Lord Ashcroft

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


The Lib Dems keep ‘em guessing

18 March 2010 12:21

Last week, Nick Clegg was singing the blues.  But, this week, it’s clear that he’s doing as much as possible to distinguish his party from the others.  Indeed, his performance… Continue reading


The Tories and Lord Ashcroft – stupidity rather than wrongdoing?

18 March 2010 9:12

So the Lord Ashcroft story is back on the airwaves, courtesy of a document leaked to the BBC.  That document shows William Hague was "satisfied" with the discussions about Ashcroft’s… Continue reading


For the workers?

17 March 2010 9:05

One of the defences that Labour types are mustering over Unite is, bascially, that it’s better to be funded by a body which represents some two million workers than by… Continue reading


The Tory campaign is getting back on track

16 March 2010 17:59

Whisper it quietly, but there is a sense that the Tory campaign is getting back on track. The Tories have had three good days in a row, have Labour on… Continue reading


At last, the Tories get organised

12 March 2010 10:49

Three weeks ago, James argued that the Tories’ incoherence emanated from their disjointed campaign management. Steve Hilton, Andy Coulson, George Osborne and George Bridges were not communicating and the stark… Continue reading


Tornado in the chamber

10 March 2010 15:04

It was like a volcano going off. At PMQs today Cameron was calmly dissecting the prime minister’s underfunding of the Afghan war when he quoted two former defence chiefs who’d… Continue reading


The Tories will have waves of dirt thrown at them

10 March 2010 13:01

If you want a flavour of what is going to be thrown at the Tories between now and May 6th, read Jonathan Freedland’s column today. Freedland has a fair point… Continue reading


A well-timed change of heart from Lord Paul?

9 March 2010 10:32

Previously, there were rumblings that Lord Paul was considering quitting the Lords to keep his non-dom status. Today, he has confirmed that he will end his non-dom status and remain… Continue reading