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Janus-faced Juncker sets out his stall

15 July 2014 17:30

Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech to the European Parliament this morning. Its content was, from the British government’s perspective, provocative. Juncker had one watchword: integration: and a clear idea of… 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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The Right loses as Ukip wins

28 May 2014 16:56

In Brighton in 1996, an insurgent party held its first and as far as I can see only conference. Liberal journalists gazed on the gaudy spectacle with wonder and disdain.… Continue reading

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The Tories and Ukip: deal or no deal?

23 May 2014 12:59

I can understand why some of my Conservative colleagues are calling for a pact with Ukip. At varying times over the past few years I have been concerned that our… Continue reading

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Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

David Cameron’s plot to keep us in the EU (it’s working)

22 May 2014 19:11

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Continue reading

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Peter Bone

The other awkward European vote

22 May 2014 18:31

When polls close tonight, another vote will open in one part of the country that could cause a bit of European trouble for David Cameron. Tory MPs Peter Bone and… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage has announced he does not want to lead the 'Out' campaign. Photo: Getty Images.

Exclusive: Nigel Farage doesn’t want to lead the Out campaign

21 May 2014 15:51

Nigel Farage has told The Spectator that he doesn’t want to lead the Out campaign come an EU referendum. In an interview, he said, ‘It needs a figurehead and I’m… Continue reading

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Fallon slapped down over EU campaign comments

19 May 2014 12:34

After Michael Fallon suggested that the Conservative party could campaign for the UK to leave the EU if a renegotiation proved unsuccessful, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman was today asked… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband – as clear as mud on immigration

16 May 2014 14:57

Ed Miliband visited Airbus this morning, where he gave a clear headline message on immigration: never again will Labour abandon people who are concerned about immigration.  Alas, he became less clear… Continue reading

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How Nick Clegg missed his chance with Nigel Farage

26 April 2014 15:09

At the start of the year, some of the air seemed to have gone out of the Ukip balloon. The party’s warnings about the scale of Romanian and Bulgarian immigration… Continue reading

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The Conservative Party Annual Conference

View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise. He gave an interview to The Spectator earlier this week… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

Clegg, Farage and the poverty of Britain’s EU debate

28 March 2014 11:09

Two of the writers I most admire have fallen out over the Clegg vs Farage debate. James Kirkup calls it for the Lib Dem leader (his reasons here) and Peter… Continue reading

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Nick vs Nigel sketch: Farage edged ahead of a pompous Clegg – but there was no knock-out blow

27 March 2014 11:29

Never mind the arguments, the body language said it all at the EU debate last night. Nigel Farage was relaxed, smiley and upbeat. Nick Clegg had a solemn and rather… Continue reading

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Life imitates art as Game of Thrones returns to our screens

24 March 2014 15:48

The last season of Game of Thrones ended while a rough and ready rabble from north of ‘the wall’ were preparing to make life difficult for the establishment down south… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will be debating each other on the EU. Photos; Getty Images.

Polling shows none of the party leaders are trusted on Europe

24 March 2014 14:24

Do we trust our politicians to deal with Britain’s ties with Europe? The polar opposites on the matter, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, will be making their case for reconfiguring… Continue reading

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Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke: We don’t need treaty change to reform Europe, and my eurosceptic colleagues are eccentric

17 March 2014 16:44

Tory europhiles don’t often come out in the daylight: they normally give the impression they’re frightened that their associations will get grumpy, or that their fellow MPs will try to… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Nigel Farage and ‘new Ukip’ are running away from disaffected Tories. Why?

16 March 2014 14:00

Who votes Ukip? It’s a question psephologists have been trying to answer for years but Nigel Farage had a clear response on the Sunday Politics today: not just disaffected Conservatives.… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Focuses On The Economy

Ed Miliband’s non-policy EU policy

13 March 2014 17:16

‘You only offer a referendum if you want to ratify your existing policy,’ a Tory veteran told me this morning while discussing Ed Miliband’s recent referendum announcement. The Tory illustrated… Continue reading

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg And Business Secretary Vince Cable Visit Ricardo Engine Assembly Facility

PMQs sketch: what Tony Blair knew about being a toff, and what Nick Clegg doesn’t

12 March 2014 17:37

Hattie Harman tried to crack Clegg today. The deputy prime minister, standing in for David Cameron, explained carefully that his boss was visiting, ‘Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.’ Not… Continue reading

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Will there really be a ‘furious backlash’ to Ed Miliband’s EU referendum stance?

12 March 2014 13:52

The Tories have been hoping that their pledge for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU would split Labour – it was the rationale behind John Baron’s regular pushes… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s speech on Europe: full text

12 March 2014 11:21

In a speech today at the London Business School, Ed Miliband set out Labour’s policy on an EU referendum: unless there are further transfers of powers, there won’t be one. Here’s… Continue reading

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Douglas Alexander’s weasel words on Labour’s EU pledge

12 March 2014 8:58

Unsurprisingly, Douglas Alexander’s Today interview about Ed Miliband’s pledge to not give the British people a referendum without saying he’s not giving you a referendum wasn’t the most edifying performance.… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband rules out EU referendum

11 March 2014 21:56

Why is Ed Miliband going to rule out a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in a speech tomorrow? The Labour leader has written in the FT that he… Continue reading

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Downing Street confirms Coffee House scoop on Cabinet row

4 March 2014 13:24

As James exclusively revealed on Coffee House this morning, an ambush took place at this morning’s Cabinet meeting on legislation for an EU referendum and recall of MPs. Downing Street… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Cameron and Osborne ambush Lib Dems in Cabinet meeting

4 March 2014 11:05

A dramatic Cabinet this morning as the Tories ambushed the Lib Dems over the contents of the Queen’s Speech. First, Cameron took them by surprise by demanding that a recall… Continue reading

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