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26 Feb 2015 16:23
William Hague was the star guest at the press gallery lunch today.
He kicked off with a brutal take-down of press gallery chairman, Bloomberg’s Rob Hutton. To guffaws among the assembled hacks and their guests, the former Tory leader picked apart the journalist’s CV:
“It says: ‘I’m the only member of the parliamentary press gallery to have built a rugby playing robot’. Could this be because no other member of the lobby is remotely interested
25 Feb 2015 17:39
Did a Tory minister call Ed Miliband a "sanctimonious c***" during a Commons debate?
Footage of Anna Soubry yelling in the chamber was due to feature in final episode of Inside The Commons on BBC Two last night. However it was edited out at the last minute after the Daily Mail told the MP that it planned to identify her as the likely source of the insult.
20 Feb 2015 16:55
It’s not been the best of weeks for Ukip.
First of all the party’s parliamentary candidate for Great Grimsby was widely ridiculed for a rhetorical question during a Question Time-style debate in Cleethorpes this week.
Victoria Ayling asked: “What happens when renewable energy runs out?”
Then came reports that one of the fans filmed on a Paris Métro train was a ‘vocal’ Ukip supporter who had recently posted for a pic with Nigel
20 Feb 2015 10:24
The “bedrock of our society”. This is the description David Cameron attributed to married couples as the government prepares to launch the marriage tax allowance.
Today saw the unveiling of an advertising campaign to encourage four million couples to sign up for the allowance, a Tory manifesto pledge, ahead of its April release.
Through the measure, an individual who is not using all of their personal allowance will be able to transfer £1,060 to
18 Feb 2015 16:58
The Conservative election campaign has been described as “shambolic and embarrassing” by senior Tory lobbyist.
In a comment piece for Total Politics today, which can be found here, Peter Bingle complains: "The entire campaign is negative and to be frank nasty. I have yet to hear any coherent and/or positive reasons to vote Conservative on 7th May."
The former Tory councillor then advises David Cameron: “Sack the hapless Grant Shapps and replace him with a serious
17 Feb 2015 16:39
Boris Johnson’s father has called for the Conservatives to get greener and said he is baffled by the stance on climate change taken by Tories such as Nigel Lawson.
In a soon-to-be-published interview with TP, Stanley Johnson tells us: "I don’t think it would hurt the Tories to be a bit greener in their approach, although you could say when David Cameron went off and hugged a husky that was a bit opportunistic."
16 Feb 2015 10:25
As part of a new, weekly, feature Total Politics will provide analysis of the most influential political polls from the past seven days.
This week finds Labour just ahead of the Conservatives on 33.9 compared to 32.8, with Ukip in third on 13.3 points. Both the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are trailing on 7.1.
One of the most notable results came from Scotland with a TNS poll putting the SNP ahead of Labour by
12 Feb 2015 08:39
David Cameron is "inspired" by an ad campaign which rocked the New Zealand general election, according to our insider.
In this week's column, former Sun political editor George Pascoe-Watson reveals that the PM has been watching ads ran by the victorious National Party in last year's NZ election.
The series of ads contain footage of a boat carrying a hotchpotch of individuals pulling their oars in different directions. This is compared to a well-drilled
10 Feb 2015 14:16
Michael Cockerell’s documentary Inside the Commons is set for its second instalment tonight after making its much-anticipated debut last week.
This week it focuses on the state opening of Parliament, which includes the traditional search for gunpowder. The episode also explores how MPs introduce their own Bills and their fractious relationship with the Whips.
Tory MP Robert Halfon and Shadow Deputy House Leader Thomas Docherty will both feature; one reacting to an unexpected call from Downing Street, and
09 Feb 2015 09:38
A new awards scheme for political tweeters is being launched with categories ranging from ‘Most Influential Tweet’ and ‘Apology of the Year’ to ‘Best Constituency Tweeter’ and ‘Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year’.
The Political Twitter Awards awards have been established by lobbying agency Westminster Public Affairs. See the full the list of who's been shortlisted at politicaltwitterawards.com.
They are being judged by a panel of political commentators including Channel 4’s Michael Crick, PoliticsHome’s David