06 Oct 2015 20:32
Former England and Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell has said the Football Association could learn from the Conservative party on diversity.
Campbell showed up at the Tory conference in Manchester this week and spoke at a fringe event organised by Policy Exchange.
Having previously accused the FA of racism and claimed he would have been the first-choice England captain had he been white, Campbell returned to the theme at the event on Tuesday evening. He said:
06 Oct 2015 16:28
David Cameron will use tomorrow's conference speech to make it clear that he's serving a full term, says George Pascoe-Watson in his latest column for TP.
The former Sun political editor writes:
“He's at the peak of his powers. He has a packed agenda and he's on a mission to overhaul the UK. And Mr Cameron will make it crystal clear he plans to use every hour of every day between now and May 2020
06 Oct 2015 12:57
Boris Johnson’s speech to the Conservative party conference was billed in advance as a serious address.
The aim was clear: to let George Osborne et al know that reports of the London’s Mayor’s political death had been greatly exaggerated. In the event, Boris managed to combine serious and amusing with some expertise.
There was what looked like pointed dig at Osborne, his main leadership rival.
“The only theft going up is the theft of City
Tory MP Heidi Allen says Osborne is 'too smooth' and Boris looks like he would 'wrestle fish' with Putin
06 Oct 2015 10:55
A Conservative MP has provided the most candid assessment yet from within the party’s ranks of the favourites to take over from David Cameron.
Newly-elected South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen said that George Osborne was too polished.
"I have to be honest for me I have never really… I couldn't picture him as a future leader.
"Am I allowed to say it? How many people are listening? Is it just between us? … Too smooth."
05 Oct 2015 22:40
Michael Fallon has said that his dealings with foreign counterparts have become “embarrassing” and “awkward” as a result of Jeremy Corbyn’s positions on Nato and Trident.
The defence secretary told a Total Politics fringe meeting at Conservative party conference that many of Britain’s allies were struggling to come to terms with Labour’s new leader.
“I find internationally a real sense of shock and dismay amongst our friends around the world who don’t understand why one
05 Oct 2015 16:53
Jeremy Hunt has said that dignity for those on low incomes is not just about money and that cutting tax credits will encourage British people to work as hard as the Chinese and Americans.
The health secretary is said to be the richest member of the cabinet, having co-founded education directory Hotcourses and made millions from his shareholding. He was accused by the Unite union of "kicking working people firmly in the teeth" after his comments at a
05 Oct 2015 16:08
Boris Johnson dropped by the Policy Exchange tent at Conservative Party conference for a spot of rowing.
The Mayor of London was up against wannabe Tory MP James Cracknell, in a challenge to highlight a new report on tackling obesity.
Unsurprisingly, the Mayor lost the 200m race against the double Olympic Gold Medalist. But he was only beaten in by four seconds.
With a time of 39 seconds, Boris becomes the fastest MP to undertake the challenge.
05 Oct 2015 12:11
George Osborne used his keynote speech to the Conservative conference to repeatedly position the Tories as “the builders”.
The Chancellor announced a major transfer of power from central to local government by allowing councils to retain the billions of pounds they raise from business rates.
After many years of posing in hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he also described his party as builders on at least six occasions.
"We are the builders. And let me
04 Oct 2015 22:38
There would be nothing like a major Blairite defection to excite the Tories as their party conference gets under way in Manchester. Despite their best efforts, David Cameron’s party have not yet managed that - but they have achieved the next best thing.
George Osborne has persuaded Lord Adonis to resign the Labour whip in order to chair an independent National Infrastructure Commission.
The former transport secretary and schools minister is not joining the Tories.
04 Oct 2015 19:47
Conservative party conference goers were greeted with chants of “Tory scum” as they entered the secure zone for the party’s conference on Sunday.
Thousands of activists were in Manchester to protest at Government policies as the Tories began their annual conference in the city.
The demonstration was largely good-natured, but at least one Tory activist was hit by an egg. Journalists were not exempt either, with Channel 4’s Michael Crick and Huffington Post's Owen Bennett
04 Oct 2015 10:55
George Osborne has been warned he cannot expect a Gordon Brown-esque coronation as he pushes ahead with his unofficial campaign to be next Conservative leader.
The Sunday Times reveals today that there is cabinet level irritation at attempts to "stitch up" the succession for the chancellor. Osborne is undoubtedly the front-runner, but there are warnings he can expect "no coronation". The paper even claims that no fewer than 18 ministers and former ministers are
04 Oct 2015 08:22
George Osborne has spilled the beans on how he wooed his wife and revealed that he is an unlikely fan of gangster rap music.
The Chancellor spoke to Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig over three days during his recent tour of China.
In the resulting interview, Osborne discloses that he met wife Frances when he tried to fix a date between her and a single flatmate called Peter. After inviting her to dinner,