Robert Halfon

Robert Halfon and David Skelton at Renewal's Workers Budget launch last night.

Renewal offers a vision for a Tory workers’ budget

11 March 2014 11:47

How can the Tory party broaden its appeal? Renewal, a group founded to do just that offered its answer at a packed Westminster pub yesterday evening. With just eight days… Continue reading

Robert Halfon (top left) is in the House.

Coffee Shot: Stay classy Harlow

6 January 2014 15:18

Did Robert Halfon, the Tory MP for Harlow, get a new suit for Christmas? He was resplendent in this russet/chestnut suit at today’s Education Questions. Had he not been wearing short hair, he… Continue reading


The gospel according to Robert Halfon

16 December 2013 13:04

The campaigning backbench MP Robert Halfon was invited to say grace at the First Annual Margaret Thatcher Memorial Dinner at Churchill College, Cambridge on Saturday night. It’s not often you… Continue reading

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The Shadow Chancellor pulls a face like a bawdy woman in a Shakespearean comedy

PMQs: A rather grumpy, unedifying session

30 October 2013 14:01

Talking about energy bills week in, week out might be good politics for both parties, but it sure does make for a grumpy PMQs session. David Cameron was still rather… Continue reading

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Rigged petrol prices will outrage voters far more than Europe ever could

15 May 2013 13:00

Believe it or not, while voters might be unimpressed by the ferrets fighting in a sack over Tory Europe strategy, what will interest them far more is the possibility that… Continue reading

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Apprenticeships should be the ‘new norm’ in parliament. Get your MP to hire one

11 March 2013 15:32

As sound bites go, it’s not one of his best, but David Cameron is right to suggest that apprenticeships should be the ‘new norm’ for young people who want to… Continue reading

MPs have called for George Osborne to produce a 'cost of living' Budget. Photo: Getty Images.

Backbenchers want a cost of living Budget

29 January 2013 16:08

Aside from Ed Balls’ attack on George Osborne for going ‘on the piste’ in Davos, Treasury question time in the Commons today was interesting not for what Labour did or… Continue reading

George Osborne looks set to postpone the fuel duty rise once again in order to head off a Tory rebellion supported by Labour. Image: Getty

Briefing: Another fuel duty freeze?

12 November 2012 18:59

It looks like George Osborne will put the planned fuel duty rise on hold again, in order to avoid another Tory rebellion and potential government defeat in the Commons. This… Continue reading

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How will Tory whips respond to Ed Balls’ audacious petrol vote?

9 November 2012 13:22

Ed Balls has secured a debate for next week calling for the government to postpone for a second time the 3p rise in fuel duty that is due this January.… Continue reading

Robert Halfon with David Cameron. Picture: Press Association

Conservative conference: Robert Halfon admits: ‘I envy socialists’

8 October 2012 14:11

The Conservative leadership is just starting to tap in to the idea that the next election will be about the ‘strivers’, but Robert Halfon and Priti Patel know all too… Continue reading

Local issues are key to winning 2015, say Tory MPs. Photo: Getty Images.

Conservative conference: fighting and winning on the marginal front in 2015

7 October 2012 19:54

Conservatives need to become more effective at winning marginal seats if they have any hope of gaining a majority at the next general election. But what exactly does the party… Continue reading

The OFT will examine whether a formal investigation into price manipulation by oil companies is necessary. Picture: Getty.

How oil companies could be inflating petrol prices

5 September 2012 10:53

Conservative backbencher (and thank goodness he remains on the backbench, where he seems to wield an impressive level of influence) Robert Halfon has continued digging away at fuel prices over… Continue reading

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Osborne’s handbrake turn on fuel duty

26 June 2012 17:30

George Osborne’s U-turn today on fuel duty seems both canny and confusing. It comes just 48 hours after a denial from Transport Secretary Justine Greening that the Government would scrap… Continue reading


Fuelling the recovery

29 November 2011 16:39

Today, the government has listened. In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne scrapped the fuel tax bombshell that was scheduled for January 2012.    As regular Coffee House readers will know,… Continue reading


Halfon seeks to cool the inflationary fires

15 November 2011 10:00

Don’t whip out the cava just yet, CoffeeHousers. Inflation, in both its CPI and RPI incarnations, may be down on last month’s figures, but the latest numbers are hardly cause… Continue reading