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View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise. He gave an interview to The Spectator earlier this week… Continue reading

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When is a party not a celebration?

15 April 2014 12:12

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans stood on the steps of Preston Crown Court last week and said: ‘This isn’t a time for celebration or euphoria. Bill Roache just a few… Continue reading

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Downing Street has forgotten that its business is politics

13 April 2014 11:03

The Sunday papers resound with the sound of Tory MPs thinking aloud about how to deal with ill-discipline: principally expenses and harassment. On harassment, the Sunday Times reports the 1922… Continue reading

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The Funeral Takes Place Of Former Labour MP Tony Benn

If the sight of Martin McGuinness at state occasions repulses you, blame the Tory Party

11 April 2014 11:31

Well, those who get themselves worked up about the presence of Martin McGuinness around the Royal Family would not have enjoyed last night’s musical extravaganza, Ceiliuradh, for the Irish president… Continue reading

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BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards - Red Carpet

Ed Vaizey for the BM?

9 April 2014 15:28

There was only one topic of discussion at the launch of Nadine Dorries’s novel Four Streets last night – will Maria Miller survive? The conversation was particularly pointed because Ed… Continue reading

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Maria Miller's support is vanishing as press moves in for the kill. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their support for the embattled Culture Secretary - and question the judgment… Continue reading

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Stop the press! Delegates at the 2011 Conservative Party conference in Manchester are alleged to have taken part in a gay orgy! (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

What happens at conference stays at conference

7 April 2014 12:17

Readers of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday were treated to what appeared to be the perfect ‘Tory Sleaze!’ story. But appearances can deceive. Here’s what the Mail reported: ‘A Tory Minister… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

Tory fingers point at Michael Fallon over Royal Mail debacle

1 April 2014 11:59

It’s not just Vince Cable who is getting it in the neck today for the scathing report into the sell-off of the Royal Mail. Michael Fallon is copping his share… Continue reading

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Maajid Nawaz deserves support. If the Lib Dems won't provide it then the Tories must.

Hampstead and Kilburn – it would be a disgrace if the Lib Dems don’t back Maajid Nawaz to the hilt

27 March 2014 14:41

In the past 30 years British English has received a number of loan words from Arabic, words which would have meant very little to our young grandparents but are now… Continue reading

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Mark Field MP, who launched the Conservatives for Managed Migration group today. Photo: BBC.

‘Net migration’ is bogus. Maybe we should look at ‘net foreign migration’?

26 March 2014 10:21

Mark Field, MP for Westminster, has set up a brand new campaign group of Tory backbenchers called Managed Migration – as opposed, you might think, to the unmanaged sort we… Continue reading

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Eton College. (Image: Getty)

Tory MPs develop new Eton game

24 March 2014 13:35

Tory MPs from less privileged backgrounds than their leader have developed a fun new game to play in the members’ tea room: drawing up definitive rankings of Polite Old Etonians… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Who judges the judges?

18 March 2014 12:53

I like Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of the Sunday Times. I will not pretend they are anything like close friends or family. I doubt if I see them more… Continue reading

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George Osborne needs to develop policies that encourage conservative behaviour - and votes for the Conservatives.

What I want from the Budget: some conservatism

18 March 2014 10:18

Budget day tomorrow, and I’m sure many of you will relish the reminder that you are, in George Osborne’s reported view, ‘successful’ because you pay 40p tax band. It’s better… Continue reading

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Anne McIntosh (Photo: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty)

Hold the front page: Anne McIntosh is holding a constituency surgery!

18 March 2014 9:20

Mr S takes embargos very seriously. He respects the convention. An embargo is sacred. Yet the news that Anne McIntosh MP is holding a constituency surgery is so momentous that… Continue reading

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David Davis delivers notification of his intention to stand down as an MP on June 18, 2008; the act that appears to have cost him a senior ministerial career. (Image: SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

David Davis should be in Cabinet – or at least in government

17 March 2014 10:21

Class never quite goes away as an issue for the Tories, for the simple and sufficient reason that it matters. Lately it was Michael Gove stating the obvious, that the… Continue reading

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These gentlemen have much to talk about concerning the latest polls. (Image: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Polling worries for Miliband – and for Cameron

14 March 2014 17:17

There’s been much hullaballoo this afternoon over a Populus poll that shows a Labour lead of one point. The usual caveats apply (it’s just one poll!); but, nevertheless, this sample… Continue reading

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Protests Are Held Throughout The UK Opposing The Coalition Government's Spending Review

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say that he will be ‘sadly missed’. But I’ve admired him… Continue reading

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Net migration is up, but net migration is a meaningless term

27 February 2014 15:34

The latest figures showing a big increase in net migration are a blow to the Conservatives, although it obviously reflects on the relative strength of the British economy; at least… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into a new ideological cold war with the old enemy. Or… 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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Aerial Views Show The Extent Of The Flooding On The Somerset Levels

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead of looking at it on the map, click the ‘satellite’… Continue reading

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Dominic Raab has a fan club called 'The Raabels'.

Rebel Raab cut down to size

17 February 2014 13:37

Pint-sized Tory MP Dominic Raab ruffled the feathers of the powerful with his amendment to the Immigration Bill last month, which forced the government into a humiliating abstention. Raab has… Continue reading

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Britain is doomed – even if Salmond loses September’s independence referendum

12 February 2014 15:48

Last Thursday’s cover story makes alarming reading, Alex Massie arguing that Alex Salmond may come close to achieving victory in September’s vote. Alex wrote: ‘It is beginning to be appreciated,… Continue reading

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Many young people are comfortable with ideological purity; they are offended by compromise. This is why they are angry, self-righteous and intolerant. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Why are feminists intolerant? It’s age, not sex

7 February 2014 16:06

There has been a lot of comment about a recent Michelle Goldberg piece in the Nation on feminism in social media and how incredibly unpleasant feminists are to each other.… Continue reading

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The UK Observes Remembrance Sunday

Spectator sport for Tory rebels

5 February 2014 12:58

The leading article in last week’s Spectator, which urged Tory rebels to stop rebelling for the sake of it, has upset many gentlemen of the shires/backwoodsmen. The right-wing rump believes… Continue reading

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