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Tory MPs congratulate Lynton Crosby on his election success

20 July 2015 17:09

Tory MPs are currently hearing from Lynton Crosby at a special meeting of the 1922 Committee on his election victory. Many of them are wryly amused that they are having to… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Grant Shapps gets second ministerial job as his rehabilitation begins

15 July 2015 17:00

Grant Shapps has been given a second ministerial post at the Foreign Office this afternoon in which I understand is part of a rather apologetic rehabilitation process for the minister,… Continue reading

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David Cameron on holiday in 2014

PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading

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SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23

The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading

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Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading

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Number 10 ‘can square’ boundary reform losers

13 July 2015 14:16

Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands. I hear… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Macmillan mission starts today

10 July 2015 8:54

Those in favour of more housebuilding in this country like to tell the story of Winston Churchill’s deal with Harold Macmillan in which the Prime Minister told his housing minister… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan takes photographer to task for calling her a ‘girl’

8 July 2015 11:53

With the press pack out in full force today to cover George Osborne’s budget, one photographer’s day has got off to a bad start. As Cabinet ministers Nicky Morgan and… Continue reading

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The Avon Vale Hunt Meet Marks The Opening Of The Fox Hunting Season

Revealed: David Cameron’s plan to bring back hunting

7 July 2015 20:37

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked it but had not inhaled. David Cameron’s position on hunting… Continue reading

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Grayling works on TV licence reform

Tories nervous of EVEL rebellion

7 July 2015 15:54

MPs are getting very worked up in this afternoon’s emergency debate on English Votes for English Laws. Depending on which party they’re in, of course, they’re getting worked up about… Continue reading

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Laurence Fox: I don’t like foxes

3 July 2015 13:51

Last night Brian May claimed that foxes are not vermin when he appeared on This Week to criticise government plans to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. The Queen guitarist argued… Continue reading

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Charlotte Church met David Cameron at the 2012 Conservative Party Conference (Credit: Getty)

Charlotte Church to be reunited with David Cameron at this year’s Tory conference

30 June 2015 16:58

In 2012 Charlotte Church met with David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference as part of a Hacked Off fringe event. Although the meeting appeared to be civil at the time,… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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War of words: Louise Mensch vs Peter Hitchens (or could it be Steerpike?)

19 June 2015 15:07

While Mr S is used to reporting from the sideline on Twitter wars, he tends to refrain from taking part in them. So Steerpike was amused to find himself in… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid and Suzanne Evans.

Sajid does funny — and Suzanne avoids the hacks

19 June 2015 13:50

Last night’s Institute of Economic Affairs sixtieth birthday bash may have had Sajid Javid as their big name keynote speaker but it was another politician on the guest list at… Continue reading

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Home Affairs Select Committee meeting

New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of these committees but now they are voted in by MPs.… Continue reading

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British Conservative member of parliament Bill Cash poses for a photograph in central London on November 16, 2012.

‘Purdah’ amendment to EU referendum bill defeated — but only thanks to Labour

16 June 2015 18:53

The government has defeated Bill Cash’s rebel amendment on the changes to the ‘purdah’ rules during the EU referendum campaign, but only thanks to Labour abstaining. The actual vote was… Continue reading

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Keeping Britain in the EU will be easier than keeping the Tories united on the issue

15 June 2015 16:12

Privately, senior Tories admit that winning the EU referendum, by which they mean securing a vote to stay in on Cameron’s new terms, is the easy part. The more difficult… Continue reading

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Osborne’s audition

14 June 2015 10:58

On Wednesday at Noon, George Osborne will rise to respond for the government at Prime Minister’s Questions. The symbolism of this moment won’t be lost on anyone on the Tory… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Wikipedia reprimands editor who accused Grant Shapps of ‘sock puppet’ edits

8 June 2015 21:04

It is probably reasonably cold comfort to him, given he’s already lost his Cabinet job, but Grant Shapps has today seen a Wikipedia administrator who accused him of editing his… Continue reading

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G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

‘Careless talk costs lives’: Cameron angers MPs as he insists he was ‘misinterpreted’ on EU vote

8 June 2015 16:23

It’s not clear who David Cameron is trying to annoy more: his party or the press pack following him at the G7 summit in Bavaria. But what is clear, at… Continue reading

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Ukip leader, Nigel Farage (L), speaks to supporters  as they take part in a lobby against the European Arrest Warrant opposite the House of Commons on November 10, 2014 in London, England.

Will Ukip and Tory campaigners for a Brexit manage to co-exist?

8 June 2015 15:22

Ukip continues to talk up a big role for itself in the Out campaign. As Britain’s most Eurosceptic party, it is eager to dive into a referendum it has been… Continue reading

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Liam Fox interview: Tories have to get a free vote on the EU ‘in the end’

8 June 2015 14:51

Liam Fox started his political life under a majority Conservative government, and finally he’s back under one. He was elected in 1992 after John Major’s surprise election victory, and is enjoying… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

How David Cameron could still avoid a bitter Tory row on Europe without a free vote

8 June 2015 8:07

David Cameron’s indication that his ministers will have to follow the position of the government on the EU referendum or leave the government has caused some consternation in his party. David… Continue reading

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Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Why so many senior Tories want Zac Goldsmith to run for mayor

7 June 2015 11:36

Over the last few weeks, a string of senior Tories have urged Zac Goldsmith to run for Mayor of London. Goldsmith is, as I report in the Mail on Sunday,… Continue reading

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