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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

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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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Gove and Osborne. Image: Getty

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

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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

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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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David Cameron giving his Europe speech. Picture: Getty

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 - setting hearts aflutter?

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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Build a more modern Conservative party. Image: Getty

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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An Alternative View Of The Conservative Party Annual Conference

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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Uniting the right needs a carrot and stick approach Illustration: Christian Adams.

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

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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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A Conservative rally, from when the party had a mass membership. Photo: Ray Moreton/Keystone/Getty Images

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

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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

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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

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Chris Lockwood is set to join David Cameron's new policy unit (pictured). Photo: PA.

Chris Lockwood to join new Number 10 policy unit

29 April 2013 20:16

Downing Street has pulled off a coup with the recruitment of Chris Lockwood, the US editor of The Economist, to the new Downing Street policy unit. Lockwood is one of… Continue reading

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Theresa May will face questions when Parliament returns on the efficacy of TPIMs. Picture: Getty

More Tory splits and plots

2 February 2013 11:32

David Cameron arrived back in the UK this morning to newspapers full of talk of Conservative splits and plots. The moment of unity that followed his Europe speech has well… Continue reading

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