Two former MPs are among the candidates pursuing these three Conservative-held seats.
Continuing our ConservativeHome series on the key contests in each region or nation.
There’s one undeniable trend among those promoted: they backed the winning candidate.
Corbyn waited in vain for silence, his demeanour that of a geography teacher who wonders what the world is coming to when it won’t listen to him.
In the aftermath of the election, we revisit our regional profiles to see how the parties fared compared to expectations.
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. There's was legend in my family that the Jewish Chronicle once reported a race with the headline: "Goldstein seventeenth". I apologise if my headline is also somewhat parochial, and rather less accurate. But as far as I can see Cairns was the fastest Conservative MP round the course. A […]
The BBC’s Mark D’Arcy talks to Tory MPs David Burrowes, Graham Evans and Nick Herbert about the looming debate on gay marriage. Tim Montgomerie explains why so many Tory MPs are set to vote against the reform.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday in Parliament, Richard Bacon, a Conservative backbencher, tried to introduce a Bill which would repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. One of Mr Bacon's lines of argument was that the legal requirement for Ministers to amend legislation – without a vote in Parliament – in order to comply with European […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Conservative Friends of Israel is an influential affiliate group of the Conservative Party which contains perhaps the largest number of Conservative MPs of any group in Parliament. It exists to promote understanding of and support for the State of Israel in the Conservative Party, and its membership reaches the […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Guido Fawkes has a list of new Conservative members of Select Committees, from Graham Brady's office. Mr Brady explains: "For the following committees I have received the same number of nominations as there are vacancies, the following are therefore elected". The appointments are: Communities and Local Government John Stevenson […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. After last week's reshuffle of the Secretaries and Ministers of State, and this week's reshuffle of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, it's possible to investigate the state of a dying breed: the backbenchers who've always been loyal. The list below features the Conservative MPs who meet the following criteria: Are not currently […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter 8.45pm Update by Matthew Barrett: I have now learned which candidates are being backed by the traditional organisations on the right of the Conservative Party, such as the No Turning Back group. I have highlighted these in purple. *** The following have been returned unopposed:- Chairman: GRAHAM BRADY Vice-Chairman: CHARLES […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter It's the London Marathon tomorrow, and five Conservative MPs have decided to take on the great task of completing it for charity. Last year, Edward Timpson and Stephen Crabb ran the Marathon, and this year, Timpson is competing again – with four other MPs who will join more than 35,000 other runners […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter The 301 group is perhaps the most active and important group of backbench Tory MPs. Tim Montgomerie reported last week that three MPs - Charlie Elphicke, George Hollingbery and Priti Patel – want to organise a candidate to be elected to the 1922 Committee's executive who will give the '22 a focus […]
2014 was a record-breaking year. Now we’re pushing further to ensure over 50s get the support they need to get back into work.