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Anne Mcelvoy

Anne Mcelvoy

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The Tory summer party felt like a leaving do - for everyone but Kemi Badenoch

Conservatives adore a social bash – the highlights are the Black and White Ball in winter and the summer gala. Whether it’s the Chipping Norton...

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Boris Johnson is back to help the Tories - and himself

What could possibly account for the return of Boris Johnson to the Tory election fray? The former leader – who believes that the Conservatives...

18.06.2024 7

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Reform UK is about to collide with reality, and it will get ugly

In one sense a Reform UK manifesto, formally launched tomorrow when the ebullient Nigel Farage roadshow rolls into South Wales, is not a document of...

16.06.2024 10

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Keir Starmer’s Labour manifesto is full of baggy words – and not much else

An ex-Tory boss of a frozen food chain, a poignant speech by a cancer sufferer and an eloquent first-time voter: the pre-Keir Starmer line up at...

13.06.2024 9

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The real message in Rishi Sunak’s manifesto

Given the mega mess of the previous few days, the launch of the Tory manifesto was peak competence in the Tory event planning department. Silverstone...

11.06.2024 4

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How Rishi Sunak is trying to quickly move on from his D-Day disaster

Sunday, post-Anglican church and pre-lunch, is a window for political gossip in traditional Tory parts of Kent. It’s also a snapshot of the morale...

09.06.2024 6

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Neither the Tories or Labour are telling you the truth on tax

A number is the most powerful weapon in politics – especially one which defies much interrogation but sounds big. If in doubt, make it a round one....

07.06.2024 10

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Farage has the Viagra effect for Reform – and leaves Sunak facing wipeout

It’s a lot easier to say what Rishi Sunak should not do right now than what he should. The Tories have been further dented by the news of Nigel...

05.06.2024 8

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Labour's lazy private school plan will cost them

The fate of private schools isn’t one that readily tugs the nation’s heartstrings – most people don’t send their kids there and the...

02.06.2024 20

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Ed Davey and Nigel Farage are unlikely election bedfellows

Say what you like about the election campaigns, but the Liberal Democrats are nailing the outdoor pursuits vote. This week has seen leader Sir Ed...

31.05.2024 10

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Late night policy announcements do voters a disservice

If election campaigns are about communication, the main parties have decided that they are talking to a nation of policy-obsessed nocturnal creatures....

28.05.2024 6

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Corbyn's last stand will open up old Labour wounds

Cometh the hour of impending Labour victory and likely drubbing of the Tories in the election, cometh Jeremy Corbyn to tell us that this is not the...

26.05.2024 30

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Nigel Farage is out for now - but it’s not the last goodbye

It’s Hamlet without the prince and the populist party without its Barnum figurehead. As the election sprint gets under way, the first blast of news...

23.05.2024 60

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Sunak's election announcement sounded more like a rueful farewell

The weather gods had not received the No 10 message that sunlit uplands awaited if the election, abruptly called for 4 July, were to to produce a...

22.05.2024 50

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Fear of criticising the NHS has devastating consequences

In its severity, bureaucratic cruelty and degree of cross-functional incompetence over many years, the infected blood scandal is an extraordinary...

22.05.2024 40

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Labour’s long march back to power is picking up pace

Six pledges, and one stern leader in a slightly awkward combo of a boardroom-ready white shirt with a casual, sleeves-half-rolled-up vibe....

16.05.2024 40

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Reeves vs Rayner: a clash is bubbling under the surface

For an opposition scenting power, engaging with business mostly means hearing about things business is not keen on. For a centrist Labour leader,...

15.05.2024 20

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Keir Starmer's Natalie Elphicke headache has only just begun

The head of a ruthless eastern European intelligence service once told me that defectors were some of the most difficult people they had to deal...

12.05.2024 30

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You're not afraid of power are you, Keir?

An abundance of caution is in generous supply in Labour’s approach to power. Election campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden’s cautious response to...

07.05.2024 20

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Labour and Trump make an odd pairing, but the groundwork is already being laid

The prospect that Donald Trump, rather than President Joe Biden, could well be hosting the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn in a year is...

02.05.2024 10

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The nightmare scenario for the Conservative Party

File under the heading: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” When William Hague introduced a system for Conservative leadership contests in...

