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October 14, 2014 1 Comment

Cameron sets high stakes for the Rochester by-election

The Tories have decided to deploy one of Douglas Carswell’s pet political projects - the open primary, in which all constituents get a chance to pick a candidate – against his best mate and fellow defector Mark Reckless.

In a hastily put-together plan to try to steal the “local” mantle and the “serious” one too, David Cameron is writing to all voters in the constituency asking them to choose between two Tory councillors to fight the seat next month. (more…)

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October 13, 2014 5 Comments

Farage invited to TV debate

Deep down, the Tories worry Nigel Farage would sweep up support as he did in the Clegg/Farage debates in the European election.

October 10, 2014 3 Comments

Ukip flashing red lights in the Tory and Labour cockpits

The problem for Labour and the Conservatives is that a lot of Ukip voters don’t see much difference between their leaders.

October 8, 2014 10 Comments

Clegg attacks ‘un-British’ grievance politics

Nick Clegg revealed that George Osborne, when he refused to implement a bigger tax threshold leap in the 2012 budget, said: “I don’t want to deliver a Lib Dem budget.”

October 7, 2014 2 Comments

How are the Lib Dems defending their seats?

This morning I left the conference venue to take a look at one of the seats the Lib Dems are defending in Scotland.

October 5, 2014 2 Comments

Lib Dems adopt grim determination… and shirt sleeves

Danny Alexander is not without ambition. Over time he has tried various tactics to convince Lib Dems that they should take him to their hearts and consider him future leadership material.

October 4, 2014 2 Comments

Can more be done to find Islamic State murderers?

The PM told security chiefs at Chequers he wanted to be sure everything possible was being done to track down the killers of Alan Henning. But is there enough intelligence to find them?

Lib Dems – despite it all, still game?

Thousands poured into the area around the Lib Dem Conference in Glasgow at lunchtime, just as the debates were getting under way. Alas for the Lib Dems they were here to see live comedy next

October 1, 2014 8 Comments

David Cameron, ‘your ‘umble servant’, promises tax cuts

In a politically disengaged era the PM aims to catch voters’ attention with some direct cash offers on taxation and some direct political messages too.

September 30, 2014 No Comments

Boris vs Theresa: why their #cpc14 speeches were really leadership hustings

Theresa May and Boris Johnson have a small cadre of parliamentary acolytes who hope their candidate will succeed David Cameron.

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