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    1. October 19, 2014

      Tory MPs urge George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and attractions

      Dozens of Conservatives MPs are calling on George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and tourist attractions as fears rise about...

    2. October 10, 2014

      Nigel Farage tells Westminster: ‘You’re out of touch’

      The powerful currents ripping through British politics swept aside what was left of the old certainties on Friday, as Nigel...

    1. Westminster Blog

      October 10, 2014

      Thursday's by-elections in numbers

      Clacton UKIP candidate Douglas Carswell won 21,113 votes, or 59.7% of the total, in Thursday’s by-election. This was 12,404...

    2. October 10, 2014

      Why Ukip is winning in Britain’s seaside towns

      “Electoral history is likely to be made . . . on the Essex coast.” Financial Times, October 9 What does the seaside have to...

    3. October 10, 2014

      Ukip surge sends tremors through Westminster

      Ukip victory puts Clacton in spotlight The strong showing by the UK Independence party in Thursday’s by-elections sent...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      October 9, 2014

      Farage and Carswell campaigning in Clacton

      Peter Macdiarmid/Getty United Kingdom Independence Party candidate Douglas Carswell stands with party leader Nigel Farage in...

    5. October 9, 2014

      Ukip gains first elected MP after Douglas Carswell wins in Clacton

      The UK Independence party has its first elected MP after Conservative defector Douglas Carswell won Thursday’s by-election...

    6. October 7, 2014

      Ukip’s by-election hope hits back at NHS claims

      Douglas Carswell has hit back at claims he wants to part-privatise the NHS, saying he has been misquoted by his critics. The...

    7. October 6, 2014

      Ukip set to give Clacton’s forgotten voters a voice

      Electoral history is likely to be made on Thursday on the Essex coast with Douglas Carswell set to become the first person...

    8. October 1, 2014

      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...

    9. 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,...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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