Conservative Party


post 26 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Syria: is '70,000 troops' the new '45 minutes'?

David Cameron may have been at his most diplomatic to persuade MPs to back airstrikes on Syria, but his claims over the scale of Syrian opposition ground forces have raised doubts.

post 25 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Osborne and the empathy debate

George Osborne got a bit lucky two weeks ago when the numbers came in from the OBR... and he decided to blow the money. We may never know what he planned to do before that point.

post 17 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Corbyn to Wembley, Cameron back to Commons

The Labour leader will have to respond to a statement from David Cameron calling for Britain to become involved in military air strikes in Syria.

post 10 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Cameron promises 'a new kind of European Union'

I asked what it would say about David Cameron's "substantial" renegotiation if the whole negotiation was wrapped up and the vote done and dusted a year and a half before his original deadline.

post 09 November 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Osborne and spending round spats

Allies of Iain Duncan Smith feel they have fought a feisty rearguard action after the Treasury came snooping round their universal credit money.

article 03 November 2015 UK, Germany
George Osborne (Getty)
George Osborne: what UK wants from new EU deal

George Osborne sets out what the UK hopes to achieve from its EU renegotiation, saying that countries that are not members of the euro should not be discriminated against.

article 27 October 2015 UK
George Osborne
Tax credits: Osborne says reforms will continue

Chancellor George Osborne says tax credit reforms will go ahead, despite the government's dramatic defeat in the Lords on cuts for millions of low-income families.

post 26 October 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Lords debate tax credits: showdown, climbdown or just a distraction?

"People are just frightened," one Tory MP said. He likened the atmosphere of fear to Gordon Brown's domination of Labour MPs ahead of his succession to the party leadership.

article 15 October 2015 UK
School pupil (Getty)
First new grammar school for 50 years given go-ahead

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan approves a new 450-pupil selective school in Sevenoaks. Defence Minister and local MP Michael Fallon says he's "thrilled", but are grammar schools on the way back?