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Prime Minister David Cameron Tries To Take A Harder Line with Europe

If David Cameron doesn’t take immigration seriously, he’ll lose the election

31 October 2014 12:21

Coffee House readers may remember a classic John Cleese comedy film almost thirty years ago called Clockwise. It’s the story of middle class angst, frustration, desperation and ultimate triumph at… Continue reading

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What passing-bells for politicians who die as cattle?

31 October 2014 11:29

Over the top: British soldiers in the trenches (Image: Getty) The allies did not sweep into Germany in 1918, winning the First World War with the glory and élan of… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps Visits Rochester

Tories on away day put away hopes of winning Rochester

31 October 2014 9:45

Tory MPs are in Oxfordshire today for an ‘away day’. It’s supposed to focus on the autumn statement, but Tory MPs also want to make a few points about the… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign

28 October 2014 18:24

Liam Fox has launched a series of ‘One Minute Fox’ videos in which he sets out his position on various hot issues from the threat of fundamentalism to welfare reform. He unveiled… Continue reading

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Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill

27 October 2014 17:52

Tory MPs might have appeared keen to support the PM after his surprise EU bill when they spoke in the Commons this afternoon. But behind the scenes the party is… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ukip 13 points ahead in Rochester & Strood

22 October 2014 22:10

Tonight, we have a second poll from Rochester & Strood and it again shows Ukip ahead. Mark Reckless doesn’t lead by Clacton margins—Ukip are on 43 and the Tories 30… Continue reading

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Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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Number 10: No final decision on European Arrest Warrant

16 October 2014 17:51

Is Number 10 really preparing for a U-turn on the European Arrest Warrant? After Coffee House reported some odd manoeuvres by chief whip Michael Gove involving him suggesting to Tory… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Is a U-turn looming on the European Arrest Warrant?

16 October 2014 14:03

Tory chief whip Michael Gove has been calling round MPs to suggest that it might be better if Britain does not opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, Coffee House… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Cameron hints at points-based immigration system in meeting with Tory Right

15 October 2014 16:36

Whatever David Cameron’s promised ‘big bang’ announcement on immigration in the EU is, it has certainly excited Conservative backbenchers. A group of them confronted him this afternoon to ask whether… Continue reading

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H'Angus the Monkey, elected Mayor of Hartlepool in 2004. Image: Getty

The Tories can do anti-politics too. Here’s how

15 October 2014 15:11

November marks ten years since the North East voted overwhelmingly to reject Government proposals for a Regional Assembly. While there were signs that the electorate was becoming increasingly disillusioned –… Continue reading

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Work and Pensions Select Committee

Lord Freud offers ‘full and unreserved apology’ for disability comments

15 October 2014 14:04

Lord Freud has apologised for suggesting that disabled people were not ‘worth’ the minimum wage. He said: ‘I would like to offer a full and unreserved apology. I was foolish… Continue reading

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Tory MPs promised ‘big bang’ announcement on EU migration

14 October 2014 19:22

The Tories will announce a big new policy on freedom of movement in the European Union, David Cameron told his MPs tonight. At a meeting of the Parliamentary party, the… Continue reading

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Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border in 2015. Mr Coburn is a curious character – and… Continue reading

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Cameron shoots himself in the foot on the rural vote

14 October 2014 13:33

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun licence. Why? They claim that shooters may be… Continue reading

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What’s the opposite of a champagne socialist? Phillip Blond

14 October 2014 11:44

Phillip Blond, sporting tinted specs for this morning’s devolution debate, is famed in the wonkier side of Westminster for his unique style. The self-styled ‘Red Tory’, who split with the Cameroons… Continue reading

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Brooks Newmark, this time without his Paisley-patterend pyjamas

If Brooks Newmark didn’t want these photos leaked, why did he email them?

12 October 2014 15:16

So it now seems pretty clear to me that we can no longer send women photographs of our genitals without worrying that we might be the subject of some horrible… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell Visit Clacton On Sea

Ukip’s breakthrough night

10 October 2014 3:08

Ukip has won its first by-election: Douglas Carswell is the party’s first elected MP. In a stunning night for the party, it also ran Labour mighty close in Heywood and… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg speaks on Wednesday at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow (Photo: Getty)

Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats focus on keeping Tory-facing seats

8 October 2014 14:52

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg's speech’ on audioBoom There were no rabbits in Nick Clegg’s speech today. Instead, there was just an unerring emphasis on the Liberal Democrats’ message that… Continue reading

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He lavished praise on Clegg for having turned the Liberal Democrats… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Speech On International Development

Clegg attacks ‘economically extreme’ Tories

5 October 2014 10:35

The Lib Dem message in Glasgow this week in simple, you can’t trust either Labour or the Tories to run the country on their own. On Marr this morning, Nick… Continue reading

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George Osborne hopes to be the next Foreign Secretary. Photo: Simon Dawson-Pool/Getty Images

People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party conference this week? Labour has launched a clock which monitors… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivering his conference keynote speech. Image: Getty

David Cameron’s speech had classically Tory messages – but it shows he hasn’t given up on modernisation

1 October 2014 16:23

The Tories leave Birmingham in far better heart than when they arrived. They feel that they have succeeded in setting the terms of debate this week. On tax and spending,… Continue reading

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Cameron’s speech show us why he is still the Tories’ greatest single asset

1 October 2014 14:19

David Cameron has yet again delivered a belter of a party conference speech, peppered with announcements. His performance is a reminder of why, even now, he remains the Tory Party’s… Continue reading

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