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

27 January 2015 17:50

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


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


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


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


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


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


Tory MPs split over how far to push English votes for English laws

21 January 2015 19:10
Celebrations And Flag Flying On St George's Day

Tory backbenchers have just finished a long meeting about English Votes for English Laws. The 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers have just spent the last hour and a bit debating… Continue reading


Don’t ask, don’t tell: the Tory party treats atheists like the army used to treat gay people

21 January 2015 18:17

I’m a Conservative MP who doesn’t believe in God. Polls suggest that my lack of belief puts me in the same position as most people in the country. So what’s… Continue reading


Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49
(Photo: Getty)

With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now and 7 May. The starting gun has been fired and the… Continue reading


Team Boris are catching ‘interesting fish’

19 January 2015 17:29
Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Who are the latest contenders in the Tory leadership battle and how much support do they have? That’s the question that Tory MPs and pundits love to chew over, even… Continue reading


Why Boris and the Tory leadership are playing nicely

18 January 2015 10:55
David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

For most of this parliament, Downing Street has been thoroughly paranoid about Boris Johnson and his intentions. Any attempt by the Mayor to reach out to Tory MPs was met… Continue reading


Grey voters snap up Osborne’s pensioner bonds

17 January 2015 13:04
Image: Getty

Downing Street was a happy place after David Cameron and Barack Obama’s joint press conference yesterday. The US President was effusive in his praise for Cameron and his seeming endorsement… Continue reading


Clunky Conservative machine still causing unnecessary problems

15 January 2015 15:03
One of the 2010 election debates.

There is considerable frustration in the Tory ranks about the way the Prime Minister is handling the TV debates. Both those who think David Cameron should be doing the debates and… Continue reading


‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

13 January 2015 20:17
The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading


Tories split between rival parties

13 January 2015 12:49
Picture: Getty Images

David Cameron is holding another one of his parliamentary party meetings this evening to discuss party strategy and rally the troops. Normally these things are quite well-attended, save a few… Continue reading


Tories drop weak policy areas for ‘six election priorities’ launch

12 January 2015 8:24
Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

Why have the Conservatives left out immigration and the NHS – two of the three issues that voters consistently cite as the most important in forming their decision about who… Continue reading


Why Cameron doesn’t want any TV debates

11 January 2015 11:11
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Dav

Before Christmas, David Cameron tightened up the rules about ministers going overseas. He wanted them in this country campaigning as much as possible. But, unsurprisingly, his visit to President Obama… Continue reading


Has Ukip given up persuading one would-be Tory defector?

6 January 2015 17:11
Image: Getty

Has one Ukip defection become less likely? Before Christmas, top Tories were falling over themselves to tell Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron how much they valued him and how… Continue reading


Read the two election campaign dossiers from Labour and the Tories

5 January 2015 14:57
The economic dossiers released by the Tories and Labour today.

There’s 121 days to go till the General Election and the two main parties have released reports attacking each others plans for the economy. You can read them both here:… Continue reading


Cameron avoids a New Year slip-up

4 January 2015 13:50
Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

In 2010, David Cameron stumbled in his first New Year broadcast interview over the Tory plans for a married couple’s tax allowance. This slip-up knocked him and his party off… Continue reading


What the first 2015 election posters tell us about the campaign

4 January 2015 9:13

If you want a glimpse of the sort of election campaign we’re facing for the next few months, these posters from Labour and the Conservatives tell you everything you need… Continue reading


Why the Tories are stirring up a row on hunting

27 December 2014 11:07

Why on earth are the Tories using the quiet news period between Christmas and New Year to talk about fox hunting? It’s a question many Conservative MPs are asking, worrying… Continue reading


The Blue on Blue action has to stop if the Tories are to win next May

21 December 2014 10:05

There’s little sign of a Christmas truce in the Conservative party this morning. Instead, the row between Theresa May’s camp followers and the rest of the Conservative hierarchy is still… Continue reading


The Union needs balance

16 December 2014 13:45
(Photo: Carl Court/Getty)

Today’s Guardian long-read on the Scottish referendum is a great piece of journalism. Both Alistair Darling and Danny Alexander argue in it that when David Cameron stepped out of Downing… Continue reading


Tory MPs prepare mischief for EVEL statement

16 December 2014 10:55
Prime Minister's Questions

William Hague is unveiling his EVEL plans in the Commons at 12.30 today. Just in case you were trying to work out what sort of atmosphere will greet this discussion… Continue reading