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The Blue on Blue action has to stop if the Tories are to win next May

21 December 2014 10:05

There’s little sign of a Christmas truce in the Conservative party this morning. Instead, the row between Theresa May’s camp followers and the rest of the Conservative hierarchy is still… Continue reading

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Murphy’s mission

20 December 2014 12:30

The proverbial visitor from Mars would assume that the Scottish Nationalists had won—not lost—September’s referendum. Alex Salmond has given another crowing interview today, you can read mine with him from… Continue reading

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Listen: Lucy Powell tries to dodge questions on leaked Ukip document with ‘it’s irrelevant to you!’

19 December 2014 14:21

How has Labour managed to make such a mess of its response to the leak of a document on dealing with Ukip that came out on Monday that it’s still… Continue reading

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Why Alex Salmond’s help could hinder Labour

19 December 2014 12:02

Anyone surprised by Alex Salmond’s comments in the Independent about SNP MPs possibly voting on English matters if it helped Labour is clearly missing out on the wealth of wisdom… Continue reading

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Lucy Powell told MPs they could get a 'quick and dirty' briefing on Ukip.

Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing

18 December 2014 14:12

More fallout from the Labour Ukip leak reaches me. Some sources in the party remain amazed that it apparently never crossed the desk of Yvette Cooper, given her role in the… Continue reading

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Labour tries to deal with dysfunctional campaign machine after Ukip leak

18 December 2014 8:56

After spending all week stamping all over their own report about how to approach Ukip, Labour is now trying to work out what on earth led to the row. It’s… Continue reading

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PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy

17 December 2014 13:55

Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen… Continue reading

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Why parties should never trust their own MPs

16 December 2014 19:07

MPs are often fond of complaining that they are ignored by senior figures in their parties as orders are passed on from central HQ with no explanation or opportunity for… Continue reading

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Is this the best speech given by a minister in this government?

16 December 2014 15:00

Here’s a challenge for Coffee Housers. Find a speech that beats this one by Culture Secretary Sajid Javid. It is one of the finest speeches from a government minister I… Continue reading

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Ministers to crackdown on food waste in summit with supermarkets

16 December 2014 14:00

Ministers are to hold the first of a series of meetings aimed at helping food banks after pressure from MPs to address hunger in the UK, Coffee House understands. Early… Continue reading

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The Union needs balance

16 December 2014 13:45

Today’s Guardian long-read on the Scottish referendum is a great piece of journalism. Both Alistair Darling and Danny Alexander argue in it that when David Cameron stepped out of Downing… Continue reading

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Prime Minister's Questions

Tory MPs prepare mischief for EVEL statement

16 December 2014 10:55

William Hague is unveiling his EVEL plans in the Commons at 12.30 today. Just in case you were trying to work out what sort of atmosphere will greet this discussion… Continue reading

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Tory EVEL plotting to annoy many different camps

16 December 2014 8:50

William Hague is today setting out the Government’s EVEL plan – which includes options for English votes for English laws that some Labourites see as an evil plan to deprive… Continue reading

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Is David Cameron telling porkies on the deficit? His spokesman explains

15 December 2014 17:26

As Fraser points out, David Cameron has gone from saying the deficit has been brought down by a third to claiming it has been halved, but with the often unspoken caveat… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister Joins The Irish Taoiseach At Stormont For Cross Party Talks

Labour accuses Government of ‘U-turn’ on Budget charter

15 December 2014 14:42

The government has published its Charter on Budget Responsibility, which at one stage was supposed to be a Labour trap but which now appears to be something that Labour can… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

It’s beginning to feel a lot like a General Election

15 December 2014 10:27

David Cameron is talking about the ‘great, black, ominous cloud’ that Labour’s economic plans would put over the British economy. Labour is talking about its immigration policies while trying not… Continue reading

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Theresa May’s moral mission: Home Secretary to stop sick children being locked up

15 December 2014 9:11

Theresa May will announce changes the Mental Health Act this week that mean mentally ill teenagers are never held in police cells when they should be in a hospital bed.… Continue reading

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Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy wins Scottish Labour leadership contest

13 December 2014 10:44

Jim Murphy has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour party. He defeated his more left wing rival Neil Findlay with 55.59 per cent of the vote to Findlay’s 34.99… Continue reading

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The Residents Of New Era Estate Protest Against Their Eviction

Why Russell Brand isn’t wrong to fear entering Parliament

12 December 2014 15:31

Oh look, Russell Brand doesn’t want to stand for Parliament even though he moans about it! You can watch the clip of the man who was introduced as a ‘comedian… Continue reading

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Chris Grayling and Theresa May are unlikely to row over cats and human rights at this year's Conservative party conference. Picture: Getty.

The last days of the Cameron administration part 2: Failing Grayling

12 December 2014 15:18

Of all the reasons to wish this government gone, Chris Grayling is the largest. He is shutting poor and much of the working and lower-middle class out of the justice… Continue reading

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage delivers his keynote speech at the annual UKIP (UK Independence Party) party conference. Image: Getty

Labour briefs MPs on the Ukip threat in their constituencies

12 December 2014 8:54

Unfortunately for Labour, it cannot dismiss Nigel Farage as a ‘pound shop Enoch Powell’ quite so easily as Russell Brand did last night. The party knows that Ukip can take… Continue reading

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Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell Loses His Plebgate Libel Case

The Plebgate judge thought PC Rowland was a pleb

11 December 2014 12:55

In paragraph 135 of his judgment in the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ case, Mr Justice Mitting says that P.C. Rowland, the police officer whom Mr Mitchell was suing for libel, is… Continue reading

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Labour now thinks it is safe to reject the Tory narrative on the economy

11 December 2014 7:58

Labour has returned to a bit more of an even keel in the past few wintry weeks after a torrid autumn. Plotters are resigned to letting Ed Miliband fight the… Continue reading

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Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

10 December 2014 17:06

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the parties about who cares more/privatised the most are turning into… Continue reading

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