The Conservative priority must instead be to ensure health policy is guided by experts in the field of nutrition, not enthusiastic amateurs spouting sound bites instead of science.
Both parties hammered the Lib Dems as a clutch of very slender victories gave Labour their point of light on election night.
Our fifth battleground summary explores the capital, where Labour and the Conservatives square off whilst trying to squeeze out the Liberal Democrats.
We could save an additional 5,000 lives a year if we matched European survival rate averages
The Government’s plan is unpopular – and there’s no evidence that it will work.
The shuffle sends out a clear message to Conservative MPs: stay on the right side of the Chancellor. Theresa May and Boris Johnson should note it too
All in all, a good day for the Centre-Left of the Tory Party, lots of change at the Whips Office…and what the lobbies are bound to see as the demotion of housing.
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter As reported widely in today's written and broadcast media a new Tory-led group has been formed to support equal marriage. You can read more about 'Freedom to Marry' on its website. I should declare an interest. Some months ago I made a conservative case for gay marriage on this […]
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 Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Like Graham Brady I wasn't keen on the nature of some of the electioneering but the overall result of the 1922 elections was, as I blogged this morning, encouraging. I'm more worried about the outcome of the elections for the Backbench Business Committee. The BBBC has been hugely successful. It […]
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 Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Grovelling? Yes, let's face it: it happens. But not yesterday when the Prime Minister was questioned after his statement on Libya. Read Patrick Mercer on Islamism, Andrew Tyrie on torture, Peter Lilley on getting Libya to pay, Baron on intervention, Chisti on Syria. Plenty of pertinent questions Also follow […]
By Jonathan Isaby Yesterday saw MPs debating the merits of the Big Society on a backbench motion moved by Dover's Tory MP, Charlie Elphicke, which stated its support for the Big Society, "seeking stronger communities where power is decentralised and social action is encouraged." "The big society has been "much discussed in the media", yet […]
One of the innovations in this new Parliament is the creation of a BackBench Business Committee which is gaining the power from the Establishment to determine the backbencher-initiated business in the Commons chamber and Westminster Hall. Last week Labour MP Natascha Engel beat Tory MP and former Deputy Speaker Sir Alan Haselhurst by 202 votes […]