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Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir delivers his speech on communities during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014.

Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories?

24 January 2015 21:04

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party this evening, following an internal party investigation. Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Bashir, who was the party’s communities spokesman, says… Continue reading

A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading


Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border in 2015. Mr Coburn is a curious character – and… Continue reading

Nigel Farage needs to ensure that fewer of his MEPs defect to other parties. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Ukip needs to reduce its defection rate to be taken seriously

15 April 2014 11:36

Party-switching has been relatively common among British MEPs in recent years.  In the past ten years, 13 MEPs have ended their term of office in a different party to the… Continue reading

Osborne was the only EU finance minister who voted against the cap on bankers' bonuses. Image: Getty

Five things you need to know about the EU’s bonus cap

7 March 2013 15:34

1. The plan: To limit the bonuses that can be paid to bankers to the level of their salary. Any higher bonus would need the approval of shareholders (65 per cent… Continue reading

European parliament president Martin Schulz. Picture: Getty

EU Budget: Beware the European Parliament’s veto power

8 February 2013 16:29

James Forsyth seems as happy as any Tory today, cheered by David Cameron’s prowess in the EU Budget negotiations. Even better for Cameron, he says, is the idea that the… Continue reading


Farage scolds Europe’s wrecking crew

18 November 2011 12:01

In his cover story for last week’s Spectator, Fraser described how the Frankfurt Group – which he dubbed ‘a new EU hit squad’ – has begun imposing it’s will on… Continue reading


From the archives: Cut off in Brussels

28 October 2011 18:14

Let’s end the working week how it began: with talk of a European referendum. The talk, in this case, is provided by Daniel Hannan, who wrote an article for us… Continue reading


In or out?

8 September 2010 16:22

You’ve got to hand it to Dan Hannan – he knows how to make a splash. His latest initiative is a cross-party campaign for an "in or out" referendum on… Continue reading


The PBR Suggests that Labour Thinks It’s All Over but Peter Mandelson Knows It Is

11 December 2009 0:42

Labour’s Pre-Budget Report has been interpreted as a cynical electioneering exercise, a last-ditch attempt to to open up clear blue water between Labour and the Conservatives. Perhaps paradoxically, I thought… Continue reading


How Question Time Became Important

23 October 2009 22:57

I can’t expect anyone to bother reading another piece about Question Time, but bear with me here. In the build-up to Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time, I was convinced… Continue reading


Now the Tories Need to Get Serious About Their Euro-Allies

21 October 2009 8:23

The Guardian splash today puts some serious meat on my story in last week’s Jewish Chronicle about growing US unhappiness about the Tories’ new friends in Europe. Jonathan Freedland adds… Continue reading


Michal Kaminski: An Astonishing New Twist

11 October 2009 11:46

David Miliband has really gone for it in the Observer. Far from apologising for his Labour conference attacks on David Cameron’s right-wing alliance in the European parliament, he has suggested… Continue reading