Non-debate take-outs: Watch Ed play the tough guy (plus bonus awkward exchange with Paxo)

Non-debate take-outs: Watch Ed play the tough guy (plus bonus awkward exchange with Paxo)

27 Mar 2015 09:25

Snap polls have given David Cameron a narrow victory in the wake of last night’s TV clashes – but Ed Miliband provided the two stand-out moments.

Firstly, the Labour leader had a ready-made formula to hit back at accusations that he is too weak to be prime minister. Unfortunately he fluffed the delivery first time around.

After telling Jeremy Paxman that he had stood up to Barack Obama over military action in Syria, Ed threw

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Tears of a Speaker and 'one of the most electric parliamentary moments ever'

Tears of a Speaker and 'one of the most electric parliamentary moments ever'

26 Mar 2015 14:33

John Bercow fought back the tears today after MPs saw off an attempt to oust him from the Speaker's chair.

The ambush was engineered by Michael Gove and William Hague as the last act of his parliamentary career.

A motion would have seen the Speaker elected by secret ballot in future, but it was defeated by 228 to 202.

It is fair to say that Bercow was somewhat emotional when he learned of the result...

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Lynton Crosby's 'secret breakfast' cancelled at eleventh hour after Labour hijack rumour

Lynton Crosby's 'secret breakfast' cancelled at eleventh hour after Labour hijack rumour

25 Mar 2015 08:29

There were a few hot tickets at this week’s Advertising Week festival but none more so than Lynton Crosby’s appearance at the Telegraph’s ‘leadership breakfast’ at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.

Delegates were told that David Cameron’s campaign chief would be part of a panel this morning that would "discuss the outcomes and consequences of what is already the most unpredictable election in living memory".

All you needed to be part of this rare public event

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SNP's Pete Wishart beats off Galloway and Lucas to get ‘parliamentary tweeter of the year’

SNP's Pete Wishart beats off Galloway and Lucas to get ‘parliamentary tweeter of the year’

25 Mar 2015 07:00

The Scottish National Party’s Pete Wishart has been voted the UK’s ‘parliamentary tweeter of the year’ in the inaugural Political Twitter Awards.

Respect MP George Galloway came second in the vote and Green MP Caroline Lucas was third.

The awards have been set up by UK lobbying firm Westminster Public Affairs. A further nine categories were voted on by the judging panel which included Channel 4’s Michael Crick and TP editor David Singleton.

Other winners

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A true heir to Blair: Cameron heckled by older audience

A true heir to Blair: Cameron heckled by older audience

24 Mar 2015 13:13

David Cameron has been heckled by an audience of pensioners this morning over the Government's record on the health service.

The trouble came after the PM said he had protected health and care budgets. He was then accused of lying, with hecklers yelling:

“That’s not true. You’ve cut social care. It’s a lie.”

Following the difficult question and answer session, the PM turned to the audience and thanked them for their "lively interactions". 

The Telegraph

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Jeremy Paxman tells TP that Cameron is ‘very effective’ and Miliband is ‘alright’

Jeremy Paxman tells TP that Cameron is ‘very effective’ and Miliband is ‘alright’

23 Mar 2015 17:50

Jeremy Paxman today heaped praise on a trio of senior Conservatives as he confirmed that he had been tapped up to be Tory MP for Kensington and Chelsea.

He also said David Miliband was "very accomplished" but was less complimentary about Ed Miliband.

The former Newsnight presenter was in conversation with The Times editor John Witherow at the Advertising Week festival.

Asked by TP which politicians he believed were best at dealing with the media,

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Labour MP gets so emotional (every time he thinks of Miliband?)

Labour MP gets so emotional (every time he thinks of Miliband?)

23 Mar 2015 12:09

Simon Danczuk can’t help putting the boot into his party’s leader. In his latest outburst, the Labour MP for Rochdale has told the New Statesman:

“You get it on the doorstep. If we’re having a straight conversation about this, he [Miliband] has an image of being more of a toff than David Cameron. That’s how the public see it.”

He also suggested that the public think of Harriet Harman as a "f*****g knob".

The incendiary quotes emerged at

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Soubry shoots from hip over Tory candidate's House of Cards plot

Soubry shoots from hip over Tory candidate's House of Cards plot

22 Mar 2015 12:18

As politicians across the spectrum battle against their robotic tendencies, Defence Minister Anna Soubry has once again shown herself to be refreshingly devoid of CCHQ programming.

Afzal Amin was suspended last night as Tory candidate for Dudley North amid reports that he urged the English Defence League to march against the creation of a new mosque. According to the Mail on Sunday, he would then claim credit for brokering a deal to call off the

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Cheryl gives Labour a fright

Cheryl gives Labour a fright

20 Mar 2015 17:10

Being based just around the corner from Labour HQ, TP was almost close enough to hear the loud groans coming from One Brewers Green at around midday today.

For that was when The Telegraph dropped the bombshell news that Labour’s top celeb supporter had “disclosed how she may avoid voting Labour for the first time in her life”.

In an interview to be published in Stella magazine this Sunday, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini apparently said the party's

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Dan Jarvis gets tough as Labour looks for a hard man

Dan Jarvis gets tough as Labour looks for a hard man

19 Mar 2015 14:08

Ed Miliband has been called many things during his time as Labour leader.

One thing he’s not been called is a tough nut. But the same cannot be said about one of the MPs being hotly tipped as Ed's successor.

Shadow justice minister and ex-para Dan Jarvis has told how he last night faced down a drunken thug who demanded his wallet and threatened to smash a bottle on his head.

“I said ‘that’s not

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Tories attack Eds over Treasury work, but Dave woz there too (and he had a lovely suit)

Tories attack Eds over Treasury work, but Dave woz there too (and he had a lovely suit)

18 Mar 2015 10:03

As George Osborne prepares to deliver the Budget, the Tories have been busy digging out old footage of the two Eds in the Treasury.

Ahead of the speech, the Conservatives have released an election campaign video showing the pair as youthful aides to Gordon Brown, overlaid by some eery music and a voiceover warning Labour will wreck the economy.

The new film comes just days after Cameron said in an interview with Buzfeed

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George Galloway hit by c-bomb

George Galloway hit by c-bomb

18 Mar 2015 00:31

The air was more polluted than usual in central London last night as George Galloway was labelled a “c*nt” during an event hosted by the Independent.

The Respect MP was part of an outspoken panel - including Janet Street-Porter, Labour’s David Lammy, the Quilliam Foundation’s Maajid Nawaz, and Conservative London Mayoral hopeful Ivan Massow - who faced a series of questions from an exuberant crowd.

A disagreement between Galloway and Nawaz over the link between

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