Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary and former miner, on UKIP, HS2, the Euston Arch, Heathrow and the desirability of getting ahead with one’s Christmas shopping.
From the moment of his defection, UKIP’s MP has found his new party putting him in awkward positions.
The text of my speech from yesterday evening’s debate on the future of the centre-right with Matthew Parris.
The figure for the Kent seat is a disappointment for CCHQ – but it’s not disastrous in itself, and will help build a stronger voter base for now and next May.
The Prime Minister treats UKIP’s policies with much greater respect than he treats the Leader of the Opposition.
There are suggestions that the Conservatives should seek to impose emergency controls – and dare Nick Clegg to break up the Coalition.
How can you get any sense of what drives candidates when all you have is a brief leaflet in place of a lively interactive public meeting?
The Coalition must end now.
The message on the by-election doorstep was clear – we must pay attention, and redouble our efforts for a Conservative victory in 2015.
Which of the three main parties will it put over the line in these seats – and which, if any, could it win itself?
Despite appearances, Labour hasn’t lost the plot – quite the opposite in fact.
Mark Reckless, the UKIP candidate in Rochester, is nothing like as popular as Douglas Carswell is in Clacton.
Has political correctness gone mad to the point of eating itself?
“As Douglas Carswell said himself a couple of months ago, if you want an in/out referendum, the only vote is a Conservative vote.”
The Ashcroft National Poll reflects a successful party conference for Cameron. Also: Labour are 19 points ahead of UKIP in the by-election.