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The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals

4 August 2015 14:21
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George Osborne is having a good summer. He got in first with wooing the new intake of Tory MPs, to the extent that many of them seem slightly besotted with… Continue reading

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The Conservatives can become the party of mental health — here’s how

4 August 2015 10:00
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For too long, Westminster has overlooked mental health. It has been languishing in funding obscurity for decades as a forgotten arm of the NHS. But thankfully, there was a shift… Continue reading

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No, Ted Heath’s ‘deeply closeted’ sexuality doesn’t mean he was a paedophile

4 August 2015 9:35
Caption:British Conservative politician Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) conducting an orchestra in rehearsal, Windsor, circa 1975.

It is of course too soon to make any meaningful response to the Ted Heath allegations. However, in reporting the ‘mystery’ surrounding the former Prime Minister’s sexuality, the media and… Continue reading

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Tory MPs congratulate Lynton Crosby on his election success

20 July 2015 17:09
Lynton Crosby

Tory MPs are currently hearing from Lynton Crosby at a special meeting of the 1922 Committee on his election victory. Many of them are wryly amused that they are having to… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps gets second ministerial job as his rehabilitation begins

15 July 2015 17:00
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Grant Shapps has been given a second ministerial post at the Foreign Office this afternoon in which I understand is part of a rather apologetic rehabilitation process for the minister,… Continue reading

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PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33
David Cameron on holiday in 2014

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading

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SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23
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The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading

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Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59
Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading

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Number 10 ‘can square’ boundary reform losers

13 July 2015 14:16
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Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands. I hear… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Macmillan mission starts today

10 July 2015 8:54
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Those in favour of more housebuilding in this country like to tell the story of Winston Churchill’s deal with Harold Macmillan in which the Prime Minister told his housing minister… Continue reading

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Revealed: David Cameron’s plan to bring back hunting

7 July 2015 20:37
The Avon Vale Hunt Meet Marks The Opening Of The Fox Hunting Season

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked it but had not inhaled. David Cameron’s position on hunting… Continue reading

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Tories nervous of EVEL rebellion

7 July 2015 15:54
Grayling works on TV licence reform

MPs are getting very worked up in this afternoon’s emergency debate on English Votes for English Laws. Depending on which party they’re in, of course, they’re getting worked up about… Continue reading

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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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