2015 general election

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What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06

Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal Democrats. Their message will be that they’ll make the Tories… Continue reading

Esther McVey, Zac Goldsmith, Nicola Blackwood, Matthew Offord, Mark Field and Grant Shapps.

Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35

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

David Cameron and David Davis go head to head in the 2005 leadership hustings. Image: Getty

The post-Cameron long-list

3 March 2014 16:23

Boris being Boris, he has managed to rule something out without actually ruling anything out at all. As Isabel noted this morning, the Mayor of London has said he will… Continue reading

Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Tories talking to themselves

25 February 2014 11:31

If Grant Shapps and John Major gave a speech but no journalists were there to cover it, did it really happen? That’s what happened today. The Tories invited one pooled… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage disowns all of Ukip’s 2010 manifesto policies

23 January 2014 15:07

‘We need to have a domestic policy agenda that adds up’ — Nigel Farage said on the Daily Politics today. The Ukip leader aptly summed up, and proved, one of… Continue reading


Osborne backs minimum wage hike as fundamental to a ‘recovery for all’

16 January 2014 18:46

George Osborne’s decision to back an above inflation increase in the national minimum wage is his most politically significant decision since his decision to cut the 50p rate. It also… Continue reading

We have a repeat of this spectacle to look forward to in 2015.

Leaders debates are on: officially

4 December 2013 13:17

Westminster Christmas party season is in full swing. Half the Cabinet dropped by the Sky News bash at the Intercontinental last night. Mick Hucknall was also there, which was odd.… Continue reading


Free Enterprise Group tells George Osborne: ‘Don’t play safe’

18 November 2013 16:50

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is looming on the horizon, and the Free Enterprise Group, the loose alliance of backbench Tory MPs, laid out its proposed economic reforms at the Institute… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s mantra: You can’t trust Labour or the Tories ‘on their own’

17 November 2013 10:49

‘On their own’ – those are  Nick Clegg’s watchwords for the 2015 election. His speech on the economy last week was spun as ‘one of his strongest attacks ever on… Continue reading

Remember Hug a husky? The Tory party would rather you didn't.

Why have the Tories purged their website?

13 November 2013 18:53

Remember Cameron’s hug a husky speech? Or his lecture on ‘the need recast politics for the digital age?’ Well, good job you do because the Tory party has been trying… Continue reading

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Visit Lloyds TSB Bank

How strong can the Tory tax attack be?

29 September 2013 13:21

One of the key dividing lines in 2015 will be over what sort of action each of the parties proposes to take over filling the financial black hole. The choice… Continue reading

The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

Ed Miliband’s second conference message: ‘bring it on’

25 September 2013 21:01

If you’re looking for two phrases to summarise this year’s Labour conference, they’d be ‘Britain can do better than this’ (in case you missed its fleeting reference in Ed Miliband’s… Continue reading


Three reasons why you can’t write off Ed Miliband

21 September 2013 13:13

This is not the backdrop that Ed Miliband would have wanted for Labour conference. Labour’s poll lead has—according to YouGov—vanished, Damian McBride is dominating the news agenda and there’s talk… Continue reading

UK Political Parties Seek To Form A Coalition

Ashdown: We’re ‘a left wing party’ but we’ll do a deal with whoever the voters tell us to

15 September 2013 14:19

A rather irritable Paddy Ashdown has just told Andrew Neil that the Lib Democrats are ‘a left-wing party’ but that their next coalition would be determined by the voters. Ashdown,… Continue reading

Will David Cameron stick behind the HS2 plans to build over the British countryside?

Like fracking, HS2 will define David Cameron as a progressive or protective conservative

19 August 2013 12:03

Why is David Cameron still backing High Speed 2? It’s controversial inside his party and divisive in the Tory heartlands. Despite a government task force set up to promote the… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

The time has come for Ed Miliband to act

9 August 2013 17:24

Tom Watson might be preparing to fly half round the world to continue his fight against Rupert Murdoch. But Ed Miliband has still not named a replacement for Watson as… Continue reading

Nate Silver. Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Nate Silver on predicting the 2015 general election

17 May 2013 12:18

I’ve interviewed one of the heroes of last year’s US elections — forecasting expect Nate Silver — for the books blog, but I thought CoffeeHousers might be interested in what… Continue reading

UKIP Protestors Carry A Giant Ballot Box

Would joint candidates with Ukip really work?

15 May 2013 19:09

Westminster is on fire with speculation about Tory/Ukip joint candidates after The Spectator’s exclusive this afternoon. But would it really work? CCHQ has already rejected the idea, with a spokesman telling… Continue reading

Nigel Farage is open to offers from Labour and Conservatives to stand as joint Ukip candidates. Photo: Getty Images.

Exclusive: Nigel Farage says yes to Dorries and backs joint Tory and Labour Ukip candidates

15 May 2013 16:15

Following Isabel’s revelation that the newly-reinstated Nadine Dorries will be pursuing an electoral pact with Ukip, Nigel Farage reveals he is open not just to Dorries’ advances but also those… Continue reading

Some good news for Tory 2015 campaign: Nick Clegg may oppose an EU referendum. Photo: Getty Images.

Some cheer for Tory election planners: Clegg determined to oppose EU referendum

11 March 2013 16:14

The last few weeks have, to put it mildly, not been encouraging for those working on the Tories’ 2015 campaign. But today brings news to gladden their hearts. For the… Continue reading

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The truth about Ukip supporters

5 March 2013 12:11

Who are all these folk jumping on Nigel Farage’s bandwagon? Ukip — which received just 3 per cent of the vote in 2010 — is now averaging about 11 per… Continue reading

Their superior operation and strong local record helped the Liberal Democrats secure victory. Picture: Getty Images

Eastleigh by-election: Four points from Ashcroft’s exit poll

1 March 2013 15:48

The result might be in, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing useful polls can tell us about the Eastleigh by-election. What swayed the voters? Why did they vote as they… Continue reading

David Cameron at the pre-election rally where he made his pledge on pensioner benefits in 2010. Picture: Getty

The Tory message in 2015: Vote Cameron for PM

3 January 2013 17:38

One thing is already apparent about the Tories’ 2015 campaign, it will be even more dependent on David Cameron than the 2010 one was. Why, because as Anthony Wells points… Continue reading

Can Nick Clegg persuade the public to give him a hearing? Picture: Getty Images

The Liberal Democrat paradox

17 December 2012 11:44

Labour under a more left-wing leader, the Tories bearing right. These are circumstances in which you would expect the Liberal Democrats to flourish. But they are in government and haven’t… Continue reading

The team to deliver to a Conservative majority?

David Cameron brings in the Wizard of Oz

18 November 2012 9:47

After months of will he/won’t he, Lynton Crosby has decided to join the Cameron clan. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Australian strategist behind Boris’ two victories has signed up as a… Continue reading