Channel 4 News's political editor gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.
The messaging to voters in this speech lacked a little subtlety, but maybe that’s how you have to play it in an era when many voters are disengaged from politics.
One of David Cameron’s aides sticks his fingers in his ears when he tries to convey how voters are trying to block politics out of their lives.
David Cameron was trying to grab their attention with some direct cash offers on taxation and some very direct political messages too. He was also trying to engage with some voters’ resistance to him and to his party.
Theresa May and Boris Johnson have a small cadre of parliamentary acolytes who hope their candidate will succeed David Cameron.
Senior Tories say they’ve road-tested today’s announcement to death. There is strong voter support; it has gone down “extremely well” in the focus groups.
George Osborne sticks rigidly to the line that the Tory leadership is not shifting its position on whether there are any circumstances in which it might back an “out” vote in an
They’re waving union jacks in the hall of the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham but in a hectic high-octane three weeks of politics this flag was nearly ditched.
One minister said the truth is that the attacks that will be authorised with today’s vote are one step on a ladder of 20 rungs and no one really knows what the other steps will turn out to
Seeking parliamentary approval before military action has brought in a new era that inhibits prime ministers in a way that would be unthinkable to their predecessors.
The idea behind Ed Miliband’s speech was to make the forthcoming election a battle of the plans, and its central message was solidarity – or “the spirit of together”.
Parliament could be recalled as soon as Friday for a vote on military action against Isil in their Iraqi and Syrian bases. The government is increasingly confident it has Labour on board.