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Podcast: The lure of the crowd, anti-Semitism and Cameron’s uncertain future

31 July 2014 10:34

Hell, as one of Jean-Paul Sartre’s characters said, is other people. Unless, that is, you happen to be British and born after about 1980, in which case hell is the… Continue reading

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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014 20:00

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband Attends Launch Of Online Mental Health Resource For Children

Ed Miliband tries to turn his vices into virtues

27 July 2014 10:12

Ed Miliband’s admirers are hailing his speech on Friday as an attempt to change how we think about leadership. It might have been that, but it was also a very… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

A full separation of powers could reinvigorate parliament

26 July 2014 13:22

Last summer, parliament was recalled after President Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria. David Cameron wanted the Commons to support air strikes against the Syrian regime in response. But… Continue reading

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The Ukip shuffle: Can the party become more than a one man band?

23 July 2014 19:51

Nigel Farage has started his long awaited reshuffle of the Ukip top team tonight. Patrick O’Flynn, the former Daily Express journalist, becomes the party’s economics spokesman. Given O’Flynn’s writings, we… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Lords mess

22 July 2014 20:25

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t make her a full member of the Cabinet, giving her… Continue reading

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Conservative Party Leadership Result Announced

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the kind that Downing Street will like. The Mail on Sunday… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that is where the Labour hierarchy finds itself. For this weekend… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11

Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House has learned. Leading members of a powerful group of right-wing… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: where is the radicalism?

17 July 2014 16:46

One of the more dispiriting things about this reshuffle has been the way in which important policy areas appear to have been downgraded. This week’s leading article in The Spectator… Continue reading

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Tories to keep Gove on tight leash

17 July 2014 13:57

Why is Michael Gove a minister for the Today programme when he was removed as Education Secretary because of his poor poll ratings? This paradox has amused some in Westminster,… Continue reading

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Andrew Lansley’s international role in public service remains a mystery

17 July 2014 13:16

Coffee House apologises unreservedly for keeping readers in suspense for two days about Andrew Lansley’s mysterious international role in public service. Yesterday, Number 10 did tell us that discussions were… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: How will Labour attack?

16 July 2014 8:50

How will Ed Miliband deploy the reshuffle at Prime Minister’s Questions today? The Labour leader may not use it as his main theme, but he has plenty of elements from… Continue reading

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Andrew Lansley, international man of mystery

15 July 2014 21:31

Earlier today, Andrew Lansley was just very cross. He wasn’t Leader of the House anymore, and he wasn’t the UK’s nomination for European Commissioner. But in a few hours, the… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: where is the new centre of gravity in the Tory party ?

15 July 2014 7:22

After a night of firing, we should start to see a round of hiring in David Cameron’s government from around 8.30 this morning. Only one post has been filled –… Continue reading

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Lady Butler-Sloss steps down from child abuse enquiry

14 July 2014 13:15

It is not a surprise that Lady Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chair of the independent inquiry panel into child abuse: a critical mass of stories had built up against… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: Cameron’s key challenges

14 July 2014 8:50

What does David Cameron need his reshuffle to do? As has been the case with every reshuffle in this Parliament, the changing of the guard, which is expected to start… Continue reading

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Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists

13 July 2014 22:30

David Cameron could introduce ‘voluntary’ all-women shortlists if the Conservatives continue to struggle to recruit female MPs, senior Tory sources have said. The Prime Minister has also set party chairman… Continue reading

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Unemployment Figures Set To Rise Further In UK

Mental health and benefits: ministers get the wrong end of the stick

13 July 2014 17:19

Every so often when ministers are considering a policy, they send a little kite up to see how it’s received. Sometimes it gets hit by a lightning bolt of fury… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage hints at how a Tory / Ukip electoral pact might work

13 July 2014 10:38

Vote Farage, get Miliband might not have quite as much resonance with voters as the Tories would like. But it is certainly effective with donors. If Ukip is seen as… Continue reading

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Michael Gove’s ‘personal crusade’

10 July 2014 9:25

Michael Gove’s speech to today’s education reform conference is a robust defence of his reforms. He calls closing the attainment gap between rich and poor a ‘personal crusade for me’.… Continue reading

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Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

Inside the whips’ ‘dirt books’

9 July 2014 8:55

So all three parties are to trawl their ‘dirt books’ held by the whips and disclose any evidence that they find of child abuse. The role of the whips was… 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

‘Hopeless’ Warsi ‘resisting’ David Cameron’s fight against extremism

8 July 2014 15:43

The government has failed to produce an adequate strategy to tackle non-violent extremism because the minister in charge of it is said to disagree with the Prime Minister’s approach, sources… Continue reading

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Unemployment Figures Set To Rise Further In UK

Universal Credit ‘hasn’t been signed off’ – what does that mean?

8 July 2014 8:57

Is Universal Credit progressing as well as it should? Yesterday Sir Bob Kerslake, who is not consistently helpful to political colleagues, dropped a bit of a bombshell during a Public… Continue reading

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Theresa May to give ‘significant’ statement on child abuse row

7 July 2014 8:55

What can we expect from the government response to the growing child abuse dossier row? Government sources are stressing this morning that Theresa May’s Commons statement will be ‘significant’ and… Continue reading

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