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PMQs: Miliband jumps straight into Cameron’s final trap

25 March 2015 13:29

In the final PMQs of this session, David Cameron scored his most comprehensive victory. Challenged by Ed Miliband to rule out raising VAT, Cameron got to his feet and simply… Continue reading

Elizabeth I could have taught David Cameron a thing or two about naming successors (Photo: Getty)

Learn from Elizabeth I, Cameron: a named successor is a shroud

24 March 2015 14:54

As Fraser Nelson says on this morning’s Spectator podcast, David Cameron will likely be regretting yesterday’s announcement for the rest of his premiership. He’s not a ripe watermelon; highlighting that he… Continue reading

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Five things we learnt about compassionate conservatism from Michael Gove’s speech

13 March 2015 10:05

Is there a future for compassionate conservatism in Britain? Michael Gove outlined why there are reasons to feel optimistic at a speech at the Legatum Institute last night. The Tory… Continue reading

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Tories detect Alastair Campbell’s hand in latest education attacks on PM

4 March 2015 12:37

Angry Conservative Party officials have hit back at attacks from the left on the education of the Prime Minister’s children. On Monday the PM’s spokesman claimed: ‘Like tens of thousands of… Continue reading

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Only a matter of free time: Labour candidate blasts ‘invisible’ MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind

23 February 2015 15:17

Sir Malcolm Rifkind claimed to an undercover reporter during a Telegraph sting operation that they would be surprised by how ‘much free time’ he has, despite being the MP for Kensington. One person… Continue reading


Conservatives website glitch ‘reveals’ non-target Tory seats

10 February 2015 13:41

With the Tory’s Black & White Tie Ball to prepare for yesterday, it’s understandable that the brains at Conservative HQ may not have been 100 per cent focussed. This could explain… Continue reading

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Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’

28 November 2014 11:19

Earlier this year Zac Goldsmith complained that he had been given ‘the worst office of any MP in Parliament’ as punishment for his disparaging remarks about the coalition. Now word… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell poses outside a polling station in Clacton-on-Sea (Photo: Ben Stansall, AFP)

New party, same old politics for Douglas Carswell

9 October 2014 16:49

Douglas Carswell is not like normal politicians; he’s authentic, genuine and in touch with real people. Or so the spin goes. So what was today’s by-election-day stunt at a polling… Continue reading

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The Conservatives need to win in Cities. Here’s how they can

4 October 2014 11:10

The Conservatives do not have a problem in the North. As Policy Exchange’s report, Northern Lights, highlighted if you took the TransPennine Express train from Liverpool to Newcastle you would… Continue reading

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Cameron and Clegg’s last-ditch attempts to save the Union

8 September 2014 15:26

After the panic in Westminster over the weekend about the Sunday Times‘ poll putting ‘Yes’ in the lead came the something-must-be-dones. David Cameron said he would ‘strain every sinew’ to… Continue reading

6 August 2014 15:07

So Boris has made his great leap. The blond king over the water has revealed his plans to cross the river, return to Parliament and assume what he believes is… Continue reading

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

Video: George Osborne — future Foreign Secretary and Tory leader?

26 June 2014 12:49

Has George Osborne reached the top of his political game? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman discuss the rising fortunes of the Chancellor and… Continue reading


Grant Shapps has built an activists’ team to fight for the Tories in Newark – and in 2015

2 June 2014 16:36

The CCHQ strategy is to never to talk about strategy, but Tory chairman Grant Shapps cannot hide his excitement on this Saturday afternoon. Just a week after the Conservative Party came… Continue reading

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Why no Tory can lecture another on leadership challenges

17 March 2014 14:51

The continued speculation about who in the Conservative party is putting the most effort into preparing their leadership hat to throw into the currently non-existent ring is quite amusing. But… Continue reading

Robert Halfon and David Skelton at Renewal's Workers Budget launch last night.

Renewal offers a vision for a Tory workers’ budget

11 March 2014 11:47

How can the Tory party broaden its appeal? Renewal, a group founded to do just that offered its answer at a packed Westminster pub yesterday evening. With just eight days… 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

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Cameron urges Tory MPs to stop writing troublemaking letters

15 January 2014 8:59

David Cameron addressed the parliamentary Conservative party last night. He took an opportunity to tell MPs to stop writing him public letters, and instead that they should approach him privately… Continue reading

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Chris Skidmore: the eligible bachelor?

7 October 2013 13:21

Historian turned Tory MP Chris Skidmore will be hoping for something good in today’s reshuffle, especially after he was bigged up by Michael Gove from the stage at the Tory Conference… Continue reading

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Tory modernisers can’t rest on their laurels – the job’s never done

1 October 2013 13:54

Where next for Tory modernisation? The first point is that it never ends. The Conservative party could not have survived and thrived as the longest standing and most successful political… Continue reading

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Conservative conference: Tuesday fringe guide

1 October 2013 8:50

Every morning throughout party conference season, we’ll be providing our pick of the fringe events on Coffee House. It’s the third day of the annual Tory conference in Manchester and… Continue reading

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William Hague’s plan to reunite the right

30 September 2013 19:59

William Hague is the man with a plan to deal with Ukip at next year’s European elections. At a fringe event hosted by the Conservatives in the European Parliament group… Continue reading

Boris Johnson in this week's FT Weekend magazine. Photo: Financial Times.

The Boris Johnson guide to making headlines

27 September 2013 18:51

Boris Johnson sure knows how to make the front pages. His interview in the latest FT Weekend Magazine — with the cover quote ‘for the first time in years, I… Continue reading

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Conservative party membership has nearly halved under Cameron

18 September 2013 8:45

134,000. That’s how many members the Conservative Party now has, according to Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome. Despite months of campaigning from the site, the only figure Conservative HQ would release… Continue reading

The Tories' Let Britain Decide campaign is as much about data collection as publicity.

Tories use Let Britain Decide campaign to hunt voters’ data

25 June 2013 17:23

The Tories have earned rare praise for their LetBritainDecide campaign for James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill. Everyone accepts that the slick website and social media campaign are (surprisingly) impressive. But… Continue reading


The View from 22 — Gove the revolutionary, a society without religion and will the EU referendum split the Tories apart?

13 June 2013 9:26

How much love is there for Michael Gove on the opposition benches? In this week’s Spectator cover feature, Toby Young argues, quite a lot. The Education Secretary has the policies… Continue reading