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UK democracy is under threat

Imagine if a newly elected Prime Minister came to the dispatch box on the floor of the House of Commons at their first prime Minister’s Questions and announced to MPs that they would have no meaningful vote on any legislation that the government was going to put forward for the next five years because ‘the […]

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Budget better go well

I think the fevered talk of plots to dislodge the Prime Minister is exaggerated. Whoever is PM on Brexit Day better stand by for massive criticism either for paying the Europeans too much or keeping us too close to the EU. Better to leave Mrs May to take the flack is surely the wise course […]

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We can’t go on like this

The government is in shambles. Ever since her disastrous election campaign, and the subsequent result that left the Conservative Party without a parliamentary majority, Theresa May has, in the words of George Osborne, been a “dead woman walking”. However, in the absence of a credible alternative Tory candidate to replace her, Mrs May has stumbled […]

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Brexit consequences beginning to bite

A government weakened by scandal and divided over its approach to Europe continues with its ill-starred attempt to leave the European Union. Immigrant workers, vital to our caring services, are staying away, jobs are going at British Aerospace in Lancashire and Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port. Both industries rely on the easy movement of parts across […]

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A dismal time for politics

The reshuffle I would have backed Preston North MP and Security Minister Ben Wallace to be the new Defence Secretary. He was in impressive form at a terrorism seminar I attended during the Tory Party conference in Manchester. He probably lost out to Gavin Williamson because he was a staunch supporter of Boris Johnson in […]

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