UK Conservatives

Douglas Carswell Faces His First Ukip Shambles...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics

In a slightly awkward turn of events, the man previously selected as the Ukip candidate for the Clacton seat has vowed to fight Douglas Carswell for t...

Carswell Was Not The Only Tory 'Wined And Dined By Ukip'...

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith & Asa Bennett | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Politics

Speculation is mounting that more Conservatives could leave the party to join Ukip following Tory MP Douglas Carswell's sensational defection yesterda...

Surf's Up and Cameron Needs to Stand Up

Will Black | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Without wishing to get all psychoanalytical, there does seem to be a parallel between Cameron's reluctance to stand up and surf and his apparent inability to stand up as a respected world leader.

The Terror of Austerity: How the Coalition's Cuts Are Killing Us

Louisa Ackermann | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Ackermann

When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.

David Cameron Has Already Failed the 'Family Test'

Will Black | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

It's hard to argue against the basic idea, that all policies will have to pass a 'family test'. Cameron has said that from October every new domestic policy "will be examined for its impact on the family". The sound-bite accompanying this initiative is "nothing matters more than family."

Ukip MEP Has Finally Said It...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

An outspoken Ukip MEP has used the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last execution to call for a referendum on the death penalty. Louise Bours, a na...

John Major Praises 'Guts And Drive' Of Immigrants

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

Sir John Major has praised the "very Conservative instinct" of immigrants come to Britain to "better themselves and their families". In an apparent...

Baroness Warsi's Resignation Letter: A Translation

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Dear Prime Minister Dear Prime Minister Who Hired Me To Make Himself Look Good For some weeks, in meeting and discussion, I have been open and h...

Tory MP David Ruffley To Stand Down After 'Protracted Media Debate' About Assault

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

A Tory MP who apologised after receiving a police caution for domestic assault involving his former partner will stand down at the 2015 general electi...

MP Who Attacked Girlfriend Just Got Worst Type Of Support From Local Tory

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

UPDATE: David Ruffley is to stand down at the 2015 general election. There is no reason why a man who assaults his girlfriend should not be an MP...

Osbornomics, Not Wallace, Is Miliband's Problem

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

Miliband is certainly an intellectual full of ideas and a clever strategist. But Osborne has proved himself to be an equally powerful intellectual, better at gaming strategy. Labour could outwit Tory strategists. Instead of fielding Miliband in a 'presidential style' election, it could play the party instead as a collegium.

Gove: The Elite's Opponent But the People's Servant

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do.

The Russia Situation Highlights the Money Problem at the Heart of UK Politics

Jack Butler | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jack Butler

It's time to establish a limit on political donations. It's time to eliminate the threat of corruption and remove the possibility of big-money donors ruling the roost over elected politicians. We don't want to go down the American route, where all politics is awash with corporate money to an obscene extent.

11 Things That Happened In The Real World During #Reshuffle

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real thi...

Fatherless Britain: What Is a Youth Without a Government?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

"Investing so much time in the rich who are coming to the end of their time, instead of investing time in us who have lives to live and haven't yet reached our primes... How can we grow in a world where the dads don't help and the government don't love us?"

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Cameron's Cull: Pointless Window Dressing or a Cunning Distraction?

Will Black | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

David Cameron yesterday had the enviable task of culling ministers, apparently to make way for fresh faces. Right-wing media predictably concentrated on the outrage of loyal long-standing Tories being driven out, rather than examining the toxicity that drove Cameron to take dramatic action at this stage of a parliament.

Has Dave Missed The Boat In Promoting Female Tories?

PA | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics

Promoting women in the widely-expected government reshuffle will look like a "last minute worry" about votes, Labour has claimed. Speculation is mo...

Prove You're Depressed, Or We'll Strip Your Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics

Critics have expressed horror at Tory plans to make benefit claimants prove they suffer from anxiety or depression, or risk having their payments cut....

Educating Minds to End Mental Health Stigma?

Danny Bowman | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Many Young people have described the bullying they have been subjected to or the different treatment that have received from other pupils, and the seemingly lack of understanding from teachers. Some mental health sufferers described being treated with less expectation and put into lower classes because of their mental illness.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Why Road Trip 2015 Could Win the Election for the Tories

Danny Bowman | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

The next election is upon us and the Tories have a new weapon in their arsenal - it's called road trip 2015. This involves young future Tory politicians going out on the streets campaigning on issues that matter to local communities.

Why Mental Health Care's Only Hope Is Norman Lamb MP

Danny Bowman | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

The Westminster circle of power seems to have awoken to the realisation that our NHS mental health services cannot go on without adequate funding. After all the talk from MPs on equality in funding between physical and mental health, there is still no visible action.

Tories Disagree Over Their 'Women Problem'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron’s critics say he has a "women problem", but the Tory Party chairman has appeared to slap down a suggestion on how to improve the numbe...

Jeremy Hunt's Mental Health Failures

Danny Bowman | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

Mr Hunt, the man who has failed a generation of young people suffering from mental health problems and there is no question about it. Know many people have asked me how am I qualified to question a cabinet health minister on his decisions?