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Why are the Tory party in such a good mood?

1 October 2014 17:20
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Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s message to Britain: winter is here but spring is coming

1 October 2014 14:28
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Better than Miliband is as fine a demonstration of the soft bigotry of low expectations as you possibly hope to find. Nevertheless, David Cameron’s speech to the Tory conference today… Continue reading

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Once upon a time David Cameron had a story to tell; he needs to remember it and tell it again

30 September 2014 20:11
Prime Minister David Cameron Reacts To The Scottish Referendum Decision

It is easy to inflate the importance of speeches made at party conferences. Particularly when those speeches are the last such set piece events before a general election. But they… Continue reading

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Tory conference: Bitter jokes at the Tax & Spend Inn

28 September 2014 13:51
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The Conservative conference pub is back again this year, with its usual bitter jokes about Labour. Mr Steerpike had an exclusive peek at the posters they’re using to poke fun… Continue reading

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Commons vote for strikes against IS in Iraq

26 September 2014 17:19
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By 524 votes to 43, the House of Commons has voted to support air-strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. The margin of victory is not surprising given how limited the… Continue reading

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Beware: Scottish Labour is a zombie party and the undead still walk

25 September 2014 12:38
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David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is not often granted much respect. He is not a natural television performer, which does not help. He is a Scottish Conservative,… Continue reading

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Four reasons why this year’s Labour party conference felt so weak

24 September 2014 17:32
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There are many reasons why Labour conference felt flat this year, and many of them are out of the party’s control. It cannot help that its MPs and a number… Continue reading

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The deficit and immigration: were there two worse topics for Ed Miliband to forget?

23 September 2014 22:35
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No notes speech have been Ed Miliband’s political party trick. His One Nation speech two years ago ended speculation about his leadership and last year’s energy price freeze effort knocked… Continue reading

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Miliband’s dividing lines

23 September 2014 13:15
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

The more we learn about Ed Miliband’s speech (to be given later this afternoon), the clearer the dividing lines that it is drawing are. The word is that Miliband will… Continue reading

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Labour says it will consider British air strikes as recall of Parliament looms

23 September 2014 8:56
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What will happen now that the US has launched airstrikes against Isis in Syria? Even though there is no requirement for Parliament to be consulted, it is very difficult for… Continue reading

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The simple and shocking secret to the working class vote

22 September 2014 21:37
Fabian Society's New Year Conference

How does Labour win back the working class voters who’ve abandoned it? This question, part of the soul searching the party fell into when it lost the 2010 election, has… Continue reading

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Why is Labour’s Shadow Cabinet saying so little?

22 September 2014 19:01
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Normally the default response in the Labour party to a rough couple of weeks is to blame the Shadow Cabinet. They’re not pulling together, they’re thinking about their own future… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey: Ed Balls’s long speech was good in parts

22 September 2014 14:46
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One thing that made Ed Balls’ speech to conference look a little less impressive was the barnstormer of an address from Len McCluskey to the hall shortly before. Delegates loved… Continue reading

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After a flat speech from Ed Balls, what is Labour conference holding its breath for?

22 September 2014 13:43
Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

One of the curious traditions of Labour conference is that directly after the Shadow Chancellor’s speech, hard copies of his wise words are sold outside the conference hall. Any fiscally… Continue reading

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Ed Balls’ speech on balancing the books – full text and audio

22 September 2014 13:27
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Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today.… Continue reading

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Miliband aide: Labour has never addressed the way the economy works

22 September 2014 12:02
Ed Miliband, Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty)

What’s Ed Miliband’s vision for the economy? We’ll get the public version of that vision in a short while when Ed Balls gives his speech to the Labour conference, but… Continue reading

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Labour conference: The new politics, according to Hilary Benn

21 September 2014 18:14
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Judging by the reaction in the conference hall, Hilary Benn’s speech was the best of this afternoon’s session. Several people gave him a standing ovation. His task was rather easier… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt sweet talks party faithful with newsless Labour conference speech

21 September 2014 17:28
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Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Labour conference was short and sweet. It was laden with sweeteners for party delegates, which is as things should be at these events, but perhaps… Continue reading

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Miliband confronted by the English Question

21 September 2014 10:30
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Ed Miliband wouldn’t have wanted to spend his big, pre-conference interview talking about English votes for English law but that’s what he had to do on Marr this morning. Miliband… Continue reading

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The current political climate rewards authoritarians, not civil libertarians

1 September 2014 14:48
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The talks between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on the anti-terror measures that David Cameron will unveil this afternoon have finally finished. There are a few more details to… 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 and the ‘Tory lie machine’

6 August 2014 9:15
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Sajid Javid is giving a speech today that doesn’t seem to have a great deal to do with his brief as Culture Secretary. He’s also a pretty good Tory attack… 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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Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56
Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wormwood Scrubs Prison And Makes A Speech On Criminal Justice

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk.’ He’s been trying to claim… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s union bosses would change Britain for the worse

31 July 2014 15:40
'Red Ed' is the creature of Len McCluskey. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Trade unions have an important role in any decent society, but their stranglehold on the Labour Party is something we must fight against. I will never forget walking the streets… Continue reading

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