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Tory leadership

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Why no Tory can lecture another on leadership challenges

17 March 2014 14:51

The continued speculation about who in the Conservative party is putting the most effort into preparing their leadership hat to throw into the currently non-existent ring is quite amusing. But… Continue reading

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David Cameron and David Davis go head to head in the 2005 leadership hustings. Image: Getty

The post-Cameron long-list

3 March 2014 16:23

Boris being Boris, he has managed to rule something out without actually ruling anything out at all. As Isabel noted this morning, the Mayor of London has said he will… Continue reading

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Question Time sketch: Adam Afriyie proves his enemies right

11 October 2013 11:41

Question Time last night featured Tory bad boy, and granny’s favourite, Adam Afriyie. Gosh he was a spectacle to behold. Coiffed and primped like a Savile Row supermodel, he looked… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s speech to the Conservative conference: full text and audio

1 October 2013 15:13

listen to ‘Boris: ‘It’s time to cut the yellow Lib Dem albatross from around our necks’’ on Audioboo Good morning everyone. Good God … good morning everybody, thank you very… Continue reading

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Theresa May today announced that Gary McKinnon will not face extradition to the US. Picture: Getty

May blossoms

9 March 2013 18:08

The question about Theresa May has always been what does she believe? Well, today in the widest-ranging speech of her political career she went a long way to answering that.… Continue reading

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Theresa May will face questions when Parliament returns on the efficacy of TPIMs. Picture: Getty

More Tory splits and plots

2 February 2013 11:32

David Cameron arrived back in the UK this morning to newspapers full of talk of Conservative splits and plots. The moment of unity that followed his Europe speech has well… Continue reading

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A new poll shows Boris Johnson could narrow the Tories' gap to Labour by 7 points. Picture: Getty Images

Polls suggest Boris as leader could be worth an extra 50 Tory MPs

15 October 2012 17:08

In their first poll conducted fully after all the party conferences, YouGov once again tested what difference replacing David Cameron with Boris Johnson would have on the Conservatives’ poll rating.… Continue reading

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Conservative conference: Boris refuses to say if Cameron’s doing a better job than he would

7 October 2012 21:36

Speaking to John Pieenar on  Five Live, Boris Johnson said he wished to deal with the leadership speculation, shoot it down with “six inch guns”. He did so by repeatedly… Continue reading

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British Education Secretary Michael Gove

Gove for leader?

22 June 2012 13:00

Michael Gove’s name is being muttered in parliamentary tea rooms, figuratively at least. The leak of his plans to replace GCSEs with a rigorous exam is opium to many Tories.… Continue reading

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Shapps leading a reshuffled pack?

28 April 2012 17:25

The wettest drought on record has made work for idle thumbs on Twitter this afternoon. There is a smattering of reshuffle chatter about, prompted by the ‘omnishambles’ as much as… Continue reading

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Liddington: EU vote should follow a new treaty

23 October 2011 10:30

David Liddington, the Europe Minister, has just told the Murnaghan Show that the moment for a referendum on the European Union is once a treaty change has been agreed. Liddington… Continue reading

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The Tories await Boris

3 October 2011 18:22

In just over an hour, Boris will make his first appearance in Manchester. The Tory hierarchy is acutely aware that for at least the next 18 hours or so this… Continue reading

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Boris or Dave?

Schoolboy rivalries never quite go away – just look at the ongoing competition between Boris Johnson and David Cameron. Even though it was Cameron who held up Johnson’s arm in… Continue reading

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Boris comes out against high-speed rail

2 July 2011 22:39

The news, via a leaked letter, that Boris Johnson now opposes high-speed rail will come as little surprise to the government. Boris has been moving to this position for quite… Continue reading

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Boris versus Osborne

22 June 2011 11:41

One of the staples of the Westminster summer party season is speculation about future leadership contests and so I rather suspect that Ben Brogan’s piece on the coming George Osborne… Continue reading

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Cameron needs to tread with care

13 April 2011 17:30

David Cameron’s Oxford gaffe is refusing to die down. Whenever I’ve called Tory MPs or other members of the Conservative family in the last few days, it has been the… Continue reading

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Hunt’s rising star

3 March 2011 16:16

The decision on News Corp’s take-over of BSkyB has thrust Jeremy Hunt into the spotlight. The culture secretary is many Tories’ bet to be the next leader of the party.… Continue reading

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The Tories take the train to war

28 February 2011 18:32

Philip Hammond should be wary of the ladies of Cranford. The advent of the railways was met with considerable disquiet in rural England, depicted by Elizabeth Gaskell in both Cranford… Continue reading

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All across the political spectrum

1 February 2011 14:01

Yesterday’s polls may seem like yesterday’s news – but it’s actually worth returning to YouGov’s effort from, erm, yesterday. It contained some distinctive questions, and results, all set around the… Continue reading

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Dave v Boris wars: a prequel?

18 November 2010 16:50

David Cameron was on sparkling form last night, at our Parliamentarian of the Year awards. He joked about his photographer – saying he didn’t arrive for dinner because he saw… Continue reading

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Don’t forget the Party, David

9 May 2010 15:21

Days, perhaps only hours away from the expected announcement of a Con-Lib deal, the Tory party rank-and-file is getting increasingly restive. Many MPs and party activists do not feel that… Continue reading

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