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Osborne left with two vacancies to fill

12 May 2015 11:54
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One of George Osborne’s political skills is his ability to put together a talented team. Few politicians spend longer thinking about who to have working for them. But post-election, Osborne… Continue reading

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Student visa reforms will be a nightmare for university vice-chancellors

12 May 2015 11:48
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As the dust settles on the outcome of the 2015 general election, one group of business executives who we can be sure are less than ecstatic at what the future… Continue reading

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Chuka Umunna confirms he will stand for Labour leader

12 May 2015 11:15
The Labour Party Conference Continues

In the last few minutes, Chuka Umunna has confirmed that he will be standing for the Labour leadership. The Streatham MP made the announcement in a video on his Facebook… Continue reading

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Sensible Tories still believe in One Nation Conservatism

12 May 2015 10:32
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David Cameron has said the Conservatives will govern as a party of one nation. The phrase was apt at a time when part of the country seems to be pulling… Continue reading

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Blue collar Conservatism is essential but difficult for the Tories

12 May 2015 8:55
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David Cameron is holding the first all-Tory Cabinet meeting since 1997 today, and he is expected to emphasise his mission for this Government to be characterised by ‘blue-collar Conservatism’ in… Continue reading

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It’s not just pollsters. David Cameron has also confounded economists with his jobs miracle

12 May 2015 7:17
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David Cameron realised rather late on that the job miracle, rather than George Osborne’s dubious claims about deficit reduction, was the main economic boast of the last few years. And rightly: he… Continue reading

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No Cabinet job for Grant Shapps

11 May 2015 20:30
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

The party chairman in a general election winning campaign can normally expect a plum job as a reward, especially when that victory was against the odds. Tonight, though, Grant Shapps… Continue reading

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‘Awkward Squad’ fall in behind Dave, for now

11 May 2015 18:36
Bill Cash is a hardened rebel, but could David Cameron and the whips entice one of his colleagues back to loyalty? Picture: Press Association

David Cameron has never been hugely popular with the right-wing fringe of the Conservative Party, yet they tolerated him as long as they thought he was going to win. And… Continue reading

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Podcast special: the Cabinet reshuffle, David Miliband’s interview and Farage returns

11 May 2015 18:29
David Miliband discussing his brother's leadership of the Labour Party on the BBC photo. Photo: BBC.

In this View from 22 podcast special, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the final appointments in David Cameron’s new Cabinet and what they show about Cameron’s approach to party… Continue reading

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Will Ed and David’s relationship put off potential Labour leaders?

11 May 2015 17:43
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David Miliband has just given a brutal interview to BBC News in which he took a few more words to say ‘I told you so’ about the way his brother… Continue reading

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Revealed: why Nigel Farage is still Ukip leader

11 May 2015 17:35
Nigel Farage (L) and'Al Murray look on as Conservative Party candidate, Craig Mackinlay, is announced as the winner of the South Thanet constituency on May 8, 2015.

He’s gone, now he’s back. After four days in the political wilderness, Nigel Farage has returned as leader of Ukip. In a slightly bizarre statement, the party’s chairman Steve Crowther said Farage… Continue reading

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Breaking: Nigel Farage to remain Ukip leader until the end of time

11 May 2015 15:46
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Well, when Nigel Farage said he might come back as Ukip leader, we didn’t expect it would be quite so soon. Today the party’s NEC unanimously rejected Farage’s resignation, on… Continue reading

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How will SNP MPs operate in Parliament?

11 May 2015 15:35
SNP MP's Pose In Front Of Parliament Following Election Success

Most of the new SNP MPs celebrated their party’s amazing result in the general election today with a photo call outside Parliament. They certainly looked an impressive bloc of parliamentarians,… Continue reading

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A chipper Cameron begins to woo the Tory backbenchers

11 May 2015 11:34
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A very chipper David Cameron has just given an impromptu press conference to journalists outside the 1922 Committee. He joked that there were more government jobs to go round than… Continue reading

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As it happened: post-election Cabinet reshuffle

11 May 2015 9:06
Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and John Whittingdale are all members of David Cameron's new cabinet.

Welcome to The Spectator’s coverage of David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle. Here are the latest appointments along with analysis. Key appointments: New appointments: Michael Gove (Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor), Sajid Javid (Business Secretary), Amber Rudd… Continue reading

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How David Cameron can unite the Tories behind his One Nation conservatism

11 May 2015 7:24
Disraeli, who never used the phrase "one nation Conservatism".

The Cabinet reshuffle is now underway, with IDS back in welfare and Michael Gove as Justice Secretary, with a brief to sort out the Human Rights Agenda mess. So David Cameron… Continue reading

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Dan Jarvis: why I won’t run as Labour leader (and why we lost)

10 May 2015 23:43
Dan Jarvis, by Kyle Webster

Excerpts from his article in The Times today. Do read the whole thing (here). “I won’t be putting my name forward in the coming leadership contest. It’s not the right… Continue reading

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Podcast special: Cameron’s new cabinet and runners and riders for Labour leader

10 May 2015 23:17
Conservative  Chief Whip Michael Gove gives the thumbs up to a jeering labour supporter outside the Old Granada TV studios where the Labour party launched their election manifesto on April 13, 2015 in Manchester, England.

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the beginnings of David Cameron’s new Cabinet and how the ministers announced so far demonstrate the Prime Minister’s reticence… Continue reading

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Dan Jarvis rules himself out of Labour leadership contest

10 May 2015 22:15
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Since Labour’s election defeat, there has been a lot of chat about how Dan Jarvis could be the man to revive the party. The argument went that Jarvis, a former… Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith to stay at Welfare

10 May 2015 22:06
Iain Duncan Smith must beware of ignoring warning signs about the implementation of the universal credit. Picture: Getty.

News has just broken that Iain Duncan Smith is to remain as Secretary for State for Work and Pensions. Now, normally a Cabinet Minister remaining in post would not be… Continue reading

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Michael Gove, legal reformer

10 May 2015 17:58
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At first sight, it may seem odd to make Michael Gove the new Justice Secretary. But he has had experience – all too much of it. His job will be to clean… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall announces she’s running for Labour leader

10 May 2015 14:34
Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, answers questions at a press conference to launch the party's "NHS Week" and unveil a new campaign poster for the general election in London on April 20, 2015.

In an interview with Andrew Neil, Liz Kendall has confirmed that she’s running for Labour leader. In a polished performance, Kendall set out why she believes education has to be… Continue reading

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How David Cameron will manage his Tory coalition

10 May 2015 11:54
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Up until Thursday night, everything that David Cameron and George Osborne had done in government had had to be agreed by the Liberal Democrats. Every policy had to go through… Continue reading

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Revenge of the Blairites

10 May 2015 10:52
Gordon Brown Tours East Midlands

Lord Mandelson and his protégé Chuka Umunna ended up sitting next to one another on the Marr sofa at the end of the programme. Both had spent their interviews setting… Continue reading

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Why Ukip will descend into sectarian chaos

9 May 2015 23:50
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Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘unfair’ that Ukip ended up with only one MP while securing 13 per cent of the popular vote. But that’s first-past-the-post for… Continue reading

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