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Stop The Personal Attacks On Ed Miliband, Warns Ex-Tory Cabinet Minister

(45) Comments | Posted 29 July 2014 | (11:32)

The Conservative Party risks making Britain "ungovernable" if it carries on making personal attacks on Ed Miliband, a former Tory cabinet minister has said.

John Gummer, who sits as Lord Deben in the House of Lords, issued the warning after the Labour leader decided to

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Rich Tory Ministers Told To Give Salaries To Baroness 'Beyoncé'

(7) Comments | Posted 29 July 2014 | (00:30)

Millionaire Tory cabinet ministers have been asked to give up their salaries in order to allow the "Beyoncé" of the House of Lords to take her place around the cabinet table - and be paid as such.

When David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet earlier this month he promoted Baroness Stowell...

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Nicky Morgan Profile: Could An Education Secretary Charged With 'Winning Hearts And Minds' Make It All The Way To Number 10?

(7) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (01:16)

In November last year, the then Treasury minister Nicky Morgan was giving a talk at a local school about what it was that politicians actually did. She looked up at her audience of around 100 children dressed in onesies...

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EU Exit 'Not An Option,' Says Conservative Party Business Spokesman

(33) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (15:45)

British exit from the European Union is "not an option", a Conservative business spokesman has said.

David Cameron has promised to hold an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union in 2017 should the Conservatives win the next general election. The prime minister is pinning his hopes...

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Lib Dems Blame Coalition, Tuition Fees And TV Debate Gamble For Election Drubbing

(21) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (09:13)

Liberal Democrat members have identified the coalition with the Tories, the decision to break the pledge on tuition fees and Nick Clegg's gamble of holding a TV debate with Nigel Farage as the three key reasons for the party's dismal showing in the recent local and

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Poll Suggests At Least Two MPs For Ukip At 2015 General Election

(109) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (11:30)

Ukip could be on course to snatch two parliamentary seats from the Conservatives at the next election and be close to grabbing a third, according to a new poll of marginal constituencies published today.

Lord Ashcroft, the Tory peer and pollster, has been examining voting intentions in 14...

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Tory MP Dubs Women Focused Reshuffle 'Night Of The Petticoats'

(4) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (13:08)

"Tokenism has burst upon us like a thunderstorm," a Tory MP has said of David Cameron's reshuffle that saw him attempt to promote women at the expenses of male ministers.

Last week the prime minister engineered a major shake-up of his ministerial ranks which saw William Hague stand down...

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Tony Blair Insists Reports Of His Wealth Have Been 'Greatly Exaggerated'

(39) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (12:15)

Tony Blair has insisted he is not rolling in quite as much cash as everyone thinks, as he gave a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of him being elected Labour leader.

Since stepping down as prime minister in 2007, Blair has taken on a series of business...

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Ed Davey Predicts Lib Dem-Labour Coalition After 2015

(78) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (22:39)

The next general election will produce a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition government, the Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey has predicted.

Davey let slip the forecast while speaking at a conference organised by the left-leaning Lib Dem Social Liberal Forum group in Shoreditch, East London, on Saturday. His comments...

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Tim Farron Warns Lib Dems Must Not Be 'Permanent See-Saw Coalition Partner'

(56) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (16:03)

The Lib Dems will be annihilated at the election if they try to be a "permanent see-saw coalition partner", the party president Tim Farron will warn tomorrow.

In a speech to the Social Liberal Forum conference in East London on Saturday, Farron, who is on the left of the party...

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Hillary Hasn't Asked Me If She Should Run For President, Claims Bill Clinton

(19) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (13:35)

Bill Clinton has insisted that Hillary has never once asked him whether she should seek the presidency in 2016.

The former president also said it was untrue that his wife felt "entitled" to the White House. Hillary is considered to be the front runner for the Democratic...

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Michael Gove Got Stuck In A Toilet And Nearly Voted Against The Government

(26) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (12:23)

Michael Gove's first day on the job as chief whip did not go to plan. Not only did he lose a Commons vote, he also got stuck in a toilet.

The former education secretary was just settling into his new role as Tory backbench enforcer-in-chief, when Labour called a surprise...

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'Is David Cameron Mentally Ill?' Letters Show Public Still Deeply Unimpressed With PMQs

(51) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (21:32)

"Nodding donkeys", "sneering fools", "jeering cranks" and "screeching women", despite the best efforts of John Bercow, the public are still less than impressed with the behaviour of MPs during prime minister's questions.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by The Huffington Post UK has revealed that the Speaker...

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Lord Hill, Britain's New EU Commissioner, Said He Didn't Want The Job

(9) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (11:02)

David Cameron has nominated Conservative peer Lord Hill, most recently the leader of the House of Lords, to be Britain's next European Commissioner.

The appointment caught some by surprise given he had recently said he did not want the job. In an interview with Conservative Home in June,...

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Michael Gove Sacked As Education Secretary In Dramatic Reshuffle

(51) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (09:19)

Michael Gove has been removed as education secretary by David Cameron, in a dramatic cabinet reshuffle that also saw William Hague quit as foreign secretary.

Gove has been moved to become the chief whip, charged with keeping Conservative MPs in line. The prime minister said Gove would also have "an...

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Reshuffle Surprise As William Hague Quits As Foreign Secretary

(178) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (21:20)

William Hague surprised Westminster on Monday evening by announcing he would quit as foreign secretary, as David Cameron culled male ministers of all ranks as part of a wide-ranging reshuffle expected to see the promotion of several women to top jobs.

Hague will replace Andrew Lansley as leader of the...

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Reshuffle: Ken Clarke Issues EU Exit Warning As He Quits Government

(5) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (19:03)

Ken Clarke has warned David Cameron that Britain must not leave the European Union as he quit the government on Monday evening, amid a dramatic cabinet reshuffle that also saw William Hague resign as foreign secretary.

Clarke is one of the most europhile...

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Chris Grayling Denied Jobs Are Privatised At Random But It Is National Policy

(17) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (11:57)

Chris Grayling has come under increased pressure to explain why he denied probation officers were having their jobs privatised at random, even though his department's own guidelines allow it.

Earlier this month The Huffington Post reported that a probation officer had been told she would have to now...

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Neil Kinnock Wants Baroness Warsi To Be EU Commissioner

(34) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (11:44)

Former Labour leaderNeil Kinnock has made an unlikely pick for who he thinks should be Britain's next European Commissioner - Conservative Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi.

Kinnock, who was vice-president of the European Commission from 1995 to 2004, told Warsi on Thursday morning that she had...

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Harriet Harman Accuses Gordon Brown Of Sexism

(30) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (14:40)

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has launched a scathing attack on former prime minister Gordon Brown, accusing him of denying her the job of deputy prime minister simply because she is a woman.

The Evening Standard reports that in a speech in parliament on Tuesday evening, Harman will...

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