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    1. 14 hours ago

      Tory MPs urge George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and attractions

      Dozens of Conservatives MPs are calling on George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and tourist attractions as fears rise about...

    2. 18 hours ago

      Barroso says immigration cap would be against EU law

      José Manuel Barroso has warned the UK prime minister that he will struggle to rewrite EU freedom of movement rules because...

    1. October 17, 2014

      UK ‘lighting a fire under EU’, says minister

      Britain is “lighting a fire under the European Union”, the foreign secretary said on Friday, as he labelled the EU a...

    2. October 16, 2014

      David Cameron warned of Tory revolt over EU ‘opt in’

      David Cameron has been warned he faces his biggest Conservative rebellion over Europe if he presses ahead with plans to “opt...

    3. October 16, 2014

      Tories prepare to throw everything at beating Ukip in by-election

      In the Conservative fight to stop the insurgent Ukip in its tracks, Rochester is the front line. On November 20, David...

    4. October 16, 2014

      Cameron faces EU fight on migration curbs

      David Cameron’s promise to impose new restrictions on EU migration had a clear audience in mind: the voters of the Rochester...

    5. October 14, 2014

      Cameron tries to calm Tory nerves ahead of by-election

      David Cameron told his party on Tuesday that the fight was on for the Rochester & Strood by-election as he promised...

    6. October 12, 2014

      Research fuels speculation of more Tory defections

      At least four Conservative MPs would be more likely to retain their seats at the next election if they defected to the UK...

    7. October 10, 2014

      Ukip is bigger threat to Tories than to Labour

      The success of the UK Independence party in two by-elections has ended any fading hope among Westminster politicians that...

    8. October 10, 2014

      British politics enters the age of uncertainty

      Britain’s political scene is experiencing an upheaval whose scale and direction are unpredictable. Since the second world...

    9. October 10, 2014

      Nigel Farage tells Westminster: ‘You’re out of touch’

      The powerful currents ripping through British politics swept aside what was left of the old certainties on Friday, as Nigel...

    10. October 10, 2014

      Ed Miliband promises to hear voter concerns on immigration

      Ed Miliband has promised to address voters’ concerns about immigration after Labour narrowly dodged a by-election defeat by...

    11. Westminster Blog

      October 10, 2014

      Thursday's by-elections in numbers

      Clacton UKIP candidate Douglas Carswell won 21,113 votes, or 59.7% of the total, in Thursday’s by-election. This was 12,404...

    12. October 10, 2014

      Why Ukip is winning in Britain’s seaside towns

      “Electoral history is likely to be made . . . on the Essex coast.” Financial Times, October 9 What does the seaside have to...

    13. Westminster Blog

      October 10, 2014

      Five Things We Have Learned From Thursday's By-Elections

      1] Dislike of the “Westminster elite”.   The SNP are poles apart from Ukip when it comes to their actual policies: the...

    14. October 10, 2014

      Ukip surge sends tremors through Westminster

      Ukip victory puts Clacton in spotlight The strong showing by the UK Independence party in Thursday’s by-elections sent...

    15. October 10, 2014

      Clacton prize delivers momentum to Ukip

      Nigel Farage surveyed the scene at Clacton, the first town in Britain to elect a Ukip MP, and was asked what the traditional...

    16. October 10, 2014

      Labour edges out Ukip in Heywood by-election

      Ukip gave the Labour party a scare in what had been seen as the safe northern seat of Heywood and Middleton, as it held on...

    17. FT Photo Diary

      October 9, 2014

      Farage and Carswell campaigning in Clacton

      Peter Macdiarmid/Getty United Kingdom Independence Party candidate Douglas Carswell stands with party leader Nigel Farage in...

    18. October 9, 2014

      Ukip gains first elected MP after Douglas Carswell wins in Clacton

      The UK Independence party has its first elected MP after Conservative defector Douglas Carswell won Thursday’s by-election...

    19. October 8, 2014

      Jaywick provides fertile ground for Ukip’s anti-politics

      Paul Lambourne, driving his mobility scooter along the seafront at Jaywick, will be among those voting for Ukip on Thursday...

    20. October 7, 2014

      Ukip’s by-election hope hits back at NHS claims

      Douglas Carswell has hit back at claims he wants to part-privatise the NHS, saying he has been misquoted by his critics. The...

    21. October 6, 2014

      Ukip set to give Clacton’s forgotten voters a voice

      Electoral history is likely to be made on Thursday on the Essex coast with Douglas Carswell set to become the first person...

    22. September 29, 2014

      Tories fight to save Rochester seat

      The Conservatives are launching a blitz campaign to save their seat in Rochester after Mark Reckless, the sitting MP,...

    23. September 25, 2014

      Ukip takes anti-establishment fight to Essex seaside

      With a blend of populist anger, personal charm and anti-Westminster tirades, Douglas Carswell, Ukip candidate for the...

    24. September 24, 2014

      Labour faces Ukip threat in Heywood by-election

      The spirit of Nigel Farage has infused the Lancashire town of Heywood. In the Edwin Waugh pub, it is “tax equality day” with...

    25. 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...

    26. August 28, 2014

      Ukip’s existing Clacton candidate stands firm

      Douglas Carswell’s plan to fight a by-election in Clacton for Ukip took a farcical twist as the incumbent candidate said he...

    27. August 28, 2014

      Tory maverick jumps ship and takes gamble on re-election

      Tory defector Douglas Carswell’s role as one of Westminster’s most maverick politicians may be connected to his unusual...

    28. August 28, 2014

      Ukip defection exposes Tory faultlines

      David Cameron was on Thursday night fighting to restore order in his party after the defection of a leading Tory eurosceptic...

    29. June 6, 2014

      Tories win Newark by-election as Ukip gains

      David Cameron’s Conservative party won the Newark by-election and put the brakes on the UK Independence party’s populist...

    30. June 3, 2014

      Newark hints at general election Culloden for Ukippers

      Having reduced the political establishment to gibbering wrecks, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s great march on London faltered and...

    31. May 30, 2014

      Disillusioned Newark voters identify with Ukip’s everyman message

      Two miles from the Newark campaign office of the United Kingdom Independence party, neat rows of white headstones mark the...

    32. May 28, 2014

      Conservatives feel under pressure in Newark after Ukip surge

      David Cameron recently ordered all Tory MPs to pay at least three trips to Newark before next Thursday’s by-election amid...

    33. April 30, 2014

      Farage admits ‘bottling’ chance to stand for parliament

      Nigel Farage has dashed expectations that he could use the imminent by-election in Newark to stand for Parliament in what...

    34. April 29, 2014

      Farage will not stand for Newark after Mercer quits

      Nigel Farage announced on Wednesday he would not run as the UK Independence party candidate in the Newark by-election,...

    35. February 14, 2014

      Labour wins UK by-election as Ukip trumps Tories

      The ruling coalition in the UK was dealt a blow in the latest by-election test, as the UK Independence party pushed the...

    36. February 10, 2014

      Labour fights Ukip in Wythenshawe poll

      Last time David Cameron was in Wythenshawe, a teenager pretended to shoot him. The prime minister has not returned to the...

    37. January 24, 2014

      SNP suffers by-election setback as Labour wins in Cowdenbeath 

      The Scottish National party has suffered a significant by-election setback, just eight months before the historic referendum...

    38. May 2, 2013

      Labour holds South Shields as Ukip vote surges

      Labour won the South Shields by-election on Thursday night but the threat of Ukip loomed large over all three main political...

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