Lord Ashcroft

Words that come to mind when thinking of Boris Johnson. Picture: Lord Ashcroft Polling.

Boris Johnson: an eminently likeable politician who poses little threat to David Cameron

28 June 2013 8:08

Even Boris can’t help the toxic Tories. That’s the upshot of Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, which asked 8,000 people (including several focus groups outside of London) about what they think of… Continue reading

Now David Cameron trails behind his party, will Tories turn to Boris Johnson? Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

David Cameron is no longer more popular than his party

7 June 2013 18:19

For the first time, David Cameron is trailing behind his party, according to the latest polling from Lord Ashcroft. Labour has long struggled with this problem, but as the charts… Continue reading

Lord Ashcroft was the ghost of Christmas Future, showing the Tories what will happen if they don't change their ways.

Lord Ashcroft’s message to the Tories: you’re doomed in 2015

9 March 2013 15:39

I’m at the ConservativeHome ‘Victory 2015′ conference today, which after Lord Ashcroft’s presentation should perhaps be renamed Annihilation 2015. He started the day with one of his mega expensive polls… Continue reading

Just deserts for Labour's John O'Farrell in Eastleigh? Photo: Getty Images.

Labour are the real losers in Eastleigh

26 February 2013 11:38

The Lib Dems are still on course to hold Eastleigh. Despite the loss of Britain’s AAA credit rating and the unfurling Rennard scandal, Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll today puts their candidate Mike… Continue reading

Lord Ashcroft no longer sees David Cameron's Conservative party as a winning prospect. Photo: Getty Images.

What Lord Ashcroft’s breakup with the Tories means for David Cameron

24 February 2013 16:43

Now Lord Ashcroft has withdrawn his funding (£) from the Tory party, what implications does the move have for David Cameron? Much like losing Britain’s AAA rating this week, it’s less about… Continue reading

Lord Ashcroft has some friendly advice for Lynton Crosby. Image: Getty

Lord Ashcroft’s friendly advice for Lynton Crosby

20 November 2012 13:07

‘Passive Aggressiveness – a personality trait or disorder marked by a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and passive, usually disavowed, resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations.’ Theory aside, Lord Ashcroft’s… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft has returned to the government's bosum. Will that shut him up? Image: Getty.

The peer who came in from the cold

6 September 2012 12:34

Mr Steerpike reported last week that the Tories’ shadowy donor-cum-puppetmaster, Lord Ashcroft was shunned in America. But it’s not all bad news for the man dubbed the sleaze of Belize.… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft frozen out, again

28 August 2012 12:31

The Tories’ shadowy donor-cum-puppetmaster has been given the cold shoulder, yet again. Taking full proprietor privileges at ConservativeHome, he’s taken aim at young Dave’s departed brain, Steve Hilton. It seems… Continue reading

Ed welcomes in the Northamptonshire voters. Photo: PA

Conservative Corby slips away

16 August 2012 18:30

The first polling on the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election is out today and not surprisingly, it suggests that Labour will take the seat by a landslide. The poll commissioned… Continue reading

The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

The Osborne question

21 June 2012 8:30

There is a simple rule in Tory politics: do not cross Lord Ashcroft. There is little love between the Conservative leadership and Ashcroft, the man who sustained the Tories through… Continue reading


What difference the Scottish independence question makes

2 February 2012 11:39

A very useful contribution from Lord Ashcroft this morning, in the form of a poll he’s commissioned on Scottish independence. What sets Ashcroft’s poll apart from previous surveys is that… Continue reading


Lord Ashcroft’s Common Sense

26 October 2011 18:25

Good stuff from Lord Ashcroft this morning. Good because, obviously, he agrees with me that the Tory obsession with Europe and, just as importantly, the style in which that obsession… Continue reading


Not just a wily Fox, but a watchful hawk with time on his side

3 June 2011 13:06

Liam Fox is fond of reminding us that he didn’t come into politics to cut the armed forces. A wistful look falls across his face when he says it –… Continue reading


Forcing an apology

27 September 2010 16:41

Admittedly, this is but an item of marginalia in the notebook of British politics – but I’d appreciate CoffeeHousers’ views on it nonetheless. I’m talking about the Tories’ efforts to… Continue reading


Michael Fallon to replace Lord Ashcroft as Tory deputy chairman

22 September 2010 16:47

So says Benedict Brogan, who rightly describes this as a "smart appointment": "Mr Fallon is being brought in to CCHQ to help Lady Warsi, who has not so far succeeded… Continue reading


Lord Ashcroft’s warnings about David Rowland

19 August 2010 19:28

Here in Westminster, the David Rowland story is the talk of the hour. It seems that Lord Ashcroft and Michael Spencer had both warned Cameron that Rowland would come in… Continue reading


Ashcroft poll suggests that the Tories might do better under AV than first past the post

20 July 2010 19:38

A Lord Ashcroft poll of marginal seats suggests, intriguingly, that the Tories could do as well—if not better—under AV than first past the post. Now, this is, obviously, just one… Continue reading


The Ashcroft report

3 July 2010 10:36

One thing that the AV referendum might do is revive the debate in Conservative circles about why the party did not win a majority in the general election. As the… Continue reading


Lord Ashcroft clarifies a few things

19 June 2010 11:56

After all the hoo-haa about Lord Ashcroft’s tax status, it’s only fair to mention this passage from his interview with the Telegraph today: "He explains that new laws brought in… Continue reading


People loathe politicians – but do they loathe the political media too?

22 April 2010 13:40

One thing’s for certain: the Lib Dems are coming in for greater scrutiny and attention from the media.  The covers of the Telegraph, Sun, Mail, Express and, yes, The Spectator… Continue reading


The strange case of Charlie Whelan’s Commons pass

8 April 2010 11:37

Well, now we know. Charlie Whelan enjoys the liberty of Westminster at the invitation of the parliamentary Labour party. Guido points out that it’s highly unlikely Whelan isn’t officially connected… Continue reading


The Lib Dems attack Labservatism

30 March 2010 14:04

In this post-expenses election, there is going to be a considerable vote going for the none of the above party. The Lib Dems are clearly determined to try and tap… Continue reading


The Tory donor who’ll take a sword to the ‘morons’

21 March 2010 16:24

Buried deep in the Sunday Times is the Tories’ answer to the problem that is Lord Ashcroft. James Tyler is a fund manager who has donated £250,000 to the Tory… Continue reading


When does reputational damage become real damage?

18 March 2010 15:05

So has the Lord Ashcraft saga fouled the Tories’ reputation?  Well, looking at this One Poll survey in PR Week it would seem it has.  52 percent of respondents feel… Continue reading


The Tories try to plug a leak

18 March 2010 13:08

What a difference two weeks make.  When the Ashcroft story first broke, the Tory response was equal parts sloppy and defensive.  Now, their operation seems altogether more incisive.  William Hague… Continue reading