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MP recall is a populist gesture that cheapens our democracy

5 June 2014 10:58
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Anger is a bad counsellor. A lot of voters are angry with MPs and want to punish them. They believe that during the recent economic crisis, many MPs had only… Continue reading

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Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38
Maria Miller's support is vanishing as press moves in for the kill. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their support for the embattled Culture Secretary - and question the judgment… Continue reading

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Denis MacShane pleads guilty to expenses fraud

18 November 2013 13:23
Denis MacShane has pleaded guilty to false accounting. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The expenses continues to cast a long shadow. Denis MacShane entered a guilty plea at the Old Bailey this morning. As the Press Association reports: ‘The ex-MP admitted false accounting by putting… Continue reading

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I’d vote for DSK the pimp over Weiner the ‘sexter’

8 August 2013 18:32
Dominique Strauss-Kahn stands accused of being a 'pimp party king'. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

You can’t keep a good pervert down. Every time the Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga – l’affaire DSK, to give it its nom propre – threatens to fade from view, it rears… Continue reading

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Chaos at the BBC

12 November 2012 9:13
The BBC is in complete chaos this morning. Image: Getty

The BBC crisis continues to dominate the airwaves. George Entwistle’s £1.3 million payoff has set outraged tongues wagging. Tim Montgomerie has collected the furious comments made by several Tory MPs.… Continue reading

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Chris Patten claims he has a ‘grip’ on the BBC’s crisis

11 November 2012 10:23
Chris Patten gave a strong performance on the Andrew Marr Show, demonstrating that he had a grip on the crisis. Image: Getty.

Chris Patten has just appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to discuss the resignation of George Entwistle and to evaluate its fallout. Patten conceded that the BBC is mired in… Continue reading

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Osborne goes for Balls over Libor scandal

28 June 2012 14:30
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The Libor scandal is yet another blow to the reputation of the City of London. Alistair Darling may have been right when he told George Osborne that we’re ‘kidding ourselves… Continue reading

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Your guide to the Warsi allegations

28 May 2012 12:38
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What is Baroness Warsi accused of? The main allegation in yesterday’s Sunday Times is that, in early 2008, Warsi was ‘claiming parliamentary expenses for overnight accommodation when she was staying… Continue reading

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Hunt has questions to answer

25 May 2012 14:14
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Adam Smith’s Leveson ordeal is now over. The testimony we’ve heard from Smith and Fred Michel has left Hunt’s position weaker in one key regard. The crucial allegation is that… Continue reading

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Labour’s baggage stops it from gaining the upper hand

26 March 2012 16:58
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It now seems as if Downing Street is moving towards releasing a list of Chequers guests. This is belated recognition of the fact that their best hope of getting beyond… Continue reading

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How will the Lib Dems respond?

26 March 2012 14:43
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The key thing to watch for during Francis Maude’s statement is the Lib Dem reaction. At the moment, the Tories can rebut Labour’s criticisms of them by pointing to both… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Downing St dinners with donors

26 March 2012 13:51

14 July 2010, dinner at No.10 Anthony and Carol Bamford Michael and Dorothy Hintze Murdoch and Elsa Maclennan Lord John and Lady Sainsbury Andrew Feldman Jill and Paul Ruddock Mike… Continue reading

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Cameron u-turns on donor secrecy — but what now?

26 March 2012 12:39
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One distinct feature of the ‘cash for access’ row is that we’ve seen it all before. And not just the glutinous mix of politics and money, but also the debate… Continue reading

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The problem for Cameron is his proximity to the problem

26 March 2012 9:19
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The happiest news for David Cameron this morning is that the ‘cash for access’ story hasn’t quite made it onto every front page. But that’s it, really, so far as… Continue reading

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Why access Cameron? The Lib Dems would be an easier target…

25 March 2012 11:01
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Why would anyone pay £250,000 to change Tory policy when the Liberal Democrats would do it for £2.50 and a hug? The brilliant Sunday Times investigation today makes you wonder… Continue reading

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The ‘next big scandal’ detonates under Cameron

25 March 2012 9:57
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‘It will be awesome for your business.’ So said Peter Cruddas, co-treasurer of the Tory party, as he tried to peddle access to David Cameron for £250,000 a shot. Only… Continue reading

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Rumble in the Commons

23 February 2012 7:20
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From the Sun: ‘A LABOUR MP was arrested late last night for assault after allegedly headbutting a Tory rival in a House of Commons bar. Witnesses allege Eric Joyce, 51,… Continue reading

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Breaking the silence

14 December 2011 18:02

There’s a great selection of writers named of the cover of our Christmas issue. But one name, however, may stand out: Adam Werritty, who has written an article giving his… Continue reading

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Lobbying for a lobbyists’ register

6 December 2011 14:47

“I certainly think it’s a serious problem and I described it when we last discussed this as a canker on the body politic and I would stay with that,” said… Continue reading

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From the archives: The Great Communicator stumbles

2 December 2011 17:13

It’s been 25 years since the Iran-Contra affair – the scandal about the US government selling arms to Iran and using the proceeds to fund the Nicaraguan rebels. It saw… Continue reading

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Clark rounds on May

9 November 2011 9:01

Has anyone used the “Mayday” gag yet? Perhaps it’s too cheap and obvious, but it’s certainly applicable today. Not only are Theresa May’s troubles still splayed across the newspapers —… Continue reading

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Were the police hacking phones too?

4 November 2011 12:37

"As an American who spent many years in this underground industry, I can tell you that the British phone hacking scandal has exposed only a tiny part of a vast… Continue reading

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Cain accused

31 October 2011 14:55

We’ve been following Herman Cain since the start of the Republican nomination race, and seen him rise to prominence in the process. But now there’s an extra obstacle between him… Continue reading

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Fox unlikely to cause trouble for Cameron

14 October 2011 16:39

As soon as the news about G3′s funding of Adam Werritty emerged, it became clear that Liam Fox was going to have to go. Downing Street had no desire to… Continue reading

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Personal loyalty brings down Fox

14 October 2011 16:16

When Liam Fox celebrated his 50th birthday, he invited friends – those who would be likely to turn up for his 60th no matter what political fate befell him. Political… Continue reading

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