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Time for some honesty

We should not be surprised that the Prime Minister ends the year as he has spent much of it; blaming others for his government’s failings. In today’s monthly press conference Gordon Brown... Read more

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The hard work starts here

Last night I was given the honour of being adopted by the Halton Conservative Association as their prospective parliamentary candidate. I am absolutely delighted and humbled by the faith they have... Read more

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A lifetime of service

Senator John McCain showed this morning the dignity and good grace in defeat that many of us have admired in him for many years. He came up short on election day but his outstanding contribution to... Read more

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"Renewal as well as change"

Regardless of your politics, today is a truly historic day. Barrack Obama’s stunning victory in the US Presidential election sends a clear message to politicians around the world. His message... Read more

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Eight days out

We are just over a week from the US Presidential election and Barrack Obama looks to be on course for a historic victory. It is incredible how the course of the campaign has changed so dramatically... Read more

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Economical with the truth

Despite living through the last 14 years of New Labour I admit to being surprised at the extent of the recent spin over economic policy. It is amazing (although I know I should not be surprised) that... Read more

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Gimmicks

I am delighted to see Gordon Brown following David Cameron’s lead in taking key meetings out of London with a proposed Cabinet meeting in Liverpool in early 2009. I do think however the people... Read more

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Deckchairs on the Titanic?

Today marks an extraordinary day for Gordon Brown and his government with the re-appointment of Peter Mandelson to the Cabinet. As the country is crying out for answers and leadership in the face of... Read more

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Overdue change

I welcome the news today that Sir Ian Blair has resigned as Commissioner of the Met. I also welcome the role that the Mayor of London has played in bringing Sir Ian’s increasingly flawed reign... Read more

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Come together

It was clear to those of us in Birmingham this week that the Party Conference was overshadowed by the global financial crisis. That was both understandable and right. Britain, along with many other... Read more

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Real leadership

The conference highlight for me so far was this afternoon’s debate on “caring for an elderly population” with several highly moving contributions, including from the author Terry... Read more

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Country before Party

We have made an excellent start to our conference in Birmingham. George Osborne made a strong statement of intent for a future Conservative government today. He showed the sort of leadership today so... Read more

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Plan for change

I am in Birmingham over the next couple of days to attend the Conservative Party Conference. The country is looking to the Conservatives for answers over the next four days. Given the lack of... Read more

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The whole truth?

Ruth Kelly’s decision to leave the government to spend more time with her family leaves a number of questions unanswered. Is this the real reason for Mrs Kelly resigning from the government?... Read more

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Party before country

Whilst Gordon Brown focused on his role as leader of the Labour Party yesterday, fighting for his job, the country continues to wait for the Prime Minister to show some real leadership during the... Read more

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Another relaunch

The Prime Minister launched another “fightback” today with an article in “The Monitor”. In it he says there is a “need to forge a new kind of government”.... Read more

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Fiddling while Rome burns

Gordon Brown’s package of measures to help restore confidence to the housing market and help us deal with higher petrol, food and energy bills is a further indication that he is completely out... Read more

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60 days and counting

We are now inside the final two months of the US Presidential Election. The two conventions have come and gone and we are starting to get a feel for what an Obama or McCain Presidency would mean for... Read more

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