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Why the Tories will probably get away with defence cuts

29 May 2015 17:21
Eurofighter Typhoon Launched To Replace Tornado F3s

On election night, between the exit poll suggesting the Conservatives would be back in a coalition government and the slow realisation that they were heading for a majority, Defence Secretary… Continue reading


Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 14:57
Queen Elizabeth II waits to give the Queen's Speech from the throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) at the Palace of Westminster on May 27, 2015 in London, England.

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years and the government’s legislation plans for the next… Continue reading


2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced

27 May 2015 11:47
Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament on May 27, 2015 in London, England.

Her Majesty has just delivered the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years — or as David Cameron described it, a ‘One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government’.… Continue reading


Cameron will struggle to get human rights reform past parliament at any stage

27 May 2015 10:37

David Cameron has decided to stall on human rights reform for now, partly because the Tories couldn’t quite work out how to get the reforms they wanted, and partly because… Continue reading


What to expect in today’s Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 7:54
June 2014: Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

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


Cameron tries to bring the campaign into government

26 May 2015 19:36
Image: Getty

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech will be almost cut and pasted from the Tory manifesto. Partly, this is because Number 10 believes that the Salisbury convention dictates that the House of Lords… Continue reading


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

26 May 2015 16:35
Michael Gove and Daniel Hannan speaking to members of the AECR at Winchester Guildhall on 26 May 2015. Photo: AECR

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


David Cameron is trying to manage the referendum – and his party – properly

25 May 2015 10:29
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

The government’s announcement that EU migrants will not be able to vote in the EU referendum tells us a number of things about the way David Cameron is approaching this… Continue reading


Camilla Cavendish to head Number 10 policy unit

21 May 2015 14:00
Camilla Cavendish at The Times CEO Summit in 2011.

As British politics becomes more presidential, the structure of Number 10 matters more and more. David Cameron values continuity, collegiality and calmness in his senior team and what is striking… Continue reading


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

21 May 2015 8:58
Michael Gove arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor on May 19, 2015 in London, England.

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


Germans propose linking the British renegotiation to Eurozone reform

20 May 2015 17:48

Wolfgang Schäuble’s decision to link the British renegotiation to changes to the governance of the Eurozone is highly significant. In an interview the German Finance Minister told the Wall Street… 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


What Michael Gove told his civil servants

17 May 2015 13:18
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

Michael Gove has been keeping a relatively low profile since being made Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor last weekend. I understand that he is keen to master the brief, and… Continue reading


George Osborne poaches Daily Mail’s political editor

16 May 2015 18:34
A picture shows the front door of number

George Osborne has moved to strengthen his personal, political operation by hiring the political editor of the Daily Mail James Chapman as his director of communications. This beefing up of… Continue reading


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

14 May 2015 21:39
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

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


London can be Blue again

14 May 2015 17:32
Image: Getty

In the midst of a glorious election night for the Conservatives on 7 May, London stubbornly resisted the swing across the rest of the country and went a darker shade… Continue reading


How Tory ministers could sneak out policies the House of Lords blocked

14 May 2015 15:38
Peers wait in the Chamber of the House o

Now that we can’t brace ourselves for the SNP ruling over Westminster and the Labour party as we’d been warned (though they still seem to be having a bit of… Continue reading


Tory rebels wait for first chance to pounce

14 May 2015 11:53
The European Court of Human Rights

That some Tory MPs wouldn’t like the idea of Michael Gove scrapping the Human Rights Act has been known for some time, but there is something else worth keeping an… Continue reading


Pandering to animal rights extremists will get MPs rejected, not elected

14 May 2015 11:47
David Cameron feeds a lamb in April 2015. Image: Getty

The reasons why England and Wales voted so convincingly for a Conservative Government on Thursday will be debated forever, but one of the most obvious is the complete rejection of… Continue reading


Cameron, May and Javid are trying to prove the Tories are the natural party of government

13 May 2015 8:53
British Prime Minister David Cameron hosts the first cabinet meeting with his new cabinet in Downing Street on May 12, 2015 in London, England.

The Tories are already putting some clear blue water between the coalition and the present majority government. Firstly, the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid has promised new tougher strike laws —… Continue reading


Jim Messina interview: how the pollsters got it wrong and why Labour lost

12 May 2015 16:07
Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

Jim Messina is the American elections guru who got the general election right. Hired by the Conservatives as a strategy adviser in 2013, the Tories hoped he would emulate Barack Obama’s… Continue reading


David Cameron ‘absolutely clear’ about priorities in Cabinet address

12 May 2015 12:39
New Cabinet meets

As part of his new style of governing, David Cameron addressed Cabinet today with cameras recording the first bit. The idea was clearly to set out his mission for the… Continue reading


Rory Stewart’s mysterious promotion to Defra

12 May 2015 11:59
Rory Stewart, the Defence Select Committee chair (Photo: David Levenson/Getty)

One of the stranger appointments of this reshuffle so far has been Rory Stewart being sent to Defra. The former chair of the Defence Select Committee does represent a rural… Continue reading


Blue collar Conservatism is essential but difficult for the Tories

12 May 2015 8:55

David Cameron is holding the first all-Tory Cabinet meeting since 1997 today, and he is expected to emphasise his mission for this Government to be characterised by ‘blue-collar Conservatism’ in… Continue reading


No Cabinet job for Grant Shapps

11 May 2015 20:30
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

The party chairman in a general election winning campaign can normally expect a plum job as a reward, especially when that victory was against the odds. Tonight, though, Grant Shapps… Continue reading