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Fox Hunting Ban Will Not Be Repealed By Queen's Speech

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (09:23)

Environment secretary Liz Truss has said she would vote to bring back fox hunting, however she may have to wait a while as a Bill to repeal the ban was not included in today's Queen's Speech.

David Cameron promised in his general election manifesto to give MPs a free vote...

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Lib Dems Must Learn From Nigel Farage, Says Norman Lamb

(9) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (00:16)

Lib Dem leadership hopeful Norman Lamb has said the party should draw inspiration from Nigel Farage in order to rebuild following its crushing election defeat.

In May, the Lib Dems were almost entirely wiped out and now have just eight MPs. Lamb is challenging Tim Farron to succeed Nick Clegg...

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Suzanne Evans On Leading Ukip: 'Tried That, Something Went Wrong ;) ;) ;)'

(22) Comments | Posted 26 May 2015 | (13:21)

Ukip's deputy chairman Suzanne Evans has indicated she is still interested in succeeding Nigel Farage as leader of Ukip and cheekily alluded to the explosive internal row that consumed the party in the days after the election.

Evans also said the number of controversial comments made by

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Liz Kendall Wins Labour Leadership Backing From Chuka Umunna

(39) Comments | Posted 26 May 2015 | (10:38)

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall has won the much sought after backing of shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna.

Writing for the New Statesman this morning, Umunna, who dropped out of the race to succeed Ed Miliband, said Kendall was the candidate who could lead Labour out of its...

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Alistair Carmichael Admits To Leaking Nicola Sturgeon Memo During Election Campaign

(92) Comments | Posted 22 May 2015 | (15:11)

Former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael has admitted to leaking an internal UK government document that claimed Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the election.

On April 3, in the middle of the campaign, the Daily Telegraph reported the explosive story based on a memo detailing a conversation...

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Steve Hilton Didn't See David Cameron's Victory Coming, And Warns Labour Not To Rush Leadership Election

(6) Comments | Posted 22 May 2015 | (13:38)

Steve Hilton (left) and then leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, at Oslo Airport during their visit to the Arctic, April 2006.

Steve Hilton asks to sit in the sun. David Cameron's former director of strategy and policy guru is back...

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Labour MP Richard Burgon Calls For End Of Monarchy Before Swearing Allegiance To The Queen

(208) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (12:29)

Labour MP Richard Burgon broke convention on Wednesday, by calling for the end to the Monarchy before affirming an oath of allegiance to the Queen.

All MPs have to either swear an oath, or a non-religious affirmation, in order to take their seats. But the newly elected MP for East...

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Tristram Hunt Won't Run For Labour Leadership, Backs Liz Kendall And Takes A Swipe At Unite

(25) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (09:55)

Tristram Hunt has decided not to run for the Labour leadership, after realising he did not have have sufficient backing from his fellow Labour MPs.

Hunt had been considering a bid to succeed Ed Miliband, however today he backed Liz Kendall for the party's top job. "In trying...

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Ed Miliband Ally Jon Trickett Insists Labour Policies Were Not 'Too Left Wing', Attacks Leadership Candidates

(44) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (23:18)

Labour did not lose the election because it was "too left-wing" and the party should reject a move to the right as advocated by the leadership candidates, a close ally of Ed Miliband has warned.

Jon Trickett, who served as shadow minister without portfolio in Miliband's top team,...

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New SNP MP Mhairi Black Spent First Day In Parliament Studying For Her Politics Exam

(141) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (11:06)

The SNP's newly elected 20-year-old MP has revealed she spent part of the first day of the new parliament in the House of Commons library studying for an upcoming politics exam.

Mhairi Black, who sensationally ousted Labour's campaign chief Douglas Alexander from his Paisley and Renfrewshire South seat...

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Angela Eagle Launches Deputy Labour Leadership Bid With Plea For Party To Stop 'Faction Fighting'

(5) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (09:56)

Angela Eagle has launched her bid to become deputy leader of Labour with a warning that the party must not collapse into an internal war.

Harriet Harman, the current deputy, has announced she will step down from the position once the party chooses a replacement for

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Nigel Farage Tells 'Senior Ukip' Figure To Drop Leadership Question Or Quit

(125) Comments | Posted 15 May 2015 | (10:07)

Nigel Farage has attacked an unnamed "senior figure" in Ukip for demanding a leadership election, following a day of open warfare in the party.

Last night Farage moved to defend his position at the top of Ukip. He insisted he enjoyed a "phenomenal" level of support...

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Nigel Farage's Top Adviser Sacrificed Amid Ukip 'Civil War'

(58) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (16:04)

Nigel Farage's top aide has lost his job in Ukip, as the party's leader battled to fight off an apparent coup against him.

Raheem Kassam, Farage's chief of staff, has had to watch from New York as the party descended into open warfare.

A damaging and volatile internal...

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Dappy From N-Dubz Just Waded Into The Lib Dem Leadership Contest

(2) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (15:27)

N-Dubz frontman Dappy has waded into the Liberal Democrat leadership contest, endorsing former health minister Norman Lamb.

Which is actually not as odd as it may at first seem. The singer was a client of Lamb's music producer son. As was rapper Tinchy Stryder.

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Nigel Farage Told To Quit As Ukip Leader By Major Donor Amid Explosive Internal Row

(52) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (12:51)

Nigel Farage has been told to resign as Ukip leader by one of the party's key financial supporters, amid a blazing internal row that has burst into public.

Ukip donor Stuart Wheeler, who has given the party at least £500,000, told BBC Radio 5 Live today: "I would...

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Priti Patel Refuses To Say If She Wants To Bring Back The Death Penalty

(30) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (10:45)

Newly promoted employment minister Priti Patel has refused to reveal whether or not she still supports the death penalty.

In 2011, the then backbench Conservative MP told BBC Question Time she believed capital punishment should be re-introduced. Appearing on Sky News this morning, Patel...

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Nigel Farage Will 'See Good Sense' In Ukip Row Over Money, Says Douglas Carswell

(23) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (09:54)

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell has said he hopes Nigel Farage sees the "good sense" in his decision to reject the £650,000 of taxpayers' money he is entitled to claim, despite demands from some in the party that he spend it.

The internal Ukip row over the money was...

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Nigel Farage's Face When He Lost Was Election Highlight, Says Ex-Thanet South MP Laura Sandys

(19) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (22:23)

Nigel Farage's face when he failed to get elected as the MP for South Thanet was the best bit of the general election, the constituency's former Tory MP has said.

Laura Sandys, who served as the Conservative MP for the Kent seat from 2010 until 2015, said she thought it...

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Douglas Carswell Repeatedly Refuses To Back Nigel Farage As Ukip Leader, Learned Of 'Unresignation' On Twitter

(183) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (20:56)

Ukip's only MP, Douglas Carswell, has refused to endorse Nigel Farage's decision to abandon his pledge to quit as leader and remain in charge of the party.

Farage had said he would resign as Ukip leader if he failed to win election to parliament from South...

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Nigel Farage Un-Resigns As Ukip Leader After Party Rejects His Decision To Quit

(298) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (15:44)

Nigel Farage has had his resignation as Ukip leader rejected by the party's national executive committee and he remains as leader, the party has said in a statement.

Farage had promised to step down as leader if he lost the race to be elected MP for...

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