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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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Insult to injury

Judging by the reaction of the British troops the Prime Minister addressed yesterday in Afghanistan they were not exactly delighted to see him. It is hard to know exactly why; perhaps it’s the... Read more

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A real legacy

As the Olympics start this weekend, I am filled with mixed emotions. Excitement for the sporting spectacle ahead. Hope that the British competitors will succeed with personal bests and medals.... Read more

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Ground work

It is clear to me that David Miliband is preparing the ground for a leadership bid. His appearance on Radio 2 today was notable for a number of reasons, including an apparent inability to remember... Read more

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Time for a General Election

It is very clear that Labour has lost the confidence of the British people. Last night’s defeat in Glasgow, following its humiliation in Henley, defeat in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election,... Read more

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Answers please!

I was at an event last night with fellow Conservative Party parliamentary candidates. David Cameron spoke to us for a few minutes and I was struck by the contrast of his message on the economy with... Read more

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Taking a lead

I welcome the move today by (most) Conservative MPs to publish their expenses and related office and staffing details. I hope now that all MPs, from all parties, will follow their lead. It is... Read more

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