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Sajid Javid, Michael Fallon and Nicky Morgan to lead the way as chancellor announces more cuts

Sajid Javid, Michael Fallon and Nicky Morgan to lead the way as chancellor announces more cuts

04 Jun 2015 14:22

Sajid Javid, Michael Fallon and Nicky Morgan have been charged by the chancellor with making the most dramatic further cuts to their departmental budgets.

George Osborne has announced 3bn worth of new efficiency savings this year, with the big losers being the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Education (non schools).

The government's remaining 30% stake in the Royal Mail is also to be sold off to help

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Feeling the Mili love: Patrick Stewart gives rare thumbs up to Ed

Feeling the Mili love: Patrick Stewart gives rare thumbs up to Ed

04 Jun 2015 09:44

As Labour’s leadership candidates race to bury the Ed Miliband project, it takes a brave soul to say anything positive about the former leader these days.

One person not afraid to speak out is Miliband’s former strategy chief Tom Baldwin. He has told The Guardian it would be wrong for the party to entirely turn its back on what Miliband was trying to achieve.

“Just as it would have been foolish to trash everything about

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How the Ed Stone happened… and how Miliband fell out with aide who also clashed with Gordon Brown

How the Ed Stone happened… and how Miliband fell out with aide who also clashed with Gordon Brown

04 Jun 2015 08:35

Among the many nuggets in Patrick Wintour’s superb long read on Labour’s election campaign is an explanation of how the notorious ‘Ed Stone’ made it through numerous planning meetings.

The Guardian’s political editor writes that the Ed Stone plan was largely unnoticed because the party was in such a panic about the Tories’ charge that Labour was set to do a deal with the SNP. One adviser tells him:

“The only reason it got

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MPs fly into TP/Gatwick reception as airport debate takes off

MPs fly into TP/Gatwick reception as airport debate takes off

03 Jun 2015 14:37

Parliamentarians were out in force yesterday for the Total Politics and Gatwick Airport Parliamentary Reception.

Dozens of MPs from across the political spectrum attended the event on the terrace at the Palace of Westminster, as the Government edges closer to a final decision on airport expansion in south-east England.

While some of those in attendance had already made up their mind on where a new runway should be built, many MPs indicated that they were

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David Cameron uses PMQs to road test next Labour attack line. But he may adapt it for Liz Kendall

David Cameron uses PMQs to road test next Labour attack line. But he may adapt it for Liz Kendall

03 Jun 2015 13:02

Whoever becomes the next leader of the Labour party, the Conservatives would love nothing more than to tar them with the brush of the two Eds.

Tory strategists are confident they can get the ‘same old Labour line’ to stick if Yvette Cooper or odds-on favourite Andy Burnham wins the contest. They point with some glee to the fact that both held senior jobs in Miliband’s shadow cabinet. And that both were knocking around when

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Nicky Morgan prepares for battle. Is she Michael Gove Mark II - or the new Jeremy Hunt?

Nicky Morgan prepares for battle. Is she Michael Gove Mark II - or the new Jeremy Hunt?

03 Jun 2015 09:28

As education secretary, Michael Gove had a famously turbulent relationship with the teaching unions.

Nicky Morgan replaced Gove in the job last year as the PM looked for a less abrasive champion of Tory education policy. But now she too is squaring up for battle with the unions.

The fight is over the government’s plan to make it a legal requirement for failing schools to convert to academies. The Department for Education estimates that 1,000

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Tributes to Charles Kennedy from across politics

Tributes to Charles Kennedy from across politics

02 Jun 2015 07:41

Tributes have been paid to former Liberal Democrat Party leader Charles Kennedy who has died at his home in Fort William aged 55.

No cause of death has been given but police said it was not suspicious.

Lib Dem politicans and others in the party expressed their devastation at the news, with Nick Clegg leading the tributes:

"Charles devoted his life to public service, yet he had an unusual gift for speaking about politics with

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Labour's leader and deputy leader contenders: who will make the cut?

Labour's leader and deputy leader contenders: who will make the cut?

01 Jun 2015 22:19

The latest Labour thinking on the leadership and deputy leadership battles is revealed by Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire in a new column for TP.

Maguire says the leadership contest looks set to be a three-way fight, with Mary Creagh “likely to be relegated to a footnote of history as the Labour candidate who launched her bid in the Daily Mail”.

He says Caroline Flint, John Healey and Tom Watson will get enough nominations

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Changing of the spinners at No 10: New jobs for Jean-Cristophe Gray and Alan Sendorek 

Changing of the spinners at No 10: New jobs for Jean-Cristophe Gray and Alan Sendorek 

01 Jun 2015 14:48

David Cameron may be remaining in the Number 10 hotseat, but the spin team around him has a new look.

Jean-Christophe Gray has ceased to be the PM’s official spokesperson. The senior civil servant has been replaced in the job by his trusted deputy Helen Bower, who delivered this morning’s lobby briefing for hacks.

Somewhat unusually, Gray is understood to have left the post of his own volition, rather than being quietly booted out. The switch

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Watch: How Ed Miliband got over Russell Brand

Watch: How Ed Miliband got over Russell Brand

01 Jun 2015 11:45

After their explosive election dalliance, what became of the unlikely relationship between Ed Miliband and Russell Brand after May 7?

Featuring classic lines such as “am I tuss enough”, the trailer for a new film shows Ed picking up the pieces of defeat in Ibiza.

Meanwhile, a broken-hearted Russ comes to terms with his brief affair with the democratic process.

The trailer is a re-imagining of rom-com blockbuster, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the delicious parody comes

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Nick Robinson on being offered Labour spin job and an awkward Malcolm Tucker moment

Nick Robinson on being offered Labour spin job and an awkward Malcolm Tucker moment

31 May 2015 20:58

Numerous nuggets have emerged from Nick Robinson’s new book, including a claim that he was offered a role as Ed Miliband’s spin doctor.

In Election Notebook, Robinson describes the call coming through in the summer of 2014 on “a rather bad mobile line” from a Labour contact.

“I was being asked whether I would consider taking on the job of spin doctor, with a role at No 10 to follow, naturally. That’s right – me.

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Picture emerges of Tim Farron in 1980s band... influenced by Jason Donovan

Picture emerges of Tim Farron in 1980s band... influenced by Jason Donovan

31 May 2015 09:05

Back in 2011, Tim Farron revealed to TP that he was once nearly a pop star.

“Well, I say nearly. My band got offered a recording session with Island Records. In the blur of all the stuff, we didn’t do it…”

Four years later, the first real evidence of the Lib Dem MP's musical past has finally emerged.

A picture sent to Huffington Post shows Farron posing with his band-mates. The young Tim is

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