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Miliband: 'The PM has gone from David Cameron to David Brent'

by Caroline Crampton / 09 May 2012 16:08

Ed Miliband’s detractors, whether from other parties or inside his own, will try and chalk his strong performance responding the Queen’s Speech this afternoon up to the latitude afforded by opposition. It is easier to oppose than to govern, they will say, so it’s no wonder that the Labour leader bested the prime minister.

And that’s true, in part, but not in whole. The relative merits of government and opposition aside, Ed Miliband

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How I introduced David Cameron to Andy Coulson

by Ian Kirby / 09 May 2012 12:22

Almost seven years ago, I introduced David Cameron to Andy Coulson. None of us knew then, as we bonded over crab cakes at Christopher’s Restaurant just off the Strand, what the real consequences of that meeting would be.

A simple lunch was the first stage in an extended mating ritual that would ultimately lead the fresh-faced Tory leader into the Chipping Norton set, and the clutches of News International. For Andy, it was

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It's all doom and gloom with Cameron and Clegg

It's all doom and gloom with Cameron and Clegg

by Caroline Crampton / 08 May 2012 16:39

You could see what they were trying to do. For the ‘relaunch’ of the coalition, two years after their Downing Street garden love-in, Cameron and Clegg went to a tractor factory in Basildon. Standing in the middle of a circle of blue and yellow-T-shirted workers (sometimes political aides can be a bit too clever for their own good), with the machinery clattering away in the background, the message was clear – we’re at the

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The key points from the local elections

The key points from the local elections

by Caroline Crampton / 04 May 2012 10:24

There can be no doubt about it - last night was Labour's night. So far, Miliband's party has held onto the 28 councils they already controlled and taken a further 28. At the time of writing, with 99 of 181 councils declared, they have an additional 469 councillors to their ranks. The Conservatives have lost 277 seats so far, and to add to their woes, Nottingham, Manchester, Bradford and Coventry have voted against having

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David Cameron’s petulance will cause him long-term problems

David Cameron’s petulance will cause him long-term problems

by Jamie Reed MP / 02 May 2012 09:55

Charles Colson, Richard Nixon's ‘hatchet-man’, died last week. Had he lived, he would have been able to give David Cameron plenty of advice about how to handle the deepening self-inflicted crisis he is now embroiled in. I expect his opening piece of advice would have been, "David, control your temper and stop digging..."

I first saw David Cameron at the despatch box at an early point during the last Parliament, before

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Cameron and Osborne can’t get no satisfaction

by Tom Mludzinski / 01 May 2012 11:58

'Omnishambles' has become the word often used in the Westminster village to describe the current predicament the coalition finds itself in, and the series of unfortunate events that have unravelled since the Chancellor George Osborne gave his Budget Statement over a month ago. At this point in a Parliament – three years out from a general election - what is important for the government, and the Conservatives in particular, is the perception of credibility

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Miliband and Balls start election week in a cheery mood

Miliband and Balls start election week in a cheery mood

by Caroline Crampton / 30 Apr 2012 12:09

The chemistry between Ed Miliband and Ed Balls at their joint Q &A today was the strongest I’ve seen it in a long time – they were slapping each other on the back, finishing the other’s sentences, making jokes together – a veritable bromance. They had ostensibly set up the event to talk about falling living standards and the news that the UK is now in a double-dip recession, although usual form with these

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PMQs: Ed turns Cameron red with rage

PMQs: Ed turns Cameron red with rage

by Caroline Crampton / 25 Apr 2012 12:35

You could read everything you needed to know about Ed Miliband’s PMQs performance on David Cameron’s face. By the sixth question, the prime minister was glowing red and roaring about how “he didn’t shirk his responsibilities”. There could be no doubt that the Labour leader had bested him.

Miliband’s decision to allow today’s disappointing GDP figures to dominate the opening exchanges was a good one. While the Westminster village might be feeling borderline

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Jeremy Hunt's survival would be some escape act

Jeremy Hunt's survival would be some escape act

by Ben Duckworth / 25 Apr 2012 09:59

“He’s fine” – this succinct text from one of Jeremy Hunt’s supporters last night was in response to a question from me about how resilient the culture secretary was feeling. Jeremy Hunt is a man whose previously smooth progress through life has now hit a huge obstacle. While the atmosphere around him is febrile, it is true that he has not yet been given an opportunity to give his side of the story on

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The Lords referendum is Clegg's to choose

The Lords referendum is Clegg's to choose

by Emma Burnell / 24 Apr 2012 08:45

Ahhh Lords reform, we meet again. Back when I was young and still considerably more naive, I got involved in various campaigns to reform the House of Lords to a fully elected chamber. After the mess of 2003, where there were so many options on the table that MPs failed to properly back a single one, I vowed never again. Life is too short, and there are and always will be far more

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Where is Cameron's enthusiasm for Lords reform?

Where is Cameron's enthusiasm for Lords reform?

by Caroline Crampton / 23 Apr 2012 11:02

House of Lords reform is a bugbear for the coalition. The Lib Dems, and Nick Clegg in particular, have made much of the coalition agreement commitment to sort out the upper chamber once and for all.

Today, the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill has published its first report. It is broadly in agreement with the coalition’s draft bill, recommending an upper house of 450 members serving for

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Concern about unemployment – are we just getting warmed up?

Concern about unemployment – are we just getting warmed up?

by Jerry Latter / 20 Apr 2012 15:35

In PMQs this week, Ed Miliband argued that only the prime minister “could think it was a cause for celebration that over one million young people are still out of work in this country”, as David Cameron sought to see the positive in the first drop in unemployment since last spring.

And, though the figures show that unemployment fell by 35,000, public concern about it shows no sign of halting.

The

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