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    1. November 20, 2014

      Tories fear defections as Rochester votes

      Voters in Rochester and Strood have started casting their ballots in a by-election that is expected to see Mark Reckless...

    2. October 2, 2014

      Senior Labour MPs fear Cameron’s promises will overshadow theirs

      Labour has called the tax cuts promised by David Cameron if he is re-elected next year unfunded and regressive, but many of...

    1. 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...

    2. July 13, 2014

      David Cameron battles to boost number of women Tory MPs

      David Cameron has ordered his party chairman to get more women into winnable Conservative seats in 2015. The move comes amid...

    3. March 2, 2014

      Conservative party still hopes to meet migration target

      The Conservative party has said it still hopes to meet its “tens of thousands” net migration target before the next election...

    4. February 4, 2014

      Eric Pickles fails in attempt to curb council tax rises to 1.5%

      Local authorities will be able to increase council tax 2 per cent in the coming year. Cabinet ministers thwarted an attempt...

    5. January 20, 2014

      Tête-à-tête looks more like head-to-head

      Cross-channel political feuding between David Cameron and François Hollande intensified on Monday when an ally of the...

    6. November 4, 2013

      Centrica chief to forgo bonus over energy bills

      The chief executive of Centrica, owner of British Gas, has decided not to take his bonus this year amid public anger about...

    7. October 27, 2013

      Shapps threatens BBC with licence fee cut

      The BBC could lose its exclusive right to the television licence fee, a senior Conservative minister has warned, saying the...

    8. September 11, 2013

      UN official’s attack on housing benefit reforms enrages Tories

      Grant Shapps, Conservative party chairman, has written to Ban Ki-Moon to complain about a “disgraceful” UN report which is...

    9. Westminster Blog

      August 14, 2013

      The Tories tighten up their anti-Labour operation

      If the Tories appear to be gaining traction in the political debate of recent months it may reflect the decision to focus on...

    10. July 31, 2013

      Shapps vows Tories will make firing a simpler business

      Businesses have to invent “disingenuous reasons” to make staff redundant due to cumbersome employment laws, Grant Shapps,...

    11. July 31, 2013

      Cruddas wins damages from Sunday Times

      Peter Cruddas, the former Treasurer of the Conservative party, has criticised the prime minister for treating him as an...

    12. Westminster Blog

      July 5, 2013

      Why has Labour handed its Falkirk file to the police?

      Another strange twist in the Labour/Falkirk story. After days of insisting this was an internal party matter, the party has...

    13. Westminster Blog

      July 3, 2013

      Secret document shows Unite attempt to influence 41 selections

      Today’s PMQs was dubbed the “Len McCluskey show” after David Cameron turned almost every answer into an attack on Labour’s...

    14. May 10, 2013

      Questions raised over Crosby’s UK role and business interests

      Not long after Lynton Crosby became the Tory party’s elections supremo in November, he received an open letter from Lord...

    15. May 5, 2013

      Tories to publish draft referendum bill before election

      The Conservative party will publish a draft version of an EU referendum bill before the next election, the party chairman...

    16. Westminster Blog

      February 18, 2013

      Tory takeover of Lib Dem tax plans

      Ed Miliband’s announcement that Labour backs a mansion tax on properties over £2m, with the money used to fund a new 10p...

    17. January 27, 2013

      Starbucks dismisses talk of investment threat

      Starbucks said on Sunday it had no plans to suspend millions of pounds in investment in Britain amid tensions between the...

    18. January 8, 2013

      Labour plans Obama-style poll onslaught

      Labour plans to flood its target seats with a thousand activists as it deploys Obama-style tactics in a bid to win the 2015...

    19. November 30, 2012

      Political parenting – a user’s guide

      At last, I thought, when news broke that social workers decided that membership of Ukip was incompatible with foster care....

    20. November 25, 2012

      Treasury poised to take over land sales

      The Treasury is poised to seize control of the sale of public land owned by Whitehall departments after losing patience with...

    21. November 16, 2012

      Cameron plays down Corby by-election loss

      David Cameron played down Labour’s success in the Corby by-election on Friday, dismissing it as a “classic midterm result”...

    22. October 20, 2012

      Thousands join London march against austerity

      Trade unions have called for a general strike after tens of thousands of people marched through central London to protest...

    23. October 14, 2012

      Parties plan to enter enemy terrain

      Ed Miliband and David Cameron have spent the past two weeks vying for ownership of the concept of “one nation”, but the...

    24. October 14, 2012

      Tories plot cash-for-seats offer to Clegg

      Senior Conservatives are plotting an audacious “cash-for-seats” offer to Nick Clegg, where the Liberal Democrat leader would...

    25. October 7, 2012

      Conference notebook: the enemy within

      ● For those Tories looking to vent their spleen at their Liberal Democrat coalition partners, it seems that Vince Cable has...

    26. October 7, 2012

      Party in a hurry has long wait to destiny

      Away with fuddy-duddy notions of journalistic objectivity! “God bless the Conservatives!” I say. The other parties let their...

    27. September 21, 2012

      Ghetto super-prime

      The government in the UK has come up with an ingenious way for making the country’s wealthiest neighbourhoods even better....

    28. September 19, 2012

      ‘Nudge unit’ defies with overseas contract

      David Cameron’s “nudge unit” – a team of officials charged with subtly trying to change people’s behaviour – has won its...

    29. September 14, 2012

      Tories forget boundary changes

      The Tory party will begin picking election candidates in November on the basis of existing constituency boundaries, a step...

    30. September 5, 2012

      A reshuffle that means business

      There is a time in a prime minister’s tenure when it sinks in that running things is actually quite hard. The epiphany is...

    31. September 5, 2012

      PM seeks cross-party support on airports

      David Cameron said he will make an announcement on airports in the next few days, after a reshuffle raised expectations of a...

    32. Westminster Blog

      September 4, 2012

      Tory changes to the cabinet

      David Cameron has now completed the Conservative cabinet appointments of his first major reshuffle. As Nick Clegg works own...

    33. August 29, 2012

      Kent’s 22,600-home scheme gets go ahead

      Plans for 22,600 new homes in a disused quarry in Kent will get the go-ahead on Wednesday after the government intervened to...

    34. August 20, 2012

      PM backs sale of expensive council houses

      David Cameron has urged local authorities to step up their efforts to sell off their expensive council houses to build...

    35. August 13, 2012

      Coalition plans housebuilding stimulus

      Ministers are preparing to unveil a new package of measures to stimulate the flagging house-building sector next month, in...

    36. Westminster Blog

      July 8, 2012

      Statistics authority rules on Dromey vs Shapps row

      Grant Shapps, the hyper-energetic housing minister, has been under fire from Labour who accuse him of playing fast and loose...

    37. May 19, 2012

      Earnings cap planned for council tenants

      Families who earn more than £60,000 and live in government-owned housing could face a steep rise in rent under plans to end...

    38. Westminster Blog

      May 17, 2012

      Could rising homelessness be a Cameron legacy?

      As housebuilding figures show a sharp drop-off in the number of “starts” by housing associations, a critical report has been...

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