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Nigel Evans To Be Welcomed Back To Parliament With Drinks Party

(9) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Nigel Evans will be welcomed back into the Conservative Party fold with a drinks party in parliament at the end of the month, having been found innocent of multiple charges of sexual assault.

The drinks reception, to which all MPs are invited, will be held on Tuesday 29th April. Parliament...

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Nigel Evans Should Get Commons Deputy Speaker Job Back, Says Tory

(136) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Nigel Evans should be allowed to resume his role as deputy Speaker of the House of Commons now that he has been cleared of all sexual assault charges brought against him, a Conservative MP has said.

Evans was elected John Bercow's deputy in June 2010. But he resigned the post...

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Alan Duncan Says Anti-Gay Laws A Problem In 'Primitive Cultures', Silly Foreign Aid Critics Irrational

(190) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:09 PM

"My approach instinctively is not to hide, but to go out and sing it from the rooftops," says Alan Duncan. "We can have a massive impact on poverty across the world." The Conservative international development minister is celebrating the UK government hitting its target of spending 0.7% of...

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Alex Salmond Promises Not To Invade Northern England: 'I Have No Territorial Demands'

(262) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:24 AM

The people of northern England can rest easy, Alex Salmond has insisted he has no plans to annex the north of England should Scotland achieve independence.

Asked on Tuesday whether a newly independent Scotland would try and place Cumbria and Northumberland under Edinburgh's control, the Scottish first minister...

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Calm Down Jeremy Browne, Even Free Market Tories Worry About Immediate Top Rate Tax Cut

(15) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:13 AM

The decision by Lib Dem former minister Jeremy Browne to break with his party and urge Nick Clegg to support cutting taxes for the richest voters has been warmly welcomed by Conservative MPs. But even free market Tories think Browne is going to far to call for the...

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Maria Miller Expenses Row A 'Plague' On Conservative Party, David Cameron Warned

(91) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Maria Miller appears increasingly isolated within the Conservative Party this morning amid the ongoing row over her expenses claims.

David Cameron has stood by his culture secretary, resisting calls for her to resign and insisting she is doing a "good job". However public support from Miller's...

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Ed Miliband Would Be Francois Hollande Without All The Cool Affairs, Jokes Tory MP

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Ed Miliband would govern Britain in the same "dark nightmare" way that Francois Hollande runs France only without the amusing affairs, an aide to Michael Gove jokingly predicted on Monday evening.

Ben Gummer, the Conservative MP for Ipswich and ministerial aide to the education secretary, told Tory activists in a...

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Tory MP Who Called For Cameron To Be Replaced Explains Why He's Changed His Mind

(47) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:06 AM

A Tory MP who had previously called for a no confidence vote in David Cameron's leadership of the party has said he is now backing the prime minister in order to avoid the "horrific consequences" of an Ed Miliband led Labour government.

North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen...

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Nigel Farage Wins Second European Union Debate Against Nick Clegg

(374) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Nigel Farage has received an early birthday present by winning the second EU debate against Nick Clegg, according to two snap polls. The Ukip leader, who turns 50 on Thursday, was handed victory after a tense televised meeting on Wednesday evening in which the pair

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PMQs: David Cameron Calls Ed Miliband And Ed Balls 'The Two Muppets' (VIDEO)

(100) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Punch and Judy politics returned to prime minister's questions on Wednesday. David Cameron called Ed Miliband and Ed Balls "Muppets". The Labour leader dismissed Cameron as the "dunce of Downing Street".

The pair traded blows over the government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail....

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Len McCluskey Warns Ed Miliband Unite Could Ditch Labour If He Loses Election

(78) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:16 AM

The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has warned Ed Miliband that unless Labour offers "real alternatives" to David Cameron's austerity programme he will lose the election - and risk losing the financial support of the union.

Speaking to journalists at a lunch in Westminster on...

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Michael Gove Criticises 'Good Old Boys' Network, Says Tories Need More Women MPs To Avoid Scandal

(18) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Michael Gove has said the Conservatives need to do a "lot more" to ensure women rise to the top positions in the party, ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle.

Only four out of 22 full members of the cabinet are women and David Cameron is under pressure to address the...

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Ukip 'Quite Proud' Of Taking BNP Votes, Says Nigel Farage

(213) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Nigel Farage has said he is "quite proud" that he has successfully persuaded former British National Party voters to switch their support to Ukip.

Speaking at the Chatham House think-tank on Monday afternoon, Farage acknowledged that some of his party's support came from the far-right but...

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Baroness Warsi Says Grant Shapps Shouldn't 'Carry Can' For Bingo Ad, Stands By 'Fruitcake' Ukip Criticism

(110) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Grant Shapps should not be blamed for the controversial Conservative Party 'beer and bingo' poster that threatened to overshadow George Osborne's Budget, senior Tory minister Baroness Warsi has said.

In an interview with the The Huffington Post UK, Warsi jumped to Shapps' defence and argued that he should...

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Nigel Farage: 'I'll Tell You What Hatred Is, It's the Lib Dems Screaming Out For War'

(80) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:50 AM

Nigel Farage has accused Nick Clegg of being part of a group that is "screaming out" for war, as he hit back at "ridiculous" claims he was a supporter of Vladimir Putin.

Clegg and Farage have continued to snipe at each other in the wake of...

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Tories Fret Nigel Farage LBC Debate Has Helped Ukip 'Split' Eurosceptic Vote

(37) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Eurosceptic Tories are worried that Nigel Farage's perceived victory in his televised debate with Nick Clegg could cost the Conservatives dear at the 2015 general election.

A snap YouGov poll published minutes after Wednesday night's debate ended showed that some 57% thought that the Ukip leader performed best,...

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Tim Farron Urges Nick Clegg To Be 'Bolder' In Second Nigel Farage Debate

(40) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Lib Dem president Tim Farron has urged Nick Clegg to be "bolder" when he comes face-to-face with Nigel Farage in the second European Union debate next week.

A snap YouGov poll of 1,003 voters published moments after the first debate ended on Wednesday evening found that some 57%...

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Nigel Farage Declared Winner Of LBC Debate With Nick Clegg

(303) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Nigel Farage has been declared the winner of the first of his head-to head debates with Nick Clegg on the European Union.

In a YouGov poll of 1,003 voters, some 57% thought that the Ukip leader performed best in this evening's LBC debate and...

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Watch Nigel Farage And Nick Clegg Debate Live (VIDEO)

(47) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg will go head-to-head on Wednesday evening in the first of two debates on the future of Britain's membership of the European Union.

Tonight's debate will be hosted by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari in front of...

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Scottish Independence: Ban Scots From Voting In 2015 Election If They Choose Independence, Says Tory

(71) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:38 AM

It would be "perverse" to allow Scots to vote in the 2015 general election if they choose independence at the 2014 referendum, an MP has said.

Conservative John Stevenson said it would be "unacceptable" for there to be MPs representing Scottish seats in Westminster at a time when...

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