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How You Treat People Matters

How You Treat People Matters

by Emma Burnell / 27 Sep 2012 10:32

I’m not always polite. When discussing issues with people I think are wrong, I don’t always keep my cool. I can be a hothead. I enjoy a good barney. Particularly online.

What I try really hard not to do, is be rude to people whose job – explicitly – is to be of service to me. I thank bus drivers while complaining about the bus service. I am polite and friendly to security

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#gategate - Andrew Mitchell's example for all

#gategate - Andrew Mitchell's example for all

by Christian May / 25 Sep 2012 14:49

From time to time I’m asked to give a lecture on handling negative information to a bunch of keen young politicos. The substance is fairly obvious to anyone who has worked in politics for more than a few years, but it’s new and vital information to those hearing it for the first time. I might email the course notes to the Chief Whip’s office.

Of course, no amount of lectures will prepare you

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Parliamentary profanity: politicans who swear

Parliamentary profanity: politicans who swear

by Edward Lowe / 21 Sep 2012 11:21

Andrew Mitchell

The former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell was forced to apologise this morning following a clash with armed police officers in Downing Street that allegedly involved the use of some rather unseemly language.

The incident reportedly occurred after armed police, guarding Downing Street’s famous black gates, refused to open the gates for Mitchell and his bicycle, instead ushering him through a side gate usually reserved for pedestrians.

Mitchell, using

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Sneak peek: our 50th issue with Harriet Harman

Sneak peek: our 50th issue with Harriet Harman

23 Jul 2012 12:22

 

INSIDE

Harriet Harman: “If you're actually political, you can't be a Conservative and a feminist."

Andrew Mitchell: "To me, Margaret Thatcher was a goddess. When she walked down the corridors, I used to stand stiffly to attention and hope she would pass by."

David Davis: "David Cameron's gone into it like a hand into a glove. In a way, he's the strongest part of the government... The Nadine Dorries-type arguments which

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For Cameron, foreign aid translates into global influence

For Cameron, foreign aid translates into global influence

by Caroline Crampton / 23 Feb 2012 16:47

The London Somalia conference has just concluded, with David Cameron taking centrestage at a press conference at the Foreign Office. Much of what was said was to be expected - the prime minister of Somalia's transitional federal government welcomed the possibility of "targeted" air strikes, while Cameron refused to commit to any kind of intervention - but there were a couple of points that were of interest.

Asked why this conference was being

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It’s time to stop giving the Indian elephant our ‘peanuts’

It’s time to stop giving the Indian elephant our ‘peanuts’

by Francesca Preece / 06 Feb 2012 13:44

After giving India £1bn in aid, the country has stuck two fingers up at Britain.

In a leaked memo, India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee called our gifts of aid ‘peanuts’ – the ultimate insult, ingratitude.

As the country’s economy booms and takes on the world powers, India has famously even launched its own space programme.

For a nation that has more millionaires than us, it seems absurd that we still

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An immense feeling of pride in Project Umubano

An immense feeling of pride in Project Umubano

by Andrew Mitchell / 28 Jul 2011 11:53

In 2007, a group of Conservative volunteers travelled to Rwanda to begin the first Project Umubano.

43 of us began partnerships in education, health, justice, community and the private sector, alongside partners such as SURF, the Survivors Fund which supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide. We refurbished a school and began a football coaching programme for young people.

Excited by the experiences we had shared, we went back to the UK to

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Umubano – ready to go

Umubano – ready to go

by Stephen Crabb / 13 Jul 2011 11:32

The flights are booked and last minute checks being made; this week more than 100 Conservative volunteers will join the party’s Project Umubano in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

All of our teams have been busy preparing for the journey ahead, linking up with old friends in Rwanda, new volunteers learning from old hands and everyone discussing exciting new developments for Umubano’s fifth year.

We’ve met together at CCHQ

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Famous four manage select committee cohesion

Famous four manage select committee cohesion

by Patrick Macfarlane / 09 Mar 2011 15:48

This was no ordinary defence select committee hearing.

Four ministers: Oliver Letwin, William Hague, Liam Fox and Andrew Mitchell, all attended and managed to look happy about it.

Perhaps the last was a little riled when – following half an hour of answers from the other ministers, and a long interruption by Letwin – the committee chair James Arbuthnot pronounced: “You may speak now, Mr Mitchell.”

The audience, expecting a discussion

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Agenda

by Patrick Macfarlane / 09 Mar 2011 10:00


What’s happening

09:30 Pensions minister Steve Webb appears at a work and pensions select committee hearing.

12:00 Prime minister David Cameron faces Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, at this week’s prime minister’s questions. Possible intervention in Libya is likely to be at the top of the agenda.

14:30 Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, gives evidence at a Commons select committee on the implications of BBC World Service

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Overseas aid isn't about compassion

Overseas aid isn't about compassion

by Shane Greer / 02 Mar 2011 10:55

“We’re planning a debate tonight on overseas aid and whether we should look after ourselves before spending on others.” Those were the words of a Radio 5 producer when he phoned me last week to ask whether I would take part. In the end, Libya dominated the agenda and the debate didn’t take place. But the fact the debate was even considered points to one of the gravest misconceptions about overseas aid: that it’s

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The agenda

by Patrick Macfarlane / 17 Feb 2011 10:01

What’s happening

10:00 Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, gives evidence to the development select committee on the humanitarian response to the Pakistan floods.

11.30 David Cameron delivers a speech on the government’s proposed welfare reforms.

14:30 Theresa Villiers, the transport minister, gives evidence to the liaison select committee on priorities for railways investment.

And equalities minister Lynne Featherstone is set to make an announcement on civil partnerships in

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