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2015 general election

David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

Why Boris and the Tory leadership are playing nicely

18 January 2015 10:55

For most of this parliament, Downing Street has been thoroughly paranoid about Boris Johnson and his intentions. Any attempt by the Mayor to reach out to Tory MPs was met… Continue reading

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Grey voters snap up Osborne’s pensioner bonds

17 January 2015 13:04

Downing Street was a happy place after David Cameron and Barack Obama’s joint press conference yesterday. The US President was effusive in his praise for Cameron and his seeming endorsement… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

‘Boring is good’ Cameron tells Tory MPs

13 January 2015 20:17

David Cameron and George Osborne addressed Tory MPs this evening. The meeting was to update the Tory parliamentary party on the economy and its place in the party’s election strategy.… Continue reading

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Why Cameron doesn’t want any TV debates

11 January 2015 11:11

Before Christmas, David Cameron tightened up the rules about ministers going overseas. He wanted them in this country campaigning as much as possible. But, unsurprisingly, his visit to President Obama… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

Cameron avoids a New Year slip-up

4 January 2015 13:50

In 2010, David Cameron stumbled in his first New Year broadcast interview over the Tory plans for a married couple’s tax allowance. This slip-up knocked him and his party off… Continue reading

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Matthew Parris, Isabel Hardman, Fraser Nelson, Douglas Murray, Damian Thompson and James Forsyth look back on 2014 in our end of year special podcast.

Podcast special: end of year roundup and predictions for 2015 and the general election

30 December 2014 15:00

2014 is drawing to close, so it’s time for our annual end of year podcast — looking back on an exhilarating year both in Britain and abroad. James Forsyth reflects on the Scottish referendum… Continue reading

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Will Labour take on Ukip over immigration?

Four things we’ve learnt from the leaked Labour/Ukip paper

15 December 2014 10:49

How will Labour respond to the threat from Ukip? Thanks to today’s scoop by the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith, we now know. A leaked internal memo (pdf here) singles out immigration as the biggest… Continue reading

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We have a choice between competence and chaos, according to the Tories

8 December 2014 17:05

Competence versus chaos—that’s what the Tory leadership want to frame the next election as a choice between. Hence George Osborne’s repetition of this phrase five times in one brief interview… Continue reading

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Tories attack Nigel Farage over breastfeeding remarks

6 December 2014 12:24

Ukip’s crisis is the Conservatives’ gain. Following Nigel Farage’s comments about ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding, Conservative HQ have been promoting this graphic online, with a title noting that Farage is ‘making it up… Continue reading

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The Ukip juggernaut continues: Tim Aker wins Thurrock council by-election

5 December 2014 12:22

Ukip’s Tim Aker is now juggling three jobs. Last night, the 29-year-old won a by-election in the Aveley & Uplands ward in Thurrock, adding councillor to his existing titles of MEP for… Continue reading

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Revealed: where George Osborne’s axe will fall hardest

4 December 2014 18:07

If you think George Osborne has been a mad axe man, just wait to see the cuts he has planned for the next Parliament. To return a budget surplus by the end of… Continue reading

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Has the resurgent SNP scared Gordon Brown away from Westminster?

23 November 2014 8:31

It’s being reported that Gordon Brown has decided not to fight the next general election. Odd timing, you might think, he’s had almost five years to make up his mind… Continue reading

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The odds Ladbrokes are giving on the next defectors and the 2015 election. Photo: Sebastian Payne for The Spectator.

Bookies point to Philip Hollobone as next Tory-Ukip defector

21 November 2014 12:02

Forget opinion polling, bookmakers are usually the most astute predictors of election outcomes. Ladbrokes are out in force in Rochester town centre this morning, giving odds on what might happen… Continue reading

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Rochester points to a British general election where no one wins

21 November 2014 8:21

Rochester is not a freak. It has given us a glimpse of what bookies now believe to be the lost likely outcome of the next election: that no one wins.… Continue reading

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Does anyone actually want to win the next election?

11 November 2014 15:28

A battle lost is worse than a battle won and there are fewer Pyrrhic victories in politics than you think. One of the staples of pre-election punditry, however, is that… Continue reading

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Labour hedge bets on PR firm

10 November 2014 13:44

The Labour Party has asked the mad men over at Lucky Generals to work with them at the next general election, according to Campaign magazine. Seasoned watchers of this sort… Continue reading

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The Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted

9 November 2014 9:49

So far, this is the Labour leadership crisis that David Cameron would have scripted. The papers this morning are full of awful poll findings for Ed Miliband, negative briefings and on… Continue reading

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What Tory MPs remember from their away day

2 November 2014 12:21

Two things have stuck in Tory MPs’ minds from their away. The first, that painting of George Osborne. The second, Jim Messina’s presentation and his confidence that the Tories would… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond shows how the SNP will fight Labour in 2015

1 November 2014 9:06

Talk to senior Labour figures about the polls that show them losing 30 or more seats in Scotland, and they say two things. The first is that these polls have… Continue reading

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Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election

27 October 2014 16:00

Washington, D.C. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – the obvious targets to blame for the disillusionment engulfing British politics. But let’s not forget the role of the Americans.… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on the conference fringe this year. This evening, it was standing… Continue reading

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Will Guardian readers hold their noses and vote Tory?

1 October 2014 21:48

Well! Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian was impressed by David Cameron’s conference speech and no mistake. The campaign for 2015 has begun. On Wednesday, in what may well have been… Continue reading

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Loyal Boris rallies the troops

29 September 2014 19:28

Boris Johnson was on loyal form tonight at the Conservative Home rally. He told the audience that the Tory advantage on leadership and the economy would see voters coming over… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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