Lord Ashcroft

Ashcroft in the clear?

4 March 2010 12:39

The Beeb were reporting it an hour or so ago, but now it’s been confirmed: the Electoral Commission has cleared the Tories and Lord Ashcroft of any wrongdoing over £5.1… Continue reading


Hague gives Hattie a PMQs kicking

3 March 2010 15:37

Brown bunked off PMQs today, claiming a prior luncheon engagement with President Zuma of South Africa. Downing Street blamed the Queen for double-booking the PM. Can that be true? The… Continue reading


Labour will relish this opportunity to prolong the Ashcroft story

3 March 2010 11:27

When Gordon Brown pulled out of PMQs this week because of Jacob Zuma’s state visit there was much chortling that he didn’t much fancy PMQs. But I suspect that Labour… Continue reading


Labour’s pursuit of Ashcroft could backfire

2 March 2010 12:18

I wrote yesterday that Lord Ashcroft’s statement about his tax status should have drawn a "rather neat line under the issue".  Sure, it’s hardly ideal that someone with such influence… Continue reading


Are the Tories over the worst of the wobble?

1 March 2010 16:45

We are expecting at least one poll tonight, the YouGov tracker, and I think there will be one other. If these polls show the Tories ahead by six—a level that… Continue reading


Lord Ashcroft confirms his tax status

1 March 2010 9:30

Lord Ashcroft has just released a statement admitting that he’s a non-dom, and suggesting that he’ll soon become a full UK taxpayer.  Here’s the key passage: "My precise tax status… Continue reading


Ashcroft has unleashed hell in the marginals

24 February 2010 10:40

Alistair Darling’s sudden and poetic ejaculation is sure evidence that the government is a rabble of warring tribes. Against such opponents, the Tories should win, and win big. Daniel Finkelstein… Continue reading


Ashcroft returns fire but the ‘scandal’ rolls on

14 February 2010 14:48

Lord Ashcroft looks like a man not to cross and he will do anything to protect his privacy. He faces down criticism with complete silence, patient before turning on his detractors. According… Continue reading


Unless they defuse the issue, the Tories will face Ashcroft questions every day until the election

16 December 2009 17:18

If PMQs today showed anything, it’s just how eager the Tories’ opponents are to bring up the issue of Lord Ashcroft.  Vince Cable set the ball rolling by referring to… Continue reading


Cameron and Ashcroft should come clean

7 December 2009 9:04

David Cameron’s ‘nothing to do with me guv’ response to the Ashcroft tax question on yesterday’s Politics Show has not put the issue to bed. In fact, his obfuscation has… Continue reading


Is it Possible to Have a Twit-Scoop?

5 November 2009 10:07

I was interested to see the Observer story at the weekend about Lord Ashcroft accompanying William Hague to Washington.  I tweeted this on October 23rd. I even teased Iain Dale… Continue reading


Until Ashcroft is clear about his tax status, the press will make a mountain out of everything he does

1 November 2009 11:55

I have long thought that the secrecy surrounding Lord Ashcroft’s tax affairs is a strategic liability for the Conservative party. The Conservatives should be able to say if their party… Continue reading


Why is Lord Ashcroft so important to David Cameron?

23 February 2009 23:55

The Conservative Party’s reliance on Michael Ashcroft has always mystified me. How a once great political party has allowed itself to become quite so dependent on one man, I will… Continue reading