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Millionaire Stuart Wheeler Loses Lisbon Treaty Challenge

Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip. Wheeler has been the broker in any potential defections, wining… Continue reading

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Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25

What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this morning about other meetings that Ukip has held with Conservative… Continue reading

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

Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading

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Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge

26 August 2014 13:48

Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is going to apply to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. His announcement comes on the same day that Nigel Farage… Continue reading

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Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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Labour’s action on housing doesn’t match its rhetoric

18 August 2014 12:58

On the face of it, it’s a simple equation. In the north-London borough of Islington, there are almost 9,000 people on the housing waiting list. The area needs more homes.… Continue reading

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The Tories should give their members more power

15 August 2014 8:32

Politics is an expensive game. You might get paid three times the average salary once you’re in Parliament, but you can spend so much on your way there that only… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi clashed over the government's counter-extremism strategy while the minister was on a plane. Picture: Getty

Baroness Warsi’s parting shot contains a serious warning for the Tories

10 August 2014 14:45

Baroness Warsi’s interview with the Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday is, unsurprisingly, not just about her discomfort with the government’s policy in the Middle East. The Independent on Sunday… Continue reading

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Tories select raft of women – in no-hope seats

8 August 2014 9:57

It has been bought to my attention that amongst the Conservative Party candidates selected this week, women outnumbered men two to one. Tory HQ are clearly very proud that Mims… Continue reading

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How the FOBs, FOGs and FOTs could trip themselves up in the Tory leadership fight

7 August 2014 17:12

FOB, FOG or FOT? Which one are you? In this week’s Spectator, Harry Mount examines the machinations of the Friends of Boris as they set their star man up for… Continue reading

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Where could Boris stand?

6 August 2014 10:39

This week’s Spectator charts Boris Johnson’s return to Parliament – and examines the network of MPs already helping him get there. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to read Harry… Continue reading

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Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet

Tory minister: Govt ‘failure’ on Gaza is sowing seeds of General Election defeat

5 August 2014 11:17

One of the risks of Sayeeda Warsi’s resignation was that it would encourage other ministers uneasy about the government’s response to the situation in Gaza to break ranks. She is… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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

David Cameron hints at tax cuts for Middle England

30 July 2014 11:47

The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope tweets the news that David Cameron is open to raising the threshold for the 40p rate: NEWS! PM: “I would love to raise the 40p tax… Continue reading

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David Ruffley at a reception for MPs and MEPs at Buckingham Palace. Image: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The mysterious case of David Ruffley’s letter

29 July 2014 12:02

There is much hullaballoo this morning about how slow the Tories were to act over David Ruffley, the disgraced MP who announced last night that he will not stand for… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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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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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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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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