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Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

5 November 2014 8:15

GPs enjoy the salary of bankers, regularly pulling in £100,000 for a five-day week, with no on-call or weekend duties and a lovely taxpayer-funded holiday every year. I know this… Continue reading

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Norman Baker quits as a Home Office minister

3 November 2014 23:31

Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister tonight. Baker has quit, blaming the difficulties of working with Theresa May and the squeeze that ministerial office has put on… Continue reading

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Nurses of Whipps Cross Hospital, in London, singing Christmas carols to a patient in December 1952 (Photo: Monty Fresco/Getty Images)

How do you solve a problem like the NHS? The Spectator asks the experts

30 October 2014 12:14

So ingrained is the NHS as part of British life that it’s hard to imagine it disappearing. But it can’t go on as it is: its budget is being squeezed… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg stakes the middle – again – but is it the sweet spot for Lib Dems?

22 October 2014 13:37

Speaking at a south London primary school this morning, Nick Clegg firmly reiterated the Lib Dems’ equidistance between the two other major parties. Before an assortment of public-sector workers, Clegg… Continue reading

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A Lab-Con coalition? It’s not as crazy as you think

12 October 2014 13:11

In the few days since Conservative defector Douglas Carswell gave Ukip its first Westminster MP and John Bickley scared the pants off Ed Miliband by almost snatching Heywood and Middleton… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats have come to terms with what they have done in government

8 October 2014 19:20

The Liberal Democrats might be in the single digits in the polls, but they were distinctly chipper this week. There’s one simple explanation for this, the political landscape gives them… Continue reading

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Transcript: Nick Clegg's speech to the Lib Dem conference

8 October 2014 12:59

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg's speech’ on audioBoom Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and… 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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Clegg attacks ‘economically extreme’ Tories

5 October 2014 10:35

The Lib Dem message in Glasgow this week in simple, you can’t trust either Labour or the Tories to run the country on their own. On Marr this morning, Nick… Continue reading

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Commons vote for strikes against IS in Iraq

26 September 2014 17:19

By 524 votes to 43, the House of Commons has voted to support air-strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. The margin of victory is not surprising given how limited the… 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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David Cameron may be about to call time on the coalition’s civil libertarian stance

29 August 2014 17:37

It was not so much the announcements that David Cameron made in his press conference about the terror threat to the UK that were significant, but what he looks like… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14

In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

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Even Nick Clegg likes George Osborne’s HS3 rail commitment

23 June 2014 14:39

George Osborne’s commitment to a third high speed rail link in the future has gone down well this morning with a nice spread of business groups, northern MPs and Conservatives… Continue reading

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Tories win knife fight using devious and confusing methods

17 June 2014 18:31

As expected, Nick de Bois’ amendment to the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill passed 404 votes to 53. It owes nothing to the Conservative frontbench, which abstained for reasons I’ve… Continue reading

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Prime Minster David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction of the winner of Newark by-election Robert Jenrick and brief… Continue reading

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Natural Gas Prices In Midwest Could Jump Over 70% After Katrina

The government needs to attack the enemies of energy consumers, including Ed Miliband

11 June 2014 15:10

‘I don’t know why energy companies invest in Britain,’ said a former energy minister to me a couple of weeks ago. He was referring to the lack of progress on… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Michael Gove in happier times. Photo: PA.

Tories hit back at Clegg call for academy changes

10 June 2014 17:23

The way the Lib Dems have responded to the Trojan Horse revelations must be causing the Conservatives to thank their lucky stars they took Tony Blair’s advice on shaking up… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Boris Johnson campaigning in Newark before the by-election. photo: Getty Images.

Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53

The Tories have held Newark with a comfortable majority of 7,000 plus. The party will be relieved to have won and delighted with the size of their majority over Ukip… Continue reading

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Today is the last Queen's Speech for this coalition government. At last.

Lord Dobbs to the Lib Dems: time to sod off

4 June 2014 9:08

‘There are three stages to any coalition,’ House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs told me at Tuesday’s annual Macmillan Lords vs Commons tug-of-war in the grounds of Westminster School. ‘First… Continue reading

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The motherhood-and-apple pie Queen’s Speech

4 June 2014 7:44

There are three main aims for today’s Queen’s Speech in the mind’s eyes of the two Coalition parties. The first is not to rock the boat at all, introducing pro-nice… Continue reading

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Chris Leslie: Labour cannot afford to reverse the Coalition’s cuts

30 May 2014 16:05

Chris Leslie’s speech today is intended to show that Labour is very fiscally responsible. It’s a noble task, and one the party knows it needs to hammer away at as… Continue reading

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David Cameron has fewer problems than Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg this morning

26 May 2014 10:21

For more than year Westminster has assumed that David Cameron would have a Tory crisis to deal with after the European Elections. Whenever anyone remarked on the Tories unifying, someone… Continue reading

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