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08 Oct 2015 12:50
Former care minister Paul Burstow has joined PR and lobbying firm MHP Communications as an adviser, reports Public Affairs News.
But what attracted him to the job? In an interview filmed for MHP, the ex-Lib Dem MP explains all:
“What I like about MHP is the style of the work. The fact that patient voice is an important part of the way you work. The way you are able to convene quite a lot
08 Oct 2015 11:28
David Cameron’s former strategy guru has agreed that Theresa May's Conservative conference speech was “pandering to the basest elements of the Tory party”.
Hours after Cameron’s speech, Steve Hilton used his Twitter feed to endorse an article which criticised home secretary’s immigration-themed address.
The Spectator's Alex Massie had accused May of pandering to the worst of the Tory base and offering a “stale and noxious concoction of tawdry nativism”.
And Hilton made it clear he
07 Oct 2015 16:03
Conservative delegates lapped up David Cameron’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn during the prime minister’s conference speech today. But Labour’s leader has hit back after Cameron referred to the Labour Party 14 times.
Cameron devoted a whole section of speech to Corbyn, who has called for a "kinder politics". Most ferociously, Cameron warned about he Labour leader's “security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology”.
In response, a spokesman for the Labour leader said:
"The fact that David Cameron used
07 Oct 2015 12:16
David Cameron used his speech to the Conservative party conference to lay into “terrorist-sympathising” Jeremy Corbyn and to park his tanks firmly on New Labour territory.
The prime minister got his first standing ovation when he took Labour’s new leader to task with some vigour.
“You only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a 'tragedy'.
“No. A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in
07 Oct 2015 10:41
The minister for small business has hit out at banks for taking too long to set up accounts for new companies – after her partner was astonished by the amount of time it took.
Anna Soubry was speaking a Conservative party conference fringe event hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses.
She said that her partner Neil Davidson, who is a former non-executive director of developer Persimmon Homes, had to spend a full day setting
07 Oct 2015 09:02
Theresa’s May speech to the Conservative conference about the damage caused by immigration has been panned a number of unusual suspects.
James Kirkup was quick off the mark for The Telegraph to brand the speech "awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible".
Meanwhile The Spectator’s Alex Massie called it a “stale and noxious concoction of tawdry nativism”.
Now the Institute of Directors has joined in the criticisms, with director general Simon Walker declaring: “We
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."