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Tories pressure Labour and Lib Dems on EU bill

12 June 2013 10:09

Credit where credit’s due to the Tory spin machine for following up a good idea and putting pressure on Labour and the Lib Dems. This doesn’t happen very often, so… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps’ peacemaking letter to Tory grassroots

29 May 2013 12:40

Largely because of events, the febrile atmosphere in the Tory party has gone as damp as the weather after weeks of bickering. A combination of the Woolwich killing and recess… Continue reading

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EU shopping list tips from Ben Goldsmith, Bill Cash, Nancy Dell’Olio and Matthew Elliott

17 May 2013 13:28

Ben Goldsmith, Partner at WHEB Partners and signatory to Business for Britain In the private sector, every business must provide regular and accurate accounts. Yet when you try to look into… Continue reading

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David Cameron needs to work out what exactly it is that he wants from negotiations with EU leaders. Picture: Getty

What does Cameron actually want back from Brussels?

16 May 2013 17:21

If you ask what’s the problem with David Cameron’s European strategy, a cacophony of voices strike up. But it seems to me that most of their complaints are tactical when… Continue reading

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The Tory Blame Game

16 May 2013 15:24

Who is to blame for last night’s Tory uprising on Europe? It’s more entertaining to pin the blame on everyone, rather than one person, and in this case, it’s wrong… Continue reading

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David Cameron didn't want to bang on about Europe, which has ultimately led to a great deal more banging. Picture: Getty

Refusing to bang on about Europe has brought about even more banging on than before

16 May 2013 12:20

The BBC loves nothing better than a narrative in which Tory anti-European eccentrics split their party, and a bewildered public votes Labour. It is certainly the case that some of… Continue reading

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Who would have thought that one piece of vellum could cause such a rumpus? Picture: Getty

130 MPs support Queen’s Speech amendment on EU referendum

15 May 2013 20:02

So 130 MPs have backed the Baron/Bone amendment to the Queen’s Speech. There will be Labour and other parties in this group, but reasonable estimates suggest that 100 Tories went… Continue reading

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David Cameron has been at pains to stress that he's very relaxed about tonight's Queen's Speech vote. But is he? Picture: Carla Millar

Cameron says he’s relaxed about tonight’s Queen’s Speech vote. But is he?

15 May 2013 17:13

MPs are storming their way through the Queen’s Speech debate this afternoon, with a vote on that troublesome EU referendum bill amendment expected around 7pm. But for all their talk… Continue reading

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David Cameron is right to be relaxed about tonight’s EU vote

15 May 2013 13:14

It simply isn’t correct to claim that the Conservative Party is at odds over a possible vote on legislation paving the way for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the… Continue reading

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John Baron

Forget the nasty party: this is the Angry Party

15 May 2013 9:08

Even those who like to specialise in the inner workings of the mind of a Tory backbencher are rather baffled by the twists and turns of the party this week.… Continue reading

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Will the draft EU referendum bill calm Tory tensions?

14 May 2013 20:18

The last few days have seen the Tory party losing its collective head. Number 10 hopes that the publication of a draft referendum bill will begin to restore order. If… Continue reading

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Not all eurosceptics are asking for more from the leadership

14 May 2013 14:30

The Tory MPs who are unhappy with Number 10′s offer of a draft EU referendum bill have been making the most noise this morning, but there have been some interesting… Continue reading

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Tory EU turmoil allows Labour and Lib Dems to develop strong message discipline

14 May 2013 9:17

The dizzy behaviour of the Tory party on Europe is allowing its opponents to develop an incredibly strong message discipline. This is ironic because the Labour party has its own… Continue reading

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David Cameron giving his Europe speech. Picture: Getty

Tory leadership publishes draft EU referendum bill in a panic, and fails to convince backbenchers

13 May 2013 23:13

David Cameron was trying to work out how on earth to deal with the latest Europe row in his party. He heard them demanding legislation in this parliament for a… Continue reading

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Obama and Cameron give a joint press conference this afternoon. Picture: Getty

Obama warns Britain that leaving the EU would be an isolationist step

13 May 2013 17:25

President Obama took care this afternoon when asked about an EU referendum to give as nuanced an answer as possible. He emphasised repeatedly that this was a matter for the… Continue reading

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David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

David Cameron needs to become a man with a plan

13 May 2013 8:52

‘I’m a man with a plan,’ David Cameron told the Conservative party conference in 2008. Now the Prime Minister is struggling to give the impression he does have a plan… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond becomes 2nd Cabinet minister to say he would vote to leave EU today

12 May 2013 20:58

If the Tory leadership had hoped that a few weeks of reconciliation between David Cameron and his backbenchers would lead to a new, serene phase in party management, they couldn’t… Continue reading

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It seems a long time since David Cameron's EU referendum speech: MPs are now demanding something more. Picture: Getty

EU referendum amendment is just first step in long battle

9 May 2013 17:47

As expected, the backbench Tory campaign for an EU referendum bill started as soon as the Queen’s Speech proved not to contain one. The first battle is over an amendment… Continue reading

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The euro-elite responds to Nigel Lawson’s ‘dinosaur argument’

8 May 2013 16:24

I’ve just come from a briefing with a European Union official. He was asked whether Lord Lawson’s call for Britain to leave the EU was a ‘dinosaur argument.’ In response, the… Continue reading

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Maggie Maggie Maggie, wanted out out out

8 May 2013 11:39

To Chelsea to hear Charles Moore lift the lid on his Thatcher biography. While the crowd at the Cadogan Hall loved the anecdotes and insight, it was Moore’s revelation that,… Continue reading

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Lord Lawson is wrong that change in the EU is impossible

8 May 2013 10:48

In its present form, the EU serves British interests very poorly. The time has come for us to finally take matters into our own hands. But I don’t agree with… Continue reading

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Three documents for and against Britain's membership of the Common Market in 1975. Picture: Getty

Why David Cameron can’t copy Harold Wilson on EU renegotiation

7 May 2013 15:25

It’s at times like this I’m glad I’m not a Europhile. I imagine that Lord Lawson’s article in today’s Times is causing Brussels-lovers up and down the land a number… Continue reading

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Margot James, one of the members of the newly-appointed policy board, defended the Prime Minister's ability to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU. Picture: Getty

European debate returns to Tory MP vs Tory MP

7 May 2013 14:02

One of the inevitable consequences of Lord Lawson’s announcement that he’d vote ‘No’ in an EU referendum is that the ideological divides over Europe in the Tory party are starting… Continue reading

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John Baron and colleagues are determined to get a bill legislating for an EU referendum into the Commons by hook or by crook.

The backbench Tory plot to get a referendum bill into the Commons – and the row that will surely follow

3 May 2013 17:53

John Baron and  Conservative backbench colleagues have been out and about insisting that today’s results underline the need for legislation in this parliament for a referendum on Britain’s membership of… Continue reading

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David Cameron delivers his Europe speech. Image: Getty

The EU Referendum Bill won’t appear in Parliament any time soon

2 May 2013 14:08

Some Tories are all aquiver today after the Prime Minister’s radio hint yesterday that he might be prepared to introduce an EU referendum bill in this parliament after all. Here… Continue reading

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