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Lynton Crosby

General Views Of Government Ministries Before The Budget

Budget 2014: Will Cameron’s disciples spread the message?

19 March 2014 8:02

Lynton Crosby addressed the Conservative parliamentary party last night about the party’s messaging for the European elections. Amusingly, I hear he told those gathered to watch one of his powerpoint… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby is a guru with a visa

29 January 2014 12:32

The row over the immigration status of Ed Miliband’s American guru Arnie Graf rumbles on (with a question at PMQs). Sprung with the story on TV yesterday, Labour’s Chris Leslie… Continue reading

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2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby, aka the Wizard of Oz (centre).

Six moments that hardened up the Tories in 2013

30 December 2013 9:00

For the Conservative party, 2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby. Just over a year ago, the Wizard of Oz was appointed David Cameron’s chief election strategist. Now he’s… Continue reading

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UKIP 2013

What is the big Ukip plan?

13 December 2013 8:54

Today’s announcement that migrants cannot claim benefits if their English is so bad that they are unemployable looks suspiciously like another attempt by ministers to reassure fears about the end… Continue reading

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The Tories have to fight on their ground, not Labour’s

8 December 2013 13:46

At the beginning of the autumn, strategists from all three parties assumed that the theme of the season would be Labour’s poll lead narrowing as the economic recovery picked up… Continue reading

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Backbenchers grilled George Osborne and colleagues on what was being done to attract 'blue collar Conservatives'. Picture: Getty

Cameron, Osborne and Crosby grilled by backbenchers: exclusive details

27 November 2013 9:24

Last night David Cameron, George Osborne and Lynton Crosby held a meeting with the Conservative parliamentary party. Coffee House has exclusive details of what took place. There was a presentation… Continue reading

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What Lynton Crosby told David Cameron’s political Cabinet

24 November 2013 15:44

The next time you see a Tory minister on television, count how long it is until they say that David Cameron is a leader with a long term plan for… Continue reading

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Remember Hug a husky? The Tory party would rather you didn't.

Why have the Tories purged their website?

13 November 2013 18:53

Remember Cameron’s hug a husky speech? Or his lecture on ‘the need recast politics for the digital age?’ Well, good job you do because the Tory party has been trying… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby is literally a sweetie

1 October 2013 11:55

The Mayor of London has been upstaged this year as the rebel darling of the delegates. Noting his new rival for attention – Nigel Farage – Boris charmed  conference goers by… Continue reading

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Michael Gove will be running a quiz for Tory MPs. Picture: Getty

Tory MPs hold away day on strategy, policy, and general knowledge

19 September 2013 8:30

Tory MPs are currently heading off to Oxfordshire for an away day. But the Tory leadership is keen to emphasise that this isn’t just another BBQ-style event. There will, they… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby: I didn’t discuss plain packaging with the PM

23 July 2013 14:39

After weeks of the Prime Minister and his team dancing on a semantic pinhead over whether they discussed plain cigarette packaging with, or were lobbied by, Lynton Crosby, the man… Continue reading

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The expansion of legislation prohibiting pornographic images gives more powers to police and prosecutors.

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping proposal that the customers of internet service providers must prove… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — the men from the colonies running Britain, the rise of the Death Café and male toplessness

18 July 2013 10:57

Has the British establishment been taken over by men from the Commonwealth? What with a Canadian in charge of the Bank of England, an Aussie strategy advisor for the Tories,… Continue reading

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The Lynton Crosby question Number 10 can’t quite answer

17 July 2013 15:36

It’s difficult to find a Tory MP who doesn’t think Lynton Crosby is making their party more aggressive and impressive. The Wizard of Oz has been a good thing. Most… Continue reading

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Exclusive: How the Tories plan to attack Ukip

8 July 2013 13:41

Last week Lynton Crosby and David Cameron briefed Conservative MPs on the threat posed by Ukip. Their timing was impeccable: today’s YouGov poll showing 19 per cent of Conservative members… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s negative approach at PMQs looks set to become the norm

19 June 2013 13:03

Ed Miliband’s approach at PMQs today was rather odd. He led, aggressively, on whether the government would implement the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards’ recommendation of a new criminal offence… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband

The Tory plan to beat Miliband

13 June 2013 11:36

The Tories are chuffed with yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions (the knockabout, that is, not the serious bit), and with Labour’s continuing struggle to make any impact in the polls. Earlier… Continue reading

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It looks like David Cameron will not be relying on Populus during his re-election campaign. (Photo by Darren Staples - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Unpopulus

2 May 2013 14:30

Steerpike is back in print in today’s Spectator. Here’s a taste of what to expect: ‘It’s been a tricky few days for Populus, the ultracool research organisation. Once the Tories’… Continue reading

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Tory loyalists strike back

12 March 2013 20:10

Lynton Crosby spoke to Tory MPs this evening about the imporance of party discipline. With the Chief Whip in the chair, meetings of the Tory parliamentary party are normally fairly… Continue reading

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Adam Afriyie's team say they've stopped seven or eight letters calling for a leadership contest going to Graham Brady. Picture: Getty

The Tory leadership needs to make MPs feel valued, not stop them tweeting

12 March 2013 16:37

Lynton Crosby is holding his election strategy meeting (first revealed on Coffee House) with Tory MPs at 5.30 this afternoon. One of the things he’ll bring up, as reported by… Continue reading

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The battle for Eastleigh: not just on the ground. Photo: PA.

The Tories take tips from Obama in Eastleigh

19 February 2013 12:04

Eastleigh could be a turning point in by-election history. Not because the Tories are looking like they may well lose, as the Times (£) suggests this morning, but as the moment the party… Continue reading

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Has the Wizard of Oz had his say in the great benefits debate?

Follow Lynton’s yellow brick briefing

8 January 2013 14:36

The benefits debate in Westminster will rage on long after today’s vote in the Commons. It’s not just a straight row between the government and opposition over who is really… Continue reading

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Is the Wizard of Oz already fuming?

Guto’s Revenge

21 November 2012 12:04

Look out for Mr Steerpike in this week’s Spectator magazine, but here’s a taster of what’s coming up: ‘Lynton Crosby’s swear-box is filling up. The Aussie strategist may have guided… Continue reading

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The death of principle

21 November 2012 10:22

If you only have time to read one full length newspaper piece today, read this one by George Bridges, the former backroom Tory guru and CPS director. It is a brilliant,… Continue reading

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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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