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Who are the rising Tory stars?

28 August 2015 15:51
The Prime Minister Introduces His New Members Of Parliament

In this week’s Spectator, I profile the 2015 intake of Tory MPs: a bright, pragmatic bunch who don’t like to call themselves Thatcherite. Ministers who have sat in the Commons… Continue reading

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Revealed: Wikipedia’s panic over Shapps fiasco

28 August 2015 14:59
Conservative Party co-chairman Grant Shapps arrives at Tory Party headquarters near Westminster on May 8, 2015 in London

During the election campaign a cloud hung over Grant Shapps, the then chairman of the Conservative party. In April, he was accused of editing his own Wikipedia profile and those of other politicians by Richard… Continue reading

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Podcast: Charlie Falconer vs Douglas Murray on assisted dying

27 August 2015 9:07
18th July 2014 -- Protesters join the 'Not Dead Yet UK' campaign outside the House of Lords as peers debate Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

The Assisted Dying Bill will return to the Commons and Lords in the near future – are we prepared for the consequences? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Douglas… Continue reading

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Lurch to the left or the right? Where Labour and the Tories must position themselves to win in 2020

16 August 2015 13:30
(Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty)

What are the best political positions for Labour and the Conservatives to take to win back more voters? The Tories want to maintain and extend their victory, while Labour is… Continue reading

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When will David Cameron step down as Tory leader?

12 August 2015 12:01
British Prime Minister David Cameron Holidays In Portugal

Will David Cameron really consider staying on as Prime Minister for the 2020 election as well? Ever since the Sun on Sunday reported that some of the Tory leader’s colleagues… Continue reading

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Could tax credit cuts undermine the Tory claim to be the ‘Workers’ Party’?

10 August 2015 10:34
(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

The Tories are on a mission to brand themselves the Workers’ Party while Labour messes about with its leadership contest. The party has got the energetic Robert Halfon as its… Continue reading

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The looming Tory rebellions to look out for this autumn

6 August 2015 16:04
Prime Minister's Questions

Without wanting to dispel the utter euphoria that Tories are feeling at the current state of the Labour party, they do have a tricky autumn to get through which they… Continue reading

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The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals

4 August 2015 14:21
OctoOsborne

George Osborne is having a good summer. He got in first with wooing the new intake of Tory MPs, to the extent that many of them seem slightly besotted with… Continue reading

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The Conservatives can become the party of mental health — here’s how

4 August 2015 10:00
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For too long, Westminster has overlooked mental health. It has been languishing in funding obscurity for decades as a forgotten arm of the NHS. But thankfully, there was a shift… Continue reading

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No, Ted Heath’s ‘deeply closeted’ sexuality doesn’t mean he was a paedophile

4 August 2015 9:35
Caption:British Conservative politician Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) conducting an orchestra in rehearsal, Windsor, circa 1975.

It is of course too soon to make any meaningful response to the Ted Heath allegations. However, in reporting the ‘mystery’ surrounding the former Prime Minister’s sexuality, the media and… Continue reading

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Tory MPs congratulate Lynton Crosby on his election success

20 July 2015 17:09
Lynton Crosby

Tory MPs are currently hearing from Lynton Crosby at a special meeting of the 1922 Committee on his election victory. Many of them are wryly amused that they are having to… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps gets second ministerial job as his rehabilitation begins

15 July 2015 17:00
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Grant Shapps has been given a second ministerial post at the Foreign Office this afternoon in which I understand is part of a rather apologetic rehabilitation process for the minister,… Continue reading

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PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33
cameronholiday

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading

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SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23
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The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading

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Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59
Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading

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Number 10 ‘can square’ boundary reform losers

13 July 2015 14:16
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Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands. I hear… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Macmillan mission starts today

10 July 2015 8:54
Image: Getty

Those in favour of more housebuilding in this country like to tell the story of Winston Churchill’s deal with Harold Macmillan in which the Prime Minister told his housing minister… Continue reading

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Revealed: David Cameron’s plan to bring back hunting

7 July 2015 20:37
The Avon Vale Hunt Meet Marks The Opening Of The Fox Hunting Season

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked it but had not inhaled. David Cameron’s position on hunting… Continue reading

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Tories nervous of EVEL rebellion

7 July 2015 15:54
Grayling works on TV licence reform

MPs are getting very worked up in this afternoon’s emergency debate on English Votes for English Laws. Depending on which party they’re in, of course, they’re getting worked up about… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03
Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25
Home Affairs Select Committee meeting

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of these committees but now they are voted in by MPs.… Continue reading

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‘Purdah’ amendment to EU referendum bill defeated — but only thanks to Labour

16 June 2015 18:53
British Conservative member of parliament Bill Cash poses for a photograph in central London on November 16, 2012.

The government has defeated Bill Cash’s rebel amendment on the changes to the ‘purdah’ rules during the EU referendum campaign, but only thanks to Labour abstaining. The actual vote was… Continue reading

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Keeping Britain in the EU will be easier than keeping the Tories united on the issue

15 June 2015 16:12
Image: Getty

Privately, senior Tories admit that winning the EU referendum, by which they mean securing a vote to stay in on Cameron’s new terms, is the easy part. The more difficult… Continue reading

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Osborne’s audition

14 June 2015 10:58
Image: Getty.

On Wednesday at Noon, George Osborne will rise to respond for the government at Prime Minister’s Questions. The symbolism of this moment won’t be lost on anyone on the Tory… Continue reading

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Wikipedia reprimands editor who accused Grant Shapps of ‘sock puppet’ edits

8 June 2015 21:04
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

It is probably reasonably cold comfort to him, given he’s already lost his Cabinet job, but Grant Shapps has today seen a Wikipedia administrator who accused him of editing his… Continue reading

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