Grant Shapps today announced that the Conservatives would select candidates for 2015 using the existing constituency boundaries. Picture: Getty.

Can the Tories become a mass membership party again?

11 November 2013 17:56

In the average Tory seat, only around 0.5% of Tory voters are Tory members. Grants Shapps, the Tory chairman, wants to change this. He’s written to every Tory MP asking… Continue reading

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How the Tories will write their manifesto

3 November 2013 15:09

This week, David Cameron will announce the creation of a series of policy commissions charged with drawing up policies for the next Tory manifesto. Strikingly, every commission will include on… Continue reading

Tory Party Annual Conference

2010 intake of Tory MPs write to Adam Afriyie telling him to drop his amendment

10 October 2013 11:00

More than 140 of the 147 Tory MPs elected in 2010 have written to Adam Afriyie telling him to drop his amendment to the EU referendum bill. Given that Afriyie… Continue reading

Prince Charles Attends Drumhead Service in Edinburgh

David Cameron ducks a debate with Alex Salmond. This makes sense but is still depressing.

27 September 2013 15:07

A novice poker player quickly learns – or had better quickly learn – that strength often connotes weakness and weakness is a reliable indicator of strength. But as the stakes… Continue reading

UKIP Annual Conference 2013

Thank Heavens for Godfrey Bloom

23 September 2013 17:47

I was at a funeral on Friday and so late catching-up with the latest entertainment provided by UKIP. But, gosh, thank heavens for Godfrey Bloom. Not just because he and… Continue reading


The Tories are facing a serious Ukip problem

15 September 2013 19:21

Is Ukip damaging the Tories in crucial marginal constituencies? As I wrote earlier this week, the next election is looking to be close, but there has been much speculation as… Continue reading

Press Censorship

The lobbying bill is a pernicious attack on freedom. All good men (and women) should oppose it.

10 September 2013 18:18

Sometimes, you know, I come close to despair. These are the times when you think the Reverend I.M Jolly was right. About everything. I mean, you could read Benedict Brogan’s… Continue reading

British Union Jack flags flutter in the

The answer to the West Lothian Question is to stop asking it

23 August 2013 11:45

Here we go again. It’s time for an English parliament! Actually, it’s time for a new Act of Union! Says who? Says Michael Fabricant in today’s Telegraph. Mark Wallace at ConservativeHome agrees.  English votes for… Continue reading

Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed.

19 August 2013 13:26

Of the many certainties those Scots in favour of independence hold to be self-evident two in particular stand out. First that Scotland and England are fundamentally different places whose political… Continue reading

Members Of Scottish Parliament In Temporary Debating Chamber

David McLetchie’s decency served the Tories well but they need bolder leadership now.

14 August 2013 14:51

David McLetchie, who died this week aged only 61, was a politician who, in style and manner, rebuked those cynics who presume – lazily – that politicians go into politics… Continue reading


Our Fracking Friends in the North

2 August 2013 15:20

An old Washington cliche has it that a gaffe is what happens when a politician inadvertently blurts out the truth or, in a variation on the theme, reveals what he really thinks.… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Cross-party EU referendum campaign aims to counter partisan problems

1 July 2013 12:32

The Tory campaign on James Wharton’s EU referendum bill has been very slick but very partisan – I examined some of the problems with this last week when eurosceptic Labour… Continue reading

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The Tories can’t attack Labour without undercutting their own arguments

27 June 2013 18:45

One thing that was noticeably absent yesterday was Tory crowing about Labour having signed up to the coalition’s current spending plans. Instead, George Osborne’s response to Balls concentrated on whether… Continue reading


Tory Wreckers Will Shipwreck David Cameron on the Coast of Belgium

25 June 2013 20:36

Do you understand what David Cameron’s Europe policy is supposed to achieve? If so, you’re way ahead of me. I’ve said before that I think Europe will cripple Cameron unless… Continue reading

George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement On The Economy

Spending review: All departments settle

23 June 2013 22:01

All departments have now reached agreement with the Treasury in the spending review. Vince Cable’s Business Department, which was not expected to settle until the last possible moment, settled earlier… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Europe will end David Cameron’s political career

13 June 2013 13:27

Poor old David Cameron has never been blessed with attractive options on the European front. But for a while it was possible to suppose that it might not ruin his… Continue reading

Tory MP Patrick Mercer leaves Parliament

Telegraph reveals full extent of allegations against Patrick Mercer

1 June 2013 8:00

I suspect that there’ll be a few MPs and peers nervously waiting for 9pm on Thursday night. For this is when the Panorama special on parliament and lobbying, which has… Continue reading


The Boris bandwagon picks up more speed

30 May 2013 18:57

Hardly a day goes by these days without a story about Boris Johnson and the Tory leadership. Yesterday, it was Andy Coulson’s revelation that David Cameron believed Boris Johnson would… Continue reading


Will Nigel Farage and UKIP help ditch Alex Salmond?

21 May 2013 10:05

Yesterday’s Survation poll reported that UKIP (22%) are, for the moment, just two points behind the Tories (24%) and therefore and given the margin of error in these things possibly… Continue reading

Pierre Poujade addresses his troops. Picture: Getty

UKIP, Pierre Poujade and a political class that’s seen to be “out-of-touch”.

20 May 2013 15:49

Parliament is a “brothel”. The state is an enterprise of “thieves” engaged in a conspiracy against “the good little people” and the “humble housewife”. Time, then, for a party that… Continue reading

David Cameron speaking to  some swivel-eyed loons in Nuneaton last month. Photo: Getty

The swivel-eyed loons in the Conservative party are revolting. And they are right to revolt.

18 May 2013 10:05

Clearly it is not a good idea for the Prime Minister’s chums to call members of the Conservative party “swivel-eyed loons“. No, not even at a “private dinner party”. I… Continue reading

The Labour Party Hold Their Annual Party Conference - Day 4

Who is allowed to speak for, and to, Scotland?

7 May 2013 13:39

I shall be on hiatus for the next week as I’m getting married on Saturday and I have an inkling that this is no time to be concerned that people… Continue reading

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The Tory party holds its nerve – for now

5 May 2013 17:49

The dust is settling from the County Council elections and, crucially, the Tory party seems to have stayed steady. Yes, David Davis has had a pop at the number of… Continue reading

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David Davis and the Tories’ class war

4 May 2013 13:41

To the relief of Conservative Campaign Headquarters, relatively few Tory MPs have taken the opportunity of the County Council election results to sound off. The most prominent exception to this… Continue reading

U.S. Citizens Head To The Polls To Vote In Presidential Election

Labour hold South Shields with Ukip 2nd and Lib Dems 7th

3 May 2013 0:06

The result is now in from South Shields. As expected, Labour have held the seat. Ukip have come second, with the Tories third and the Liberal Democrats a spectacularly bad… Continue reading