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Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

by Caroline Crampton / 21 Nov 2011 00:00

The new issue of Total Politics, out tomorrow, features an interview with shadow chancellor Ed Balls by Amber and myself. With the autumn statement next week, the conversation was dominated by his ideas on growth and the economy, but we also found plenty of time to delve into what makes Ed Balls, Labour's so-called 'attack dog', tick. We discussed why he considers George Osborne to be "the best on their side", the chances of

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Cameron minces his words on Europe

Cameron minces his words on Europe

by Caroline Crampton / 15 Nov 2011 11:23

Addressing the Lord Mayor’s banquet last night, David Cameron was seeking to make peace with those in his party who are dissatisfied with his stance on Europe. In doing this, he undoubtedly used all the right words. He talked about “fighting for free trade”, “making sure British interests get heard” and “pointless interference” with reference to Europe. He aligned himself with the substantial portion of his party who voted in favour of a referendum

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Larry the cat is No 10's greatest asset

Larry the cat is No 10's greatest asset

by James Clayton / 15 Nov 2011 09:48

This year the PM’s nomination for ‘employee of the year’ is a simple one.

Well, it would be if Larry the cat was eligible for nomination. Unfortunately however for Larry, he is of course not employed by Cameron. In fact his upkeep is entirely paid for by cash raised in a fundraiser.  But with Larry’s recent media contributions he is in an ideal position to renegotiate this relationship.

Larry the cat has

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A bumpy road to the autumn statement

A bumpy road to the autumn statement

by Caroline Crampton / 14 Nov 2011 09:31

It's just over a week until George Osborne will get up in the Commons to deliver his autumn statement. It's being widely put about that it's going to be a 'plan for growth' first and foremost, and will likely contain further measures like credit easing and employment law review aimed at getting businesses going again.

Government and Treasury spinners have got a tough task ahead of them this week in trying to keep

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Why do our MPs think they know best?

by Francesca Preece / 09 Nov 2011 15:28

E-petitions have hit the headlines lately; first, the EU referendum, then rioters losing their benefits and soon to take to the ring, a proposal to stop the UK hitting the 70 million mark.

With MPs often too consumed with their own agendas or obediently following their lord and master to benefit their personal ambitions, the public feel they aren’t being listened to. And if the EU referendum petition is anything to go by,

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PMQs: the story gets lost in details

by Ben Duckworth / 09 Nov 2011 13:09

Ed Miliband usually likes to go for a detailed question at Prime Minister’s Questions. Something that will fox the prime minister and make him look like he is not on top of things. Today, the Labour leader went for broad brush in his six questions, all of which were on immigration. It did not come off as well as he hoped.

We’ve previously seen David Cameron transmogrify into Gordon Brown to berate Labour

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G20 summit: how will they play the game?

G20 summit: how will they play the game?

by Holly Smith / 03 Nov 2011 13:42

It’s a pretty safe bet that all of President Obama’s days are busy; he is president after all. Today, however he will feel the media spotlight intensify to epic proportions as he shuttles from meeting to meeting, with Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and the L20, all in the midst of the G20 summit.
 

If you’re the gambling type, and betting on global summits is what you like to do, there’s another

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PMQs: The Greece-shaped elephant in the room

by Caroline Crampton / 02 Nov 2011 12:28

In an effort to solve his ‘woman problem’, David Cameron has told Grazia magazine that he felt that PMQs was “the most unpleasant-looking thing” he has to do in a week and that he disliked the macho, aggressive tone it required him to adopt.

That didn’t seem to hold him back today. We saw David Cameron in all his Flashman-inspired glory as he sparred with Ed Miliband over yesterday’s growth figures. At

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The Lib Dems should become the guardians of workers' rights

The Lib Dems should become the guardians of workers' rights

by Caroline Crampton / 27 Oct 2011 11:21

At the beginning of this month, George Osborne took to the stage at Conservative Party conference and announced, among other things, that the qualification period for an employee to bring an unfair dismissal case will be doubled to two years in an effort to “boost growth”.

As I argued at the time, I’m concerned that this policy erodes workers’ rights in exchange for little tangible benefit to the economy – it’s projected

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PMQs: the EU debate becomes a mug's game

PMQs: the EU debate becomes a mug's game

by Amber Elliott / 26 Oct 2011 13:25

This week, a long lense picked up on the fact that David Cameron appears to be going grey.

The newspaper that ran the photos suggested the prime minister was "likely to be feeling the stresses of government" after fraught negotiations on the EU referendum.

No time for Just for Men when you are trying to cover up your party's bald spot on Europe, perhaps?

Ed Miliband decided to capitalise on

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Which EU rebels are worried about deselection?

Which EU rebels are worried about deselection?

by Caroline Crampton / 25 Oct 2011 09:28

Despite the best efforts of David Cameron and his whips' office, 79 Conservative MPs voted in favour of having a referendum on the EU last night. A further two, Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone, acted as tellers, and another 15 abstained. Two PPSs, Adam Holloway and Stuart Jackson, are thought to have put their positions as PPSs in jeopardy by joining the rebels. In addition, 19 Labour MPs joined them in voting for the

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The fire is missing from Cameron’s fight

The fire is missing from Cameron’s fight

by Holly Smith / 24 Oct 2011 17:10

Can you hear that? Those faint (or not so faint) whispers in the background? They’re getting stronger. Referendum, referendum, REFERENDUM, REFERENDUM. Cameron’s statement in the Commons today wasn’t strictly about the proposed EU referendum, or the circus of threats that has ensued, but its presence could be felt everywhere.


Even without the referendum debacle sliming its way into every nook, cranny, and twitter catfight, the statement was already controversial. It was

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