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Cameron criticised over migrant 'swarm' language... 15 years after Hague controversy

Cameron criticised over migrant 'swarm' language... 15 years after Hague controversy

30 Jul 2015 11:15

David Cameron has come under-fire for his description of migrants - years after William Hague was embroiled in the same controversy during his time as Tory leader.

As thousands of migrants risk their lives to reach the UK from Calais each week, the prime minister spoke this morning of a "swarm" of people trying to get through the Channel Tunnel:

“This is very testing...You have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking

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Clegg opts for quiet life as Farron unveils team (and snubs colleague)

Clegg opts for quiet life as Farron unveils team (and snubs colleague)

29 Jul 2015 12:24

Tim Farron has named his shadow cabinet team but is no job for Nick Clegg.

According to the Lib Dems, Clegg had wanted a quieter role on the back benches.

The news is a blow to Farron who could have put the ex-leader in charge of foreign affairs and the all-important EU referendum. In the event, that post goes to the rather lesser-known Tom Brake.

A Lib Dem spokesman said:

"Nick Clegg was offered a

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Donald Trump's top aide does a Malcolm Tucker

Donald Trump's top aide does a Malcolm Tucker

29 Jul 2015 10:01

Ever since Alastair Campbell and Damian McBride left Westminster, British politics has been sadly lacking a good old notorious sweary spin doctor. 

David Cameron’s first communications chief had initially looked well-suited to the role as a former News of the World editor. Yet Andy Coulson was brought down by the phone hacking scandal before he had a chance to fully demonstrate his ball-breaking credentials to the world.

His replacement Craig Oliver made promising noises soon

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Jeremy Corbyn reluctant to embrace 'sexy old sea dog' status

Jeremy Corbyn reluctant to embrace 'sexy old sea dog' status

28 Jul 2015 10:33

Labour’s left wing leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out about the abuse he is getting from some in the media.

The Islington North MP told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour that he found some of the coverage personally hurtful.

“It is very sad that some sections of the media are incapable of engaging in any of this at a political level and engage in it solely at a level of personal intrusion and personal abuse.

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Mary Beard backs the beard as Diane Abbott cries foul over 'anti-Corbyn' Guardian coverage

Mary Beard backs the beard as Diane Abbott cries foul over 'anti-Corbyn' Guardian coverage

27 Jul 2015 17:04

Jeremy Corbyn has already won the support of singer Charlotte Church, comedian Russell Brand and actress Maxine Peake.

Now, the left wing leadership hopeful can add the classics scholar Mary Beard to his list of high profile backers.

Beard used a blog on the Times Literary Supplement’s website to declare her support for the bearded MP.

The University of Cambridge professor, who was awarded an OBE in 2013, said she often "floats around the left"

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Cameron's ex-aide calls for govt departments to be merged

Cameron's ex-aide calls for govt departments to be merged

27 Jul 2015 10:33

Four government departments should be merged into a single new department, a former senior aide to David Cameron suggests in a new column for TP.

Sean Worth was a special adviser to the prime minister in Downing Street before the last election.

He now heads up the Westminster Policy Institute, which is set to publish a report looking at how government can drive through more new housing and infrastructure developments.

His article states:

"There first

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Jeremy Corbyn rejects Labour infiltration claim; backs nationalisation and Karl Marx

Jeremy Corbyn rejects Labour infiltration claim; backs nationalisation and Karl Marx

26 Jul 2015 10:50

Jeremy Corbyn has appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show as Labour figures express concern over the ‘infiltration’ of the party's leadership contest.

The Sunday Times reports that more than 140,000 new activists are projected to have signed up with Labour by the deadline for registration to vote.

The Communist party of Great Britain has called on supporters to join and back Corbyn while Green party activists have also been discussing how to vote for

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London mayoral dream over for Sol Campbell as Tories say no thanks

London mayoral dream over for Sol Campbell as Tories say no thanks

25 Jul 2015 17:00

Sol Campbell’s stuttering bid to be the Conservative candidate for London mayor has been stopped in its tracks.

The former footballer has failed to make the final shortlist of four drawn up by the party’s selection committee.

The news will be a blow to Campbell, who had few concrete policies but had made a concerted effort to sound like a bona fide on-message Tory politician.

But the writing may well have been on the

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Ben Bradshaw nabs Nancy Dell’Ollio in bid to swing Labour deputy leader contest

Ben Bradshaw nabs Nancy Dell’Ollio in bid to swing Labour deputy leader contest

24 Jul 2015 16:34

It seems that Ben Bradshaw has unveiled his hitherto secret weapon to swing the Labour deputy leadership contest.

The former culture secretary has announced that he is to host “a meet and greet with a twist”.

The twist being that he will be joined on the dancefloor by none other than the glamourous Italian lawyer and ex-Strictly star Nancy Dell’Ollio!

Apparently, the pair share a passion for dancing and have been pals since 2008 when

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Labour 'big gob' Jess Phillips speaks out

Labour 'big gob' Jess Phillips speaks out

24 Jul 2015 09:55

Newly-elected Labour MP Jess Phillips has spoken to TP about standing up to the Tories, the 'lunacy' of George Osborne's welfare plans, winning back Ukip voters and why she would be ‘utterly rubbish’ on the front bench.

Phillips recalled a recent clash in the Commons with education secretary Nicky Morgan and told us:

“I won’t be silenced… Getting what I want will sometimes mean being nice to the Tories. But when I feel they are

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Kay Burley interview was ‘surreal’, says Labour's Dawn Butler

Kay Burley interview was ‘surreal’, says Labour's Dawn Butler

23 Jul 2015 14:13

A Labour MP who clashed on air with Sky News anchor Kay Burley has spoken out about the exchange as it causes a stir on social media.

In the interview, Burley repeatedly asked Dawn Butler why she had nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership when she supported Andy Burnham.

There was also a row over the role that Corbyn could play in a Burnham shadow cabinet, which prompted an exasperated Butler to ask:

"What’s

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Iain Duncan Smith sings The Smiths

Iain Duncan Smith sings The Smiths

23 Jul 2015 13:23

A musically-minded reader gets in touch to alert TP to a new band doing the rounds.

Apparently, The Iain Duncan Smiths specialise in "classic Smiths songs rewritten from the perspective of good old IDS of the DWP".

Upon further investigation it transpires that the band, headed up by a certain Jonny Abrams, has indeed re-engineered numerous Morrissey classics.

Songs include 'This Balanced Plan', 'Big South Strikes Again', 'The Boy Paralysed on One Side' and 'How

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