Ed McRandal
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Political consultant and former aide to Conservative Cabinet Minister

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To Be the 'Aspiration Nation' Conservatives Must Focus on Those at the Bottom Who Want to Get on But Can't

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (18:52)

In his speech to Conservative Party Conference David Cameron told delegates "it's not just about growth and GDP. It's what's always made our hearts beat faster - aspiration; people rising from the bottom to the top". The notion of aspiration is built on the premise that by working hard and...

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The Coalition Will Survive Boundary Reform, but It Won't be Pretty

(2) Comments | Posted 9 August 2012 | (01:00)

Yesterday when Nick Clegg announced that he would avenge David Cameron's decision to abandon the failed House of Lords Bill by voting against boundary reform, he set the tone for coalition politics in the months ahead. Whilst the last few months have hardly been harmonious for the coalition, the next...

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London: It's Time to Back Boris - Not Ken Again

(4) Comments | Posted 3 May 2012 | (01:00)

Today, Londoners will have to make an important decision by voting in the mayoral election. This vote will set the course for the capital for the next four years, determining how services are run, where our money is spent and who will be the face of London for the Olympic...

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Welfare, Fairness and Elections: Has a Government Ever Been So Happy to Lose a Vote

(7) Comments | Posted 24 January 2012 | (15:32)

Last night the government lost a vote in the House of Lords on one of its flagship policies- capping the value of benefits that one family can receive to £26,000.

You'd expect this to anger, frustrate and irritate Number 10, but I doubt it. In fact it's likely to...

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Scottish Independence: Who Can Take on Alex Salmond in the Battle to Save the Union?

(3) Comments | Posted 11 January 2012 | (11:02)

With Alex Salmond announcing that his government has a mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014, the next few years look set to be the most important in 300 years of union.

During the next few months battle lines will be drawn, blows traded and claim...

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