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Douglas Carswell Told: 'You'll Regret This', Tory MPs React To Bombshell Ukip Defection

(159) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 7:31 AM

Conservatives have warned Douglas Carswell he will live to regret his decision to defect to Ukip, following the Clacton MP's bombshell announcement on Thursday morning.

Carswell, one of parliament's most eurosceptic voices, surprised Westminster today by revealing he was joining Nigel Farage's party and would trigger a by-election...

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Tory MP Douglas Carswell Defects To Ukip And Triggers By-Election

(151) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:06 AM

Conservative Douglas Carswell has sensationally defected to Ukip. The Clacton MP made the surprise announcement alongside Nigel Farage at a press conference in Westminster on Thursday morning.

Carswell, 43, also said he would resign from the Commons and trigger a by-election in order to seek re-election...

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Nigel Farage Wins Ukip Thanet South Selection, Braces For Tory And Labour 'Heavy Artillery'

(32) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:23 AM

Nigel Farge is bracing himself for Conservatives and Labour Party "heavy artillery", after he was selected as Ukip's parliamentary candidate for the Kent constituency of Thanet South.

Local Ukip members in Ramsgate made the decision over beer, gin and tonics and pickled onion Monster Munch crisps on Tuesday evening at...

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Downing Street Rebuffs Tory Demands For Recall Of Parliament Over Iraq Crisis

(31) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Downing Street has rebuffed demands from Conservative MPs that parliament be recalled to give backbenchers a chance to quiz David Cameron about fresh British involvement in Iraq.

The UK has started dropping aid, including water and solar lanterns, to Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis are trapped in extreme conditions...

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Boris Johnson Apparently Wants Zac Goldsmith To Be London Mayor

(7) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Boris Johnson wants Tory Zac Goldsmith to succeed him as London mayor, it has been reported. However the Richmond MP has previously ruled himself out, predicting that to run for City Hall would be a "suicide mission".

According to the Evening Standard, Boris wants Goldsmith to be the...

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Divisive Eric Pickles Should Not Be Faith Minister And Role Should Be Abolished, Say Secularists

(146) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 7:14 AM

David Cameron has been criticised for appointing communities secretary Eric Pickles as the new faith minister, given his "divisive" views on religion.

Pickles was given the brief on Wednesday following the resignation of its previous holder, Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi earlier in the week over government policy...

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Scottish Independence Rejected By Members Of US Congress

(64) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 4:41 AM

Republican and Democratic members of the United States Congress have joined forces to encourage Scotland not to vote for independence on September 18.

A motion tabled in the House of Representatives, signed by 27 congressmen and women, expresses support for "a united, secure, and prosperous United Kingdom".

House resolution 713...

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Hugo Swire, Tory Foreign Office Minister, 'Considered Quitting Over Gaza'

(24) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Conservative Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire considered resigning from the government over Britain's position on the conflict in Gaza, according to reports.

On Monday Baroness Warsi dramatically quit the government, citing David Cameron's "morally indefensible" decision not to condemn Israel's military operation against Hamas in which...

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Boris Johnson Finally Admits He Will Seek Election To Parliament In 2015

(142) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:12 AM

Boris Johnson has finally revealed that he intends to stand for election to parliament in 2015, after avoiding the question for years.

Speaking at Bloomberg's HQ in central London on Tuesday morning, Boris said he had "danced around" the question of whether he wanted to become an

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Give Scotland Independence Because Of London Taxi Drivers, Says TV Debate Audience Member

(47) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 3:35 PM

There are many reasons why Scotland should be independent from the United Kingdom. But irritation at London taxi drivers is a new one.

On Tuesday evening the Scottish first minister and pro-independence leader Alex Salmond took on the pro-union Better Together leader Alistair Darling in the first live TV debate.

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Alex Salmond Calls For Arms Embargo On Israel Over Gaza Attacks

(202) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Alex Salmond will today back calls for the United Kingdom government to impose an arms embargo on Israel following its military actions in Gaza, ahead of his live TV debate on Scottish independence with Alistair Darling.

The demand comes after former Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi dramatically...

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MPs Demand Recall Of Parliament Over Gaza Conflict

(35) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:14 AM

David Cameron is facing calls to recall parliament from its summer recess to address the crisis in Gaza, as Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi quit the government over the prime minister's position on the conflict.

Labour's Yasmin Qureshi said she was speaking to colleagues in Westminster...

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

(80) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:32 AM

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'

(10) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:30 PM

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?

(22) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 8:16 PM

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 July 23, 2014 | 10:45 AM

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 July 23, 2014 | 4:13 AM

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

(131) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:30 AM

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 July 21, 2014 | 8:08 AM

"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'

(35) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:15 AM

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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