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How Nigel Farage hopes that immigration can deliver victory for Ukip

21 April 2014 9:00
One of the new Ukip billboards appearing around the country today.

Nigel Farage’s strategy for winning the European Elections is based around winning over blue collar workers who normally vote Labour. Ukip believe that they can use immigration as a battering… Continue reading

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An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37
Axelrod

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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The Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics

18 April 2014 12:00
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Dmitry Firtash is the Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics — a mystery figure about whom you hear two very different stories. According to one version, he’s a benign self-made businessman… Continue reading

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Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48
World Leaders Meet For G8 Summit AT Lough Erne

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in eastern Ukraine or face military action. There is no indication… Continue reading

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Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is no longer an obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition

6 April 2014 16:11
The Prime Minister And Deputy Prime Minister Announce Their Mid-Term Review

David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the European Union has long been regarded as a major obstacle to a second Tory-Lib Dem coalition. But, as I report in… Continue reading

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Clegg lost against Farage, but that’s not the point

4 April 2014 11:37
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Why did Nick Clegg bother debating Nigel Farage? The Ukip leader bagged two decisive victories in the battles. But that doesn’t mean the Lib Dem leader has failed to set… Continue reading

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Will Nick and Nigel be sidelined from the 2015 TV debates?

27 March 2014 19:38
Can we expect Nigel vs Nick against in 2015? Photo: Getty Images.

Has last night’s debate affected Nigel Farage’s chances of being involved in the general election TV debates? Although the broadcasters and political parties have yet to agree any dates or… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke: We don’t need treaty change to reform Europe, and my eurosceptic colleagues are eccentric

17 March 2014 16:44
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Tory europhiles don’t often come out in the daylight: they normally give the impression they’re frightened that their associations will get grumpy, or that their fellow MPs will try to… Continue reading

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Our own folly may yet lead us to a second dishonourable Yalta

13 March 2014 10:39
Three Powers

‘He was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world, where priests were spies and gallant friends proved traitors and… Continue reading

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Will there really be a ‘furious backlash’ to Ed Miliband’s EU referendum stance?

12 March 2014 13:52
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The Tories have been hoping that their pledge for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU would split Labour – it was the rationale behind John Baron’s regular pushes… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s speech on Europe: full text

12 March 2014 11:21
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In a speech today at the London Business School, Ed Miliband set out Labour’s policy on an EU referendum: unless there are further transfers of powers, there won’t be one. Here’s… Continue reading

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Douglas Alexander’s weasel words on Labour’s EU pledge

12 March 2014 8:58
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Unsurprisingly, Douglas Alexander’s Today interview about Ed Miliband’s pledge to not give the British people a referendum without saying he’s not giving you a referendum wasn’t the most edifying performance.… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage keeps on about EU migration, but non-EU migration is the greater problem

10 March 2014 14:17
UKIP Annual Spring Conference 2014

Last week, I spoke alongside Nigel Farage in a debate about immigration organised by the Evening Standard. It was good fun, as you’d expect, with David Lammy, Tessa Jowell and… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s comedy act

10 March 2014 12:45
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I much recommend Nick Clegg’s weekend speech. Since it was given at the Liberal Democrat Spring some people may have missed it. There is hardly a line that cannot draw a… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Cameron and Osborne ambush Lib Dems in Cabinet meeting

4 March 2014 11:05
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A dramatic Cabinet this morning as the Tories ambushed the Lib Dems over the contents of the Queen’s Speech. First, Cameron took them by surprise by demanding that a recall… Continue reading

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Merkel visit: now it’s time for David Cameron to tell us want he wants

28 February 2014 10:23
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David Cameron pulled out all the ceremonial stops for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to London and the way in which she played along is testament to her desire for the… Continue reading

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Merkel makes it clear: no special status for Britain in the EU

27 February 2014 14:28
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Angela Merkel’s speech today didn’t close doors on EU reform but nor did it open as many as some close to Cameron had hoped that it would. As the German… Continue reading

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America won’t be Europe’s policeman any more – but that’s good for Britain

25 February 2014 14:32
US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel. Image: Getty

The US Army’s cuts are good for Britain. They will force our European allies to think about their own defence and re-evaluate their policies. This will highlight the benefits of… Continue reading

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Angela Merkel is the key to reform – but David Cameron still needs a European strategy

22 February 2014 10:01
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Angela Merkel is getting the full red carpet treatment when she visits next week. In a 24 hour visit, she’ll address both Houses of Parliament and meet the Queen. These… Continue reading

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Is there a difference between voting to get out of the UK and voting to get out of the EU?

20 February 2014 12:15
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Those of us who want a referendum on the European Union need to be cautious in our approach to the Scottish one. What is sauce for Alex Salmond’s goose may… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg to challenge Nigel Farage to a head to head debate on Britain’s EU membership

20 February 2014 7:15
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

I understand that Nick Clegg is to challenge Nigel Farage to a debate on Britain’s EU membership ahead of the European Elections this May. The Liberal Democrat leader will issue… Continue reading

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Why Nick Clegg is so keen to pick a fight with Nigel Farage

17 February 2014 18:50
Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Before the European Elections in May, don’t expect either David Cameron or Ed MIliband to engage with Nigel Farage. Both the Tory and Labour leaders think that the best strategy… Continue reading

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Europe will affect the Scots referendum, but not in the way everyone expects

17 January 2014 17:59
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With William Hague in Glasgow this morning, the Scottish independence debate has swung round to Europe once again. Europe is indeed going to be important as we head towards the… Continue reading

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Bernard Jenkin’s letter is just the start – renegotiation will expose every Tory division on Europe

13 January 2014 14:38
David Cameron delivers his Europe speech. Image: Getty

Straight after David Cameron’s speech last January committing himself to renegotiation and a referendum, I asked one Tory minister what he made of it. He chuckled and said that Cameron… Continue reading

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Tea at 22: Michael Fallon on jobs, Europe and Ukip

20 December 2013 17:04
Michael Fallon

In the latest episode of Tea at 22, I interviewed Conservative business and energy minister Michael Fallon on his work in two Whitehall departments, Tory EU policy, and the party’s… Continue reading

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