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How Hammond could raise his ratings

He watered down some of these policies in Cabinet committee, which incurred the frustration of Nick Timothy, then May's co-Chief of Staff, only to see...

Exclusive: First Conservative candidate shortlists revealed

The latest date I've yet discovered is Surrey Heath, where Michael Gove will be up for reselection on 5th May, but each association is arranging...

Mohammed Amin: Our non-negotiable values need tighter definition

I didn't ask to come to Britain; I was aged one and three quarters when my mother brought me here on my father's instructions. I...

We haven't abolished boom and bust. Yet the contest to succeed Cameron's threatens to become a celebrity spending ...

Assuming we make it through to the summer, the prize is often thought to be ongoing Conservative hegemony. But another danger lurks for the Tory...

May sticks with Remain – but distances herself from Cameron. This speech is a challenge to his authority.

“Prime Ministers like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown went into the Council of Ministers without a positive agenda for what Britain wanted, their advisers briefed...

How Brexiteers should respond to Obama

This point is taken further by John O'Sullivan, once senior policy aide to Margaret Thatcher, in pre-eminent American conservative magazine National Review. He points out...

Daniel Hannan: The referendum campaign has begun – and Leave has the positive message

We'll have migrant camps in Kent! Our scientists will emigrate! We'll be air-lifting pensioners from the Costa Brava! The Remain-mongers misunderstand the temper of the...

Andrew Kennedy: Why it's vital to vote in the Police Commissioner elections

I believe that Conservative principles provide the best framework for leadership, and the only way to elect a Conservative Government (or council, MEP or PCC)...

Why Conservatives should want to intervene in Port Talbot

... infrastructure spending, welfare reform, schools reform, etc. I just wish that they had set about it sooner and with greater singlemindedness. Areas such as...

Chris Whitehouse: Crowd-sourcing manifestos, like open Primaries, can reinvigorate local politics

It blames everything on the Conservative Government and appear to have forgotten already the dreadful recession and lack of money we inherited nationally from Gordon'...

Rural homes: can Osborne really succeed where others have failed?

Whatever became of Gordon Brown's eco-towns? They were, after all, his grand idea for providing affordable homes. Various sites were selected across the country, most...

Iain Dale: Innocent until proven guilty still applies – to Ted Heath and ...

But I do believe in the concept of innocent until guilty, and if it's good enough for Sir Cliff Richard (which of course it wasn't...

Lord Flight: The stealth taxes in Osborne's latest Budget would have made ...

I doubt he will succeed in this, but his Budget measures will alienate a lot of Conservative supporters as the raft of stealth taxes applying...

Cameron to discuss defence cuts at the G7 summit

“More than 50 Conservative MPs are plotting to lead the campaign to leave the European Union, in a move that will electrify the battle for...

A warm welcome to Conservatives for Britain

The group's membership stretches from older generations, including John Redwood and Owen Paterson, to newcomers, such as James Cleverly, Tom Pursglove, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, and Craig...

The Election Battleground 7) West Midlands

Birmingham Erdington: Edgbaston is far from the only Birmingham seat where the Conservative position looks strong enough to win in a good year. Last election...

Clashes at Cabinet and a Whitehall turf war over immigration…

“Gordon Brown will today set out Labour plans for an “economic revolution” in Scotland that could see the UK government take ownership of oil and...

Stephen Tall: Some farewell advice

It's an irony and a paradox that continues to frustrate Lib Dems: strategically, the party occupies the sweet-spot in British politics. ... If the Conservatives...

Mohammed Amin: Winning the global race – the role of Islamic finance

Although it may be hard for Conservatives to believe that Gordon Brown and Ed Balls could ever do anything right, they do deserve credit for...

Cameron responds to the shootings in Canada…

The ComRes survey for ITV News gave the anti-EU party a 43-30 per cent lead over the Conservatives. … Labour are on 21 per cent,...

John Glen MP: We need more devolution, but it must be done properly

The McKay Commission was conducted on the very reasonable principle that “decisions at the United Kingdom level having a separate and distinct effect for a...

Why is Downing Street pressuring Tory MEPs to vote for Jean-Claude Juncker?

At the very outset of the process, David Cameron very publically opposed Juncker's nomination as President. That battle was lost, ... After all that effort,...

Andrew RT Davies AM: The story of Labour NHS failure in Wales that our survey ...

Far be it from me to lecture Westminster colleagues on how to conduct their campaigns, but it is clear that the Labour-run Welsh NHS is...

Mark Fox: In defence of Westminster

It remains the case that the Conservative Party should put much more effort in at national level to re-establishing itself in the Scottish political landscape.

Lord Ashcroft: Don't blame it on the Coalition – how the parties have failed ...

If this was once just a regrettable fact for the Tories it is fast becoming an urgent problem with electoral consequences: the non-white population of...

