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Poll Suggests At Least Two MPs For Ukip At 2015 General Election

(46) 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...

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Tory MP Dubs Women Focused Reshuffle 'Night Of The Petticoats'

(3) 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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Ed Davey Predicts Lib Dem-Labour Coalition After 2015

(60) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 5:39 PM

The next general election will produce a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition government, the Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey has predicted.

Davey let slip the forecast while speaking at a conference organised by the left-leaning Lib Dem Social Liberal Forum group in Shoreditch, East London, on Saturday. His comments...

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Tim Farron Warns Lib Dems Must Not Be 'Permanent See-Saw Coalition Partner'

(55) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM

The Lib Dems will be annihilated at the election if they try to be a "permanent see-saw coalition partner", the party president Tim Farron will warn tomorrow.

In a speech to the Social Liberal Forum conference in East London on Saturday, Farron, who is on the left of the party...

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Hillary Hasn't Asked Me If She Should Run For President, Claims Bill Clinton

(19) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Bill Clinton has insisted that Hillary has never once asked him whether she should seek the presidency in 2016.

The former president also said it was untrue that his wife felt "entitled" to the White House. Hillary is considered to be the front runner for the Democratic...

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Michael Gove Got Stuck In A Toilet And Nearly Voted Against The Government

(24) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:23 AM

Michael Gove's first day on the job as chief whip did not go to plan. Not only did he lose a Commons vote, he also got stuck in a toilet.

The former education secretary was just settling into his new role as Tory backbench enforcer-in-chief, when Labour called a surprise...

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'Is David Cameron Mentally Ill?' Letters Show Public Still Deeply Unimpressed With PMQs

(47) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:32 PM

"Nodding donkeys", "sneering fools", "jeering cranks" and "screeching women", despite the best efforts of John Bercow, the public are still less than impressed with the behaviour of MPs during prime minister's questions.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by The Huffington Post UK has revealed that the Speaker...

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Lord Hill, Britain's New EU Commissioner, Said He Didn't Want The Job

(9) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:02 AM

David Cameron has nominated Conservative peer Lord Hill, most recently the leader of the House of Lords, to be Britain's next European Commissioner.

The appointment caught some by surprise given he had recently said he did not want the job. In an interview with Conservative Home in June,...

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Michael Gove Sacked As Education Secretary In Dramatic Reshuffle

(50) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:19 AM

Michael Gove has been removed as education secretary by David Cameron, in a dramatic cabinet reshuffle that also saw William Hague quit as foreign secretary.

Gove has been moved to become the chief whip, charged with keeping Conservative MPs in line. The prime minister said Gove would also have "an...

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Reshuffle Surprise As William Hague Quits As Foreign Secretary

(174) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:20 PM

William Hague surprised Westminster on Monday evening by announcing he would quit as foreign secretary, as David Cameron culled male ministers of all ranks as part of a wide-ranging reshuffle expected to see the promotion of several women to top jobs.

Hague will replace Andrew Lansley as leader of the...

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Reshuffle: Ken Clarke Issues EU Exit Warning As He Quits Government

(5) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Ken Clarke has warned David Cameron that Britain must not leave the European Union as he quit the government on Monday evening, amid a dramatic cabinet reshuffle that also saw William Hague resign as foreign secretary.

Clarke is one of the most europhile...

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Chris Grayling Denied Jobs Are Privatised At Random But It Is National Policy

(17) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 6:57 AM

Chris Grayling has come under increased pressure to explain why he denied probation officers were having their jobs privatised at random, even though his department's own guidelines allow it.

Earlier this month The Huffington Post reported that a probation officer had been told she would have to now...

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Neil Kinnock Wants Baroness Warsi To Be EU Commissioner

(34) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:44 AM

Former Labour leaderNeil Kinnock has made an unlikely pick for who he thinks should be Britain's next European Commissioner - Conservative Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi.

Kinnock, who was vice-president of the European Commission from 1995 to 2004, told Warsi on Thursday morning that she had...

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Harriet Harman Accuses Gordon Brown Of Sexism

(30) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has launched a scathing attack on former prime minister Gordon Brown, accusing him of denying her the job of deputy prime minister simply because she is a woman.

The Evening Standard reports that in a speech in parliament on Tuesday evening, Harman will...

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Conservative MP: It's 'Very Lonely' Being A Northern Tory

(39) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:59 PM

The Conservative Party's campaign organisation is "very bad" at putting in the long term investment needed to win parliamentary seats in the north of England, one of the party's MPs in the region has said.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman told party activists on Monday that it was no...

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Ed Miliband Is A Winner, Sadiq Khan Tells Critics Of Labour Leader

(22) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Ed Miliband is a "winner" who will be elected prime minister at the next general election despite persistent criticism from within Labour ranks, shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan will insist today.

The shadow justice secretary will defend Miliband from his critics and claim that it is the Tories and the...

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Probation Service Accused Of Randomly Outsourcing Jobs By 'Picking Names Out Of A Hat'

(38) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:04 AM

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of ignoring warnings that probation officers have been forced out of the public sector Probation Service and into the private sector entirely at random.

The government has outsourced large sections of the service to companies such as G4S. Labour MP Toby Perkins has...

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Ed Miliband To Make NHS Centrepiece Of Labour's Summer Campaign

(40) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Ed Miliband will put the health service at the centre of Labour's campaign over the summer and began by accusing David Cameron of dodging questions about increased waiting times in hospitals.

On Wednesday, Miliband used all his questions at PMQs to attack the prime minister for his "top down reorganisation"...

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David Miliband Praises David Cameron For 'Sticking To His Guns' On Aid Spending

(75) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:43 AM

David Miliband has praised the coalition for its "remarkable" achievement of keeping a promise to spend 0.7% of Britain's GDP on foreign aid.

The former Labour foreign secretary, who now runs the International Rescue Committee development charity in New York, said David Cameron and Nick Clegg...

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