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David Cameron: ‘This is a high stakes, high risk election’

28 March 2015 13:50
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The Tories want to frame this election as a straight choice between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. So, today Cameron delivered some of his most direct attacks on Miliband yet.… Continue reading

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Revealed: David Cameron’s secret conversations about the next coalition

26 March 2015 18:07
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David Cameron is keen to demonstrate his willingness to give straight answers to straight questions at the moment. But there is a limit to his candour. Anyone who asks him… Continue reading

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Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07
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If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

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Podcast: Cameron’s second coalition dream and the problems of the sharing economy

26 March 2015 9:12
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David Cameron is secretly planning for a second coalition, according to the new Spectator. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Miranda Green discuss the possibility of another Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition after the… Continue reading

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Revealed: Julian Lewis’ email on the ‘unworthy manoeuvre’ against John Bercow

26 March 2015 9:02
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William Hague has given today’s vote that will set up a secret ballot on the re-election of the Speaker as a ‘leaving present’ to Tory MPs. But not all of… Continue reading

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Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55
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The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading

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Podcast special: David Cameron’s accidental pre-resignation

24 March 2015 10:04
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What to make of David Cameron’s announcement that this will be the last time he leads the Tories into battle? Cock-up or conspiracy? In this View from 22 podcast special,… Continue reading

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David Cameron has made the first gaffe of the 2015 campaign — and handed Labour an opportunity

24 March 2015 9:25
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Did the Prime Minister mean to say it or not? That question will be on the lips of pundits and politicos over the next few days as everyone attempts to figure out what… Continue reading

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Still no lead: Tories and Labour tied in two new polls

23 March 2015 23:51
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Two polls out today have the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck, while another has Labour ahead by two points. Lord Ashcroft’s national poll has the two main parties at 33 per cent… Continue reading

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In a brave move, David Cameron sets fire to his authority

23 March 2015 18:35
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It is always useful to remember Robert Conquest’s suggestion that The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume it is controlled by a cabal of… Continue reading

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David Cameron: this will be my last election. Theresa, George or Boris may succeed me

23 March 2015 18:29
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With just days to go until the general election campaign, David Cameron has declared that this is last time he’s leading his party into battle. It’s not clear why he felt the… Continue reading

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When will voters really tune into the election campaign?

22 March 2015 10:33
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With just over six weeks to go to polling day, the mood of the parties is now largely determined by the opinion polls. This morning’s crop are a mixed bunch.… Continue reading

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Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53
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After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading

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The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46
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It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too. In interviews with The Mail and The Times this morning,… Continue reading

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Main parties seem rather old and tired, say voters

20 March 2015 15:41
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Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with negative campaigning (though surely there’s something a bit wrong about being inaccurate). But when parties pontificate about crafting messages of hope and avoiding smears and… Continue reading

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Tory MPs content with ‘boring’ Budget

19 March 2015 17:53
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How has George Osborne’s Budget gone down with his party? The Tory MPs I’ve spoken to in the past 24 hours or so since the Budget seem reasonably content with… Continue reading

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Are the Conservatives really running the most ‘positive possible campaign’?

18 March 2015 11:45
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While the nation is on tenterhooks for the 2015 Budget, the Tories have filled the news gap this morning with a new attack video. As you can watch above, Conservative HQ… Continue reading

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How will the Tories sell today’s Budget?

18 March 2015 8:59
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It’s Budget Day, possibly George Osborne’s last Budget and certainly the last big event in the House of Commons that anyone outside it will notice. The Chancellor will, within the… Continue reading

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Labour and Lib Dems welcome ‘progress’ on TV debates

17 March 2015 17:14
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So both Labour and the Lib Dems have responded to the TV debates with caution and enthusiasm respectively. A Labour spokesman said ‘based on the broadcasters’ proposals we have accepted… Continue reading

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Cameron’s controlled media strategy keeps voters in the kitchen

17 March 2015 16:59
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Why is David Cameron inviting everyone into his kitchen? The Sun has followed the Prime Minister around with a day-in-the-life video, which starts in his kitchen and includes a recipe… Continue reading

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Tory knives dangle over Grant Shapps

17 March 2015 15:01
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Though his Conservative colleagues have largely been very supportive of Grant Shapps during the latest row about his alter ego Michael Green, there is a contingent in the party who… Continue reading

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The Coalition is drawing to an end in a surprisingly civil manner

17 March 2015 9:08
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It’s the last Budget before the election tomorrow and there are just a few days left of the Coalition. Which is why it is hardly surprising that a few of… Continue reading

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Four polls show that neither Conservatives nor Labour are pulling ahead

16 March 2015 23:16
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Another week, another set of polls that put Labour and the Tories on an almost level footing. In his weekly national poll, Lord Ashcroft has the Conservatives two points ahead… Continue reading

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Labour aims fire at Grant Shapps over second job allegations

16 March 2015 8:52
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How damaging for the Tories is the row about Grant Shapps’ second job? While it is quite easy to write up the Conservative chairman’s business past in a way that… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: The Liberal Democrats are the continuity choice at the election

15 March 2015 14:52
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The Liberal Democrats sense an opportunity in all this speculation about who the Tories and Labour would do deals with in the event of a hung parliament. They believe that… Continue reading

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