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Leaked lines to take for Tory MPs show party nerves about Ukip

30 September 2014 15:25

Tory conference has been much more upbeat than last week’s gloomy offer from Labour. But just in case the party had turned up in a bad mood after the defection… Continue reading

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Is London’s Richard Barnes the final Ukip defector?

30 September 2014 11:16

The gossip here in Birmingham is that there is a third defector from the Tories to Ukip, that David Cameron knows his name and isn’t too bothered. But if that person… Continue reading

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Chris Kelly distressed by Ukip rumours and has denied them to closest family

29 September 2014 19:42

Like all MPs suspected as potential Ukip defectors, Chris Kelly is being hounded by colleagues, whips and journalists all desperate to find out what he’s up to. He and his… Continue reading

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Turncoats, ‘dickheads’ – what the Tories think of Ukip

29 September 2014 17:39

The Tories are bracing themselves for another defection to Ukip which may or may not come today or in the next few days. MPs and whips have been chasing after… Continue reading


Dan Hannan boycotts Tory conference (but promises he won’t defect to Ukip)

29 September 2014 15:49

No Mark Reckless, no Brooks Newmark and now no Bow Group.  The oldest conservative think-thank has announced that they are boycotting this year’s Tory conference. It seems, for Dave at least,… Continue reading

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Angry Dave’s jibe at ‘fat arse’ Reckless

29 September 2014 13:42

While last week’s Labour conference felt like a wake, the mood is a little better here in Birmingham for Tory party conference. There is a certain amount of gallows humour in the… Continue reading

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White Dee: I might back Ukip instead of Labour

29 September 2014 12:01

Back in February, Benefits Street star ‘White Dee’ promised to give David Cameron a ‘run for his money’. In her Spectator diary, she described how ‘Ladbrokes has made me 50-1… Continue reading

Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Mark Reckless: The away day row that made me lose my faith in David Cameron

27 September 2014 22:30

What made Mark Reckless decide to defect? Coffee House earlier revealed the timeline that led to the Tory MP standing on the conference stage in Doncaster today, but after his… Continue reading

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How The Spectator stopped Mark Reckless from reaching parliament in 2005

27 September 2014 18:24

When Mark Reckless stands for election as a UKIP candidate for Rochester and Strood, The Spectator will be against him. But we were against him when he stood as a Tory… Continue reading

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Why I am defecting to Ukip – Mark Reckless’s statement in full

27 September 2014 17:07

Mark Reckless, Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood, announced his defection to Ukip at the party’s conference in Doncaster today. Here’s what he said: listen to ‘Podcast special: Mark Reckless… Continue reading

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Tories ready for tough by-election fight

27 September 2014 16:51

When Douglas Carswell defected, many Tory MPs were quick to say that an aggressive campaign against him would be counter-productive. There is none of that talk today. listen to ‘Podcast… Continue reading

Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Podcast special: Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

27 September 2014 16:44

Mark Reckless dropped a bomb on the Ukip conference in Doncaster today, announcing his surprise defection from the Tories. In this View from 22 special, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss why Reckless… Continue reading

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How Mark Reckless’ defection happened – exclusive details

27 September 2014 15:50

Mark Reckless has been talking about moving to Ukip for months, those who know him say. It was only in the last two weeks that he decided he was definitely… Continue reading


Mark Reckless’s stunning defection to Ukip is further proof of the great Tory split

27 September 2014 15:36

The defection of Mark Reckless is the best possible end for Nigel Farage’s party conference, and the worst possible start for David Cameron’s. Tomorrow’s newspapers will lead on the story… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage concedes Ukip won’t win Heywood and Middleton by-election

26 September 2014 17:14

Not long after John Bickley had appealed to Ukip delegates to help him win in Heywood and Middleton, Nigel Farage conceded that it wasn’t going to happen. In a briefing… Continue reading

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The by-election battles have begun over Clacton and Heywood

26 September 2014 15:21

Douglas Carswell has just finished speaking at the Ukip conference and his fellow by-election contender John Bickley, who is standing in Heywood and Middleton on the same day, has just… Continue reading

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Ukip conference: Louise Bours’ shouty sermon on the NHS

26 September 2014 12:53

Politicians always speak about the NHS with passion. It is our national religion. So today Louise Bours, Ukip’s health spokeswoman, adopted the demeanour of a Pentecostal preacher, addressing her party… Continue reading


Ukip is trying to move beyond Nigel Farage

26 September 2014 12:41

Quite naturally, the mood in the hall at the Ukip conference in Doncaster is far more upbeat than anything Labour could muster. This is an insurgent party on the brink… Continue reading

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Will two more Tory MPs defect to Ukip?

25 September 2014 18:42

Ukip’s party conference is underway in Doncaster. The party is hoping for an event that runs more smoothly than last year, where Nigel Farage sacked Godfrey Bloom for hitting a… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Ukip offers to pay for polls for would-be defectors

4 September 2014 17:15

Ukip have been approaching potential defectors and offering to pay for a poll in their constituency that shows how well they’d do as a Ukip candidate, Coffee House has learned.… Continue reading

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How can Cameron save the Conservatives? Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and Andrew Roberts respond

3 September 2014 16:25

We asked Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and historian Andrew Roberts what – if anything – David Cameron could do to rescue his party. Here’s what they had to say: Daniel… 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


Can Douglas Carswell stop Ukip screwing things up?

30 August 2014 20:25

I rejoiced at the news of Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip. Not because I’m a Ukip supporter (I haven’t made up my mind) but because it highlights the slippery dishonesty of… Continue reading

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


Douglas Carswell: the rebel with an unclear cause

28 August 2014 15:44

Anyone who would rather not live in a Britain run by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls should be dismayed at Carswell’s defection to Ukip. He is an original, intelligent and… Continue reading