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    1. April 7, 2016

      Brexit would gravely weaken both UK and Europe, says Major

      A British vote to leave the EU would “gravely weaken” Europe and could trigger the end of the continent’s influence as...

    2. March 25, 2016

      The reasons for the Tory infighting over Europe

      Few things are more hurtful than to discover, in middle age, that one is never going to be offered an important job....

    1. March 21, 2016

      The Tories are in government but are ungovernable

      The election-winning Conservative prime minister could carry millions. He could not carry Iain Duncan Smith. Rebellion...

    2. March 18, 2016

      Former Tory leader converted to fight for social reform

      Iain Duncan Smith led the Conservative party through its darkest days of recent times. Elected leader when the Tories...

    3. Fast FT

      March 18, 2016

      Pro-Brexit Tories may be 'unmanageable' if UK stays

      Call it Project Fear or whatever you like but much has been written so far about what could happen if British voters...

    4. March 1, 2016

      Would Brexit lead to Scotland leaving the UK?

      The only indication of the border on the Solway flatlands is an English/Gaelic sign welcoming motorists to Scotland....

    5. February 26, 2016

      The bloody history of civil war in the Tory party

      That the Conservative party believes as much in the strong state as it does in the free economy has long been both its...

    6. January 25, 2016

      Cecil Parkinson, Thatcher’s soulmate, dies aged 84

      Cecil Parkinson, who died on Monday at the age of 84, belonged, albeit fleetingly, to that unfortunate group of...

    7. January 22, 2016

      New Conservative MPs warn old guard on rekindling Europe feud

      Westminster’s new generation of Conservative MPs is to warn older Tories not to rekindle the party’s bitter infighting...

    8. December 23, 2015

      Hague’s Brexit stance angers Eurosceptics

      David Cameron has been accused of deploying former Tory leaders Lord Hague and Sir John Major to make the case for...

    9. December 16, 2015

      UK leaving EU would be ‘dangerous’, warns John Major

      Sir John Major, former prime minister, has warned that it would be “dangerous” for Britain to leave the EU and that the...

    10. October 27, 2015

      Britain’s House of Lords becomes a force to be reckoned with

      On Monday the House of Lords amended George Osborne’s tax credit proposals by requiring the UK’s Conservative...

    11. September 1, 2015

      Cameron wisely refrains from fighting old battles

      Asked to condense into one phrase what is worst about the European Union, many Conservatives would plump for “The...

    12. August 27, 2015

      In Britain, community is a foreign language

      American in its consumerism and European in its godlessness, Britain might have the most individualist culture in the...

    13. July 11, 2015

      PM ‘seeking EU employment law opt out’

      Downing Street has described as “noise and speculation”, but has not denied, reports that David Cameron is seeking to...

    14. May 25, 2015

      Tory MPs told to stay in London to maximise slender majority

      The Conservative chief whip has told ministers to limit their travel plans for the first few months of the parliament...

    15. May 21, 2015

      Politicians seek ‘backstory’ and ‘narrative’ to bridge voter gap

      Before we get started, let me tell you a bit of my backstory. I know you want to get into the meat of this article but...

    16. May 17, 2015

      Danish solution offers lessons for Cameron on EU negotiations

      The year was 1992 and Denmark was stranded. The Maastricht treaty had been rejected, a second EU referendum loomed, yet...

    17. May 11, 2015

      Tory MPs cheer as David Cameron vows to fight for better EU deal

      David Cameron on Monday began his fight to “get a better deal” in Europe to resounding cheers from 330 newly elected...

    18. May 8, 2015

      An ever more fragile union

      Britain has a Conservative government. David Cameron has confounded the pollsters, and left egg on the faces of the...

    19. May 8, 2015

      Cameron will mourn the coalition

      My successor, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has a much less difficult job today than many expected: it will not be a coalition of...

    20. May 8, 2015

      It is 1992 all over again for David Cameron’s Conservatives

      David Cameron was euphoric: addressing party workers in the afterglow of his election victory at his campaign...

    21. May 6, 2015

      General election: Where fear and negative campaigning pervaded

      When historians come to look back at the UK general election campaign of 2015 they might well come to view it as the...

    22. April 21, 2015

      David Cameron steps up attacks on Labour-SNP alliance

      David Cameron stepped up his attacks on a possible Labour-SNP alliance after the general election, ignoring a chorus of...

    23. April 21, 2015

      Why the Scottish nationalists cannot call the shots

      Britain is set to wake up on May 8 as a helpless hostage in the custody of a few dozen Scottish Nationalists. So say...

    24. Off Message

      April 21, 2015

      Scotland's fiscal cliff

      Beyond the immediate political battles being fought by the Labour party against the Scottish National party, and the...

    25. April 21, 2015

      Sir John rides in to rescue UK from rebellious north

      Suddenly, into a campaign that is turning nasty without ever having got passionate, stepped Britain’s best-loved living...

    26. April 21, 2015

      Tory grandees at odds over tactics on SNP

      Conservative tactics of talking up the Scottish National party have been denounced as “short-term and dangerous” by...

    27. FT Data

      April 9, 2015

      Datawatch: the stock market and general elections

        A robust FTSE provides scarce comfort for incumbents. While the boom in 1987 did coincide with Margaret Thatcher’s...

    28. March 27, 2015

      The sludge report

      If current UK election campaign were to have a colour, it would be a muddy sludge. It’s not just the tone of the...

    29. March 9, 2015

      ‘The Audience’, New York — review

      Queen Elizabeth II has made all her official visits to the US under Republican administrations, so I am happy to report...

    30. February 5, 2015

      Get ready for tax rises, whoever wins

      George Bush went into the 1988 US presidential election with the words: “Read my lips. No new taxes”. John Major cut...

    31. January 20, 2015

      Tesco, Terry Leahy and the importance of keeping shtum

      There is a framed picture that every retired leader should hang on the wall next to the photographs of their meetings...

    32. December 19, 2014

      Four PMs missed out on Butler reforms

      Sir, Whatever other advantages may have been conferred on Jonathan Farrington by a grammar school education (Letters,...

    33. December 15, 2014

      Forget immigration, the UK election will be all about the economy

      The first rule of politics is that almost nothing matters. Events, policies, speeches — things that captivate what John...

    34. November 21, 2014

      Support the arts: enter the draw

      Twenty years ago this week, Britons bought their first tickets in the newly established National Lottery. The...

    35. November 16, 2014

      John Major suggests ‘a little help’ to control migrants to UK

      Britain should seek “a little help” to cope with short-term influxes of migrants from struggling European countries,...

    36. November 13, 2014

      John Major warns EU over ‘serious possibility’ of UK quitting

      There is a serious possibility that Britain could leave the EU, and it will be dissuaded only if allies make...

    37. September 21, 2014

      Economists divided over benefits of minimum wage

      Does a minimum wage help or hinder workers? It is a question that has bedevilled economists and divided politicians...

    38. September 12, 2014

      No country for old statesmen

      Almost 30 years ago Harold Macmillan, the former Conservative prime minister, stood up at a dinner in London and made a...

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