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Boris selected: what’s next for the Tory leadership hopeful?

13 September 2014 10:42
Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

Unsurprisingly, Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservatives picked Boris Johnson last night as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 election. Boris has a 11,216 majority to defend, but that’s only the… Continue reading

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What would the Tory party really do if Scotland voted ‘yes’?

11 September 2014 17:46
David Cameron pleads with Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. Picture: PA

Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. That’s why backbenchers have been… Continue reading

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The result of the Scottish referendum will be seismic whether yes or no

10 September 2014 17:16
Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

It is very difficult to see how David Cameron would survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. There are certainly Conservatives who are making detailed plans to oust the… Continue reading

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Cameron and Clegg’s last-ditch attempts to save the Union

8 September 2014 15:26
David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Image: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

After the panic in Westminster over the weekend about the Sunday Times‘ poll putting ‘Yes’ in the lead came the something-must-be-dones. David Cameron said he would ‘strain every sinew’ to… Continue reading

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Can the Tory party locate its secret weapon?

4 September 2014 21:32
Picture by Carla Millar

It used to be said that loyalty was the Tory party’s secret weapon. But this supposed strength hasn’t been very apparent in recent years. Indeed, at times, it seems that… Continue reading

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How can Cameron save the Conservatives? Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and Andrew Roberts respond

3 September 2014 16:25
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We asked Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and historian Andrew Roberts what – if anything – David Cameron could do to rescue his party. Here’s what they had to say: Daniel… Continue reading

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Justine Greening: the Tory message on social mobility ‘has been diluted’

3 September 2014 16:07
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This feature is a preview of this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Justine Greening wants to talk about social mobility. If it is not immediately obvious why the Secretary of State… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tory Clacton selection will be an open primary

2 September 2014 16:24
(Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

How do the Conservatives make the Clacton by-election more difficult for Douglas Carswell? I hear from two extremely well-placed sources that the selection for the Tory candidate will be an… Continue reading

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Cameron’s anti-terror statement sets out autumn battles

1 September 2014 17:07
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So, after the horsetrading of the past few days, the Conservatives appear to have won their battle to add relocation powers to the terrorism prevention and investigation measures. In his… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39
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David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46
Millionaire Stuart Wheeler Loses Lisbon Treaty Challenge

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip. Wheeler has been the broker in any potential defections, wining… Continue reading

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Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25
Picture by Carla Millar

What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this morning about other meetings that Ukip has held with Conservative… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10
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The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading

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Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge

26 August 2014 13:48
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Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is going to apply to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. His announcement comes on the same day that Nigel Farage… Continue reading

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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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