02 Nov 2015 08:53
One of the Conservative party’s top donors is said to be poised to make a substantial donation to the EU Out campaign.
Hedge fund tycoon Michael Hintze has given £3.2m to the Conservatives over a decade. Now he looks set to boost the coffers of the Out campaign, with one friend telling the FT that “he is almost certain to donate, it is a cause he is passionate about”.
If he does open his wallet
01 Nov 2015 20:49
The left must not back down on the drive to reform the House of Lords, writes Kevin Maguire in his latest column for TP.
The Daily Mirror associate editor says Labour and other parties were right to celebrate peers' recent scuppering of tax credits. But he argues that left-leaning parties must be careful not to relax their opposition to hereditary peers as a result. He writes:
“Cock-a-hoop Labour peers drank Strangers’ Bar dry after George
30 Oct 2015 16:35
A Conservative MP spoke for an hour and a half in the Commons in a bid to block attempts to give carers free hospital parking.
Philip Davies and two fellow Tory MPs conspired to successfully derail the Hospital Parking Charges Bill. It means that Labour MP Julie Cooper's bill to exempt carers from parking charges is now unlikely to become law.
Introducing her bill, Cooper told MPs how she had cared for her own mother when
30 Oct 2015 09:20
Labour's non-Corbynistas have a new champion in the form of Wirral South MP Alison McGovern.
The former parliamentary private secretary to Gordon Brown has been elected chair of Progress, taking over from John Woodcock and becoming the first woman to head the organisation.
In an interview on the Progress website, McGovern makes it clear that she expects Jeremy Corbyn to engage with Labour’s Blairite tendency and says the party should not “waste time” looking inwards.
30 Oct 2015 08:56
David Cameron was briefly on the same page as Jeremy Corbyn last week when he stood up to Saudi Arabia. But not for long, it seems.
The prime minister wrote to the Saudi government to protest about the “extremely concerning” case of Karl Andree, the British grandfather who had been threatened with flogging for possession of alcohol. The Ministry of Justice then promptly pulled out of a major prisons contract with the Saudis.
29 Oct 2015 11:48
The re-ordering of Labour's top brass under Jeremy Corbyn continues apace with the party now looking to hire a director of PLP political services & PLP secretary.
After a series of tumultuous Parliamentary Labour Party meetings, Labour is searching for someone to manage the PLP office in the Commons.
One PLP meeting earlier this month saw Corbyn supporters and critics clashing over John McDonnell’s fiscal charter U-turn and the new group Momentum. “A fucking shambles,”
29 Oct 2015 09:12
Republican presidential candidates went head-to-head in an often acrimonious presidential debate in Colorado.
Among the most memorable moments of the evening was a clash between Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, and his onetime protégé Marco Rubio, now the state’s senator.
Bush was said to be in need of a strong performance to rescue his plummeting poll numbers. So he took a swing at Rubio, following media criticism of the senator's voting record:
28 Oct 2015 16:34
Disillusioned Labour figures are warning that David Cameron and George Osborne will destroy Jeremy Corbyn and extend the Conservatives’ majority to 42 seats at the 2020 general election.
The pessimistic scenario is depicted in an editorial by Progress, the campaign group which is chaired by John Woodcock MP and represents the so-called Blairite wing of the Labour party.
The article is set in the future and explains “how David Cameron and George Osborne systematically destroyed the
28 Oct 2015 13:33
Jeremy Corbyn is said to have convincingly defeated David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Labour leader used the clash to push the prime minister on whether tax credit cuts would leave anyone worse off next year.
Corbyn devoted all six of his questions to the topic. He complained that Cameron had repeatedly refused to say whether some families would lose out when planned cuts to tax credits come into effect in April next year.
28 Oct 2015 09:09
Tony Blair was known for running a ‘sofa government’ and voraciously studying the tabloid press.
After a few months at the top of the Labour party, could Jeremy Corbyn be moving in the same direction?
Just as Blair’s office was characterised by an informal style of decision-making and reliance on a small coterie of advisers, the Labour leader is said to have transformed Ed Miliband’s old parliamentary office into a comfortable meeting room where he
27 Oct 2015 15:38
George Osborne is to hold a private meeting with Robert Caro, after the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's sell-out lunch with the parliamentary press gallery today.
The chancellor is understood to have invited a select group of Tory MPs to 11 Downing Street for the lunch with the writer whose four volume biography of Lyndon Johnson (the fifth volume is on the way) is seen as the best of the genre.
The London Times has described Caro’s
27 Oct 2015 08:59
George Osborne has been forced into a climbdown on tax credits following the Government's shock Lords defeat.
The chancellor suffered a major blow to his authority when peers voted to delay his £4.4bn cuts in order to protect those who would lose out.
A grim-faced Osborne emerged from the Treasury shortly after the defeat in the Upper House and pledged to “address the consequences”.
It is understood that the chancellor will make clear in his