, which invited you to provide a poetic preview of when the lights go out, were impressively varied and kept me thoroughly entertained. Honourable mentions go… Continue reading

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Campaign against Bercow’s Clerk plan reaches 84 supporters

29 August 2014 18:03
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Monday will be a busy day in the Commons. Speaker Bercow is expected to give a statement on the swelling row over his plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk… Continue reading

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David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37
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It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to the UK that were significant, but what he looks like… Continue reading

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Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46
Millionaire Stuart Wheeler Loses Lisbon Treaty Challenge

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip. Wheeler has been the broker in any potential defections, wining… Continue reading

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Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25
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What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this morning about other meetings that Ukip has held with Conservative… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell: the rebel with an unclear cause

28 August 2014 15:44
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Anyone who would rather not live in a Britain run by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls should be dismayed at Carswell’s defection to Ukip. He is an original, intelligent and… Continue reading

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If the Tories can’t keep Carswell in the fold, they are in serious trouble

28 August 2014 14:30
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Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip is a serious blow to the Tory party. Unlike so many other defectors, Carswell is not off because he has an axe to grind. This… Continue reading

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Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection

28 August 2014 12:37
Prime Minster British Prime Minister David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

Douglas Carswell’s defection today to Ukip is terrible for David Cameron. But it is also deeply inconvenient for his band of eurosceptic brothers. He was a key member of a… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13
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I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading

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Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10
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The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading

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Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip

28 August 2014 11:08
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In the past few minutes, Tory MP Douglas Carswell has announced at a special press conference that he is defecting to Ukip. listen to ‘Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip’ on… Continue reading

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