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Cameron’s reshuffle is promoting women, yes – but risks patronising them too

15 July 2014 12:18
Esther McVey leaving Number 10 Downing Street after finding out she will keep her job but attend Cabinet. Image: Getty

After today’s hiring and firings, the women ratio in the Cabinet rises from 14 per cent to 24 per cent. There is something horribly tokenistic, and faintly misogynistic, about boasting about… Continue reading


As it happened: the 2014 government reshuffle

15 July 2014 7:59
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

18.59 The reshuffle is over and the dust is settling in Westminster. Catch up on all today’s events in our Evening Blend email, which has just gone out. if you don’t… Continue reading


Reshuffle 2014: where is the new centre of gravity in the Tory party ?

15 July 2014 7:22

After a night of firing, we should start to see a round of hiring in David Cameron’s government from around 8.30 this morning. Only one post has been filled –… Continue reading


6am Spectator podcast special: Cameron’s reshuffle – the hiring begins

15 July 2014 6:00
Endangered species: a white middle-aged Tory still in the government. Just.

Good morning. We’ve just had the night of the long knives – for middle-aged Tory ministers at least. Now for the promotions, and you can expect a disproportionate number of them… Continue reading


Philip Hammond: a very Eurosceptic Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 23:55

Philip Hammond’s promotion to Foreign Secretary means that we now have a Foreign Secretary who is on the record as saying he would vote to leave the EU unless substantial… Continue reading


William Hague to quit as Foreign Secretary

14 July 2014 22:03
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listen to ‘Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss William Hague stepping down as Foreign Secretary’ on Audioboo William Hague is quitting as Foreign Secretary before standing down as an MP… Continue reading


Farewell Ken Clarke, last of the Tory Big Beasts

14 July 2014 19:24
Ken Clarke

But for Europe, eh? It is a mark of how thoroughly the European issue has poisoned Tory waters that many party activists – and MPs – will be celebrating the… Continue reading


Reshuffle 2014: the full list of jobs

14 July 2014 17:51

In Amber Rudd – in as Energy Minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change Penny Mordaunt – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local… Continue reading


The 2014 government sackings – as they happened

14 July 2014 17:47
Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

For all of today’s reshuffle updates, including the new appointments and podcast reactions, follow our liveblog here. 23.44 That’s it for tonight. We’ll be back at 6am tomorrow, with more… Continue reading


Women bishops: the game’s up for Anglo-Catholics

14 July 2014 16:31
women bishops

From the moment the General Synod voted for women priests in 1992, it was inevitable that it would also vote for women bishops. Conservative evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics engineered a delay… Continue reading


Britain’s immigration debate must address three key issues

14 July 2014 16:20

Politicians tend to get all the blame for immigration policies not working. But politicians are often doomed to fail on migration questions because there are deep-rooted problems with the way… Continue reading


Cameron will breathe a sigh of relief if the Church of England vote for women bishops

14 July 2014 16:03
Members of the clergy arrive for the General Synod. Image: Getty

Number 10 has a lot on its mind with the looming Cabinet reshuffle, but I suspect that there’ll be a sigh of relief there if the General Synod of the… Continue reading

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Lady Butler-Sloss steps down from child abuse enquiry

14 July 2014 13:15
Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

It is not a surprise that Lady Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chair of the independent inquiry panel into child abuse: a critical mass of stories had built up against… Continue reading


Podcast: Douglas Murray analyses the Israel-Gaza conflict

14 July 2014 12:31
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In our latest View from 22 podcast, Douglas Murray, Mary Wakefield and Fraser Nelson discuss the conflict in the Gaza strip. Has Israel become too good at protecting its citizens?… Continue reading


Podcast: 2014 Cabinet reshuffle

14 July 2014 11:36
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In our latest View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the possible outcomes when Cameron reshuffles his Cabinet. listen to ‘James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and… Continue reading


Reshuffle 2014: Cameron’s key challenges

14 July 2014 8:50

What does David Cameron need his reshuffle to do? As has been the case with every reshuffle in this Parliament, the changing of the guard, which is expected to start… Continue reading


Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists

13 July 2014 22:30
Britain Prime Minister David Cameron (L)

David Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists if the Conservatives continue to struggle to recruit female MPs, senior Tory sources have said. The Prime Minister has also set party chairman… Continue reading


Mental health and benefits: ministers get the wrong end of the stick

13 July 2014 17:19
Unemployment Figures Set To Rise Further In UK

Every so often when ministers are considering a policy, they send a little kite up to see how it’s received. Sometimes it gets hit by a lightning bolt of fury… Continue reading


There aren’t enough normal people in Cabinet – male or female

13 July 2014 14:02
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Well, it’s looking good for Esther, Liz and Priti, isn’t it? The one handle most of us have by now got on the reshuffle is that it’s one for the… Continue reading


Video: Rules of engagement, according to Hamas

13 July 2014 13:50
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CNN recently came across a video of Hamas officials calling on civilians in Gaza to volunteer to become ‘human shields’ so that Palestinian civilian casualties can be maximised. Fascinatingly a… Continue reading


Today’s poll shows Alex Salmond running out of time

13 July 2014 11:07
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There really isn’t much time left. From today, there are just nine and a half weeks until we go to the polls in the independence referendum. Also today, we have… Continue reading


If Britain was being shelled, as Israel is being now, how would we respond?

13 July 2014 10:41
Palestinian men search through the rubble of buildings following an Israeli air strike, that killed 18 people of the same family in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. Image: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Continue reading


Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading


By supporting assisted dying, Lord Carey has united Christians against it

12 July 2014 16:30
United against Lord Carey? Image: Getty

He didn’t mean to, but Lord Carey, the outspoken and unpopular former Archbishop of Canterbury, may just have carried out a minor miracle. By coming out in the Daily Mail… Continue reading


US German relations nearing a post-war low

12 July 2014 14:45
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In an era of Russian revanchism, the cracks in the US German relations are particularly concerning. Angela Merkel’s decision to announce the expulsion of the CIA’s Berlin station chief over… Continue reading