Their numbers have declined by 16 per cent since 1999, but they still have some fight left in them.
Later today, we launch the Homes for Heroes Foundation. It aims to ensure that Britain has the finest housing package for returning armed forces of any country in the world.
Downing Street says that the meeting is “not designed to discuss Europe interaction” – which suggests that next week’s summit will indeed be discussed.
A stress on character is at the heart of the reforms which Cameron described yesterday and which Gove is implementing.
World Exclusive. How Margaret Thatcher would have voted in the EU referendum. Stunning ConHome revelation.
We unmask the astounding truth.
That’s to say, everything except election-fighting: increasing membership. Candidate selection. Targeting development seats. Growing support among ethnic minority voters.
We should deal with police incompetence, not make it harder to secure the prosecution of real criminals.
The new leadership’s ideas look like the first sketches of a manifesto that’s more Socialist Worker than New Labour.
England’s east and southern coasts; parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands and Cumbria; bits of Wales – in all these, support for Brexit is especially strong.
Osborne finds £416 million to ease the pain. ConHome coverage quoted in the Commons.
The first speech by a Prime Minister in over 20 years dedicated solely to prisons sets out the Government’s reform agenda.
Gove’s proposals are a welcome first step, but a truly radical programme must have a much broader scope than jails alone.
The Mayor continues to perform his fan dance on the topic – but doing so comes with risks for his leadership ambitions.
The Prime Minister’s remarks about Calais prove that he is breaking his truce with Brexiteeer Ministers once again.
Reform of the sex industry is better both for buyers and sellers than bans – a reply to Fiona Bruce’s article of last week.
The row over the Prime Minister’s remarks about local Associations has been mostly concocted. But the need for Party reform is real. We open a ConHome series.
First things first: Party members need more of a say on how money raised is spent.
Howard Flight: If I feel Cameron handles the referendum unfairly, I will campaign for a new party leader
What he now needs to do is to handle the coming plebiscite fairly – and here’s how.
The Chair of Conservatives for Reform in Europe replies to Paul Goodman’s article of last week arguing the opposite.
We want to ensure that you are not arbitrarily held back because of the colour of your skin, your sexuality or your religious beliefs.
We speak to ten of them.
While the media’s attention is focused on the coming referendum, the scale of the spending squeeze is impacting on some Tory Parliamentarians and councillors.
Cameron accused of “scaremongering” about Jungle camp in Kent
“Downing Street today stood by a claim the Calais Jungle camp could reappear in Kent ‘overnight’ if Britain leaves the EU despite a fierce backlash claiming David Cameron was ‘scaremongering’… The Prime Minister’s claims were immediately attacked by senior Tories, including former Cabinet minister Liam Fox who pointed to a quote from the French government last year ruling out the idea that it would ever tear up the agreement. Dr Fox added that he was ‘sad and disappointed’ at Mr Cameron’s claims while David Davis said it was ‘desperate scaremongering’” – Daily Mail
- France contradicts Cameron over Calais migrant camps – Daily Telegraph
- Cameron says being in the EU gives Britain key counter-terrorism information – Guardian
- Margaret Thatcher would vote for Brexit – Lord Young of Graffham, letter to The Times (£)
- Cameron says no to televised referendum debate – The Sun
- The referendum is happening too early to be meaningful – Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
- Macedonia builds another fence on border with Greece – Daily Mail
- NHS “bled dry by EU tourists” – The Sun
- We are up against a new Reich – Peter Hill, Daily Express
- Tory Diary: The EU. Boris gives his view: Er…umm…erm…aarrgghh…
- Tory Diary: As soon as Cameron’s deal is announced, Ministers set on Brexit must speak out
- Columnists: Howard Flight: If I feel Cameron handles the referendum unfairly, I will campaign for a new party leader
- Comment: Nick Herbert: The Prime Minister’s renegotiation isn’t vanishing away. It’s delivering for Britain.
- MPs Etc: Is Downing Street putting pressure on Conservative MPs over the EU referendum?
Osborne could be forced to raise petrol prices
“George Osborne may be forced to raise prices at the petrol pumps to meet his election pledge to eliminate the deficit, a leading think tank has warned. Freezing fuel duty has become a central plank of government policy under the chancellor. He could be forced to look at raising the tax, however, to fill a £3 billion hole in the country’s finances, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies” – The Times (£)
- Budget surplus goal at risk – Financial Times
- Osborne’s plotting another pensions grab – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
- Half a million families will lose child benefit – Daily Telegraph
- Cameron’s mother confirms that she signed petition against cuts – Guardian
- Osborne’s psychiatrist brother admits sleeping with vulnerable patient – Daily Telegraph
Cameron announces prison reforms
“David Cameron announced plans to give prison governors greater control over rules for prisoners, saying it was wrong that Whitehall officials were ‘wondering how many pairs of underpants they’re allowed’. The Prime Minister said the current system was ‘infantilising’ senior staff and unveiled plans to create six new ‘reform’ prisons where proven governors would be given ‘total discretion’ over how they spend their budgets” – Daily Mail
- Gove must nail the lie that prison works – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
- Cameron’s right to tackle prisons, but his answer is wrong – Steve Richards, Independent
- If Cameron really cared he would cut prisoner numbers – Polly Toynbee, Guardian
- Is this really a Tory PM speaking? – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
- Gove does a runner without answering EU question – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
- Experts want Scotland to scrap short jail sentences – Herald
- Tax and Spending: How prison isn’t working
- MPs Etc: The full text of Cameron’s prisons speech
- Think Tanks: Jonathan Clifton: How progressive are the Prime Minister’s prison reforms?
Tories “flouted electoral law”
“Senior Conservatives appear to have flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending amounting to tens of thousands of pounds during three key by-election campaigns, it has been reported. Channel 4 News said it had obtained hundreds of pages of receipts which suggested the party broke the rules in the 2014 contests in Newark, Clacton and Rochester & Strood” – Independent
BMA accuses Hunt of vetoing deal
“Jeremy Hunt vetoed a deal to end the junior doctor dispute which was supported by the NHS’ own negotiators, it has been claimed. According to sources close to the British Medical Association (BMA), a proposal that addressed pay for working evenings and Saturdays – the last major contentious issue – and which was cost neutral for the Government, was blocked despite negotiators from the NHS Employers organisation viewing it as an opportunity to resolve the dispute” – Independent
- Dissatisfaction with NHS shows greatest rise in 30 years – Daily Telegraph
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