Our season of Christmas carols continues.
“The Cabinet Office really should have given some guidance here… they’ve made a mess of this.”
They’re trying to sue to UKIP MP over his spending on campaign literature.
They haven’t switched metrics, they say. The Spectator editor has been looking at the wrong numbers.
Conservatives hold a seat in Kingston
Only by raising the quality and esteem of vocational and technical learning can we secure a future for academic selection.
At the heart of the row over two of the Home Secretary’s SpAds is the view at the very top of the Party that the next election is all that matters.
Plus: A present for Jacqui Smith. In memory of Constance Henriette Dale. I am reviving my blog. And finally: A truly disgusting reference to vibrators.
Mark Field MP: Would an inconclusive election result stoke support on the right for electoral reform?
Current polling evidence suggests that Labour may end up as the largest single party even if it secures more than a million fewer votes than the Conservatives.
PCCs are reconnecting the public with policing.
Genuine thinkers in British politics have a rough time of it – dismissed as mavericks or, if they’re really unlucky, temporarily co-opted as purveyors of the latest ‘big idea’
Our series of Christmas carols continues.
This is a generous settlement to local authorities – the concern is that spending is still continuing at a level much higher than the country can afford.
Theresa May’s special adviser claims to have been removed from the candidates list after refusing to break the SpAd code of conduct
The story of why the Aldridge-Brownhills selection was pulled.
The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime pledges to cut fares and regenerate the capital’s most deprived areas.
The tight results I have found open the possibilities for tactical voting.
Today we are announcing new contracts with private and voluntary providers to ensure that no new offender will be left stranded with no help when they leave prison.
Between Ed Balls and The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, the Chancellor has had a difficult couple of weeks. He ought to have bigger concerns, though.
Couldn’t Book at Bedtime choose one of the 99,999 other novels or short stories that won’t fuel the wish-fulfilment of the empathetically stunted?
Open access services have delivered lower fares, more routes, happier passengers, better trains and pose no threat to the viability of the railway.
Will it be re-run under the pre-election rules that give more powers to CCHQ?
Mobile Technology means police officers are spending 20 per cent less time in polices stations.
Another blow for Cameron’s renegotiation plans…
“European judges dealt a hammer blow yesterday to David Cameron’s attempts to crack down on the abuse of Britain’s visa system. … Strict rules forcing foreign family members of European Union residents to get a permit before visiting the UK were scrapped by the European Court of Justice. … The ruling by the court, which interprets EU law, also makes it less likely the Prime Minister will be able to renegotiate rules on freedom of movement.” – Daily Mail
- “On Thursday a government spokesperson said it was ‘disappointed’ with the ruling and that ‘it is right to tackle fraud and the abuse of free movement rights’.” – Financial Times
- “Almost 3,000 attempts to enter Britain are made each month by illegal immigrants, figures released by the Home Office have revealed.” – Daily Mail
- “…in case after case, it is clear that the relationship between the EU and the UK is flawed and that Mr Cameron has just cause to fight for better terms.” – Daily Telegraph editorial
- “…a referendum in 2017 is the only way out. And only one main party offers it.” – Sun editorial (£)
- “EU meddling opens our borders to abuse.” – Daily Mail editorial
- “Surprise, surprise: tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have ‘dropped off’ the Home Office’s radar.” – Nigel Farage, The Independent
…and could there be more to come?
“Poland has warned that it will veto David Cameron’s plan to curb benefits paid to EU migrants in Britain. … Writing in The Independent, Rafal Trzaskowki, Poland’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, describes Mr Cameron’s proposals as discriminatory, unfair and illegal under EU rules on the freedom of movement. … Poland’s strong opposition is a big setback for the Prime Minister because reassuring the British public about EU migration will be a crucial aim when he negotiates a new deal for Britain ahead of an in/out EU referendum in 2017.” – The Independent
- “David Cameron has accused Brussels of putting airline passenger lives at risk by stalling legislation that would enable the security services to monitor potential jihadists travelling across Europe.” – Daily Telegraph
- “David Cameron and six other EU leaders have joined forces with European business leaders to try to inject new life into flagging talks on a trade deal between Europe and the United States.” – The Independent
- “Millions of fat Brits will be able to sue their bosses for discrimination after an EU court ruling.” – The Sun (£)
- “Poland is open to dialogue, but EU benefits restrictions are illegal and unfair.” – Rafal Trzaskowski, The Independent
- “Welfare in Britain isn’t fair, as UKIP knows.” – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
We should stand up for freedom of speech, argues the Prime Minister in response to the Sony hack
“David Cameron has appeared to criticised Sony Pictures for pulling a controversial film about the assassination of North Korea’s leader after cyberhackers threatened reprcussions if the movie was released. … The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Cameron gave a ‘very high importance’ to the principle of freedom of speech and said people should ‘never be shy’ about defending it when asked about the announcement.” – Daily Telegraph
- “Nick Clegg has suggested Sony was wrong to bow to North Korean ‘intimidation’ by cancelling the release of its controversial film The Interview in the wake of a hacking attack by agents working for the repressive regime.” – Daily Telegraph
- “A ‘cyber war’ sounds fantastical, but it’s real – and we’re losing.” – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
- “The Sony leak unearthed juicy gossip, but the blackmailers must not win.” – Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian
SpAd controversy 1) May’s allies blocked from safe seats? Coverage of yesterday’s ConHome story
“A long running feud between the Conservative leadership and Theresa May burst into the open on Thursday when two senior advisers to the home secretary were removed from the party’s approved list of parliamentary candidates after they refused to campaign in the Rochester and Strood byelection. … In a letter leaked to the ConservativeHome website, Timothy wrote: ‘This decision cannot be valid because, as Theresa May’s chief of staff, I am bound by the code of conduct for special advisers.’” – The Guardian
- “Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood was last night at the centre of claims that his office relaxed rules to allow Tory special advisers to campaign in the Rochester by-election. … The row erupted after Theresa May’s aides Nick Timothy and Stephen Parkinson were blocked as parliamentary candidates by Tory HQ.” – Daily Mail
> Today: ToryDiary – Two SpAds, Cameron, May, bad blood – and the short-termism of CCHQ
- MPsETC: Theresa May’s special adviser claims to have been removed from the candidates list after refusing to break the SpAd code of conduct
- Majority: Aldridge-Brownhills selection final pulled at short notice
SpAd controversy 2) They’re everywhere and they’re costing more money
“Figures published yesterday show that there are now 103 so-called ‘spads’ working in Whitehall, at an annual cost to the taxpayer of £8.4million. … This is 17 per cent up on the £7.2million cost the year before, and much higher than the £5.9 million bill in Gordon Brown’s last year of power. … The number of special advisers is up on the 98 that were in place a year ago and 71 just after the Coalition took office.” – Daily Mail Continue to all today’s Newslinks
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