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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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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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David Cameron: Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq

18 August 2014 9:10

That there are just two weeks now until MPs return from summer recess to discuss Britain’s response to the events in Iraq, Palestine and Syria will give Downing Street some… Continue reading

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What are David Cameron’s plans for the fight against Isis?

17 August 2014 15:01

David Cameron warns today that Britain must act against Isis in order to prevent terrorist attacks on this country. But what does he actually intend to do? In his article… Continue reading

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Are ministers better off today?

15 August 2014 13:14

From the Barometer in this week’s Spectator. Home Office minister Mark Simmonds resigned this week, complaining he couldn’t afford to live in London on his junior minister’s salary of £89,435.… Continue reading

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The Tories should give their members more power

15 August 2014 8:32

Politics is an expensive game. You might get paid three times the average salary once you’re in Parliament, but you can spend so much on your way there that only… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage’s immigration deluge hasn’t arrived. But it doesn’t matter.

13 August 2014 19:22

So Nigel, where’s your flood? You know, the one involving Bulgarians and Romanians that you predicted last year. That deluge? You got it wrong, didn’t you? Ner-ner-di-ner-ner. It must be… Continue reading

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Westminster plays recall tennis

13 August 2014 16:47

Now that David Cameron has returned from his Portuguese fish-shopping exploits, the game of recall tennis that Westminster has been playing for the past few days has stepped up a… Continue reading

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Jobs figures: good news on unemployment, bad news on wages

13 August 2014 10:30

Today’s labour market figures have enough in them for both sides of the political debate to feel they’ve got something to run with. First, the jobs: the overall unemployment rate… Continue reading

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‘These people want a holocaust’: pressure grows on PM for recall over Iraq

12 August 2014 13:12

Downing Street remains resolute that there will not be a recall of Parliament over the situation in Iraq. But Conor Burns, a Tory backbencher who resigned as a ministerial aide… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan’s challenge: stop Gove becoming a useful bogeyman

12 August 2014 8:47

Tristram Hunt announces today that he wants to put a stop to the policy of overhauling A-levels. That means that Labour isn’t going to do something that the Coalition says… Continue reading

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Simmonds resigns

Foreign Office clear out continues: Mark Simmonds stands down as FCO minister

11 August 2014 12:56

Number 10 has today announced that Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness, is stepping down as a Foreign Office minister – and will not stand as an MP… Continue reading

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Opinion polls should be the last thing on MPs’ minds now

11 August 2014 8:54

There was a revealing moment on the Today programme this morning when Lord Dannatt was asked whether he accepted that the response from the British public to any further military… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister and Baroness Warsi clashed over the government's counter-extremism strategy while the minister was on a plane. Picture: Getty

Baroness Warsi’s parting shot contains a serious warning for the Tories

10 August 2014 14:45

Baroness Warsi’s interview with the Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday is, unsurprisingly, not just about her discomfort with the government’s policy in the Middle East. The Independent on Sunday… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage and South Thanet: a poorly-kept secret

8 August 2014 17:44

That Nigel Farage was planning to stand in South Thanet was one of the worst kept secrets in politics. But Ukip turns out to be the worst secret keeper in… Continue reading

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What will Britain do to help the Yazidis? And will MPs get a say?

8 August 2014 14:29

After President Obama announced air strikes against Isis and humanitarian aid drops to the Yazidis, British ministers have been clarifying the extent of their involvement in the response to the… Continue reading

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How the FOBs, FOGs and FOTs could trip themselves up in the Tory leadership fight

7 August 2014 17:12

FOB, FOG or FOT? Which one are you? In this week’s Spectator, Harry Mount examines the machinations of the Friends of Boris as they set their star man up for… Continue reading

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How long before self-publicising Baroness Warsi pops up in another party?

7 August 2014 16:11

At the impressive Westminster Abbey vigil to mark the centenary of the first world war on Monday night, there was one big candle for each quarter of the Abbey, and… Continue reading

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6 August 2014 15:07

So Boris has made his great leap. The blond king over the water has revealed his plans to cross the river, return to Parliament and assume what he believes is… Continue reading

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Post-Warsi reshuffle kills off ‘senior minister of state’

6 August 2014 11:53

Baroness Warsi’s shoes have now been filled. Her ministerial roles have been divvied up, with Baroness Anelay appointed Minister of State at the Foreign Office, attending Cabinet, Lord Bates working… Continue reading

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Where could Boris stand?

6 August 2014 10:39

This week’s Spectator charts Boris Johnson’s return to Parliament – and examines the network of MPs already helping him get there. You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to read Harry… Continue reading

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Labour and the ‘Tory lie machine’

6 August 2014 9:15

Sajid Javid is giving a speech today that doesn’t seem to have a great deal to do with his brief as Culture Secretary. He’s also a pretty good Tory attack… Continue reading

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