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Zac Goldsmith And Sadiq Khan Neck And Neck In London Mayor Race

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan are neck and neck in the race to become mayor of London, according to a poll published on Friday.

The YouGov survey for the Evening Standard showed Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate, on 49% with Labour's Khan on...

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Tom Watson Says He Had A 'Duty' To Pass On Leon Brittan Allegations To Authorities, But Wrong To Say Peer Was 'Close To Evil'

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 8:03 AM

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has responded to demands for an apology over his role in the Leon Brittan sex abuse row, saying he is sorry for the distress caused and admitting that he should not have described the former Cabinet Minister as "close to evil".

But in...

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Labour Must Avoid Threat Of 'Perennial Demonstration,' Says Tristram Hunt

(35) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 6:22 AM

Tristram Hunt has warned Labour that Jeremy Corbyn's leadership poses a "threat" and it must resist the temptation to become a party of "perennial demonstration" rather than one of government.

In a speech at the University of Sheffield on Friday, the former shadow education secretary also said the party needed...

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The Waugh Zone October 9, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 2:34 AM

The five things you need to know on Friday October 9, 2015...

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Today' Waugh Zone is edited by Ned Simons and he is 'mad keen'. Paul is away.


A cross-party campaign to leave the European Union launches...

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Smoke Bomb Let Off In Kosovo Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Kosovo's parliament was filled with smoke on Thursday, after a disagreement over the countries ties with Serbia led one MP to set off what looked like a gas canister.

According to Reuters, Albin Kurti, leader of the opposition Self-Determination party, set off the device. Kurti is opposed to...

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Steve Jobs Director Danny Boyle Gives His Verdict On Jeremy Corbyn

(8) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 5:52 AM

Danny Boyle, the creative genius behind the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, has warned the Labour Party it must make sure it is "electable".

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Boyle was asked for his view on Jeremy Corbyn. "It is important you are electable otherwise there’s...

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The Waugh Zone October 8, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 11:07 AM

The five things you need to know on Thursday October 8, 2015...

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Today' Waugh Zone is edited by Ned Simons. Next stop, the privy council. Paul is away.


David Cameron is "rattled" by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour...

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Michael Gove Accuses Andrew Neil Of 'Showboating' In Feisty TV Exchange

(25) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 9:19 AM

Michael Gove accused Andrew Neil of "showboating" during a tense TV interview on Tuesday, after the BBC presenter challenged him on the government's record on house building.

The justice secretary was told by Neil that the Conservatives had a 'lamentable” record when it came to housebuilding. But Gove said the...

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David Cameron Praises Ethnic Minority Ministers In Sharp Contrast To Theresa May's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 7:55 AM

David Cameron went out of his way today to praise Conservative ministers from ethnic minority backgrounds today, in an attempt to show how the party has modernised.

The prime minister struck a noticeably different tone than Theresa May. The home secretary triggered a backlash yesterday when she said it was...

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David Cameron Makes A Joke About Having Sex With His Wife

(20) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 7:12 AM

David Cameron used his speech to the Conservative Party conference to make a joke about having sex with his wife Samantha. And taxes.

In an attack on Labour's economic policies, the prime minister targeted Jeremy Corbyn's economic adviser Richard Murphy.

"We live in a country where...

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Jeremy Hunt Attacks 'Irresponsible' Critics Of New Junior Doctor Contracts

(15) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:27 AM

Jeremy Hunt has staunchly defended his proposed changes to junior doctors' contracts and accused critics of spreading "irresponsible" scare stories.

The health secretary told the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday the government's plan for a seven-day-a-week NHS was needed to prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths happening at the...

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Watch Boris Johnson Make Fun Of Jeremy Corbyn's 'Vested Interests And Interesting Vests'

(16) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Boris Johnson took to the stage at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday and by all accounts went down a treat in the hall among the party faithful.

The London mayor peppered his speech with jokes, including this pop at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Tory protesters outside...

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EU Membership A 'No Brainer,' Says Lord Mandelson As David Miliband Warns Against Brexit

(37) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 5:00 AM

David Miliband and Lord Mandelson have warned the British public not to vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

Miliband, who now lives in New York as the head of the International Rescue Committee aid charity, told an audience of 2,000 business leaders in...

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Conservative MP Johnny Mercer Confronts Protesters: 'Yes I Am A F***ing Tory Mate, Is That Ok?'

(158) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 11:54 AM

A Conservative MP and former Army officer has told of being attacked as "a f***ing Tory" as he made his way out of the party's conference centre in Manchester.

Writing on The Huffington Post UK, Johnny Mercer said the anti-austerity protesters that are picketing the venue "looked like...

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Great British Bake Off: David Cameron Reveals Who He Wants To Win

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:50 AM

David Cameron will deliver his speech to the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday, but it is safe to assume that most TV viewers will be paying more attention to the final of Great British Bake Off which takes place that evening.

The prime minister has revealed that he is a...

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Watch Boris Johnson Get Pelted With Balls By Protesters At Conservative Party Conference

(65) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:04 AM

Boris Johnson was pelted with balls as he made his way into the Conservative Party's conference in Manchester on Monday afternoon.

The London mayor was escorted by police in to the conference secure zone after being spotted by anti-austerity protesters.

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EU Referendum In 2017 Could Be Lost As Voters Will Choose Brexit Just To Spite You, David Cameron Warned

(12) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 8:42 AM

David Cameron has been warned he may be so unpopular by 2017 that voters may choose to take Britain out of the EU just to spite him.

British business leaders will be told on Tuesday morning that with the referendum on a "knife-edge", it should be held as soon as...

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Jeremy Hunt Says Cutting Tax Credits Send 'Important Cultural Signal' About 'Hard Work'

(44) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 3:35 AM

Jeremy Hunt has suggested people in receipt of tax credits must work harder as he said cuts to the benefit send an "important cultural signal" by encouraging a work ethic similar to in China and the US.

At a fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, the Health...

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David Cameron Says He Will Not Abandon Cuts To Tax Credits

(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 6:30 AM

David Cameron has ruled out abandoning planned cuts to tax credits, despite warnings the changes will leave workers worse off.

In his Budget, George Osborne moved to limit child tax credit to just the first two children as well to lower the income threshold at which people see their tax...

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Zac Goldsmith Is The Tory Candidate For London Mayor

(6) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 4:50 AM

Zac Goldsmith has been selected to be the Conservative Party's candidate for London mayor, winning 70% of the vote in the party's primary.

The MP for Richmond will face Labour's Sadiq Khan in the May 5 2016 election. Shortly after the result was announced, Goldsmith said he had his "work...

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