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The Toxic cloud harming London's poorest families

A hard-hitting report is out today that shows London’s poorest families are most at risk from the invisible killer” of air pollution. Children living in areas blighted by high levels of toxic particles are 50 per cent more likely to be on free school meals and their parents are 25...

Tim Farron ruffles feathers

This email bearing the name of Lib Dem president Tim Farron has ruffled Tory feathers - it was sent along with the office phone numbers of MPs and asked members of the public to call them up and lobby for the Lords reform Bill and program motion. The phrase "this...

Did George do a Mellor?

What do George Osborne, John Major and David Mellor have in common? They're all Chelsea fans - and Osborne has written a lovely piece in the Times about being at the big match on Saturday. Intriguingly he says: "I started going to Chelsea games in the mid-Nineties when I lived...

Do Brits agree with Nick - or Nadine

Is Nick Clegg a Lib Dem tail wagging a big Coalition dog? Nadine Dorries thinks so, as do a fair few Tory MPs. But what do voters say? In their monthly Political Monitor, the brillant researchers at Ipsos MORI have found out the answer. It is not what Nadine expected,...

DC Lord's it with Lara

I was lucky enough to get an invitation to dinner in the famous Long Room at Lord's last night, where a fundraising dinner was being held for the excellent Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation. Star of the show was West Indies legend Brian Lara, who was joined by royalty in the...

Why Tories are fighting over the bones of St Boris

Boris Johnson is now the most important Conservative in the land. He has achieved something no Tory has managed for 20 years - to become genuinely popular. In a city where Labour voters outnumber Tories by five to three, he appears to have secured an eye-popping triumph. And that against...

Why Ed must call an inquest into Ken's selection

When Ed Miliband looks back on his early leadership, he will always wonder whether it would all have been different had Ken not been the candidate for mayor. Today’s YouGov poll in the Evening Standard suggests that Boris Johnson will win, and that it will be Ken wot lost it...

Bank of England chief Sir Mervyn under fire on poll day

Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King marched into the election fray today by taking to the airwaves to back George Osborne's "textbook" response to the economic crisis. He also put the blame for Britain's economy flatlining for the last 18 months on rising food and energy prices rather than...

Greening tackles the "Alice Cooper dilemma"

Transport Secretary Justine Greening is pushing measures to bring down the cost of car insurance for young drivers today, particularly the use of airline-style black boxes. She argues it will help tackle Britain's youth jobs crisis (over a million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work) by helping tackle the "Alice...

A poppadom Coalition

...or why the Government needs more Pickles. It's fair to say David Cameron's attempts at a fightback have not been entirely successful. The polls this morning make for uncomfortable reading, the PM's comments over Abu Qatada and tax avoidance added to the confusion rather than clearing any of it up,...

Wedding bells on Whitehall

ESP hears congratulations are in order for Gabby Bertin, David Cameron's hugely popular spinner, who got engaged over Easter. And it turns out there's a lovely story behind how such a busy lady found time to meet a bloke - and one from outside the Westminster bubble at that. She...

Fig trees cost axed - to just £18,500 a year

Commons officials have come up with a genius plan to save the fig trees which have so far cost the taxpayer almost £400,000. The 12 trees will be donated to Parliament - huzzah! - but only in return for a four-year maintenance contract being handed to Bristol-based Plant Care UK...

Is DCMS set for the chop?

Here's a curious one. In an article for today's Standard (link later), Harriet Harman raises fears that Jeremy Hunt's Department for Culture, Media and Sport is set to be axed after the Olympics. Citing “well-sourced rumours in Westminster and the arts world”, the shadow culture secretary says David Cameron is...

UK military chief slams early Aussie Afghan pull-out

Australia was today strongly criticised for plans to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan a year earlier than planned. A senior British military source said the move was “unhelpful” and that an orderly pull-out of Allied forces could “unravel” if NATO nations go it alone and decide different timetable to exit...

Cameron's union claim backfires

David Cameron has been out on the stump today, declaring the Conservatives the party of "the strivers, the battlers, the family-raisers, the community-builders" and having a good old go at Labour for wasting money. Part of that included an attack on Camden council, who as the PM put it "spent...

Why the Boris V George contest is hotting up

Set aside the scrap between Boris and Ken. Because if our poll is right, MPs will soon be buzzing about Boris v George. The big stories over recent weeks have been a gaffe-free (so far) campaign by a maverick but distinctly Tory candidate for London Mayor, and the shipwreck of...

Pensioner killed by national strike?

A shocking report out today reveals how an 83-year-old man died in pain after waiting more than three hours for an ambulance during the nationwide strike last year. Five 999 calls were made in a desperate plea to get help for the pensioner who fell at his home at 9.30am...

Osborne's West Country wipeout

With both the granny tax and the pie tax looking like massive own goals, there surely had to be a sensible political motive behind George Osborne's Budget. After two days of head-scratching, and following the announcement of minimum prices for alcohol, I think I've worked it out: it's all a...

George doesn't but Boris does ...

... pay the 50p rate, that is. The Chancellor denied benefiting from his own Budget today, surprising many who point to his £2m home being rented out and a £4m share of Osborne & Little. However, we can be certain that Boris Johnson does pay it. London's mayor declares writing...

All In This Together? No we're not, say voters.

Our fascinating Pre-Budget poll by Ipsos MORI makes gripping reading. As we report in the Standard, it shows that the public do not believe the Coalition's claims that the Budget will benefit the poor most. Half think the rich will get most from Chancellor Osborne. Just 16 per cent think...

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