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Cameron's MPs want to see display of competence

Cameron's MPs want to see display of competence

by Ben Duckworth / 25 Jun 2012 14:28

Welfare forms 30 per cent of government expenditure. Any cuts to the safety net are deeply controversial and potential political dynamite. But when you promote sweeping cuts to benefits received by under-25s as the opening vision of what a Conservative government would do, then you’ve decided to really go for it.

David Cameron’s welfare speech today was described as the “starter pistol for the election” by Matthew D’Ancona. The same sentiments

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Ed Miliband will not be the next PM

Ed Miliband will not be the next PM

by Francesca Preece / 20 Jun 2012 09:24

David Miliband has offered an olive branch to his former electoral sparring partner Ed by revealing that his brother could win the general election in 2015.

Who knew politicians had a sense of humour?

Perhaps David should replace Jimmy Carr, the new public enemy, on the 10 O'Clock Live after that classic gag.

Now I’m not much of a gambler but I don’t think the odds would be very favourable

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Live: David Cameron at Leveson

Live: David Cameron at Leveson

14 Jun 2012 09:35

David Cameron has finished giving evidence. The inquiry will return on Monday 25th June.

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Summary of evidence today:

Cameron acknowledges that the any new regulatory system should be independent with statutory backing and must be easily accessible to more vulnerable victims.

Drawing on his experience at Carlton, Cameron says he recognises that both newspapers shouldn't have the same regulatory framework as television because they are both different.

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David Cameron - 'our most conservative burger'?

David Cameron - 'our most conservative burger'?

by Caroline Crampton / 12 Jun 2012 11:30

When Barack Obama visited last year, David Cameron famously joined him at the grill to do the meat for a Downing Street barbeque.

But now, it seems, our PM has actually had a burger named after him by a restaurant in Split, Croatia.

Alongside 'the Charlie Sheen' and 'the Elvis Presley', the restaurant now features 'the David Cameron special' - a simple burger with lettuce and tomato that the menu claims

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Tory MPs eye-up Cameron's post

Tory MPs eye-up Cameron's post

by Amber Elliott / 06 Jun 2012 09:28

On Monday, prime minister David Cameron sat in the comfy seats for the Queen's Jubilee concert.

And while the royal box may have protected him from enthusiastic, rain-drenched flag-wavers, his parliamentary posterior is less sheltered.

As one MP put it to me: "He is approaching squeaky bum time."

While this might be overstating the point, I have encountered two MPs in recent weeks who have voiced their interest in standing in

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Cameron’s need to explain a vision for Britain

Cameron’s need to explain a vision for Britain

by Will Emkes / 30 May 2012 11:45

David Cameron recently gave a speech in Chicago where he spoke of ‘reinventing government’. This Thatcher-like rhetoric is a sign of the PM’s desperation to exercise leadership, and stay in control of both the party and country. Unlike Lady Thatcher, Cameron lacks an alternative vision for government and consequently such fiery speeches lack coherence. A year on from the emergency budget and spending review it is becoming abundantly clear that public opinion has slowly

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Imagine if our MPs never 'chillaxed'

Imagine if our MPs never 'chillaxed'

by Sadie Smith / 21 May 2012 12:07

I’ve often thought that there should be a flow-diagram issued to all new MPs to assist them in predicting how the press and the public will criticise them with respect to any given circumstance.

You’re not in the Chamber? So you’re probably loafing around the subsidised Commons bars chatting up interns. You are in the Chamber? Huh, alright for some. You should be in your constituency listening and helping with the concerns of

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Cameron's early coalition plotting

by Amber Elliott / 21 May 2012 09:31

We've been under the impression that David Cameron first began to explore the idea of a coalition with the Lib Dems in those first few tentative days after 6 May 2010.

But a new book, Cameron: Practically a Conservative, suggests that Oliver Letwin, William Hague, Ed Llewellyn and George Osborne first met to discuss the idea as early as 18 April.

According to authors Francis Elliott and James Hanning, Cameron agreed to

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Will the real David Cameron please step forward?

Will the real David Cameron please step forward?

by Richard Darlington / 21 May 2012 09:02

Who is the real David Cameron? Is he the heir to Blair or to Thatcher? After two years in Downing Street, the true intentions of the prime minister remain a mystery. Is he a principled true believer or a power-hungry pragmatist? And is coalition the source of his strength or the cause of his weakness?

This dilemma is the topic of an extended essay in the new IPPR quarterly journal -

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Cameron not for turning on the economy

Cameron not for turning on the economy

by Tom Rollins / 17 May 2012 10:38

European politicians are apparently bracing for when – not if – the Greeks leave the euro.

It was up to the prime minister to re-draw the lines of debate on the economy, after alluding to the “make up…or breakup” position of the eurozone in yesterday’s PMQs.

Speaking in Manchester this morning, Mr Cameron said: “Either Europe has a committed, stable, successful eurozone with an effective firewall, well

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Secret courts could become another Cameron grievance

Secret courts could become another Cameron grievance

by Tom Rollins / 16 May 2012 15:46

David Cameron must take pains not to add to his list of grievances after David Davis set out his opposition to government proposals to introduce secret courts into British justice.

While Davis is defending a key principle in our legal system, there may be more here than meets the eye. Let’s not forget, the Haltemprice and Howden MP is also a former contender for the top job in the Conservative Party.

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Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

by Emma Burnell / 15 May 2012 11:55

It’s reshuffle time again. Let joy in Westminster be uncontained. Rumours abound. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s in, out or sideways?

For Labour questions include the unlikely Will this be a glorious leftist revolution? and the more likely Will it be steady as she goes? The coalition have more to worry about right now. Does Cameron have enough women in the Tory Party to move Theresa May, Cheryl Gillan, Baroness Warsi

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