David Cameron

Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lord Sewel takes leave of absence from Lords

27 July 2015 18:14

Lord Sewel has announced he is taking a ‘leave of absence’ from the House of Lords. In a statement sent to the Parliamentary authorities this evening, Sewel says he will… Continue reading

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David Cameron meets with Scottish First Minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House on May 15, 2015 in Edinburgh.

The SNP is forcing Cameron to think of Scotland. They may come to regret that

24 July 2015 17:04

No one can deny that the SNP has made Westminster pay more attention to Scotland. Five years ago, it was surprising—and, in many ways, shocking—how uninformed most MPs were of what… Continue reading

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Barack Obama and David Cameron shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau on June 7, 2015 near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Barack offers David some assistance to keep Britain in the EU

24 July 2015 9:02

Barack Obama has given his perennial reminder that Britain should stay in the European Union. In an interview with the BBC, the President of the United States has said it is… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivers a speech about extremism on 20 July 2015 (Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty)

Why we need to talk about theocracy

21 July 2015 13:58

David Cameron is right to speak against religious extremism, even if it claims not to support violence. But what exactly is religious extremism? He defined it in opposition to British… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivers a speech at Ninestiles Academy in Birmingham, central England, on July 20, 2015.

David Cameron has given his best speech yet on tackling Islamic extremism

20 July 2015 18:01

The Prime Minister’s Birmingham speech on radicalisation and Muslim communities in the UK given earlier today is a rather important one. Regular readers will know that I’m not easy to… Continue reading

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David Cameron must ally himself with moderate Muslims

20 July 2015 17:38

Those who have been involved in counter-extremism in recent years would be forgiven for thinking that there is little new in the Prime Minister’s speech today. However, we need to… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Theresa May during a ceremonial welcome for the President of Singapore Tony Tan, and his wife, at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Theresa May on tackling extremism: ‘we’re not talking about curbing free speech’

20 July 2015 9:26

David Cameron will outline the ‘struggle of our generation’ today: tackling Islamist extremism. The Prime Minister is set to deliver a significant speech in Birmingham, where he will say ‘the root cause… Continue reading

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The focus on terror has distorted the debate on encryption

17 July 2015 16:05

Surveillance has hit the headlines again. This morning, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, or DRIPA, which passed last year after just 24 hours debate, was ruled illegal by… Continue reading

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The Speaker's number one admirer (Getty Images).

PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s lurches to the left

15 July 2015 16:08

‘Put that on your leaflets,’ snarled Cameron at PMQs. Inwardly he was gloating. Labour voted against Tory welfare reforms last night so the PM was able to boast that Labour… 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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Nicola Sturgeon clenches her fists as she reacts in her seat in the royal box during the men's doubles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships on July 11, 2015.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP is using foxhunting to kick the Tories — and will intervene on English issues again

14 July 2015 8:39

It has only taken the SNP 68 days to jettison its principles for some good old Tory bashing. On the Today programme, Nicola Sturgeon gave three reasons as to why the SNP will be voting against relaxed… Continue reading

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Can my secretary marry her sister?

10 July 2015 14:00

Virginia Utley, my secretary when I edited this paper, has written to Prime Minister and Chancellor, jointly. She asks, ‘Please could you tell me what a family is?’ Nowadays, she… Continue reading

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Ministers should not push ahead with English votes for English laws next week

9 July 2015 10:30

The first thing that needs to be said about the near-universally panned proposal for English votes for English laws we debated in the Commons this week is not, ‘why the… 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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The four patron saints of Great Britain, (from left to right) St Patrick of Ireland, St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland and St David of Wales on a drunken spree. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Calm down: English Votes for English Laws is a very minor modest proposal

7 July 2015 15:58

Ed Miliband – remember him? – has just told the House of Commons that the government’s proposals for so-called English votes for English laws (EVEL) are a betrayal of everything for… Continue reading

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Which way will Greece vote?

4 July 2015 17:49

This time tomorrow, we’ll have had the first projections from the Greek referendum. We will have an idea as to whether the country has said Oxi or Nai. At the… Continue reading

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A striking employee of the French company My Ferry Link (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais

3 July 2015 12:22

The right to free movement of people and goods across the EU is, as we keep being told when the government proposes to trim benefits for Romanians, a fundamental and… Continue reading

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David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

Is Cameron ready for his European opportunity?

3 July 2015 8:57

Could Greek voters back austerity measures to keep their country in the eurozone this weekend? Today’s papers cover a poll by GPO which put ‘Yes’ on 47.1 per cent and… Continue reading

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Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

2 July 2015 18:09

It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean… Continue reading

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Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

2 July 2015 17:00

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at our school he remarked that in Islam one was allowed… Continue reading

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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

1 July 2015 23:11

With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David Cameron and George Osborne caught up with their old head… Continue reading

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An airliner comes in to land at Heathrow Airport on August 11, 2014 in London, England.

What happens next with Heathrow?

1 July 2015 17:40

Now that the Davies Commission has made its recommendation, the ball is back in the government’s court. The biggest immediate challenge the government has to face is David Cameron’s 2009… Continue reading

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David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

1 July 2015 13:29

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre as this issue was discussed and there was much agreement… Continue reading

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Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

1 July 2015 12:50

Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… 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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