30.04.2024 5

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The race is on among Europe's leaders to be chief 'Trump-whisperer'

Washington’s beltway class has an almighty collective hangover after the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner this weekend. It’s a...

28.04.2024 10

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Humza Yousaf’s split with the Greens may be too late to save his leadership

Ernest Hemingway noted that there were two ways to go bankrupt: “gradually, and then suddenly”. This is also how governing coalitions often end...

25.04.2024 30

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Labour has its own Rwanda problems

The relief in Rishi Sunak’s circle in the early hours of the morning was palpable: a victory in a long battle to pass legislation that the Prime...

23.04.2024 10

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The Mark Menzies story exposes the increasingly bizarre behaviour of our MPs

Say what you like about the Conservative Party, but it is certainly a drama-comedy series which keeps on running, and is never short of spicy new...

18.04.2024 5

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The smoking ban vote shows just how divided the Tories are

The Prime Minister is often described as a passionless political creature – a technocrat who can juggle spreadsheet numbers and sift to game the...

16.04.2024 4

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Starmer and Sunak are struggling to cope with Israel-Iran escalation

The hostile relationship between Iran and Israel is a cauldron which, when it boils over, poses a grave escalation threat across the Middle East. That...

14.04.2024 10

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Iran's threats are why the UK will keep arming Israel

It now looks like a matter of “when” not “if” Iran launches a retaliation attack on Israel – payback for an air strike on the Iranian...

12.04.2024 20

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Rachel Reeves’s usually cool head has got a bit hot on non-doms

If you have been as absorbed as I am by Netflix’s stylishly grim Ripley remake, you will be sharing the twin sense of luxuriant fascination with the...

10.04.2024 40

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David Cameron is at the crux of the Government’s Israel dilemma

Britain’s response to Israel’s war on Hamas is at a precarious point. The coming days will sorely test the resolve and agility of the UK’s...

04.04.2024 10

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Starmer and Sunak's next challenge is getting voters to care about Ukraine again

Wars have no respect for our short attention spans. While the Israel-Gaza conflict has ignited heated protests across Western capitals, with a mass...

31.03.2024 8

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Why some Tory MPs are eyeing a June election

It was going to be May and now it isn’t. But it could be June – perhaps. This week, the buzz among some of the fractious Tory MPs heading off for...

28.03.2024 6

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Rightwing populists have many countries in their grip. Come to Poland: see how they can be pushed back

My formative journalistic years were spent reporting on the final freeze of the cold war – days of hard times and soft currencies. When I return to...

28.03.2024 40

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Farmers are the protest group giving governments across Europe a big headache

First they tore up Parisian streets in tractors and terrified the French political elite into scuppering free trade deals. Then, via Brussels protests...

27.03.2024 3

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A 'slimmed down monarchy' is no longer possible

Fate deals a rough hand to royal clans as randomly as it does ordinary mortals. The difference is that the monarchy is a professional “firm” as...

25.03.2024 7

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Good luck to any government trying to make women have more children

Two contrasting strands of opinion zone in on predictive demographics as pointing to a future they either fear or would like to bring about. One set...

21.03.2024 5

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How Thatcherite is Rachel Reeves? Enough to spook the left

If there is one comparison likely to land a politician in hot water with both ends of the political spectrum, it is comparing their intentions with...

19.03.2024 4

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Diane Abbott is the start of a very awkward year for Labour

Political claims to the moral high ground are treacherous territory – one that can swiftly give way to an ethical quagmire. And so it has proved in...

14.03.2024 6

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What the Red Wall really needs is not Boris Johnson

The “Red Wall“, so dramatically demolished in the post-Brexit rout of 2019, has been rebuilt with greater speed than most British infrastructure...

12.03.2024 4

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Boris Johnson has two paths back into frontline politics – and Rishi Sunak may not like either

Somehow, there is always Boris. Limelight is the natural setting for a man who, as his biographer describes him in a new Channel 4 documentary,...

07.03.2024 8

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Jeremy Hunt is already getting his excuses in before the Budget

More than any other Cabinet ministers, chancellors tread in the ghostly footsteps of the No 11 inhabitants who went before them. And so, in the run-up...

03.03.2024 10

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Tory moderates are preparing to fight back

Who’s sorry now? The Lee Anderson affair was intended to be a storm that would retreat after a talking to from the whips, a grumpy retreat by...

28.02.2024 8

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