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2015 election

Words that come to mind when thinking of Boris Johnson. Picture: Lord Ashcroft Polling.

Uxbridge set to be destination Boris?

11 July 2014 14:28

Mr S likes a flutter. His eyes were drawn to the latest speculation about Boris’s return to the Commons. Ladbrokes are offering 3-1 that the Blond Bombshell will be selected… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband election campaign

Labour’s true believers ask Ed Miliband to repeat past Tory mistakes.

8 July 2014 10:49

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to say about the 2015 general election is that it is Labour’s to lose. The second thing to say is that Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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Miliband, Cameron and the importance of intellectual self-confidence

10 May 2014 11:08

Is intellectual self-confidence a good thing? Ed Miliband was teased in parliament by David Cameron for claiming to possess it, and teased again by Lord Finkelstein in his notebook for… Continue reading

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David Cameron

With one year to go, Cameron has won over his internal swing voters – for now

7 May 2014 8:55

It’s a year to go until the longest election campaign finally finishes. Ed Miliband thinks he has more intellectual self-confidence than David Cameron, which since his 2013 autumn conference speech… Continue reading

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Riders Meet For The Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

Why all the fuss about hunting? After all, it’s not a vote-loser

23 April 2014 10:23

The last couple of months have seen a huge amount of to-and-froing over the hunting ban from David Cameron. After the Federation of Welsh Farmers Packs published research into the… Continue reading

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David Laws will be working out the key themes and messages for the Lib Dem manifesto over the next few days. Picture: GETTY

Lib Dem manifesto horsetrading begins

2 April 2014 18:09

After Tim Farron set out a new position for the Lib Dems on the ‘bedroom tax’ this morning, Labour wants to try to humiliate the party by staging a vote… Continue reading

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Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

George Osborne’s last chance: 40p…or childcare?

14 March 2014 17:27

Next week’s Budget is the last chance for George Osborne to make a ‘game-changing reform’. Backbench Tories have been clamouring for Osborne to reduce the number of people paying the… Continue reading

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Polling worries for Miliband – and for Cameron

14 March 2014 17:17

There’s been much hullaballoo this afternoon over a Populus poll that shows a Labour lead of one point. The usual caveats apply (it’s just one poll!); but, nevertheless, this sample… Continue reading

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Computer says no

I’m a Liberal Democrat… get me out of here!

18 February 2014 15:09

It seems the launch of the new Liberal Democrat website is not going very well. Apparently the party of tuition fees and Nick Clegg is ‘untrusted’. ‘What should you do?’,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Attends The Lord Mayor's Banquet

David Cameron: Miliband’s Labour poses the same old danger

12 November 2013 12:42

David Cameron’s speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet yesterday evening rehearsed some basic political arguments that will be honed between now and 2015. Cameron made a decent assault on Labour… Continue reading

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Gove's revolution has a new enemy.

Nick Clegg vs school freedom

19 October 2013 22:50

Nick Clegg’s aides have been briefing the Sunday newspapers saying (in effect) that he that he’s had enough of this school freedom malarkey. Certain head teachers are using their new… Continue reading

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David Cameron with some potential Tory voters. Image: Getty

What’s good about Help to Buy? It will make young people Conservatives

30 September 2013 11:54

At a party in Bethnal Green recently I found myself at the receiving end of an impassioned lecture about government policy. My lecturer was 28-year-old Londoner Sam who works in… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg at Lib Dem's annual conference in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg is thinking about the ‘market’ who’ll vote Lib Dem in 2015

18 September 2013 18:13

Normally, a party that was down in the polls and on course to lose around a third of its parliamentary seats would be in a grim mood, with the leader… Continue reading

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Is Ed Miliband a) hopeless, b) on course to become Prime Minister or c) both?

22 August 2013 12:15

I have never quite understood Ed Miliband’s appeal. He always reminds me of Cuthbert Cringeworthy from The Bash Street Kids. I find it hard to imagine him becoming Prime Minister. Something… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham says Labour has until the spring to sort itself out.

Ed Miliband is caught in Andy Burnham’s crossfire

10 August 2013 10:41

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has given an interview to the Guardian which has excited the Tories. Tory chairman Grant Shapps has said: ‘This shows that even senior members of… Continue reading

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Jim Messina pictured with President Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tories bag Jim Messina

3 August 2013 11:19

It’s a good time to be a Tory in Westminster at present. Labour is under pressure. The backbench dissenters have been quietened. Aides, hacks and spinners exude an air of… Continue reading

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The Tory revival is putting pressure on Ed Miliband, and his MPs are worrying.

George Mudie’s gloomy tunes suggests that Ed Miliband is under increasing pressure

1 August 2013 16:15

George Mudie is the Labour Party’s answer to Marvin the Paranoid Android. He gave an interview to The World At One earlier today which was so morose in tone that I think… Continue reading

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The battle to succeed Cameron: will it be Boris or Theresa? Illustration: Christian Adams.

EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson will not be standing in 2015

31 July 2013 14:55

Boris Johnson will not stand for parliament at the next election, The Spectator understands. The Mayor of London has told the Cameron circle that he will not seek to return… Continue reading

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (R)

Tory activists are feeling more confident. What about the Lib Dems?

30 July 2013 17:21

A Conservative Home poll, which found that a majority of activists believe that the coalition is good for Britain, is the latest little boost for David Cameron, so says Paul… Continue reading

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Ed Balls play football against journalists at the start of this year's Labour party conference. Picture: Getty.

Where Ed Balls went wrong

30 June 2013 20:27

In today’s Observer, Andrew Rawnsley says that Ed Balls has become a victim of his own success. The Shadow Chancellor predicted the George Osborne ‘would smother growth by cutting too far,… Continue reading

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George Osborne and Ed Balls may find it's in their best interests to stay entirely silent on how they'd plug a black hole in the public finances after 2015. Picture: Getty

Mutually assured silence: a cross-party 2015 election strategy

7 June 2013 16:49

The Institute for Fiscal Studies gave one of its cheering presentations today on quite how miserable things are going to be for a good while longer. Today’s event was on… Continue reading

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Any ideas for David Cameron?

Competition: any ideas for David Cameron’s new Policy Unit?

2 June 2013 10:26

Jo Johnson is now in situ, Christopher Lockwood has started his two-year sabbatical from the Economist and David Cameron’s new policy unit is in in place and ready to go… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband

Is nice but dim such a bad thing for Labour?

10 May 2013 15:44

Labour’s lead in the polls has been pretty steady at around 10 points for a little over a year now. So why does today’s Guardian carry an article with the… Continue reading

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Tory MP suggests Nigel Farage takes Nick Clegg’s place in 2015 debates

3 May 2013 17:21

Today’s results for UKIP have re-opened the question of whether Nigel Farage should join the three political leaders in the live TV election debates in 2015. David Cameron’s allies are… Continue reading

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Your party needs YOU, Mr Darling.

‘Would you like to replace Ed Balls?’ The question Alistair Darling won’t answer

24 March 2013 17:02

Ed Balls is a good street fighter, but not a very loveable one. The polls suggest he is perhaps the least popular figure in frontline politics. His manner too abrasive… Continue reading

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