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Blue collar Tory: Oxymoron or obvious choice?

Blue collar Tory: Oxymoron or obvious choice?

by Justin Cash / 14 May 2013 12:09

It was standing room only in Portcullis House last night as a fifty strong contingent featuring some of the Tory Party’s best and brightest met to discuss an issue that plagues British conservatism: the need to appeal more to the blue collar voter.

The idea of the blue collar voter is itself somewhat nebulous. It was variously described throughout the evening as the ‘working class’, the ‘manual labourer’ and the ‘self-made man’. They are not privately

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Liam Fox interview: I want EU referendum timetable

Liam Fox interview: I want EU referendum timetable

by Rob Wilson / 07 Oct 2012 07:03

Liam Fox is a chuckler, a giggler, someone who likes to amuse those around him.  His staff cram into his office and clearly love to be there with him, not just because he keeps them busy on all sorts of interesting projects, but because he is good fun.  Fox has twinkly blue eyes and a slightly mischievous face that lights up when he smiles, which he does more frequently than your average politician.

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When sorry seems to be the hardest word

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

by Aisha Gani / 20 Sep 2012 11:08

Nick Clegg’s apology about breaking his 2010 election pledge to scrap tuition fees may not have the effect he hopes for – what with students who are the first to be hit with the trebled £9000 tuition fees starting fresher’s week.

In a party political broadcast to be aired during the Lib Dem conference, he says: “There is no easy way to say this: we made a pledge. We didn't stick to it

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Is the government finally moving on the lobbyists’ register?

by Caroline Crampton / 10 Jan 2012 16:01

After the Liam Fox’s resignation, the government promised to bring forward proposals for a statutory register of lobbyists, but said they wouldn’t speed up the process in the light of the defence secretary’s departure from the cabinet.

Mark Harper, the constitutional reform minister, told MPs that legislation would be introduced in the second session, which begins after the Queen's speech in May 2012, following a consultation exercise.

Then we had the Bell

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Is there a good kind of lobbying?

by Caroline Crampton / 06 Dec 2011 11:42

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has covertly recorded members of the Bell Pottinger lobbying firm boasting about their access to the highest levels of government, including a claim that they caused David Cameron to raise a copyright issue with the Chinese Premier just 24 hours after they asked him to do so on behalf of their client.

These revelations have reignited the debate about the need for a statutory register of lobbyists.

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Fox overshadows Hammond's defence debut

Fox overshadows Hammond's defence debut

by Amber Elliott / 14 Nov 2011 16:31

It was defence secretary Philip Hammond's first attempt at departmental questions in the chamber. It should have been his moment – a tentative answer here, a hint about his direction there.

But from the backbenches, Liam Fox still managed to steal the show.

Sat four rows behind the new guy, Fox welcomed Hammond to the role.

"This is the first chance I've had to welcome my right honourable friend to his

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In politics we mistrust

In politics we mistrust

by Nik Darlington / 03 Nov 2011 09:56

 

George Clooney’s new film, The Ides of March, is an absorbing story about a telegenic, attractive and idealistic Democrat running for high office, and the political arts – high and low – that his campaign team deploy to get him there.

If it sounds a bit like Robert Redford’s classic political film The Candidate, that is because it is a bit like Robert Redford’s classical political film The Candidate. At their

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Sir Gus O'Donnell's findings on Fox

Sir Gus O'Donnell's findings on Fox

by Holly Smith and Amber Elliott / 18 Oct 2011 18:13

Sir Gus O’Donnell has presented his findings on his investigation into the Liam Fox affair this morning. Here we list what the allegations were and the conclusion that O’Donnell has come to in his report.

It is claimed that:

    •    Werritty visited Fox at the Ministry of Defence 22 times, and accompanied him on 18 trips abroad.

    •    Werritty gave out business cards alleging that he was an

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Conservative weaknesses exposed

by Charlotte Henry / 13 Oct 2011 09:30

The coalition parties predictably used conference season to try and draw some dividing lines, and activate the bits of their membership that are still finding life in coalition a little bit difficult to stomach. However, while Nick Clegg and his ministers led the Lib Dems on a mature path to the liberal centre, some front-bench Tories seem to have pulled out their dog whistles and started blowing. Loudly.

Liam Fox's current trouble might

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PMQs: it's all about the women

PMQs: it's all about the women

by Amber Elliott / 12 Oct 2011 13:14

Today at PMQs, two white men in their forties fought to prove they were on the side of women.

Unemployment in Britain has jumped to its highest level since 1994. Figures demonstrate that there has been a 5.4 per cent increase in the number of women unemployed in the year through to August, in comparison to 4.1 per cent for men.

The young have been hardest hit in the latest round of

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Back to the classroom for Nick Clegg at deputy PMQs

Back to the classroom for Nick Clegg at deputy PMQs

by Holly Smith / 11 Oct 2011 16:22

Constitutional reform he wanted and constitutional reform he got. The deputy Prime Minister answered a list of questions on constitutional reform today which read something like an A level politics guide; the West Lothian question, Scottish independence, votes for prisoners, the electoral register, lowering the voting age, reforming the House of Lords.


Nick Clegg responded to the questions by issuing very neutral and diplomatic responses on the issues in the vein

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It’s all up to Cameron now

It’s all up to Cameron now

by Caroline Crampton / 10 Oct 2011 16:36

During defence questions, which proceeded Liam Fox’s statement to the House of Commons on his defence responsibilities and his relationship with Adam Werritty, it was clear that the defence secretary was wound pretty tightly. He almost lost his temper during an answer about the “budget black hole” that Labour had left in his department.

The statement itself raised more questions than it answered. Fox repeated his partial apology from yesterday, saying:

“I

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