Articles tagged with David Cameron
by Alexander Wickham / 10 May 2012 08:58
We have reached endgame. Over the next two days the Leveson Inquiry hears evidence from Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, testimony that – if you believe an increasing number of commentators – could be hugely damaging to David Cameron.
Over the weekend the former editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie, revealed that he had placed a £1,000 bet on the prime minister to be gone by the end of the year. This
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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