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Germans propose linking the British renegotiation to Eurozone reform

20 May 2015 17:48
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Wolfgang Schäuble’s decision to link the British renegotiation to changes to the governance of the Eurozone is highly significant. In an interview the German Finance Minister told the Wall Street… Continue reading

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Secularists need to prioritise their targets

20 May 2015 17:06
Earl Grey appealing to the Bench of Bishops in the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill (Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty)

I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging. … Continue reading

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The free market is still the greatest force for reducing prejudice

20 May 2015 15:20
After one bakery declined to make this  cake, another agreed to do it (Photo: QueerSpace Belfast/Facebook)

I suppose if you’d told someone in Northern Ireland 25 years ago that the most contentious issue come May 2015 would be a gay cake they would have taken that future.… Continue reading

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Do Google and Facebook threaten the free press?

20 May 2015 12:50
Do independent publishers realise what they are signing up for? (Photo: Simon Lees/Getty)

What are newspapers for? The answer, of course, is not just to tell us what’s going on and explain the implications, but also to select the most important items from… Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt bows out of Labour leadership race and backs Liz Kendall

20 May 2015 10:42
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Tristram Hunt is not standing as Labour leader and will instead back Liz Kendall, he finally confirmed at the end of a long speech this morning. The party’s Shadow Education… Continue reading

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The ‘gay cake’ case highlights a new intolerance developing in Ireland

20 May 2015 10:12
Ashers Bakery (Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty)

In what sense, precisely, has a bakery in County Antrim contravened discrimination law by refusing to ice a cake with a gay marriage slogan on it? The ‘gay cake’ case does… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage insists he has future plans for Suzanne Evans

20 May 2015 9:35
UKIP leader Nigel Farage passes UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans during the launch of the party's election manifesto on April 15, 2015 in Thurrock, England;

Peace appears to have broken out across Ukip, albeit after Nigel Farage has stamped down on those who criticised him. Suzanne Evans is the latest casualty of the Ukip wars,… Continue reading

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Is Mark Reckless set to become Ukip’s Head of Policy?

19 May 2015 21:03
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Mark Reckless has been rather quiet during the recent Ukip wars. After losing Rochester & Strood to the Conservatives, it has been expected he would return to the party in… Continue reading

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Patrick O’Flynn issues humiliating apology and resigns as economics spokesman

19 May 2015 14:19
Nigel Farage Announces UKIP's Economic Policy

Patrick O’Flynn has apologised for starting last week’s Ukip wars. I understand that O’Flynn met with Farage in Strasbourg this morning — the first time the pair had sat down… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership checklist

19 May 2015 13:04
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There seems to be a checklist for Labour leadership hopefuls which all of them are very keen to tick off. When launching a campaign, a candidate must say that their… Continue reading

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Inflation is now below zero – just rejoice at that news

19 May 2015 12:15
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After a couple of months of teasing the rate of inflation fell below zero to -0.1 per cent in the year to April, thanks largely to the falling costs of… Continue reading

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What should Jeremy Hunt do next to the NHS?

19 May 2015 11:19
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The Tories barely talked about the NHS during the election campaign. It was an area of Labour strength, and one Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham were keen to talk about… Continue reading

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Ireland’s ‘tolerant’ elite now demonise anyone who opposes gay marriage

19 May 2015 11:05
Pro-same-sex marriage campaigner Glenna Benson poses with yes badges at an event ahead of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum (Photo: Paul Faith/Getty)

If you think it’s tough being a Tory voter in 21st-century Britain, try being a ‘No’ voter in this week’s Irish referendum on gay marriage. Sure, Twitterati sneering at all… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall’s campaign still confident of getting 35 MPs

19 May 2015 10:55
Labour MPs (L-R) Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall address delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London on May 16, 2015.

Despite her early entry, Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign is failing to keep up with rivals when it comes to noise and backers. Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham have emerged as… Continue reading

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Does David Cameron have the patience to achieve substantive EU reform?

19 May 2015 9:06
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David Cameron is wisely using his first 100 days to tackle the biggest challenge of this parliament head on: the EU referendum. This morning’s papers report that a new referendum… Continue reading

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Dan Jarvis backs Andy Burnham in Labour leadership contest

18 May 2015 20:59
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

As far as endorsements go, Andy Burnham is winning the Labour leadership contest hands down. He has managed to recruit Dan Jarvis – someone who has gained huge respect and… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s fate shows that how you win a leadership contest matters almost as much as winning it in the first place

18 May 2015 18:58
The stakes are raised for Miliband’s speech Photo: Getty

Any new party leader needs legitimacy, an acceptance that they won the contest fair and square. Ed Miliband didn’t have this because he lost in two of three sections of… Continue reading

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Can Tristram Hunt persuade enough MPs to back him for Labour leader?

18 May 2015 17:58
Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey

The Labour leadership candidates are starting to release lists of names supporting them, with more announcements on the way. So far Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham, who reckon they have… Continue reading

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You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when a left-wing government returns

18 May 2015 16:54
The European Court of Human Rights (Photo: Getty)

In today’s Guardian, Matthew D’Ancona warns that David Cameron may face a successful rebellion from the ‘Runnymede Tories’ if he tries to repeal the Human Rights Act, led by David… Continue reading

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The ‘backbenchers’ champion’ is back

18 May 2015 15:31
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John Bercow has just been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the House of Commons. Those who had been hoping to get rid of Bercow decided not to pursue this to… Continue reading

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Labour must understand that Unite is its enemy

18 May 2015 11:26
Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of the union Unite (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Imagine you are a Labour MP or a trade union official surveying Britain this week. The following points will strike you: Labour has just lost an election it could have… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman: Labour needs to let the public in

18 May 2015 10:37
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How does the Labour party recover? Harriet Harman set out how it will try to come back from its latest election defeat in a speech this morning which told the… Continue reading

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Len McCluskey and the trade unions need Labour as much as the party needs them

18 May 2015 9:19
Unite trade union General Secretary Len McCluskey addresses delegates during the second day of the Labour party conference in Brighton, Sussex, south England on September 23, 2013.

Can Labour’s links with trade unions survive the leadership contest? This morning, Harriet Harman will outline in a speech at Labour HQ how the new party leader will be elected… Continue reading

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The next Labour leader should remember the ‘politics of envy’ never work

17 May 2015 19:33
15th September 1959:  A group of women organise election propaganda at the Conservative Party central office in London.

Andy Burnham may be the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader but he is already distancing himself from some of Ed Miliband’s worst populist nonsense. This is what he… Continue reading

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What Michael Gove told his civil servants

17 May 2015 13:18
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Michael Gove has been keeping a relatively low profile since being made Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor last weekend. I understand that he is keen to master the brief, and… Continue reading

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