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  1. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2013

    Evidence for Theresa May's leadership bid

    Twitter was awash with “TM4PM” frenzy over the weekend after Theresa May delivered a speech to the ConservativeHome 2015...

  2. August 6, 2012

    Mensch blow gives Cameron ‘huge headache’

    David Cameron’s leadership has come under fresh strain after Louise Mensch, a rising star of his Conservative backbenches,...

  1. Westminster Blog

    April 17, 2012

    Did Downing St offer a job to Tim Montgomerie?

    Amid rumblings about the government machine, the rumour reaches FT Westminster that Downing Street approached Tim...

  2. March 1, 2012

    Osborne to defy calls to remove 50p tax rate

    George Osborne is to defy calls for the removal of the 50p upper rate on income tax and will instead instigate a clampdown...

  3. February 10, 2012

    Clegg fury at Tory moves to kill health bill

    Nick Clegg has reacted furiously to reports that three Conservative cabinet ministers have been lobbying against the...

  4. February 10, 2012

    Tories tell Cameron to ditch health bill

    The planned NHS reforms could prove “fatal” to the Conservative party’s election prospects, according to an influential...

  5. December 4, 2011

    Tories in north fear changes to state pay

    George Osborne’s decision last week to investigate regional pay differentials for public sector workers in an effort to...

  6. November 29, 2011

    Tory MPs in show of unity despite concerns

    The disquiet expressed by some Tories over George Osborne’s excessive meddling in the economy ahead of the autumn statement...

  7. November 2, 2011

    Student visa crackdown set to miss targets

    More than 450 education providers have lost their right to underwrite student visas for people from outside the European...

  8. October 6, 2011

    Clarke stokes human rights row with May

    Ken Clarke reignited his party conference row with cabinet colleague Theresa May after he accused her in a newspaper...

  9. October 5, 2011

    Party members become a dying breed at annual jamborees

    Less than a quarter of the 30,000 delegates who attended the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat conferences were...

  10. September 30, 2011

    Tim Montgomerie

    Founder and editor of Conservativehome, the must-read activists’ website ● Because Conservatives should be the party of...

  11. August 9, 2011

    Cameron returns to face sternest test

    David Cameron arrived back in Downing Street early on Tuesday to confront Britain’s biggest law-and-order crisis in a...

  12. July 26, 2011

    Osborne under pressure to do more for economy

    The sighs of relief were almost audible from Downing Street and the Treasury at the news that the economy grew slightly in...

  13. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2011

    Foreign office announces 'massive U-turn' on World Service

    Apparently it’s a sign of strength to change your mind – at least that’s what David Cameron said yesterday about the...

  14. April 14, 2011

    Cameron reconnects with right wing

    David Cameron’s immigration speech may have raised the hackles of one prominent Liberal Democrat colleague – Vince Cable –...

  15. April 6, 2011

    Lib Dems to fight fewer seats than 2007

    The Liberal Democrats have retreated from the political battlefield in a significant number of seats in next month’s local...

  16. February 7, 2011

    Cameron view toes traditional party line

    Rallying cry: members of English Defence League, a group accused of Islamophobia, demonstrate in Luton As David Cameron...

  17. January 21, 2011

    Prime minister denies error of judgment

    David Cameron has rejected suggestions that hiring Andy Coulson had been an error of judgment, saying his communications...

  18. January 14, 2011

    Cameron faces poll ‘sabotage’ jibes

    David Cameron is under fire from Conservative MPs after the Oldham by-election – widely expected to be a disaster for the...

  19. Westminster Blog

    November 12, 2010

    A tale of two pledges and one Lib Dem humiliation

    There were two important “read my lips” moments in the election campaign. One was Clegg’s pledge to oppose a rise...

  20. Westminster Blog

    October 14, 2010

    Further Reading

    Britain’s austerity apostles charge towards the abyss — Skidelsky/FT OFT and Competition Commission reforged in quango...

  21. October 4, 2010

    Tory faithful to embrace ‘one-nation’ theme

    Whatever the reservations of the Conservative right, one nation conservatism was the prevailing theme on Sunday as the...

  22. Westminster Blog

    August 29, 2010

    Further reading

    Red Ed would be disastrous for Labour - Fraser Nelson, News of the World The tax burden won’t fall during this Parliament*...

  23. Westminster Blog

    August 5, 2010

    In praise of Cameron's working hours

    Tim Montgomerie has a fascinating piece in this week’s New Statesman where he pinpoints ten moments that have shaped the...

  24. Westminster Blog

    July 27, 2010

    Public still blissfully unaware of imminent cuts to public services

    Tim Montgomerie at ConservativeHome offers some shrewd insights into a batch of three polls in the last 24 hours which all...

  25. Westminster Blog

    July 23, 2010

    Further reading

    The graduate tax vampire will not die – Martin Wolf/FT It’s time to set up a state investment bank — David Miliband/FT...

  26. Westminster Blog

    July 13, 2010

    Further Reading

    Baffled and perplexed by plans to shake up NHS - Philip Stephens in the FT Lansley is in a hurry and may lose control - Nick...

  27. June 23, 2010

    Tory rank-and-file wary about tax rises

    Senior Tories sounded the alarm about the size and substance of the Budget tax rises while applauding the chancellor's...

  28. June 23, 2010

    Tory rank-and-file wary about tax rises

    Jibe-talking: Harriet Harman accused the Lib Dems of cutting thousands of jobs for the sake of their ‘22 ministerial jobs’...

  29. Westminster Blog

    June 21, 2010

    The way for Osborne to sweeten a VAT rise

    The unions, Ed Balls, the Taxpayer’s Alliance, Tim Montgomerie and Guido have all come out against a rise in VAT. The...

  30. June 11, 2010

    Salary of PM's spin doctor exceeds Clegg's

    Andy Coulson, the Downing Street spin doctor, is giving up almost half his annual salary to join the government - but will...

  31. June 10, 2010

    Salary of PM’s spin doctor exceeds Clegg’s

    Andy Coulson, the Downing Street spin doctor, is giving up almost half his annual salary to join the government – but will...

  32. Westminster Blog

    May 25, 2010

    Coalition is like a "bazaar" - Boris Johnson

    I had to leave tonight’s Policy Exchange function at the Institute of Directors just as the mayor of London was getting...

  33. May 21, 2010

    Tory MPs revolt at opening of '1922' panel

    More than 100 Conservative backbenchers defied David Cameron and voted against the prime minister over plans to open up...

  34. Westminster Blog

    May 20, 2010

    Cameron faces down the backbencher mutiny

    It’s not plain sailing for the Conservative leader, however. As I wrote yesterday, Tory MPs were balloted over whether...

  35. May 19, 2010

    Cameron wins bid to ‘neuter’ backbenchers

    David Cameron has won his controversial bid to open up the Conservative backbench 1922 committee to ministers.A total of 168...

  36. May 1, 2010

    Tories seek to simplify message

    David Cameron launched a " contract with voters ", condensing the Conservative message into 16 key pledges, as he sought to...

  37. May 1, 2010

    Events vindicate silence on migrants

    David Cameron will have felt a strong sense of vindication as he watched Gordon Brown implode this week after tangling with...

  38. April 30, 2010

    Cameron vindicated on immigration

    David Cameron will have felt a strong sense of vindication as he watched Gordon Brown implode this week after tangling with...

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