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Nigel Evans cleared on all charges

10 April 2014 15:14
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The former deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been acquitted on all counts by the jury at Preston Crown Court. listen to ‘Nigel Evans on being found innocent’… Continue reading

Women should not fight on the frontline

10 April 2014 13:44
Operation Buzzard

Writing in the Spectator Diary some time ago, the evergreen Peregrine Worsthorne, observed that one of the things about getting on was that you ended up forgetting the reason why… Continue reading

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Why Maria Miller should not have resigned

10 April 2014 12:39
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Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive was innocent: she was trying to work out childcare with… Continue reading

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Podcast: Can William Shakespeare save the union, plus Maria Miller’s resignation

10 April 2014 9:39
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Did William Shakespeare invent Britain and can he save it? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson debates this week’s Spectator cover feature with the SNP’s Westminster leader… Continue reading

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Michael Fabricant sacked: what about other HS2 opponents?

9 April 2014 21:42
Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

It’s difficult to know what astonished people more about Michael Fabricant’s sacking: that he has lost his job or that he was still in a role that required some semblance… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02
Ed Miliband missed the opportunity of the week at PMQs, allowing David Cameron off the hook. (Image: Getty)

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew up his ammunition dump. Mr Bercow rose at the start… Continue reading

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35
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The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is some truth to this even if you think unseemly all… Continue reading

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The Tories have brought back the expenses scandal and buried their own good news

9 April 2014 14:33
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PMQs today was bad for David Cameron, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been. No permanent damage was done to him. Ed Miliband did not, to my… Continue reading

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An extraordinary event in the history of Anglo-Irish relations

9 April 2014 14:11
First State Visit Of An Irish President

If there’s one thing a poet is good for, it’s memorable circumlocution, which is why Michael D Higgins (the D is crucial; people wouldn’t know who you were talking about… Continue reading

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Andrea Leadsom joins the Treasury

9 April 2014 14:02
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After excited rumours flew around the Conservative party that she was finally getting a promotion, Andrea Leadsom has been confirmed as the new Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She was… Continue reading

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PMQs was messy, but it won’t help Labour

9 April 2014 13:54
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PMQs was very messy for David Cameron. It was never going to be fun coming after Maria Miller’s resignation (although it would have been a lot less fun if Miller… Continue reading

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Introducing Spectator Health

9 April 2014 13:25
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I am very pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Spectator Health, a new magazine from the Spectator. As you can see from our new landing page, it will be… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid: How I became a Conservative

9 April 2014 11:44
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Although I joined the Conservative Party during my time at Exeter University, it was my upbringing and early life that shaped my political consciousness. Abdul-Ghani Javid (or, as he was… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary

9 April 2014 11:06
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Sajid Javid is the new Culture Secretary. Javid has impressed as a junior minister at the Treasury. He has learnt the political ropes fast despite only becoming an MP in… Continue reading

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Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20
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The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy Hunt who wielded the axe to the arts budget, it… Continue reading

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Podcast special: Maria Miller’s resignation

9 April 2014 8:40
Maria Miller, the former Culture Secretary, who has resigned this morning. Photo: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Why has Maria Miller finally decided to resign this morning? The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss in this mini-View from 22 podcast on what the resignation… Continue reading

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Maria Miller: Who could replace her?

9 April 2014 8:25
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Who are the ministers who could replace Maria Miller? Some of the muttering over the past few days has been about the Prime Minister’s desire to keep women in the… Continue reading

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Maria Miller had no choice but to resign

9 April 2014 8:07
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Listen: Fraser Nelson, James Forysth and Isabel Hardman discuss Miller’s resignation listen to ‘Podcast special: Maria Miller resigns’ on Audioboo Maria Miller has bowed to the inevitable and resigned. For… Continue reading

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Maria Miller’s resignation has exposed another Tory shambles

9 April 2014 7:31
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Yet again, the Conservative Party has reminded us that it is quite capable of losing the next election. The Maria Miller episode is entirely consistent with a party that is… Continue reading

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Breaking: Maria Miller resigns

9 April 2014 7:22
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Listen: Fraser Nelson, James Forysth and Isabel Hardman discuss Miller’s resignation listen to ‘Podcast special: Maria Miller resigns’ on Audioboo In the past few minutes, Maria Miller has resigned. The… Continue reading

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Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03
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Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far, he has limited himself to saying that Cameron has questions… Continue reading

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How do you fix MPs’ expenses conduct? Give them more control over it.

8 April 2014 18:46
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It’s not often I would, in the fashion of the late Tony Benn, pass lightly over the personalities in a row in favour of discussing what he liked to call… Continue reading

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Miller and Macleod ‘flag up’ row that could have flagged

8 April 2014 18:05
New MPs in Westminister

Maria Miller’s PPS Mary Macleod seems to have been trying to emulate what Jeremy Hunt’s former aide Rob Wilson (now PPS to the Chancellor) did for his boss as Culture… Continue reading

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Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35
Esther McVey, Zac Goldsmith, Nicola Blackwood, Matthew Offord, Mark Field and Grant Shapps.

Day five into the Maria Miller debacle and the calls for her resignation keep on coming. As Isabel reported earlier, more MPs are starting to break cover. Many of the… Continue reading

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Immigration Bill row looms closer to Commons

8 April 2014 17:05
Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

The Commons is in legislative limbo at the moment, waiting for the Queen’s Speech, which has just been delayed another day to 4 June. But one thing that could well… Continue reading

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