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Exclusive: Tory Clacton selection will be an open primary

2 September 2014 16:24

How do the Conservatives make the Clacton by-election more difficult for Douglas Carswell? I hear from two extremely well-placed sources that the selection for the Tory candidate will be an… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: No agreement on TPIM measures is not an argument

2 September 2014 8:53

Nick Clegg had a stab at being René Magritte on the Today programme this morning, telling us that a disagreement between the two coalition parties over anti-terror measures that were… Continue reading

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Scottish referendum: ‘no’ lead falls to 6 points, from 22 points last month

1 September 2014 22:16

Tonight brings a reminder that the Union is in real danger. A new YouGov poll has the No camp’s lead in the Scottish referendum down to just six points. Just… Continue reading

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Cameron’s anti-terror statement sets out autumn battles

1 September 2014 17:07

So, after the horsetrading of the past few days, the Conservatives appear to have won their battle to add relocation powers to the terrorism prevention and investigation measures. In his… Continue reading

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Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

1 September 2014 8:16

What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs could go into the general election pledging to leave the… Continue reading

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Coalition minds the gap on anti-terror measures

31 August 2014 20:02

The Coalition parties are gearing up for a week of minding the gaps. Tomorrow, David Cameron plans to tell MPs about measures that he feels are necessary for plugging the… Continue reading

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If Carswell was serious about Europe, he would never have defected

31 August 2014 16:10

Where is this burning point of principle that drove Douglas Carswell into the arms of Ukip? I’ve read lots about his defection, and I’m still none the wiser. We’re told… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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Scottish independence referendum

I’ve been called a paedophile, a terrorist and a Quisling: Jim Murphy on the ‘Yes’ mob

30 August 2014 17:27

I have had to suspend my ‘No Thanks’ independence referendum tour of Scotland. It was back in June that I announced my plan to tour the country.  A hundred events. … Continue reading

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Campaign against Bercow’s Clerk plan reaches 84 supporters

29 August 2014 18:03

Monday will be a busy day in the Commons. Speaker Bercow is expected to give a statement on the swelling row over his plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk… Continue reading

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Millionaire Stuart Wheeler Loses Lisbon Treaty Challenge

Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip. Wheeler has been the broker in any potential defections, wining… Continue reading

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Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25

What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this morning about other meetings that Ukip has held with Conservative… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading

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Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip

28 August 2014 11:08

In the past few minutes, Tory MP Douglas Carswell has announced at a special press conference that he is defecting to Ukip. listen to ‘Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip’ on… Continue reading

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Exclusive: 74 MPs support campaign against Bercow’s clerk appointment

27 August 2014 12:26

The cross-party group of MPs opposing John Bercow’s appointment of Carol Mills as Clerk of the House have now submitted their early day motion designed to stop the Speaker going… Continue reading

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Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge

26 August 2014 13:48

Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is going to apply to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. His announcement comes on the same day that Nigel Farage… Continue reading

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Revealed: the cross-party motion to stop Bercow in his tracks over clerk appointment

26 August 2014 11:38

With just a few days before the House of Commons returns for the autumn term, the revolt against John Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House… Continue reading

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Salmond and Darling’s Jeremy Kyle debate reinvigorates campaign

26 August 2014 8:58

Both camps in the Scottish independence debate have now has their shock: Alex Salmond was shaken to be beaten by Alistair Darling in the first debate, while a confident Darling… Continue reading

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The lefties are right: we really do pay our bosses too much

24 August 2014 16:17

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at it, shareholders — including pension funds — have had a… Continue reading

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Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue reading

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Housing

Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55

Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show housing starts in the second quarter of 2014 increased by… Continue reading

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Breaking: David Cameron returns to Downing Street after journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 10:08

Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday. A Number 10 spokesperson said: ‘If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and… Continue reading

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My enemy’s enemy: Philip Hammond on Isis and Assad

20 August 2014 9:15

Philip Hammond made quite clear on the Today programme that this government is ‘utterly opposed’ to everything that Isis stands for: it’s difficult to say anything else when militants who… Continue reading

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Lib Dems reinstate Lord Rennard and drop disciplinary process

19 August 2014 21:29

The Lib Dems are not taking any disciplinary action against Lord Rennard and have reinstated his membership, the party said this evening. Lord Rennard had been suspended from the party… Continue reading

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