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Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31
Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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Labour’s action on housing doesn’t match its rhetoric

18 August 2014 12:58
An aerial view of housing in London. Image: Getty

On the face of it, it’s a simple equation. In the north-London borough of Islington, there are almost 9,000 people on the housing waiting list. The area needs more homes.… Continue reading

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The Tories should give their members more power

15 August 2014 8:32
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Politics is an expensive game. You might get paid three times the average salary once you’re in Parliament, but you can spend so much on your way there that only… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi’s parting shot contains a serious warning for the Tories

10 August 2014 14:45
The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi clashed over the government's counter-extremism strategy while the minister was on a plane. Picture: Getty

Baroness Warsi’s interview with the Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday is, unsurprisingly, not just about her discomfort with the government’s policy in the Middle East. The Independent on Sunday… Continue reading

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How the FOBs, FOGs and FOTs could trip themselves up in the Tory leadership fight

7 August 2014 17:12
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FOB, FOG or FOT? Which one are you? In this week’s Spectator, Harry Mount examines the machinations of the Friends of Boris as they set their star man up for… Continue reading

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Where could Boris stand?

6 August 2014 10:39
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This week’s Spectator charts Boris Johnson’s return to Parliament – and examines the network of MPs already helping him get there. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to read Harry… Continue reading

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Tory minister: Govt ‘failure’ on Gaza is sowing seeds of General Election defeat

5 August 2014 11:17
Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet

One of the risks of Sayeeda Warsi’s resignation was that it would encourage other ministers uneasy about the government’s response to the situation in Gaza to break ranks. She is… Continue reading

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Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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David Cameron hints at tax cuts for Middle England

30 July 2014 11:47
Prime Minster British Prime Minister David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope tweets the news that David Cameron is open to raising the threshold for the 40p rate: NEWS! PM: “I would love to raise the 40p tax… Continue reading

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The mysterious case of David Ruffley’s letter

29 July 2014 12:02
David Ruffley at a reception for MPs and MEPs at Buckingham Palace. Image: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

There is much hullaballoo this morning about how slow the Tories were to act over David Ruffley, the disgraced MP who announced last night that he will not stand for… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00
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David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25
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In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34
Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11
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Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: Beware the revenge of the ‘Uglies’

18 July 2014 12:22
Out for revenge? Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Image: Getty

There are two reasons why David Cameron’s cull of the ‘Uglies’ – the Conservative ministers who don’t perform well on camera – had to be so vast. The first is… Continue reading

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The 2014 government sackings – as they happened

14 July 2014 17:47
Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

For all of today’s reshuffle updates, including the new appointments and podcast reactions, follow our liveblog here. 23.44 That’s it for tonight. We’ll be back at 6am tomorrow, with more… Continue reading

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Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists

13 July 2014 22:30
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David Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists if the Conservatives continue to struggle to recruit female MPs, senior Tory sources have said. The Prime Minister has also set party chairman… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38
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Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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Lady Butler-Sloss should not lead the child abuse inquiry

10 July 2014 12:56
Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

Last week, Nick Cohen suggested that Lady Butler-Sloss was not the correct person to lead the child abuse enquiry. She has now resigned from her role.  The Guardian says today… Continue reading

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Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20
All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

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David Cameron makes a success of his Juncker failure in the Commons

30 June 2014 18:03
David Cameron has gained support from Tory Eurosceptics for his attempts to block the ascension of Juncker.

Normally when Speaker Bercow drags out a statement from the Prime Minister to over an hour and a half, the PM starts to look a bit pained. Today David Cameron… Continue reading

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After being Junckered, the Cameron circle now fear for the renegotiation

29 June 2014 11:42
David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the European Council summit at the end of last week. Picture: Getty

Getting Junckered was not an enjoyable experience for Downing Street. Not only has David Cameron lost his battle to stop the former Luxembourg PM becoming Commission President he has also… Continue reading

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The speech that revealed what George Osborne believes

28 June 2014 12:39
General Views Of Government Ministries Before The Budget

It is a risky business for any serving Cabinet Minister to give a big picture political speech setting out their personal philosophy. It is all too easy for such a… Continue reading

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Cameron defeated as Juncker nominated for European Commission President

27 June 2014 16:38
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The European Council has nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next president of the European Commission despite David Cameron’s staunch opposition. In the vote that Cameron forced on the appointment,… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s eurosceptic colleagues are pushing him to set out his renegotiation demands

27 June 2014 14:42
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David Cameron has warned his European colleagues that there will be ‘consequences’ if they support Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment today. He’s already seeing the consequences back home, with eurosceptics who are… Continue reading

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