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Competition: can you tell your left from your right?

Competition: can you tell your left from your right?

by Richard Roberts / 25 Oct 2011 12:10

In a spate of books out this summer, both Labour and the Conservatives have begun to stake out their identities ahead of the next general election. It would seem however that on a number of issues, particularly what might broadly be termed social welfare issues, there is a remarkable overlap between the ideas of the so-called centre-left and the so-called centre-right.

Below are seven policy areas where the similarities between left and right

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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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Conservative weaknesses exposed

by Charlotte Henry / 13 Oct 2011 09:30

The coalition parties predictably used conference season to try and draw some dividing lines, and activate the bits of their membership that are still finding life in coalition a little bit difficult to stomach. However, while Nick Clegg and his ministers led the Lib Dems on a mature path to the liberal centre, some front-bench Tories seem to have pulled out their dog whistles and started blowing. Loudly.

Liam Fox's current trouble might

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Don’t you think he looks tired?

Don’t you think he looks tired?

by Caroline Crampton / 05 Oct 2011 16:34

You can read the full text of David Cameron’s speech here

Minutes after watching David Cameron’s conference speech, there are two things about it that have really made an impression on me.

The first is the phrase “Frankly, there’s too much ‘can’t do’ sogginess around,” which in my opinion is far too evocative of boarding school, crumpets and pulling up one’s socks in order to fight the good fight to be

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How do EU know what the public want, Cameron?

by Francesca Preece / 05 Oct 2011 11:24

This week, over 100,000 people across the UK signed a petition calling for a referendum, our first since 1974.

MPs have made a space in their diaries and will debate the European beast in a one-day debate before Christmas.

But putting a spanner in the works is prime minister David Cameron who has vowed to deny the public a chance to have their say on our union with Europe – despite putting

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Tories need a long term relationship with liberalism

Tories need a long term relationship with liberalism

by Ryan Shorthouse / 05 Oct 2011 00:00

In Manchester, several senior Conservatives have been pushing for the party to take distinctive policy positions from our Liberal Democrat partners in preparation for life after the coalition. Cue calls for withdrawal from the EU and the scrapping of the 50p tax rate.

But, as Nick Boles MP, the guest speaker at Bright Blue’s conference party explained, such policies have little appeal to those – often on middle incomes – who continue to

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The nature of conflict itself is changing

by John Baron / 30 Sep 2011 15:35

That Britain seldom reads the writing on the wall until its back is against it is a cliché that has nevertheless been true at times of our foreign policy.

The nature of conflict itself is changing. The international stage has become more fluid and unpredictable, driven by secular trends such as the rise of powerful competitors, the advent of the information age, increased competition for the world’s natural resources and climate change. These

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80mph speed limit is a classic case of coalition compromise

80mph speed limit is a classic case of coalition compromise

by Caroline Crampton / 29 Sep 2011 16:22

Next week at Conservative Party conference, Philip Hammond will announce that the speed limit on motoways is to be raised from 70mph to 80mph, the Independent’s Oliver Wright is reporting.

It’s a great conference policy – popular, affects everyone and easy to get across in a soundbite. It’s the kind of policy special advisers dream of being able to pull out of the hat for a high-profile occasion like a party conference.

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Clegg risks the wrath of the Conservative Party on Europe

Clegg risks the wrath of the Conservative Party on Europe

by Holly Smith / 14 Sep 2011 13:37

Nick Clegg marched forward on his mission to walk the fine line between keeping the bonds within the coalition strong whilst also keeping the Liberal Democrats happy in a key economic speech at the London School of Economics.
 

Clegg supported government policy on the reform of planning permission, whilst also keeping the Liberal Democrats happy when calling for the ‘deepening and widening of the single market’.
 

The Lib

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What's in a name?

What's in a name?

by James Clayton / 05 Aug 2011 15:25

One of the first things Labour’s spin doctor Tom Baldwin did when he entered Ed Miliband’s inner circle was to send an email to journalists requesting they use the term ‘Tory-led government’ as opposed to ‘coalition’.

This is consistent with a general Labour strategy of replacing ‘Conservative Party’ or ‘Conservatives’ with ‘Tory’. It’s a pretty simple tactic but extremely effective.

There’s just something about the word ‘Tory’ that riles people. It’s a

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Umubano – ready to go

Umubano – ready to go

by Stephen Crabb / 13 Jul 2011 11:32

The flights are booked and last minute checks being made; this week more than 100 Conservative volunteers will join the party’s Project Umubano in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

All of our teams have been busy preparing for the journey ahead, linking up with old friends in Rwanda, new volunteers learning from old hands and everyone discussing exciting new developments for Umubano’s fifth year.

We’ve met together at CCHQ

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Victorian values on sex education

Victorian values on sex education

by Martin Shapland / 27 May 2011 11:00

I am reliably informed that sex is a Good Thing. Indeed, I’m told it’s something that has been practised by humans for generations. In fact, contrary to Conservative Party received wisdom it appears that it’s a natural urge, and not simply a means to procure children in as awkward, infrequent and swift manner as possible.

I only enquire because it would appear that Conservative thinking on sexual health has slipped into

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