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  1. September 29, 2014

    Osborne sets out plans to curb welfare bill

    George Osborne said a Tory government would save £3bn by freezing benefits for working-age people for two years after the...

  2. September 28, 2014

    Lord Ashcroft warns Tories of defeat as it trails in key marginals

    The Conservative party’s former treasurer has warned the party it will lose the next election if it does not change its...

  1. September 19, 2014

    Labour vows to tackle gender pay gap

    Large employers will have to be more transparent over how much they pay their staff under a future Labour government, as...

  2. FT Data

    September 19, 2014

    Scottish referendum: who voted which way?

    By John Burn-Murdoch and Aleksandra Wisniewska Scotland voted on Thursday to remain in the United Kingdom, with the...

  3. 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...

  4. September 1, 2014

    Cameron faces pressure from eurosceptic MPs

    David Cameron is facing increasing pressure from eurosceptic MPs to repatriate powers over immigration policy, amid reports...

  5. August 20, 2014

    UK Labour party extends lead into Tory territory

    Labour is extending its lead into Conservative territory, underlining the challenge David Cameron faces to win an outright...

  6. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2014

    Ashcroft polling spells trouble for Lib Dems

    Nick Clegg celebrates the Eastleigh byelection result For well over a year, the Liberal Democrats have told supporters,...

  7. Westminster Blog

    May 13, 2014

    Where has Labour's poll lead gone?

    Four polls have been published in the last 24 hours, all suggesting the same thing: the race for next year’s general...

  8. May 12, 2014

    UK opinion polls put Tories ahead of Labour

    Two opinion polls give the Conservatives a lead over Labour for the first time since the aftermath of George Osborne’s...

  9. January 19, 2014

    Ukip more popular than the Tories, shows poll

    Nigel Farage has been voted the second most popular party leader behind David Cameron in a poll, underlining the threat of...

  10. January 4, 2014

    Poll highlights uphill struggle for Conservatives

    More than a third of voters who supported UK prime minister David Cameron in the 2010 election would not vote for his...

  11. September 9, 2013

    Investing in UK wine might not be to all tastes

    Last week investors were given a rare chance to buy a small chunk of Britain’s most expensive agricultural land. Shellproof,...

  12. July 22, 2013

    Miliband and unions head for funding showdown

    Ed Miliband will set up a confrontation with Labour’s biggest union backers in a special conference that will debate the...

  13. June 7, 2013

    Cameron less popular than Conservatives

    David Cameron is now less popular than the Conservative party for the first time since he assumed its leadership seven years...

  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. March 1, 2013

    Silence of cold calculation falls on Tories

    David Cameron was warned there would be a crisis: instead the Conservatives’ by-election humbling in Eastleigh was greeted...

  16. February 25, 2013

    Eastleigh poll points to Clegg lifeline

    The Liberal Democrats remained confident of victory in this week’s Eastleigh by-election as a new opinion poll suggested the...

  17. February 6, 2013

    Cameron tones down EU budget rhetoric

    David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, arrives in Brussels on Thursday for an EU budget summit intent on following the...

  18. January 29, 2013

    Tories reach out to key groups and minorities

    Downing Street has been quick to row back on reports that David Cameron was going to ask companies to publish data on the...

  19. January 23, 2013

    Cameron puts EU future on the line

    David Cameron put Britain’s future in the EU on the line in an audacious gamble that united his Conservative party but could...

  20. January 14, 2013

    Immigration line weakens Cameron story

    Last year, after a lot of restless foraging, David Cameron found a plausible story to tell about his government. The UK is...

  21. 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...

  22. November 21, 2012

    DMGT agrees Northcliffe newspaper arm sale

    A consortium led by a former chief executive of Mecom has agreed a deal to buy Northcliffe Media, the regional newspaper arm...

  23. November 18, 2012

    Cameron takes on Australian poll guru

    David Cameron has hired the Australian poll guru Lynton Crosby to mastermind the next Tory election campaign, ignoring the...

  24. November 18, 2012

    UK newspapers near deal on new venture

    Executives from three of the UK’s leading newspaper groups were rushing over the weekend to close a deal that marks the...

  25. November 2, 2012

    Ashcroft eyes stake in paper group

    Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Conservative party, is in talks to invest in Local World, the regional...

  26. September 17, 2012

    Greening to probe departmental spending

    Justine Greening, the international development secretary, has commissioned a probe into her department’s use of consultants...

  27. June 25, 2012

    Dods drops bid for DeHavilland

    Dods, the political intelligence firm whose largest shareholder is the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, has dropped its...

  28. June 22, 2012

    Public shaming is the way to tackle tax cheats

    Whatever one thinks of the conduct that landed Jimmy Carr on the front pages of the newspapers this week, no one can fault...

  29. June 21, 2012

    Dods bid for rival referred to commission

    Dods, the political intelligence firm whose largest shareholder is the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, has hit an obstacle...

  30. Westminster Blog

    June 21, 2012

    Ed Miliband avoids the tax trap

    It probably seemed like a great idea to David Cameron when he criticised Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs during a round of TV...

  31. Westminster Blog

    December 5, 2011

    Does the public despise our political leaders?

    Rather a strong question in the heading, you might think. But when YouGov asked thousands of people about the...

  32. December 2, 2011

    Advice from a fortysomething – we need greybeards

    Mockery of politicians is a national sport long dominated by professionals. Amateurs finally got a look in recently – thanks...

  33. December 1, 2011

    Magnate’s Labour ties under scrutiny

    When Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, cast businesses as either “predators’’ or “producers’’ in a speech to his party...

  34. Westminster Blog

    November 30, 2011

    PMQs: Ed Miliband declares class war

    Most of the exchanges at PMQs today were fairly predictable in the light of yesterday’s autumn statement. Ed Miliband...

  35. October 26, 2011

    Rebel Tories to continue campaign

    Eurosceptic Conservatives have signalled no let-up in their campaign to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe as...

  36. October 20, 2011

    Former tax exile to play key Labour role

    Property tycoon Andrew Rosenfeld has been given an official advisory role by Labour that will see him heavily involved in...

  37. September 30, 2011

    Five ideas for David

    This weekend thousands of Tory activists will descend on Manchester for a gathering that may well turn into a group...

  38. Westminster Blog

    July 20, 2011

    Michael Gove on Michael Ashcroft in 1999

    As Kiran noted earlier, it was Michael Gove, while at the Times, who went out on the airwaves over a decade ago to defend...

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