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Johnny Mercer, the Tory MP, appears topless in a new Dove commercial

Tory MP appears topless in new commercial

7 July 2015 13:03

As one of the new intake of MPs in this Parliament, Johnny Mercer will be full of ambition for the five years ahead. However, judging by a video he appeared in… Continue reading

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Laurence Fox: I don’t like foxes

3 July 2015 13:51

Last night Brian May claimed that foxes are not vermin when he appeared on This Week to criticise government plans to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. The Queen guitarist argued… Continue reading

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Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

3 July 2015 12:40

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, with David Cameron’s former head of… Continue reading

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Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

1 July 2015 12:50

Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… Continue reading

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Backbench ‘plot’ deprives Alan Mak of his favourite spot at PMQs

17 June 2015 16:40

Unfortunate timing for ambitious new Tory MP Alan Mak to be turned over by the Times today, after he was on the order paper to ask a prominent question at… Continue reading

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Keeping Britain in the EU will be easier than keeping the Tories united on the issue

15 June 2015 16:12

Privately, senior Tories admit that winning the EU referendum, by which they mean securing a vote to stay in on Cameron’s new terms, is the easy part. The more difficult… Continue reading

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Clare Foges worked as David Cameron's speech writer (Credit: Zumapress)

Cameron’s former speechwriter Clare Foges launches attack on Tories

9 June 2015 9:00

David Cameron’s recently departed speechwriter Clare Foges earned the affectionate nickname ‘the Prime Minister’s Larynx’ for her work assisting Cameron with his public speaking, so her Times column today will make… Continue reading

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Even if he wins his EU referendum campaign, David Cameron will be the loser

8 June 2015 11:41

I suppose David Cameron had little choice but to offer a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. How else could he have held his party together? Indeed, it… Continue reading

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Out’s Farage dilemma

6 June 2015 11:15

Nigel Farage’s latest intervention—declaring that Ukip is ‘going to take the lead making the case for voting to leave the EU in the referendum—neatly sums up the dilemma facing the… Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens lets his election thoughts be known

25 May 2015 14:41

Given that Peter Hitchens’ weekly column was absent from the Mail on Sunday the week before the general election, Mr S was glad to have the opportunity to hear his thoughts… Continue reading

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Conservative Candidate Campaigns In Constituency Hit By Expenses Scandals

Tory discomfort at equalities appointment

12 May 2015 15:03

To appoint one Equalities Minister who voted against gay marriage looked sloppy, to do it twice looks frankly strange. Yet that is what the Prime Minister has just done. Education… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has been doing his own Kelly Clarkson impression (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty)

Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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Sell your Tory glory story: The Sun offers cash for Conservative testimonials

5 May 2015 16:34

Mr S reported over the weekend that Rupert Murdoch has jetted in to Britain ahead of the election. Now in the UK, the media mogul, and arch rival of Ed Miliband, is expected… Continue reading

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Education Secretary Michael Gove Speech On Education Reform

Michael Gove: Tories could still work with the Lib Dems

4 May 2015 9:00

The Tories were less than pleased last week when Danny Alexander revealed confidential communications between the coalition partners regarding child benefit to a paper, as part of an election campaign ambush. The disclosure brought… Continue reading

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The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading

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Cameron needs to keep the momentum going in tonight’s Question Time

30 April 2015 13:41

Tonight’s Question Time is, probably, the most important TV event of the campaign. The fact that it is on BBC1 in prime time means that it is likely to attract… Continue reading

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Alastair Campbell finds old habits die hard

29 April 2015 18:15

Post Blair’s government, Alastair Campbell has billed himself as a pious, ethical commentator on the state of the media and politics. If there’s one thing he can’t stand, it’s the negative… Continue reading

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Rural people have been let down by both Labour and the Conservatives

28 April 2015 16:33

In 1997, Labour could assert with a straight face that it was ‘the party of the countryside’, because it genuinely competed with the Tories for rural votes. Today, an electoral map of… Continue reading

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The polls could decide the fate of the Lib Dems

23 April 2015 11:43

A Lib Dem West Country MP told me at the start of the year that he thought his party would keep his seat if the Tories were broadly ahead in… Continue reading

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Lynton Crosby

Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

18 April 2015 18:34

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

The coming battle for legitimacy

18 April 2015 13:10

Jonathan Freedland has written a compelling column on the challenge that Ed Miliband will face to establish his legitimacy if he becomes Prime Minister despite Labour not having won the… Continue reading

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Matthew Hanc**k’s election leaflets send out the wrong message

17 April 2015 12:53

Earlier this year Mr S revealed how plans for a set of campaign posters for the Conservative candidate Flick Drummond had to be revised after the Tories realised that from a… Continue reading

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U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Tories try to use their lead on the economy to bolster their position on the NHS

12 April 2015 10:39

The Tories believe that their record in government and their lead on economic competence means that they can set out spending commitments without having to set out precisely how they… Continue reading

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Have the Tories made an ‘electoral pact’ with Ukip?

10 April 2015 14:44

This week David Cameron invited Ukip voters to ‘come home‘ to the Conservative party. ‘Come with us, come back home to us rather than risk all of this good work… Continue reading

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Will there be a late swing to the Tories?

1 April 2015 12:29

Perhaps, the biggest question of this campaign is whether the Tories will gain support in the next five and a bit weeks. If they don’t, Cameron will almost certainly lose… Continue reading

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