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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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,...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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....

  17. 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...

  18. 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”...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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....

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. May 17, 2012

    UK housing starts fall sharply

    The sluggish state of the housing market was underlined by figures on Thursday showing a substantial decline in new houses...

  37. April 24, 2012

    Newham accused of ‘social cleansing’

    Newham council has been accused of “social cleansing” after it asked a Stoke-on-Trent housing association to find homes for...

  38. April 16, 2012

    Green Deal scheme survives energy U-turn

    The flagship “Green Deal” home insulation programme will proceed unscathed despite an imminent U-turn on separate plans to...

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