Conservatives

George Osborne and David Cameron pay a visit to Arriva TrainCare mantenance plant  in Crewe (Photo: Toby Melville/Getty)

Have the Tories given up on taking seats from Labour?

24 April 2015 16:03

David Cameron and George Osborne’s campaigning is focused on seats the Tory party wants to hold onto, while Ed Miliband is taking the fight to seats Labour wants to win… Continue reading

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Party manifestos for the 2015 General Election campaign. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Four things you need to know about the IFS’ manifesto analysis

23 April 2015 15:17

Nobody’s perfect, are they? The IFS found something to criticise today for all the parties — the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and SNP — whose tax and spending plans it has examined.… Continue reading

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George Osborne on another factory visit, this time in Leeds. Image: Getty

The Conservatives are strategising regional media out of the grid – and it won’t help their cause

23 April 2015 15:02

This has, I think we can all agree, been the most stage-managed election ever. Nobody on a soap box, no punches thrown, no bigoted women. Just a seamless marathon of… Continue reading

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Ruth Davidson. Photo by Isabel Hardman.

Breaking: Politician spotted talking to a real voter

23 April 2015 14:42

I’ve just witnessed an extraordinary moment on the campaign trail in Edinburgh. No, it’s not this, but a political party leader talking to a real voter. This is Ruth Davidson,… Continue reading

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Why identikit lines on the SNP are important for the Tories

23 April 2015 10:30

This morning when George Osborne defended the way the Tories were fighting the election campaign, there was something slightly odd about what he said in response to John Humphrys’ first… Continue reading

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London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron react as they join a hand-printing session with children at the Advantage children's daycare nursery on April 22, 2015 in Surbiton, England.

Boris hits the campaign trail — and admits being Tory leader would be a ‘wonderful thing’

22 April 2015 17:10

The Tories’s not-so-secret weapon has finally been deployed. Boris Johnson hit the campaign trail with David Cameron today, solving a jigsaw puzzle, painting with some children (above) and exuding a… Continue reading

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David Cameron interview: ‘I feel I have worked my socks off’

22 April 2015 16:22

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson have interviewed the Prime Minister David Cameron. He discusses why even his closest colleagues think he needs to show more… Continue reading

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Tired Tories call for ‘pizzazz’ in election campaign

22 April 2015 10:09

Are the Tories having a bad campaign? It certainly doesn’t seem to be as slick and upbeat as some had expected. Many Tories had expected the polls to stay right… Continue reading

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Revealed: Why the Tories have a big London problem

22 April 2015 9:42

This afternoon something rare will happen in this election campaign. David Cameron will campaign in London. While bus-ing and jetting all around the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, the… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps arrives to meet Conservative party activists as he helps with their canvassing in a residential area of Street on April 2, 2015 in Somerset, England.

Campaign kick-off: 15 days to go

22 April 2015 9:05

The general election campaign is beginning to feel a little staid. Maybe there was too much excitement over the attacks and TV debates, or maybe the parties are running out… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Andrew Marr was talking ‘bollocks’ about foxhunting

21 April 2015 16:53

So both the BBC and Andrew Marr have admitted to misquoting David Cameron as having said that foxhunting was his favourite sport. But what did Cameron himself think of Marr’s… Continue reading

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Andrew Marr and the BBC misquoted David Cameron – but how did they get it so wrong?

21 April 2015 10:41

After yesterday’s piece, in which I called out Andrew Marr for attributing an entirely incorrect quote to the PM on his Sunday morning show, two things have happened. Firstly, as Mr… Continue reading

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Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking in passion; the PM was full of fight and his… Continue reading

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David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

John Major to enter the electoral fray this week

19 April 2015 13:02

David Cameron’s inner circle are always keen to talk up the parallels between this campaign and 1992. This week, the winner of that election will enter the fray on their… Continue reading

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Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

19 April 2015 10:29

David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr, the Tory leader repeatedly described the prospect of a Labour… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

The coming battle for legitimacy

18 April 2015 13:10

Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading

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Who lies behind these three new pro-Conservative blogs?

16 April 2015 12:28

Three new anonymous pro-Tory political blogs have popped up in recent weeks. All are rather curious: none carry bylines, and two are so technically similar that they could have been made in the… Continue reading

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The Tories may have a strong message but do they have any momentum yet?

15 April 2015 15:06

The Tories have another election broadcast out tonight that builds on the message of their manifesto: that they are for hardworking blue-collar people and that if you want sunshine, vote… Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg Visits New Bagpuss Pop-up Shop

Tories are consolidating while Labour are extending leads in key marginals

14 April 2015 16:14

Lord Ashcroft has released his latest round of polling, looking at ten competitive Tory-Labour seats. In all of the constituencies, Ashcroft has reported swings to Labour, ranging from 0.5 per cent… Continue reading

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Has Lynton Crosby been taking ‘inspiration’ from the Australian Liberal Party again?

14 April 2015 11:37

Earlier this year Lynton Crosby was accused of recycling a ten-year-old ‘attack ad’ the Liberal Party used in the 2004 Australian elections, to criticise Ed Miliband in the general election. At the… Continue reading

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Exclusive: watch a preview of the Conservatives’ manifesto launch video

14 April 2015 10:22

David Cameron will take to the stage in an hour to launch the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto. Before he does, a short video will roll to introduce the themes of the… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron talks with a local family as he campaigns on April 13, 2015 in Alnwick, England.

Campaign kick-off: 23 days to go

14 April 2015 9:12

Today, it’s the Conservative Party’s turn to release its manifesto. Labour pushed out its own document ‘Britain can do better’ yesterday, so it’s Tories’ turn to try and better it.… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes A Speech About The Financial Markets

Cameron declares that the Tories are the ‘party of working people’ as he pledges to extend right to buy

13 April 2015 23:17

Tomorrow’s Tory manifesto will contain the boldest policy proposal of this campaign so far. The party will promise to extend the right to buy to 1.3 million families living in… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Nick Clegg sets out red lines for coalition negotiations with Labour and the Tories

13 April 2015 20:59

Nick Clegg produced Lib Dem red lines for any coalition with either Labour or the Tories in an interview with Evan Davis this evening. Clegg said that he wouldn’t go… Continue reading

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The truth behind David Cameron’s new inheritance tax policy

12 April 2015 14:10

David Cameron’s new Inheritance tax policy is clearly an important political message of aspiration and family values rather than a policy that will either help many or actually have much… Continue reading

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