Graeme Archer: The museum of false starts

It turns out that the pre-conference consensus – that Labour was going nowhere, fast – was as good as Ed could get. His party's conference...

ISIS 1) British police foil terror plot

The Prime Minister said the September 18 vote had produced a 'very clear result' in favour of the Union and quoted Alex Salmond as stating...

Stephen Tall: Five thoughts from Lib Dem conference

When John Major said, “When your back's against the wall it's time to turn round and fight,” we all knew what he meant to say.

Conservatives – The Grown-Up Party. Not the snappiest election slogan. But a ...

UKIP takes votes from the Tories on the Right; the Liberal Democrats shed votes to Labour on the Left; the Conservatives are weak in the...

David Skelton: The Conservatives are supporting the poorest after Labour's ...

Gordon Brown standing up in his last Budget as Chancellor and announcing, with a grin on his face, that he was abolishing the 10p rate...

Updated list of Conservative MPs at today's Chequers constitution meeting

Sir Paul Beresford, Graham Brady, Bill Cash, Ken Clarke, Michael Gove, John Glen, Simon Hart, Margot James, Mary Macleod, Chriistopher Pincher, Dominic Raab, Iain Stewart,...

Pinning Down Miliband: Labour's fiscal plan

As I pointed out on Monday, Gordon Brown used to order zero-based reviews all the time. That's what his Comprehensive Spending Reviews were. And the...

After the Wharton Bill on Europe, a Wharton Vote on England?

On Friday, ConservativeHome said that David Cameron can't carry on as he has been doing on the constitution – not, at least, if he wants...

Andrew Allison: Why I, an instinctive Unionist, now support an independent ...

My paternal ancestors migrated south from Scotland, so I have an affinity for the country, and admiration for some of the greatest Scots in history:...

Cllr Chris Steward: A new recruit in York as a Labour councillor defects

... “It is clear that it is the people in the Conservative Party, whether MPs or councillors that have the vision and the genuine...

Labour are to blame for this mess in Scotland

You'd be forgiven for thinking, listening to the Labour Party over the last few days, that the Better Together campaign has been a predominantly Tory...

Profile: John Bercow, one of the best Speakers of modern times, but also by ...

Jenkin made these comments before Bercow's slightly less polite and graceful response to the three Conservative backbenchers – Simon Burns, Michael Fabricant and Christopher Pincher...

Fighting an election on immigration alone would be like eating a diet of meat only

Immigration has become more salient since New Labour's throwing-open of our borders under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. CCHQ will also try to raise the...

Kelly and Baldry decide to step down – why are MPs really leaving the Commons?

Nor is the issue a purely Conservative one. So far, 27 Tory MPs either have gone or are going at the next election – 8.8...

Lord Flight: What is the role of the non-executive director in today's world?

Following Gordon Brown's disastrous surrender of sovereignty in financial regulation to the EU, there is little the UK can do about this until or unless...

Carswell defects to UKIP

The secrecy evidently worked – only this morning CCHQ invited its Fast Track donor club to a drinks reception with Carswell next month. They're blindsided...

“Incomprehensible” … “Appalling” … The report into abuse in Rotherham

The Sun (£); “If Boris Johnson thought that selecting the safe Conservative seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip for his parliamentary comeback would ensure an...

UKIP ditch principles in return for advancement

... I was Campaign Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, he was Grassroots Co-Ordinator and we sat at facing desks for some years. One day someone...

The Eurofanatics' “three million jobs” lie nailed. Again.

Ken Clarke didn't want to carry one out in the '90s, Tony Blair wouldn't let Gordon Brown carry one out in the following decade. The...

How Boris is helping Londoners breathe clean air

Gordon Brown's 2001 budget – which encouraged motorists to switch from petrol to diesel didn't help. One of the ways of improving air quality is...

Vaz and Whittingdale should call in South Yorkshire Police over the Cliff ...

Telegraph.co.uk Even an organisation as well-resourced as the BBC doesn't keep helicopters whirring away on standby – poised to dash its journalists to wherever a story...

Brian Monteith: How Darling can win the next debate with Salmond

It came as no surprise to me that Alistair Darling trounced Alex Salmond in the first independence debate. Much as it pains me to defend...

Don't let the language of finance pull the wool over your eyes

A much better example – though it won't be to the liking of the left – is the way in which Tony Blair and Gordon...

Parliament should be recalled

Glyn Davies, David Burrowes, Andrew Rosindell appear prominently in today's papers expressing the same view – on the Labour side they are joined by Mike...

Obama suggests that the Iraq operation will last for months; UK to provide ...

Baroness Warsi says party bosses are failing to face 'electoral reality' by ignoring non-white voters and it is now 'too late' to hope that they...