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PMQs goes back in time

PMQs goes back in time

by Amber Elliott / 18 Jan 2012 13:06

It was a déjà vu PMQs today, with Ed Miliband claiming the government was taking us "back to the 1980s".

Maybe the Commons hadn't time-travelled that far, but we were certainly going back to 2011 – a quick count suggests it was the fourth time in three (sitting) months that Labour led with an attack on unemployment.

Safe ground is best for Miliband at the moment. And his unemployment arguments were extremely

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The return of Boris Island

The return of Boris Island

by Ben Duckworth / 18 Jan 2012 09:15

The Daily Telegraph’s splash this morning that there will be a formal consultation on a new London airport in the Thames estuary makes for great politics. The original announcement was supposed to be made at the beginning of January to link up with the HS2 plans – a mega transport plan for the future. However, Nick Clegg blocked it, according to Robert Winnett’s report, because he thought it was being rushed through. The announcement

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Romney: a British conservative

Romney: a British conservative

by Oliver Wiseman / 13 Jan 2012 12:48

In October and December last year the leader writers at The New York Times penned two scathing editorials about the coalition’s economic policies. One, titled ‘Britain’s Self-Inflicted Misery’, described spending cuts as “a harmful quack cure”. “Austerity”, it argued, “rests on a myth, impervious to facts, that portrays all government spending as wasteful.”

At first glance, it is startling that America’s moderately liberal paper of record took such a line. It

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Why Scotland should remain part of the union, by a former sceptic

Why Scotland should remain part of the union, by a former sceptic

by Francesca Preece / 13 Jan 2012 09:33

The last few weeks have seen the strength of the union crumbled by rhetoric. A year ago I would have said let Scotland go, but with the reality dawning, my feelings have changed.

Scotland brings more to the UK than just North Sea oil and Karen Gillan. It brings tourism, industry, natural resources, educational excellence and most of all, unity. What would Scotland be without England, and what would England and Wales be

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The most powerful party leaders (in height order)

The most powerful party leaders (in height order)

by Amber Elliott / 10 Jan 2012 07:53

According to a new study published in the Daily Telegraph, power can make people feel physically taller.

Professor Jack Goncalo, who led the research at Cornell University in New York, suggested it presented the possibility that world leaders were less able to feel empathy or connect to 'little people' because they felt bigger themselves.

So which of our current party leaders could have the biggest height complex (according to their approximate

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Is it time the money men took over the euro asylum?

Is it time the money men took over the euro asylum?

by Darren Ennis / 20 Dec 2011 14:22

It is now quite clear: European Union leaders do not understand the markets and the markets do not understand, certainly don't believe in, or trust EU leaders or how the 27-nation project works.

Less than a fortnight after the latest summit deal to save the euro and solve Europe's economic crisis, we have had further downgradings by the ratings agencies, the Euro has plummeted to its lowest ebb in months and the head

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Will the Tory boost in the polls last?

Will the Tory boost in the polls last?

by Tom Mludzinski / 19 Dec 2011 12:36

Polls frequently show that Europe is not the biggest deal to voters but this week that theory was placed under a magnifying glass. In the immediate aftermath of David Cameron’s ‘veto’ of an EU deal, support for the Conservatives rose seven points in Ipsos MORI’s December Political Monitor for Reuters while satisfaction with David Cameron also rose significantly. So does Europe matter to the punters? Is it a vote winner? Or is this just

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Labour hold Feltham and Heston

Labour hold Feltham and Heston

by Caroline Crampton / 16 Dec 2011 10:00

Labour won the Feltham and Heston by-election last night. Inevitably, new MP Seema Malhotra dedicated her victory, and the fact that she notched up an 8.56% swing from the Conservatives, to Ed Miliband, saying:

"This result is a great victory for Labour which shows the progress we are making under Ed Miliband's leadership, a vote of confidence in the way Labour is changing, listening hard, winning back the trust of the people we

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PMQs: A not-so-merry Christmas for Miliband

PMQs: A not-so-merry Christmas for Miliband

by Amber Elliott / 14 Dec 2011 13:07

Today, Ed Miliband was a broken string of fairy lights compared to David Cameron's star at the top of the Christmas tree.

In the last PMQs before the Christmas break, the quips and the one-liners dominated - and the prime minister was feeling festively ferocious.

The leader of the Labour Party presented his first question as an end-of-year report.

"As this is the last prime minister's questions of the year, let

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Lib Dem MPs show off some fence-sitting expertise

by Caroline Crampton / 14 Dec 2011 11:12

Last night, the DUP proposed a motion congratulating the prime minister on his use of the veto at the EU summit last week. It read:

"That this House commends the prime minister on his refusal at the European Council to sign up to a treaty without safeguards for the UK; regards the use of the veto in appropriate circumstances to be a vital means of defending the national interests of the UK; and

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What would Labour have done?

What would Labour have done?

by David Skelton / 14 Dec 2011 10:06

Friday’s European veto by David Cameron has shaken up European and British politics. In the UK, many eurosceptic Tories are jubilant and many pro-European Liberal Democrats are openly hostile to the veto (Nick Clegg’s interview with Andrew Marr and his no show at the Commons debate were extraordinary). However, one of the biggest questions in British politics is how the left as a whole, and Labour in particular, should respond to the veto, the

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Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

by Darren Ennis / 13 Dec 2011 09:30

Based on Monday’s testimony in the House of Commons and diplomatic sources in Brussels, David Cameron may in fact have used his EU veto to keep Britain in the 27-nation bloc and not taken a step towards leaving the European Union.

If he had signed up to or agreed in any form to a new EU treaty involving the UK, he would have been forced to hold a referendum on EU membership. A

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