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Zac Goldsmith and Boris Johnson attend a rally against the Heathrow expansion. Photo: Getty Images.

Constituents give Zac Goldsmith ‘permission’ to run for Mayor of London

23 June 2015 13:39

Zac Goldsmith is in the race to be the Tory candidate for Mayor of London. After announcing his intention to seek the nomination last week, Goldsmith balloted his constituents in Richmond Park… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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Zac Goldsmith is leading a group of rebel MPs on homeowners' development rights. Picture: Getty

Why so many senior Tories want Zac Goldsmith to run for mayor

7 June 2015 11:36

Over the last few weeks, a string of senior Tories have urged Zac Goldsmith to run for Mayor of London. Goldsmith is, as I report in the Mail on Sunday,… Continue reading

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George Galloway’s presence will spice up the London mayoral campaign

28 May 2015 15:40

George Galloway’s announcement on Twitter this afternoon that he is standing for London Mayor hasn’t surprised many, given he suggested he would do so before he even lost his seat… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson makes his first intervention in the House of Commons

27 May 2015 17:13

Boris has finally spoken. Intervening on his Tory colleague Cheryl Gillan, who was complaining about a lack of funding for rural public services and transport, the new MP for Uxbridge… Continue reading

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Picture exclusive: James Bond crew take to the Thames to film for Spectre

17 May 2015 22:01

Forget the riveting excitement of the Labour leadership contest, Westminster was shut down on Sunday night for a different type of race. As part of filming for the new James… Continue reading

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London can be Blue again

14 May 2015 17:32

In the midst of a glorious election night for the Conservatives on 7 May, London stubbornly resisted the swing across the rest of the country and went a darker shade… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson and Peter Hendy

God bless Peter Hendy. We all know London’s commuter services are awful

23 April 2015 18:05

Anyone who has spent some time travelling on Southeastern’s packed-to-bursting commuter lines – elbows in the back and heads tucked under armpits – will no doubt today be cheering on… Continue reading

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Revealed: Why the Tories have a big London problem

22 April 2015 9:42

This afternoon something rare will happen in this election campaign. David Cameron will campaign in London. While bus-ing and jetting all around the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, the… Continue reading

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Is London’s ‘diversity’ to blame for its ‘unprogressive’ views on homosexuality?

19 March 2015 18:41

I have been most interested in recent posts here by Alex Massie and Matthew Parris.  Here is a poll which might interest them both. YouGov recently carried out a survey… Continue reading

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Is Ian Katz plotting a return to ‘snooooozepapers’?

16 March 2015 15:34

With Katharine Viner guaranteed a final round interview to be the next Guardian editor-in-chief after winning a staff ballot, rumours are circulating that her former colleague Ian Katz is the other horse left… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Yes, Scotland does receive an unfair share of public spending. Probably

11 March 2015 18:04

Gulp. But what about England? That’s one of the questions to be asked in the aftermath of the latest Scottish spending and revenue figures, published today. The figures do not… Continue reading

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Repossessions Continue To Increase Due To Economic Downturn

Suburban legends: Why London’s property boom seems set to help Labour win seats

3 March 2015 13:02

Economists have for some time spoken of a ‘great inversion’ of London, whereby property price hikes in inner London, often linked to gentrification, has made suburbia comparatively more affordable. These… Continue reading

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Kirstie Allsopp comes to Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s defence

24 February 2015 12:21

Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s decision to stand down as the MP for Kensington at the next election after a ‘cash for access’ sting hasn’t pleased everyone. In fact the good people of… Continue reading

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A photo of Shamima Begum, one of the missing schoolgirls (Photo: Laura Lean/Getty)

Should we actually be worried about the Syria-bound schoolgirls?

23 February 2015 9:42

Are you terribly worried about those three London ‘schoolgirls’ who have gone off to fight for the Islamic State in Syria? I must admit I haven’t lost an awful lot… Continue reading

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Dippygate: Natural History Museum’s diplodocus sacrificed on the commercial altar

18 February 2015 17:23

There was outcry last month when it was announced that ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ is to be removed from the Natural History Museum’s vast Hintze Hall, where he has been greeting… Continue reading

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Tory Black & White Ball tempts Nancy Dell’Olio into politics

14 February 2015 10:00

One of the more glamorous attendees of this week’s Tory Black and White ball was Nancy Dell’Olio. The former girlfriend of Sven Goran Eriksson attended the Conservative fundraiser as the guest of… Continue reading

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The latest polls suggest the SNP will take 55 of Scotland's 59 seats

The implosion of Scottish Labour means the battle for Britain has only just begun

4 February 2015 14:02

Gordon Brown is holding an adjournment debate on the union this evening, which comes after an Ashcroft poll which shows precisely what danger the union is in. If today’s polls… Continue reading

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Commuters wait behind barriers to ender the underground at Victoria rail station during a one day strike by bus drivers in London on Janurary 13, 2015

Today’s strikes in London highlight why we need trade union reforms

13 January 2015 15:53

Londoners were not a happy bunch this morning. Aside from the cold, wet weather, two-thirds of the capital’s buses were not running — thanks to a strike arranged by trade union Unite.… Continue reading

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Does anyone in London actually know how the Barnett Formula works?

6 January 2015 11:49

We’ve just had two years of intensive constitutional politics. Time enough, you’d think, for even London-based politicians and commentators to work out how British politics actually works. But if you… Continue reading

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House Prices Hit New High In The UK

A radical plan to ease Britain’s housing shortage – double the population of London

15 December 2014 13:55

Roger Scruton writes in today’s Daily Telegraph, a sentence that in itself fills me with a sense of Wa – harmony, order. He writes: ‘Whether or not our political class… Continue reading

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Rochester and Strood Parliamentary By-Election

The saga of Ed Miliband and White Van Man reveals a politics based on grievance and cowardice

24 November 2014 14:42

Say this for the current state of British politics: it keeps finding new lows. A while back I made the mistake of suggesting voters might already have priced-in Ed Miliband’s… Continue reading

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Our verdict on the North Korean embassy’s art exhibition: ‘I’ve seen worse’

7 November 2014 16:31

What’s your favourite of Kim Jong Un’s photo opportunities? I like the pictures of the cuddly psychopath inspecting a lubricant factory. One of them has Kim rubbing his hands with… Continue reading

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Lame duck unleashed – Bulgarian in London asks ‘what next’ on US immigration

5 November 2014 12:52

London Careening through the city in a minicab last night, en route to a pub in Bloomsbury that had promised to screen US election results, the mustachioed driver confirmed my accent… Continue reading

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My generation can’t afford to buy a house in London; so what?

28 October 2014 18:58

The UK Land Registry today released its latest report on house prises, showing the ticket-cost of an average home in England and Wales down 2.2 per cent to £177,299 in… Continue reading

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