There is much to be said for incremental reform, but too much caution can tip over into a failure to act boldly.
Johnson’s first biographer confesses to feelings of bemusement, even incredulity, at the recent turn of events.
At the heart of May’s operation, this staunch Conservative is now mulling potential ways to a second referendum with Labour MPs.
Plus: Trump v Sanders? Beckett’s report: smell the ostrich dung. And: I have never used poppers.
As speculation about his successors rises, the Prime Minister’s authority will diminish. MPs will seek to impress their future boss, not their current one.
“So you don’t arrive at a decision because you’re a barrister and therefore you favour the bar or because you’re a solicitor and therefore you favour the solicitors’ firms.”
Mind you, Heath’s Law probably applies: “The next election will resemble the last election more closely than most people believe.”
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 My series profiling the backbench groups of Tory MPs has so far mainly featured groups founded or mostly composed of 2010 intake MPs. Last time, I looked at the Thatcherite No Turning Back group, founded in the 1980s. This week's group is somewhere between the two. The Cornerstone Group is […]
As selected by BBC1’s Daily Politics, including the first appearances of Michael Howard and David Cameron as Leaders of the Opposition.
Michael Brown has written a thought-provoking piece for The Independent. One of his most interesting observations is this: "Assuming a Tory victory with an overall working majority, Mr Cameron will be faced with a parliamentary party numbering 350, or thereabouts, of whom only just over 100 will be previously sitting MPs. By comparison, when Margaret […]
The Government was sensationally and splendidly defeated yesterday in the House of Commons. A Liberal Democrat motion backed by the Conservatives and 27 Labour MPs was supported by a vote of 267 to 246. It offered all Gurkhas equal right of residence, which the Government had wanted to restrict. David Cameron later commented that "Today is a historic […]
Yesterday Home Secretary Jacqui Smith made a statement on the twelve arrests that took place in the North West of England earlier this month. She told the House of Commons that: "The arrests were pre-planned as the result of an ongoing joint police and Security Service investigation. The decision to take action was an operational […]