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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11

Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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Out for revenge? Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Image: Getty

Reshuffle 2014: Beware the revenge of the ‘Uglies’

18 July 2014 12:22

There are two reasons why David Cameron’s cull of the ‘Uglies’ – the Conservative ministers who don’t perform well on camera – had to be so vast. The first is… Continue reading

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Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

The 2014 government sackings – as they happened

14 July 2014 17:47

For all of today’s reshuffle updates, including the new appointments and podcast reactions, follow our liveblog here. 23.44 That’s it for tonight. We’ll be back at 6am tomorrow, with more… Continue reading

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Britain Prime Minister David Cameron (L)

Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists

13 July 2014 22:30

David Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists if the Conservatives continue to struggle to recruit female MPs, senior Tory sources have said. The Prime Minister has also set party chairman… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

Lady Butler-Sloss should not lead the child abuse inquiry

10 July 2014 12:56

Last week, Nick Cohen suggested that Lady Butler-Sloss was not the correct person to lead the child abuse enquiry. She has now resigned from her role.  The Guardian says today… Continue reading

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All political parties want to devolve powers to held bridge the North-South divide.

Briefing: The three main parties’ offers on localism

1 July 2014 18:20

How much common ground do the political parties have on localism? As Isabel pointed out this morning, Labour and the Conservatives are engaged in an arms race to see who… Continue reading

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David Cameron has gained support from Tory Eurosceptics for his attempts to block the ascension of Juncker.

David Cameron makes a success of his Juncker failure in the Commons

30 June 2014 18:03

Normally when Speaker Bercow drags out a statement from the Prime Minister to over an hour and a half, the PM starts to look a bit pained. Today David Cameron… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the European Council summit at the end of last week. Picture: Getty

After being Junckered, the Cameron circle now fear for the renegotiation

29 June 2014 11:42

Getting Junckered was not an enjoyable experience for Downing Street. Not only has David Cameron lost his battle to stop the former Luxembourg PM becoming Commission President he has also… Continue reading

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General Views Of Government Ministries Before The Budget

The speech that revealed what George Osborne believes

28 June 2014 12:39

It is a risky business for any serving Cabinet Minister to give a big picture political speech setting out their personal philosophy. It is all too easy for such a… Continue reading

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Cameron defeated as Juncker nominated for European Commission President

27 June 2014 16:38

The European Council has nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next president of the European Commission despite David Cameron’s staunch opposition. In the vote that Cameron forced on the appointment,… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s eurosceptic colleagues are pushing him to set out his renegotiation demands

27 June 2014 14:42

David Cameron has warned his European colleagues that there will be ‘consequences’ if they support Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment today. He’s already seeing the consequences back home, with eurosceptics who are… Continue reading

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David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52

It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say, how amateur. Doesn’t he know that the job is to… Continue reading

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British Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donn

Gus O’Donnell: I was not involved in Coulson’s appointment

25 June 2014 13:24

David Cameron’s claim at PMQs that Gus O’Donnell had been asked at Leveson about whether he had offered any warnings on the hiring of Andy Coulson, was met with bafflement.… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are set to lose 15 seats to the Conservatives at the next election.

Tories set to take a dozen seats from Lib Dems in 2015

19 June 2014 18:03

How many seats will the Conservatives take from the Lib Dems at the next election? According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, a dozen or so Tory-Lib Dem marginals look set… Continue reading

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MP Nigel Evans Is Found Not Guilty Of Sex Offence Charges

Exclusive: Nigel Evans: I’ll be back

15 June 2014 21:17

Mr Steerpike can exclusively reveal that former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans is to run for a senior position on the 1922 Committee executive. The recently vindicated Tory MP remains popular on… Continue reading

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Conservative MP Bob Neill. Picture: PA

Labour #won’tletbritaindecide: but are they bothered?

12 June 2014 17:19

Westminster has felt pretty dull recently, what with very little legislation and that. But now that, thanks to the bravery of Tory MP Bob Neill, could change. #LetBritainDecide fever could… Continue reading

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Prime Minster David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

David Cameron acknowledges that some Tory MPs want to leave the EU

11 June 2014 18:54

David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction of the winner of Newark by-election Robert Jenrick and brief… Continue reading

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Triumphant in Newark. Image: Getty

Bad boy Brady dodges Newark campaign duty

9 June 2014 14:53

It’s safe to say that the Tories are very pleased with their ground effort in last week’s Newark by-election, with praise heaped on those that put the hard slog in:… Continue reading

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Will Theresa May now become the Gordon Brown of this government?

8 June 2014 11:49

You can judge a minister by their special advisers. Ambitious ministers surround themselves with aides who view their primary loyalty as being to the minister rather than the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s moral mission

7 June 2014 11:40

Few modern-day political speeches need to be read in full, but Michael Gove’s today does. The speech to Policy Exchange’s Education Conference contains what must be the moral core of… Continue reading

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How the Conservatives turned Labour’s attack dog into their PR agent

6 June 2014 16:23

Here’s a clever way to get more exposure for your political slogan. You say it so often in speeches, press releases and planted questions from the whips that it seeps… Continue reading

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The Conservative's campaign office in Newark. Can they translate their success here to a national election? Photo: Getty Images.

The Tories have triumphed in Newark. Can they do the same in a national campaign?

6 June 2014 10:56

The Tories now have a great deal of confidence after Newark. It’s not just, as George Osborne said on the Today programme this morning, that ‘this all shows that if… Continue reading

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