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28 February 2015 14:10
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All the election forecast models agree, the next election result is going to be remarkably tight. On these models, neither Labour nor the Tories are going to come close to… Continue reading

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The Tory trouble to come on defence spending

26 February 2015 11:45
Eurofighter Typhoon Launched To Replace Tornado F3s

There are still some unhappy mutterings about the possibility that the Tories won’t commit to spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence in the next Strategic Defence and Security… Continue reading

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The Tories need to put Boris front and centre of the campaign — the numbers prove it

25 February 2015 15:46
London Mayor, Boris Johnson is shown around the Aura residential development which is under construction in the Edgware district of north London on February 20, 2015 in London, England.

Have you seen Boris Johnson? The Mayor of London has been surprisingly absent from the Conservatives’ floundering campaign so far. He was not chosen to be member of the core… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour to make pledges knowing they are bad policy

23 February 2015 8:12
Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

This week, the two main parties plan to make iconic pledges that they hope will appeal to their core vote, but that are pretty poor policy. David Cameron will today… Continue reading

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Record employment figures create more problems for Labour

18 February 2015 13:06
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Britain has reached its highest ever level of employment. According to new figures from the ONS, the employment rate has risen to 73.2 per cent — or close to 31… Continue reading

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Tories and the Church: the 30-year war continues

18 February 2015 9:37
Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby Visits Israel And The West Bank

Here are some observations from the ‘incendiary’ letter from the House of Bishops that has upset the Tories so much. ‘Our electoral system often means that the outcomes turn on… Continue reading

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The danger for Miliband in his tax triumph

15 February 2015 12:04
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Last week was Labour’s best of the campaign so far and the Tories’ worst. The row over tax avoidance and Lord Fink’s comments reinforced the damaging perception that the Tories… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s one law for the rich shows he doesn’t understand the British

14 February 2015 16:34
Prime Minister David Cameron attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, at Guildhall in the City of London

The great historian of the Soviet Union Robert Conquest’s Third Law of Politics reads: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it… Continue reading

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Why Boris Johnson doesn’t want a Tory leadership contest this year

13 February 2015 15:57
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Even though Boris is building up support for his leadership campaign, he doesn’t want to have to stand in one this year. He needs David Cameron to remain Prime Minister… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tories confront Lynton Crosby over ‘barnacles’ distracting from election message

12 February 2015 16:25
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Last night’s meeting of the 1922 Committee was, I hear, not a particularly well-attended affair. This is odd because the speaker was Lynton Crosby, whose confident briefings tend to cheer… Continue reading

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Podcast: why modern love is rubbish and is Ed Miliband an honourable opposition leader?

12 February 2015 8:57
Internet Companies Vie For Market Dominance

In the age of Tinder and online dating, is modern love rubbish? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Melissa Kite, Cosmo Landesman and Camilla Swift discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on why romance is being killed off by digital… Continue reading

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Miliband’s attacks fell flat at PMQs

11 February 2015 13:48
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The stage was set for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. Just before the session, The Guardian revealed the names of various Tony donors who allegedly had accounts with HSBC’s Swiss… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson woos Tory MPs with a ‘rucksack clanking with booze’

9 February 2015 12:22
Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s campaign to woo Tory MPs is continuing as the General Election approaches. I hear that he held another one of his suppers for colleagues at his home in… Continue reading

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Will anyone be able to govern Britain after the next election?

8 February 2015 10:35
Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

With every week that goes by, the more likely it is that the next election could result in a stalemate with neither Labour nor the Tories able to put together… Continue reading

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What’s more important to voters? Coherent policy or the chance to ‘send a message’

5 February 2015 13:00
Current Mayor Of London Boris Johnson Casts His Vote In The London Mayoral Elections

What are you doing when you vote? Much of the discussion about elections assumes – implicitly or explicitly – that voters are making a judgement about policies being put forward… Continue reading

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Hague’s attempt to resolve West Lothian raises even more questions

3 February 2015 17:14
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It doesn’t seem that William Hague has offered a decisive answer to the West Lothian question today. Indeed, judging by the reaction of the SNP and Tory MPs, the proposal… Continue reading

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Which party has the strongest message?

2 February 2015 17:05
Prime Minister David Cameron Gives Education Speech In A North London School

One interesting nugget from Lord Ashcroft’s latest batch of polling is what his focus groups in two seats – Sutton and Cheam, and Elmet and Rothwell – had to say… Continue reading

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Labour MPs’ minds wander to a post-election contest

1 February 2015 10:20
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

With the opinion polls so tight at the moment, we’re having to look for other ways to try and work out what the general election result will be. One indicator… Continue reading

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The Conservatives will lose votes if they fail to defend their school reforms

30 January 2015 8:51
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We can be sure that between now and May there will be an endless barrage of lies and disinformation aimed at belittling this government’s achievements in improving schools. The real… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tories protest removal of Theresa May’s advisers from candidates list

27 January 2015 17:50
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Senior Tories yesterday protested the removal of Theresa May’s special advisers from the candidates’ list, Coffee House understands. There had been talk of mounting a ‘rescue mission’ to reinstate Nick… Continue reading

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80 Tories could reject plain packaging

27 January 2015 16:09
Plans for plain packaging of cigarettes have taken a step forward today. Photo: PA.

While Cabinet members grumble about the way the government’s plain packaging announcement was snuck out last week, those Tories opposed to the measure have been counting up the number of… Continue reading

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Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories?

24 January 2015 21:04
Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir delivers his speech on communities during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014.

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party this evening, following an internal party investigation. Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Bashir, who was the party’s communities spokesman, says… Continue reading

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Confusing politics encourages leadership intrigues

23 January 2015 9:47
British Home Secretary Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on June 26

This election is going to be terribly confusing, something the latest TV debate proposals from the broadcasters highlight very nicely indeed. The debates are starting to resemble an episode of… Continue reading

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Tories run two rickety databases in target seats

22 January 2015 11:37
Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps Visits Rochester

The Conservatives are running two voter databases, neither of which are fully functioning, in their key constituencies, Coffee House has learned. The party had been trying to get rid of… Continue reading

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Ministers to introduce plain-packaging for cigarettes

21 January 2015 20:53
Plans for plain packaging of cigarettes have taken a step forward today. Photo: PA.

The government has finally decided to bring in plain packaging laws for cigarettes. This U-turn is a sort of U-turn because MPs will get a free vote on it, after… Continue reading

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