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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
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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
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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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‘Careless talk costs lives’: Cameron angers MPs as he insists he was ‘misinterpreted’ on EU vote

8 June 2015 16:23
G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

It’s not clear who David Cameron is trying to annoy more: his party or the press pack following him at the G7 summit in Bavaria. But what is clear, at… Continue reading

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Will Ukip and Tory campaigners for a Brexit manage to co-exist?

8 June 2015 15:22
Ukip leader, Nigel Farage (L), speaks to supporters  as they take part in a lobby against the European Arrest Warrant opposite the House of Commons on November 10, 2014 in London, England.

Ukip continues to talk up a big role for itself in the Out campaign. As Britain’s most Eurosceptic party, it is eager to dive into a referendum it has been… Continue reading

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Liam Fox interview: Tories have to get a free vote on the EU ‘in the end’

8 June 2015 14:51
Cutting Through The Spin - Bremner, Blunkett, Fox and Kennedy talk #GE2015 seminar - Advertising Week Europe

Liam Fox started his political life under a majority Conservative government, and finally he’s back under one. He was elected in 1992 after John Major’s surprise election victory, and is enjoying… Continue reading

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How David Cameron could still avoid a bitter Tory row on Europe without a free vote

8 June 2015 8:07
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

David Cameron’s indication that his ministers will have to follow the position of the government on the EU referendum or leave the government has caused some consternation in his party. David… Continue reading

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Why so many senior Tories want Zac Goldsmith to run for mayor

7 June 2015 11:36
Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Over the last few weeks, a string of senior Tories have urged Zac Goldsmith to run for Mayor of London. Goldsmith is, as I report in the Mail on Sunday,… Continue reading

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David Cameron is putting himself in the firing line on immigration

2 June 2015 11:32
The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

One of the important but unglamorous adjustments that the Conservatives have had to make in majority government is the structure of government itself. It’s the sort of thing that was… Continue reading

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Human rights reform: will the Tories end up with the same bill but under a new name?

1 June 2015 14:13
The European Court of Human Rights (Photo: Getty)

Number 10 has not given an official denial that David Cameron has ruled out pulling out of the European Convention on human rights, with the Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman today… Continue reading

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The two tightropes that Cameron must walk on Europe

31 May 2015 11:08
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David Cameron has to walk two tightropes on Europe, and at the same time too. The first is to negotiate a deal with other European leaders that satisfies the bulk of… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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

27 May 2015 10:37
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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

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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

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Cameron tries to bring the campaign into government

26 May 2015 19:36
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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

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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

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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

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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

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

21 May 2015 8:58
Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

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

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Germans propose linking the British renegotiation to Eurozone reform

20 May 2015 17:48
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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

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