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Cameron has a PMQs trump card – he won the election

3 June 2015 14:44

The first PMQs after an election victory is a moment to savour for a Prime Minister. He knows that the result gives him a trump card he can play again… Continue reading

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Last ditch attempts to win votes are pointless without months of legwork

6 May 2015 13:08

All three party leaders are in the middle of their last-minute campaigning efforts, travelling across the country with little sleep. But what are they actually doing during these last few… Continue reading

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It’s a Tory! Girls called ‘Charlotte’ are the most likely to vote Conservative

4 May 2015 15:29

Ed Miliband may have Russell Brand’s endorsement today, but David Cameron has got the royal baby’s. Okay, she’s a little young to vote – but we can read the signs.… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Where the next generation of MPs think the burden of cuts should fall

16 April 2015 16:16

What do the next generation of MPs think with regards to public services, government spending and taxes? Coffee House has got its hands on new research by Ipsos MORI on… Continue reading

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Tories and Labour keeping policies up their sleeves

16 April 2015 15:45

Three weeks from now, people will be voting and the parties will just be getting a sense of how this election is shaking out. But in a sign of how… Continue reading

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The Good Life – how a 70s sitcom became a Tory lodestar

14 April 2015 13:08

Hearing David Cameron’s many references to the ‘good life’ may puzzle younger voters who did not grow up with Richard Briers and Penelope Keith’s sitcom of the same name. The… Continue reading

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Cameron needs to be the reasonable statesman on tonight’s debate

2 April 2015 15:07

Which David Cameron will take the stage for tonight’s seven-way showdown? Will it be the competent, likeable and reasonable statesman who has steered the economy onto safer ground? Or the… Continue reading

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Revealed: Labour candidate’s joke about Oscar Pistorius shooting

23 March 2015 18:02

David Cameron is facing calls from Labour to discipline a local council candidate after they dressed as Oscar Pistorius for a costume party. Gregg Peers – who is standing for the Conservatives… Continue reading

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Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

5 March 2015 10:50

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The news was bad only in a sense, as high immigration… Continue reading

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry had stormed the Commons, but none of it made any… Continue reading

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Ukip MPs infiltrate Conservative HQ’s Twitter feed

6 January 2015 18:05

If social media is going to play a deciding role in the general election, the brains at Conservative HQ ought to take a closer look at who they promote on… Continue reading

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Parties launch onto General Election roller coaster

5 January 2015 9:01

It’s the first day back for MPs and even though we are still months, not weeks, away from the General Election, the parties are all already launching themselves down the… Continue reading

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Ukip’s puppet David Cameron cuts a pathetic figure

12 November 2014 12:24

Well this is a pleasant surprise. After all the years of indifference, David Cameron has condescended to notice us. Not just notice us but want us too. His come-hither smiles… Continue reading

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Miliband triggers an outbreak of political unity – though not the sort Labour wants

7 November 2014 18:31

Is the latest Labour leadership crisis actually triggering new wave of party unity? Lord Prescott, who has slammed Miliband as ‘timid’ for his ‘complacent’ leadership style, spotted John McTernan, Tony… Continue reading

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Miliband corners Cameron on immigration at listless PMQs

5 November 2014 13:59

The Commons has a rather listless feel to it at the moment. Today’s PMQs will not live long in the memory. Ed Miliband’s strategy was to get David Cameron to… Continue reading

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The Wintershall Players perform 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square in April 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Muddled souls – Britain is a non-religious, Christian-ish country

4 November 2014 16:09

A new survey of British religious attitudes is out. It reveals a surprising degree of hostility to religion, and an unsurprising degree of muddle. David Cameron’s claim that Britain is… Continue reading

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‘Swamped’ much? David Blunkett 2014, meet David Blunkett 2002

4 November 2014 10:57

Last week saw an example of the cynicism, not to mention circularity, of our immigration debate that is too important to miss. The former home secretary, David Blunkett, took to… Continue reading

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An 1867 cartoon from the magazine 'Punch' depicting John Stuart Mill advocating female suffrage (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’

31 October 2014 16:33

Good on David Cameron for refusing to wear that hideous T-shirt. Feminists these days spend an awful lot of time telling people what to think and what to wear. It’s… 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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Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

29 October 2014 10:49

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to me is between a man and a woman’, and voting… Continue reading

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Members of the British National Front in April 1978 (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty)

How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front

29 October 2014 9:38

The brilliant Matthew Parris writes in his Times column today about Margaret Thatcher using the word ‘swamped’ in relation to immigration in 1978. We had been averaging 500-700 letters a… Continue reading

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Tribal loyalty stops bad news becoming worse for party leaders

28 October 2014 8:54

Today’s Independent explains why the Tory party is starting to get rather jitter again. Sure, Labour has fallen five points to level-peg with the party in a ComRes poll for the… Continue reading

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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Cameron and Miliband squabble over the NHS, while saying nothing

22 October 2014 16:51

It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. The trouble was he attacked the Labour leader for a… 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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