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The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11

Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s cosmetic exercise bemuses the Tories

15 July 2014 17:47

Today’s reshuffle has been largely about cosmetic improvements to the Conservative party — not just through the promotion of female MPs, but also by neutralising certain policy areas such as… Continue reading

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"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Exclusive – Liam Fox turns down job as Foreign Office minister

15 July 2014 13:17

I can confirm that Liam Fox was offered Minister of State at the Foreign Office with responsibility for India, China and Latin America. He politely declined the Prime Minister’s idea,… Continue reading

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"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Liam Fox warns on security spending and on avoiding Iraq

22 June 2014 13:15

The Cabinet is split between doves and hawks on whether Britain should back US involvement in Iraq, but this morning Liam Fox argued on the Andrew Marr Show that whether… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Former Liam Fox aide to advise Cameron on Nato summit

10 January 2014 13:24

Number 10 has appointed Tobias Ellwood has the Prime Minister’s parliamentary adviser on this year’s Nato summit, Coffee House has learned. Ellwood, who is currently PPS to Jeremy Hunt, will… Continue reading

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David Cameron in action at Chequers. (Chris Radburn/AFP/Getty Images)

Top spin, Dave

8 July 2013 16:03

The prime minister’s appearance at Wimbledon yesterday, and his invitation of Andy Murray to Downing Street, has got some miserable lefty tongues wagging. No doubt they are livid that the… Continue reading

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Liam Fox, Theresa May and the meaning of conservatism

14 March 2013 15:41

Speeches by Theresa May and Liam Fox have produced a surge of interest in what Conservatives stand for. Politics in recent years has become an endeavour by a political class,… Continue reading

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"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Liam Fox’s Plan A++

11 March 2013 20:31

It’s been a day of competing economic prescriptions from two doctors: Vince Cable  (‘debt’s so cheap it’d be rude not to borrow more!’) and today Liam Fox, who has delivered… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox shows David Cameron how to lead the Tories to a historic defeat

11 March 2013 15:27

I think it is fair to say that Dr Liam Fox has never been one of David Cameron’s chief chums. The former Defence Secretary has, as Paul Goodman notes, been… Continue reading

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Liam Fox is giving a speech on the economy to the IEA today. Picture: Getty

Cable and Fox tug at the Coalition’s centre

11 March 2013 9:11

The leaders of both coalition parties are seeing ministerial colleagues and backbenchers trying to push them further way from the centre at present. Nick Clegg has Vince Cable continuing to… Continue reading

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A doctor, right, prescribes withdrawal

Liam Fox: I’d vote to leave the EU

20 January 2013 12:11

Not that it’s a great surprise, but Liam Fox has come out as an out-er – i.e., he’d vote to leave the European Union if it cannot be reformed. He… Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell has been doing his level best to be nice to absolutely everyone. Image: Getty

Andrew Mitchell and Morgen Schmorgen

18 January 2013 13:34

Another week, another former Tory cabinet minister working a room. Last week I brought you news of Liam Fox entertaining the great and good of the Tory party. Now I… Continue reading

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It will be Liam Fox's intervention on Europe today that will worry the Prime Minister the most. Picture: Getty

More helpful advice for David Cameron on Europe

17 January 2013 9:34

By this stage in the run-up to his Europe speech, the Prime Minister must be tempted to sit in a darkened room with his fingers in his ears shouting loudly… Continue reading

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The Fox pulls in a crowd

10 January 2013 13:10

An impressive turnout in the Churchill Room of the Carlton Club last night for Liam Fox’s New Year drinks. My eyes in the room reports that a smiling Liam claimed… Continue reading

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Liam Fox pushed for a stronger position on Europe for the Conservative party today. Picture: Getty

Liam Fox’s attack on Foreign Office peeves former ambassador

10 December 2012 21:53

Liam Fox sparked a row with a former diplomat today after accusing the Foreign Office of an institutional bias towards greater integration with the European Union. The former Defence Secretary… Continue reading

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Oh say can you see, MPs on a jolly

7 November 2012 17:55

Team Cameron, as my colleague James Forysth points out, are rather pleased with Obama’s victory. Downing Street’s finest have been pushing the idea that Barack Obama’s victory speech echoed, word… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox: all weaker Eurozone members should leave the single currency simultaneously

28 October 2012 21:06

Since leaving the Cabinet, Liam Fox has acted as a cross between a scout and an out-rider for various of his former Conservative Cabinet colleagues. In a speech in Oslo… Continue reading

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Liam Fox, the arch right-winger, appears to have gone missing. Image: Getty

Dr Liam Fox on what voters want: anything but the truth?

10 October 2012 10:46

Dr Liam Fox is no dummie so I’m not sure quite what he means when, as reported by Isabel, he told Tories gathered at a Carlton Club fringe event: What… Continue reading

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Liam Fox is one of the senior Conservatives to call for David Cameron to chase core Conservative voters. Picture: Getty.

Conservative conference: Liam Fox on what voters want

9 October 2012 22:07

As Liam Fox addressed a packed Carlton Club fringe this evening on a mezzanine floor in the ICC in Birmingham, a round of loud singing broke out on the floor… Continue reading

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Liam Fox is one of the senior Conservatives to call for David Cameron to chase core Conservative voters. Picture: Getty.

Senior Tories pile pressure on Cameron to chase core vote

5 October 2012 13:03

David Cameron has a tough task ahead of him for this week’s Conservative conference – a task that got a little harder when Ed Miliband surprised almost everyone by producing… Continue reading

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Green on blue is a problem for both green and blue

16 September 2012 15:33

The enormous naval deployment in the Persian Gulf, coupled with the deluge of leaks and rumours about a pre-emptive strike by Israeli forces on Iran, has perhaps diverted attention from… Continue reading

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Liam Fox, the arch right-winger, appears to have gone missing. Image: Getty

Liam Fox comes out for coalition

11 September 2012 12:44

Missing: One Scottish hardline right-wing Tory. Formerly Secretary of State for Defence, last seen leaving government over some confusion with a business card. Warning: An imposter was spotted this morning… Continue reading

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Banging on about Europe

1 July 2012 10:15

It’s funny how things turn out. David Cameron said in opposition that there was nothing worse than the Conservative party banging-on about Europe. These days, it bangs-on about little else.… Continue reading

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Debt as a threat to national security

17 June 2012 14:45

Today’s papers carry news that British nuclear submarines are going to be replaced: a strong indication that the government will replace Trident with a like-for-like deterrent in 2016, contrary to… Continue reading

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