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  1. 12 hours ago

    Ex-Tory supporter’s UKip donation fails to overshadow forum

    A former Tory supporter has pledged to donate £1m to Ukip over the next year in a move designed to overshadow the last day...

  2. September 29, 2014

    Britain’s next election carries a fiendish winner’s curse

    Mark Reckless may look like Philip Larkin, the reactionary who was also one of Britain’s greatest poets of the past century,...

  1. September 29, 2014

    Tories fight to save Rochester seat

    The Conservatives are launching a blitz campaign to save their seat in Rochester after Mark Reckless, the sitting MP,...

  2. September 28, 2014

    David Cameron furious at second Ukip defection

    David Cameron and the Tory leadership have reacted with fury to the defection of a second Conservative MP to Ukip, but the...

  3. September 26, 2014

    Ukip in party mood as it seeks to woo working class vote

    Which political party conference is the best party? According to polling by YouGov, most people (22 per cent) reckon that a...

  4. September 26, 2014

    Three reasons why Ukip should be taken seriously

    One of the unwritten laws in British politics is that insurgent parties can never thrive. Writing in the 1950s, the French...

  5. September 25, 2014

    Nigel Farage vows to scrap tax on minimum wage

    Nigel Farage has proposed scrapping income tax for workers on the minimum wage and wants a new 35p band for people earning...

  6. September 25, 2014

    Ukip takes anti-establishment fight to Essex seaside

    With a blend of populist anger, personal charm and anti-Westminster tirades, Douglas Carswell, Ukip candidate for the...

  7. September 2, 2014

    David Cameron faces birthday blues in Clacton

    Nigel Farage is poised to deliver David Cameron an unwelcome birthday present after the date was set for a by-election in...

  8. September 1, 2014

    Cameron’s uneasy peace on Europe at risk

    Is the Conservative party heading for another meltdown on Europe? With memories still uncomfortably fresh of the infighting...

  9. September 1, 2014

    Cameron moves to calm Tory nerves on Ukip surge

    David Cameron will this week urge Tory MPs not to throw away the 2015 general election with another round of infighting on...

  10. September 1, 2014

    Ukip’s first rebel claims ‘bullying’ by Tory MPs

    A former Tory MP who defected to the UK Independence party in 2008 was bullied “emotionally and physically” by his former...

  11. September 1, 2014

    Cameron plays his part with polish but no panache

    There are no solutions,” said the American scholar Thomas Sowell in the best one-line distillation of politics on record,...

  12. August 28, 2014

    Cameron’s problem over immigration

    David Cameron’s immigration policy has always boiled down to one key pledge. He has promised to reduce annual net migration...

  13. August 28, 2014

    Ukip’s existing Clacton candidate stands firm

    Douglas Carswell’s plan to fight a by-election in Clacton for Ukip took a farcical twist as the incumbent candidate said he...

  14. August 28, 2014

    Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip risks Tory split in run-up to election

    When Nigel Farage convened a snap Ukip press conference on Thursday morning, journalists assumed he wanted to talk about...

  15. August 28, 2014

    Tory maverick jumps ship and takes gamble on re-election

    Tory defector Douglas Carswell’s role as one of Westminster’s most maverick politicians may be connected to his unusual...

  16. August 28, 2014

    Douglas Carswell in quotes

    Tory MP Douglas Carswell, who defected to the anti-Brussels, anti-immigration UK Independence party on Thursday, is a...

  17. August 28, 2014

    Ukip defection exposes Tory faultlines

    David Cameron was on Thursday night fighting to restore order in his party after the defection of a leading Tory eurosceptic...

  18. Westminster Blog

    June 4, 2014

    Critics warn no MPs will be ejected under the new recall bill

    Ministers have been wrangling for years over how to introduce a new law allowing voters to kick out MPs who break the law....

  19. August 4, 2013

    Ex-banker poised for tough job as EU envoy ahead of in-out vote

    A former Treasury official and City banker has emerged as the favourite to take on one of the toughest jobs in British...

  20. July 22, 2013

    Brussels-London balance of powers seen broadly correct

    The balance of powers between Brussels and London is broadly correct in six key policy areas, a Whitehall review has found,...

  21. January 23, 2013

    Careful words aim to please everyone

    David Cameron has made an impressive achievement with his speech on Europe: he has united his party and turned the tables on...

  22. January 23, 2013

    Eurosceptics hail Cameron’s EU speech

    Nick Clegg, British deputy prime minister, criticised his coalition partner’s commitment to a referendum on European Union...

  23. January 14, 2013

    What do Tory eurosceptics want?

    Regional policy Gordon Brown used to claim it was ludicrous for rich countries like Britain to pay money into a regional pot...

  24. January 14, 2013

    Cameron races to lay ground for speech

    David Cameron has been forced to rush forward his long-awaited Europe speech, as he sought to head off an increasingly...

  25. January 10, 2013

    Tory eurosceptics rail against US over EU

    Washington’s public plea to David Cameron for Britain to remain in the EU was met with indignation from pockets of the...

  26. January 2, 2013

    MPs claim Sants’ honour discredits system

    The decision to award a knighthood to Hector Sants, a key regulator at the time of the financial crash, has been criticised...

  27. December 7, 2012

    Tory MPs fear Starbucks tax ‘precedent’

    The unparalleled decision by Starbucks to volunteer £20m of cash to the taxman after a wave of public pressure has prompted...

  28. December 5, 2012

    Tories wary of growth measures

    The chancellor’s moves on fuel and welfare won predictable plaudits from Conservatives on Wednesday, but behind this there...

  29. October 7, 2012

    PM to review freedom of migrant movement

    David Cameron has announced a review into the freedom of EU migrants to live and work in the UK, in a move that will...

  30. September 13, 2012

    Chancellor to back City in EU talks

    George Osborne on Thursday night flew into Cyprus vowing to defend City interests in the face of a eurozone banking union,...

  31. September 3, 2012

    Reshuffle pulls Cameron in two directions

    David Cameron’s opening move of his first significant reshuffle was to appoint as chief whip one of the few ministers likely...

  32. Westminster Blog

    September 3, 2012

    Cameron can please his party or show his authority - not both

    It is the day before reshuffle day, and unsurprisingly, generous-spirited backbenchers are lining up to give David Cameron...

  33. Westminster Blog

    August 20, 2012

    German-style mini jobs: a miracle solution for the UK?

    As I reported today, the Treasury is looking seriously into the idea of adopting German-style “mini jobs”, a scheme long...

  34. August 1, 2012

    Banks welcome launch of loan scheme

    A government initiative aimed at encouraging banks to lend more kicked off on Wednesday, with lenders expressing hope that...

  35. June 15, 2012

    Osborne rounded on by critics of scheme

    George Osborne fielded attacks from across the political spectrum on Friday, as Labour said his emergency loans plan would...

  36. June 10, 2012

    Osborne told to stop blaming eurozone

    George Osborne has been warned by Tory MPs not to use the eurozone crisis as “an alibi” for Britain’s poor economic...

  37. April 23, 2012

    Osborne’s Bank of England plan criticised

    George Osborne returned to the Commons on Monday after a month of criticism of his Budget, only to walk into fresh attacks...

  38. Westminster Blog

    April 18, 2012

    Livingstone used as Cameron's human shield in brutal PMQs

    They call it the weekly bearpit and this week PMQs excelled itself: a spitting, snarling, savage exchange of insults which...

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