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UK politics

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks at Scottish Labour Conference

Meltdown! Shock poll puts Scottish Labour on 4 MPs and the SNP on 54

30 October 2014 14:23

Just to make Scottish Labour’s misery complete – and underline the case for a bold leader who likes winning things – STV have published a poll by Ipsos Mori putting… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy to stand for Scottish Labour leader

29 October 2014 21:59

As expected, Jim Murphy has announced he’s standing for Scottish Labour Leader. He’s given an interview to the Daily Record in which he says he wants to stop ‘the Scottish… Continue reading

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European Arrest Warrant rebellion shrinks after Cameron pledges pre-Rochester vote

29 October 2014 16:53

Why did David Cameron set the vote for the European Arrest Warrant for before the Rochester and Strood by-election? It seems to be a way of picking a right-wing sore… Continue reading

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What would a Ukip win in the South Yorkshire PCC by-election tell us?

29 October 2014 8:22

Before the by-election battle with Ukip in Rochester that Westminster is rather obsessed with, there’s another chance for Nigel Farage’s party to cause a political earthquake. Tomorrow, voters in South… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign

28 October 2014 18:24

Liam Fox has launched a series of ‘One Minute Fox’ videos in which he sets out his position on various hot issues from the threat of fundamentalism to welfare reform. He unveiled… Continue reading

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Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill?

28 October 2014 13:26

What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a sum anything like’ the £1.7 billion demanded by the European… Continue reading

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Tribal loyalty stops bad news becoming worse for party leaders

28 October 2014 8:54

Today’s Independent explains why the Tory party is starting to get rather jitter again. Sure, Labour has fallen five points to level-peg with the party in a ComRes poll for the… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Michael Gove to abstain on key Recall Bill vote – to keep Lib Dems happy

27 October 2014 19:32

MPs have a free vote tonight on Zac Goldsmith’s amendment to the Recall Bill. But I have learned that instead of voting with their Tory colleague, the Prime Minister and… Continue reading

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Tory MPs threaten trouble for PM over EU bill

27 October 2014 17:52

Tory MPs might have appeared keen to support the PM after his surprise EU bill when they spoke in the Commons this afternoon. But behind the scenes the party is… Continue reading

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Tricky Commons session looms for Cameron on EU bill

27 October 2014 9:27

It’s been a while since David Cameron had to give such a difficult feedback statement to the House of Commons after a European summit. Even his last tricky address, on… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

24 October 2014 18:05

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on Wednesday evening at a Spectator debate, in association with Brewin… Continue reading

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This year's winner, Diesel and Rob Flello MP

Westminster’s gone barking

24 October 2014 10:40

It’s that time of year again – sandwiched between conference season and the Autumn statement – when the nation’s political pooches (and their owners) descend on Westminster. Yes, yesterday saw the… Continue reading

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Kelly Tolhurst wins Rochester primary on turnout of 5,688

23 October 2014 18:03

Kelly Tolhurst has won the open primary to be Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood, I understand. The result is not due to be announced until this evening, but I… Continue reading

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Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ukip 13 points ahead in Rochester & Strood

22 October 2014 22:10

Tonight, we have a second poll from Rochester & Strood and it again shows Ukip ahead. Mark Reckless doesn’t lead by Clacton margins—Ukip are on 43 and the Tories 30… Continue reading

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Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Visits The Univerity College London Hospital

Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher would expect the Tories to retake control of Britain’s borders

18 October 2014 10:53

In a 1978 interview to mark her third year as leader of the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher addressed public concerns with immigration, stating that ‘people are really rather afraid that… Continue reading

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Labour’s football policy reveals what the party really thinks about business

17 October 2014 17:02

One of the few things that brought real joy at the Lib Dem conference last week was the party passing a football policy that included a lament about the sport’s… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Campaigns In Rochester And Strood

Why the Tories think they can win in Rochester

17 October 2014 16:23

One of the bits of their Parliamentary party meeting this week that cheered Conservative MPs the most was a speech by Tracey Crouch on why the Tories could win the… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives His Keynote Speech At the Annual Party Conference

Labour has a better-than-expected week, but the party remains shaky

17 October 2014 8:58

This week has gone much better for Labour than many of its MPs thought it would. They started the week in very poor form indeed, grumpy after a bad conference,… Continue reading

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Number 10: No final decision on European Arrest Warrant

16 October 2014 17:51

Is Number 10 really preparing for a U-turn on the European Arrest Warrant? After Coffee House reported some odd manoeuvres by chief whip Michael Gove involving him suggesting to Tory… Continue reading

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David Cameron: I want one last go at renegotiating Britain’s relationship with Europe

16 October 2014 15:11

Is David Cameron about to announce emergency controls on European jobseekers or a points-based system on EU migration? The Times and the Sun both splashed on these ideas today (after… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Is a U-turn looming on the European Arrest Warrant?

16 October 2014 14:03

Tory chief whip Michael Gove has been calling round MPs to suggest that it might be better if Britain does not opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, Coffee House… Continue reading

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Podcast: Tory-Ukip relations, terrorist negotiations and Brighton’s Green problems

16 October 2014 8:56

In this week’s issue, Lord Pearson, the former leader of Ukip, describes how he tried to offer the Tories a pact before the last general election, but Cameron refused to  meet with him to discuss it.  Now… Continue reading

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