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Chris Grayling told “old lace exchanged for arsenic”  

Chris Grayling told “old lace exchanged for arsenic”  

by Aisha Gani / 18 Sep 2012 09:28

The new justice secretary Chris Grayling, a favourite of the Tory right-wing who has made history as the first non-lawyer to be appointed in the position, today took a bruising in the Commons from Labour MPs. 

Labour MP Paul Flynn, later suspended from the Commons for calling defence secretary Philip Hammond a ‘liar’ on Afghanistan strategy, first challenged Grayling on the steps he planned to take to reduce the size of

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Cameron is being squeezed by Boris and Ed

Cameron is being squeezed by Boris and Ed

by Christian May / 08 Aug 2012 11:41

Last weekend, amidst all the celebrations of Team GB’s phenomenal success, an unlikely image emerged.

Either side of some athletes (I forget who, such was the significance of the rest of the photo) stood London mayor Boris Johnson and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Both were beaming. Milband even tweeted it.

Perhaps their smiles were reflecting the national mood of triumph. Maybe they just smiled because they’re politicians and this was a

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Why Lib Dems whisper threats over Lords reform

Why Lib Dems whisper threats over Lords reform

by Amber Elliott / 16 Jul 2012 11:17

Parliament breaks up for its summer recess tomorrow. It's normally a time to tie up loose ends and recharge batteries.

But both this year and last year, the coalition government left Parliament on a cliff-hanger.

Think back to 20 July last year.

Rebekah Brooks was giving evidence before the culture, media and sport committee.

And David Cameron was giving a statement to the Commons on phone hacking. Nick Robinson described

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Don't get complacent, Labour

Don't get complacent, Labour

by Emma Burnell / 17 Apr 2012 10:24

Three polls came out yesterday showing Labour 10-11 points ahead in the polls. The Tories are as low in the polls as they have been since the formation of the coalition government. The government’s credibility is in free-fall. For the first time in one of those polls, Osborne and Balls are neck-and neck for who could best manage the economy. Meanwhile the budget debates stumble on, each week seemingly bringing a new issue arising

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The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

The impact of Chris Huhne’s resignation on his party and the man himself

by Ben Duckworth / 03 Feb 2012 12:43

On Tuesday night, the energy and climate change secretary was standing in the canteen in the basement of his DECC department. He appeared relaxed and upbeat, and discussed why he believed he was right to continue DECC’s legal fight over feed-in tariffs, which has now reached the Supreme Court. Now a very different legal battle has ended Chris Huhne’s frontbench political career. The Crown Prosecution Service’s announcement of charges against the now former cabinet

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Making child poverty history

Making child poverty history

by Julia Rampen / 14 Dec 2011 10:55

After Alan Milburn’s speech about reducing child poverty to the Children’s Society yesterday there was no doubt that he, at least, was committed to the cause. How far the government would match his commitment, though, remained unclear.

Highlighting a trend of growing inequality, Milburn warned that the government would not meet its 2020 target of abolishing child poverty and called for greater emphasis on early intervention. He said: “It is time to end

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PMQs: in which Cameron forgets the Lib Dems

PMQs: in which Cameron forgets the Lib Dems

by Amber Elliott / 11 May 2011 13:19

Come on! David Cameron has to be running a betting ring about obscure British cultural references with his team at No10. Michael Winner, Benny Hill and now… Eddie the Eagle?

"I have to accept some of the recent cultural references I've made – Michael Winner and Benny Hill – … are a little out of date," said Cameron at PMQs today.

But he couldn't resist adding that Ed Miliband “reminds me of

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Clegg and Cameron reveal their view of the coalition

Clegg and Cameron reveal their view of the coalition

by Ben Duckworth / 11 May 2011 09:07

The anniversary of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition is marked today by a speech given by the Deputy Prime Minister reaffirming the achievements of the Lib Dems in government. The PM has also written for ConservativeHome to discuss the government’s achievements in the year since the coalition formed in May 2010. Both provide insight into how the leaders want to sell their decisions to their respective parties.

Clegg’s speech this morning is trailed in

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