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David Cameron Immigration Crackdown 'Won't Stop Ukip Winning By-Election'

(61) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (13:29)

Even an announcement by David Cameron of a "game-changing" policy to curb immigration from the European Union would not prevent Ukip from winning the Rochester by-election, a senior Tory MP has said.

This morning The Times newspaper reported the prime minister was considering making demands of Brussels that...

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Ukip's European Parliament Group Collapses After MEP Quits

(85) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (12:04)

Ukip's group in the European Parliament has collapsed after one of its MEPs decided to leave and become an independent.

The Conservative Party said it showed that Nigel Farage's insurgent party, which is threatening to snatch a second Westminster seat from the Tories in November, "can't change a thing in...

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Iraq War Chilcot Inquiry Should Be Published Before Election, Says William Hague

(28) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (11:18)

The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War should be published before the general election, William Hague has insisted.

There is deep frustration among many MPs that the report, set up in 2009 and expected to be highly critical of Tony Blair, has yet to see the light of day....

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Jeremy Browne, Ex-Lib Dem Minister, To Quit Parliament In 2015

(13) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (13:17)

Former Lib Dem minister Jeremy Browne has announced he will quit parliament at the election in seven months time, leading to fears the party will now lose his seat to the Tories.

In a resignation statement posted on Twitter this afternoon, Browne said it was "time to do...

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Rochester By-Election Date Announced As David Cameron Attacks Ukip 'Media Circus'

(49) Comments | Posted 14 October 2014 | (10:36)

The Rochester and Strood by-election, triggered by a Tory MP defecting to Ukip, will be held on November 20.

Mark Reckless dramatically switched allegiance to Nigel Farage's eurosceptic party on the eve of the Conservative Party conference and quit to seek re-election as a Ukip MP.

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Blair McDougall, The Man Who Convinced Scotland To Say 'No' To Independence, Eyes Elected Office

(307) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (18:14)

It was not long after the polls closed at 10pm that Blair McDougall relaxed. He and his inner-circle at the Better Together campaign had known for some time that Scotland would reject independence, but there was still a sense of impotence...

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Tory MP Reveals He 'Seriously Considered' Defecting To Ukip

(48) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (13:12)

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has revealed he "seriously considered" defecting to Ukip last year, as the Tories struggled to deal with the surge in support for Nigel Farage's eurosceptic party.

On Thursday, Tory defector Douglas Carswell became Ukip's first ever elected MP by cruising home to...

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Ed Miliband Has 'Panda Eyes And Strange Lips,' Says Jack Straw

(41) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (12:01)

Ukip's stunning second place finish in the Heywood and Middleton by-election which saw them come within just 617 votes of snatching the safe seat from Labour has added to the pressure on Ed Miliband to prove he is a prime minister in waiting.

Step up former cabinet minister...

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Digby Jones Backs Nigel Farage, Doesn't Want People Coming To Britain To 'Give Him Aids'

(190) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (00:29)

Lord Digby Jones, the former director general of the CBI and Labour trade minister, has backed Nigel Farage's controversial call for people with HIV to be banned from entering the United Kingdom.

In an interview with Newsweek Europe, published on Thursday, the Ukip leader...

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Tories Outline Plan To Select Candidate To Run Against Ukip Defector Mark Reckless

(72) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (18:28)

The Conservative Party will allow every single voter in Rochester and Strood to have a say in who will be selected as the party's candidate to run against Ukip defector Mark Reckless in the upcoming by-election.

Letters giving people the chance to pick the candidate from a list...

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Nick Clegg Reavals Details Of Private Argument With George Osborne

(27) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (17:41)

Nick Clegg has taken the unusual move of revealing details of his private discussions with George Osborne, as he sought to prevent the Conservatives from taking credit for a prized Lib Dem policy.

In his speech to the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow on Wednesday afternoon, the deputy prime minister...

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Nick Clegg Tells Lib Dems Not To 'Wash Their Hands' Of Power

(45) Comments | Posted 8 October 2014 | (12:10)

Nick Clegg has warned Liberal Democrats that voters will not "buy it for a second" if the party tries to "wash our hands" of its time in power with the Conservative Party.

With just seven months to go until the general election, the deputy prime minister told activists...

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Germany Has 'Colonised' The European Commission, Warns Vince Cable

(31) Comments | Posted 7 October 2014 | (20:50)

Germany has successfully "colonised" the European Commission enabling it to shape the direction of the European Union, Vince Cable has warned.

The business secretary told Lib Dem activists on Tuesday evening that Britain was "horribly underrepresented" within the Brussels bureaucracy. He said this was because young multi-lingual British graduates did...

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Danny Alexander Wants His Job, But Nick Clegg Says That's 'Not A Sin'

(7) Comments | Posted 7 October 2014 | (17:51)

Nick Clegg has insisted he has no problem with Danny Alexander to admitting he wants to be leader of the Lib Dems once there is a vacancy.

Yesterday the chief secretary to the Treasury made it pretty clear he had his eye on the top job, currently occupied by the...

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The Liberal Democrat Leadership Race Isn't Even Subtle Anymore

(30) Comments | Posted 7 October 2014 | (11:47)

Liberal Democrats in Glasgow are demob happy. Not because they are pleased to be languishing at 7% in the polls, but because it's too late to do anything about it.

Previous party conferences saw activists, MPs and strategists agonise over how to reverse the downward trend. But now, with just...

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Justine Greening Is 'Very, Very Scared' Of The Daily Mail, Claims Lib Dem Minister Colleague

(44) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (16:28)

International development secretary Justine Greening is "very, very scared" of the Daily Mail, according to the Lib Dem minister in the department.

Taking part in a Q&A session with Lib Dem members at the party's conference in Glasgow on Monday, Lynne Featherstone offered advice about how activists could defend the...

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Lib Dem Minister Alistair Carmichael Says Cameron's EU Referendum 'Will Not Happen'

(98) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (13:09)

David Cameron will need to win a majority at the next general election in order to get his treasured in/out referendum on the European Union, a Lib Dem cabinet minister has suggested.

Speaking to a fringe event at the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow on Monday...

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Nick Clegg And Theresa May Angry Row Is 'A New Low In Coalition Relations'

(59) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (10:34)

Nick Clegg has demanded an apology from Theresa May over the "false and outrageous" claim that he has put children at risk with his opposition to the so-called snoopers' charter.

In her speech to the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday, the home secretary said the Liberal Democrats decision to block...

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David Cameron Promises To Restrict EU Freedom Of Movement

(5) Comments | Posted 1 October 2014 | (12:53)

David Cameron has promised to curb freedom of movement within the European Union in an attempt to placate his eurosceptic backbenchers.

The start of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham was overshadowed by the defection of MP Mark Reckless to Ukip. And Tory operatives have been nervous all week that...

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Tory MP Attacks 'Immoral Behaviour' Of Voters

(154) Comments | Posted 1 October 2014 | (03:15)

A Conservative MP has attacked the "immoral behaviour" of unmarried young women and the fathers of their children who hope to have housing and financial support from the welfare state without first turning to their extended family.

Gerald Howarth, the MP for Aldershot, told a meeting on the fringes of...

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