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2015 general election

Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Priti Patel ‘totally up for it’

22 July 2014 11:14

Priti Patel, poster girl for the next generation of the Tory right, will be a key face on the airwaves come election time. When the PM offered her a job last… Continue reading

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PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015 will be a very similar election to 1992. Today he… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Mrs Gove goes on the warpath, as Michael plots his media career

16 July 2014 11:16

Well, Michael Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, has made her views clear: tweeting that the reshuffle was ‘a shabby day’s work which Cameron will live to regret’. Crikey. Talk about ‘stand… Continue reading

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Esther McVey leaving Number 10 Downing Street after finding out she will keep her job but attend Cabinet. Image: Getty

Cameron’s reshuffle is promoting women, yes – but risks patronising them too

15 July 2014 12:18

After today’s hiring and firings, the women ratio in the Cabinet rises from 14 per cent to 24 per cent. There is something horribly tokenistic, and faintly misogynistic, about boasting about… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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There’s poison in the Shadow Cabinet – and it could cost Ed Miliband the election

24 June 2014 13:50

That Ed Miliband is even having to state that he wants to carry on as Labour leader if he loses the general election when his party is ahead in the… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are set to lose 15 seats to the Conservatives at the next election.

Tories set to take a dozen seats from Lib Dems in 2015

19 June 2014 18:03

How many seats will the Conservatives take from the Lib Dems at the next election? According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, a dozen or so Tory-Lib Dem marginals look set… Continue reading

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Video: can Labour solve its Miliband problem?

18 June 2014 14:54

Ed Miliband’s popularity ratings have sunk below those of Nick Clegg this week, so what can Labour do? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman… Continue reading

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Is Labour’s machine up to fighting a general election campaign?

15 June 2014 10:58

Judging by the tone of the commentary at the moment, you would think that Labour were badly behind in the polls. In fact, they are ahead by a few points—a… Continue reading

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Charles Clarke on the Daily Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Charles Clarke: Labour has no credible economic plan and voters don’t see Miliband as PM

10 June 2014 13:52

Labour’s failure to offer a credible economic alternative to the Tories is going hurt them in next year’s election, according to Charles Clarke. The former Labour Education and Home Secretary… Continue reading

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British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Three things we learnt from Nick Clegg’s comeback speech

9 June 2014 17:51

Nick Clegg gave his mop-up speech today after the European elections. It was an attempt to reassure his party that he has listened to their concerns, and to tell everyone… Continue reading

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The Ukip spring conference in March 2013. Image: Getty

What ‘-ism’ sums up Ukip? Common sense-ism

9 June 2014 14:22

Last week James Delingpole asked ‘does Ukip believe in anything anymore?’ As a fellow party member I just want him to assure him that we do. His question comes as the… Continue reading

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Who will be the next Prime Minister? Lord Ashcroft's polling suggests Ed Miliband. Photo: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages

Five things you need to know about Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling

24 May 2014 21:45

Labour is on course to win the next general election, according to Lord Ashcroft. In two polls — one of 26 Tory-Labour marginal constituencies and another national poll carried out… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage's path to Westminster is becoming clearer.

Where might Nigel Farage stand ‘south of the river’ in 2015?

23 May 2014 16:27

Nigel Farage has told BBC News this afternoon he intends to stand in a seat ‘south of the river’ at the general election next year. Despite undertaking a victory lap… Continue reading

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Podcast: the gilded generation, one year countdown to the election and rise of the bores

8 May 2014 9:00

Is it fair to describe today’s youth as the ‘gilded generation’? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Delingpole discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature with The Economist’s Daniel Knowles. With rising house prices, increasing… Continue reading

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The 2015 conundrum

7 May 2014 21:33

One of the striking things about the next election is how what is going on at the macro level looks so different from what is happening at a micro level.… Continue reading

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Will Nigel Farage choose South Thanet to finally make his bid for Parliament?

Revealed: Nigel Farage’s path to Parliament

3 May 2014 10:00

Now that Newark is a no-go, Nigel Farage will be turning his thoughts to where he will stand as an MP. He said this week that returning its first MP… Continue reading

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Which marginal seats will be the battleground in 2015? Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The 2015 battleground: the UK’s top 10 most marginal seats

25 April 2014 17:35

With the Tories trailing just behind Labour in the opinion polls, predictions are rife that the 2015 general election will be a bloody tough campaign. With a drop in the… Continue reading

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Has Miliband exhumed Old Labour policies to take him to No.10? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Ed Miliband’s radical Old Labour agenda and Clinton vs Bush round two

24 April 2014 9:22

Where has Ed Miliband found the policies to form the basis of his potential government? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan Hodges and Marcus Roberts from… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Will the Lib Dems enter another coalition?

23 April 2014 18:16

Danny Alexander’s comments to the BBC that, in the event of another hung parliament, the Lib Dems wouldn’t make a confidence and supply deal with either the Tories or Labour,… Continue reading

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United Kingdom Minister of State for For

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

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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

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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

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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

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