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Ruth Davidson laughs off Tory leadership bid, but Jacob Rees Mogg won't take no for an answer

Ruth Davidson laughs off Tory leadership bid, but Jacob Rees Mogg won't take no for an answer

09 Feb 2016 13:36

As Tory MPs increasingly wonder whether someone other than George Osborne or Boris Johnson might be their next leader, one outside shout in recent months has been Ruth Davidson.

The speculation started when the Scottish Conservative leader impressed lobby journalists and MPs alike with her party conference speech last year.

But Davidson has now moved to kill off the idea that she could be the next Tory leader. She told The Daily Politics today:

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Zac Goldsmith gets extra campaign clout from mystery donor… and Downing Street

Zac Goldsmith gets extra campaign clout from mystery donor… and Downing Street

09 Feb 2016 11:30

As Zac Goldsmith struggles in the polls, his London mayoral campaign is set for an extra injection of firepower on two fronts.

At last night’s annual Black and White Ball, one Conservative donor shelled out £35,000 for a day of campaigning with the Tory London mayoral candidate.

The prize was billed as an "opportunity to gain a unique insight into this important campaign".

For good measure, the package is also said to have included

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Emily Thornberry hits back after Labour PLP row over Trident: 'Five or six people kicked off...'

Emily Thornberry hits back after Labour PLP row over Trident: 'Five or six people kicked off...'

09 Feb 2016 09:46

Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry has played down reports that she got a terrible reception at last night’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting.

Thornberry admitted that a handful of Labour figures hit out when she spoke about Trident but she suggested that her critics were not representative of the wider parliamentary party.

She told the Today programme that Labour wanted people to contribute to it’s defence review.

"I think that we shouldn’t be afraid of having

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Will David Cameron really back Michael Gove’s justice reforms?

Will David Cameron really back Michael Gove’s justice reforms?

by Tom Gash / 08 Feb 2016 16:30

Today, David Cameron is making a speech which has been heavily trailed in various newspapers. The prime minister is lending his support to the reforming justice secretary Michael Gove and, as when he made previous speeches supporting justice secretaries Ken Clarke and Chris Grayling, his focus is on reoffending.

Cameron is backing Gove’s idea that reoffending rates will fall if prison governors are given more freedom to experiment with new approaches to managing their inmates.

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Ukip and Lib Dems unite…. in opposition to David Cameron's of ‘scaremongering’ over Brexit

Ukip and Lib Dems unite…. in opposition to David Cameron's of ‘scaremongering’ over Brexit

08 Feb 2016 13:33

David Cameron has provoked a backlash from a unusually wide range of political figures with a controversial claim that leaving the EU could lead to thousands of asylum seekers appearing in southern England overnight.

Number 10 had briefed the Daily Telegraph last night that Cameron would warn about the Calais refugee camp being displaced to the south of England if Britain votes for Brexit.

The prime minister’s spokesman confirmed today that this was Cameron’s belief

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Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

by Sebastian Whale / 08 Feb 2016 12:00

Tommy Sheppard has a bee in his bonnet. The SNP MP for Edinburgh East is sat in his cramped parliamentary office, busy reeling off a series of gripes he harbours with Westminster.

The former Labour man’s political career spans more than three decades, but life inside parliament only began nine months ago. And Sheppard has been caught off-guard by blockages in the Commons ever since.

“This place is barely fit for purpose. This country gets

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A very Conservative row: Tories at odds over Margaret Thatcher's supposed EU view

A very Conservative row: Tories at odds over Margaret Thatcher's supposed EU view

08 Feb 2016 09:27

It has become commonplace for various political parties and movements try to appropriate Winston Churchill’s opinions for their cause. But this weekend marks the first time that Margaret Thatcher has been subjected to the same treatment.

Thatcher’s private secretary Lord Powell kick-started a very Conservative row with an article in the Sunday Times which claimed the former PM would have would have "raged more mightily" at Brussels - but would ultimately have settled for the

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Jeremy Hunt angers junior doctors (again) by insisting BMA is to blame for low morale in NHS

Jeremy Hunt angers junior doctors (again) by insisting BMA is to blame for low morale in NHS

07 Feb 2016 19:21

The health secretary has not been on the best of terms with junior doctors in recent months. Now Jeremy Hunt has infuriated them further by suggesting that the British Medical Association is to blame for low morale in the profession.

After Hunt spoke out on The Andrew Marr Show, one doctor stressed that she had "never knowingly met a BMA rep" and had "made up my own mind". Writing on social media, another NHS professional was

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Ken Livingstone: John McDonnell will be next Labour leader if Corbyn is 'pushed under a bus'

Ken Livingstone: John McDonnell will be next Labour leader if Corbyn is 'pushed under a bus'

05 Feb 2016 15:50

Ken Livingstone has hazarded a guess at who will take over the Labour leadership should the current occupant fail to last the distance.

The former mayor of London speculated that if Jeremy Corbyn was “pushed under a bus being driven Boris Johnson”, then the party’s membership “would rally behind McDonnell”.

In further not-so-helpful comments to Russia Today, Livingstone insisted:

"I keep telling you, it will be John McDonnell if Jeremy was to have a stroke

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Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top

Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top

by David Singleton / 05 Feb 2016 11:30

Until recently, predicting which Conservative MPs were destined for the big time was relatively easy.

Ever since David Cameron became leader in 2005, the modernisers have looked best-placed to rise to the top of the Tory pile. In particular, things have looked up for the most talented members of the Osbornites, the group of pro-market Conservative MPs who share the chancellor’s broadly liberal and metropolitan instincts and have been happy to do his bidding, either

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