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Paloma Faith Ukip fan concern. Who ya gonna call?

Paloma Faith Ukip fan concern. Who ya gonna call?

05 Mar 2015 15:46

If there's something right-wing in your neighborhood. Who ya gonna call?

Owen Jones, obviously!

It seems that Paloma Faith reckons some of her fans might be about to vote Ukip.

Having previously described herself as a socialist, this development is something of a concern (she has also said that David Cameron is an “idiot” who would not be welcome at her gigs).

So the singer contacted Jones and the outcome is that he will be opening

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Labour’s new divide – centralisers v devolutionists

Labour’s new divide – centralisers v devolutionists

03 Mar 2015 15:07

The Labour party's top team may no longer be spilt on the old left and right lines, but a new divide is rearing its head.

In his latest TP column, Dan Hodges says the idea of devolving power to city regions is creating a major fissure within the shadow cabinet.

One shadow cabinet member says: “The old divide between Left and Right is gone. The new divide is between the centralisers and the devolutionists.”

The

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Damian McBride: Miliband is not making best use of Labour talent

Damian McBride: Miliband is not making best use of Labour talent

02 Mar 2015 11:54

Gordon Brown’s former media chief has accused Ed Miliband of failing to utilise Labour’s biggest brains, suggesting it could be down to “paranoia”.

TP interviewed Damian McBride in the new-look Shepherd's restaurant for our ‘lunch with’ series. He told us that the Labour leader was sidelining the senior figures from the last government such as Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Douglas Alexander.

“You think of that talent and how rarely that group are

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Sol Campbell sings to CCHQ's tune as he eyes Tory jobs

Sol Campbell sings to CCHQ's tune as he eyes Tory jobs

01 Mar 2015 19:16

Two months after his lunch with Grant Shapps, Sol Campbell is looking keener than ever to kick start his new political career.

Yesterday the former footballer appeared to be eyeing up the top job in City Hall, telling The Spectator: "With London mayor, all I can say is watch this space."

Today he appeared on Sky News' Murnaghan show and emphatically refused to rule out standing for the Tories in Kensington and Chelsea.

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Sightings from Ukip spring conference

Sightings from Ukip spring conference

27 Feb 2015 16:15

The Ukip faithful gathered in Margate today for the party's spring conference. 

Inside the main conference hall in the Winter Gardens, delegates listened to the likes of Mark Reckless, Suzanne Evans and co, with Nigel Farage due to close the first day.

Outside of the main hall there was a variety of literature and other bits and pieces on offer...

Catching our eye was a book about foreign cutting aid, a somewhat controversial leaflet by

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William Hague at press lunch: We don't under-estimate Miliband

William Hague at press lunch: We don't under-estimate Miliband

26 Feb 2015 16:23

William Hague was the star guest at the press gallery lunch today.

He kicked off with a brutal take-down of press gallery chairman, Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton. To guffaws among the assembled hacks and their guests, the former Tory leader picked apart the journalist’s CV:

“It says: ‘I’m the only member of the parliamentary press gallery to have built a rugby playing robot’. Could this be because no other member of the lobby is remotely interested

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Did Anna Soubry use the C word in the chamber?

Did Anna Soubry use the C word in the chamber?

25 Feb 2015 17:39

Did a Tory minister call Ed Miliband a "sanctimonious c***" during a Commons debate?

Footage of Anna Soubry yelling in the chamber was due to feature in final episode of Inside The Commons on BBC Two last night. However it was edited out at the last minute after the Daily Mail told the MP that it planned to identify her as the likely source of the insult.

Soubry issued a furious denial, telling the

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A week for Nigel Farage to forget

A week for Nigel Farage to forget

20 Feb 2015 16:55

It’s not been the best of weeks for Ukip.

First of all the party’s parliamentary candidate for Great Grimsby was widely ridiculed for a rhetorical question during a Question Time-style debate in Cleethorpes this week.

Victoria Ayling asked: “What happens when renewable energy runs out?”

Then came reports that one of the fans filmed on a Paris Métro train was a ‘vocal’ Ukip supporter who had recently posted for a pic with Nigel

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Cameron's marriage tax allowance proves controversial

20 Feb 2015 10:24

The “bedrock of our society”. This is the description David Cameron attributed to married couples as the government prepares to launch the marriage tax allowance.

Today saw the unveiling of an advertising campaign to encourage four million couples to sign up for the allowance, a Tory manifesto pledge, ahead of its April release.

Through the measure, an individual who is not using all of their personal allowance will be able to transfer £1,060 to

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When Tory lobbyists go off message

When Tory lobbyists go off message

18 Feb 2015 16:58

The Conservative election campaign has been described as “shambolic and embarrassing” by senior Tory lobbyist.

In a comment piece for Total Politics today, which can be found here, Peter Bingle complains: "The entire campaign is negative and to be frank nasty. I have yet to hear any coherent and/or positive reasons to vote Conservative on 7th May."

The former Tory councillor then advises David Cameron: “Sack the hapless Grant Shapps and replace him with a serious

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Boris' father: Tories should be greener

Boris' father: Tories should be greener

17 Feb 2015 16:39

Boris Johnson’s father has called for the Conservatives to get greener and said he is baffled by the stance on climate change taken by Tories such as Nigel Lawson.

In a soon-to-be-published interview with TP, Stanley Johnson tells us: "I don’t think it would hurt the Tories to be a bit greener in their approach, although you could say when David Cameron went off and hugged a husky that was a bit opportunistic."

On fellow

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Introducing the weekly polling review: Labour ahead.... just

Introducing the weekly polling review: Labour ahead.... just

16 Feb 2015 10:25

As part of a new, weekly, feature Total Politics will provide analysis of the most influential political polls from the past seven days.

This week finds Labour just ahead of the Conservatives on 33.9 compared to 32.8, with Ukip in third on 13.3 points. Both the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are trailing on 7.1.

One of the most notable results came from Scotland with a TNS poll putting the SNP ahead of Labour by

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