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Harry Hayfield’s Local By-Election Preview: August 28th 2014

Yes, we all know that the media is focusing on Clacton this evening but let us not forget that Clacton is not the only show in town! North Jesmond on Newcastle upon Tyne (Lib Dem Defence) Result of last election to council (2014): Labour 52, Liberal Democrats 24, Independents 2 (Labour majority of 26) Result […]

Profit or loss?

One side has a letter with 130 signatories, who together employ 50,000 people. The other responds with 200 names, and they employ, well, quite a few as well. One side says the case for independence has not been made. The other says "oh...Show More Summary

Labour councillor Michael Bunney resigns

Michael Bunney, the Labour councillor for Mevagissey is resigning from Cornwall Council. His resignation will take effect this Sunday, 31st August.Cllr Bunney is a teacher and has recently been appointed to a position at a council maintained school in Cornwall. Show More Summary

Why the World Health Organisation’s fears about e-cigarettes are based on prejudice, not science

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator, available from Thursday. To subscribe, click here. I was waiting on an office forecourt recently puffing on an e-cigarette when a security… Continue reading The post Why the World Health Organisation’s fears about e-cigarettes are based on prejudice, not science appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The real worry for the Tories is if Carswell is able to take much of his organisation with him

Douglas Carswell, red hot favourite to win his seat, Clacton, for UKIP. See PaddyPower http://t.co/0KpwlJgy4T pic.twitter.com/V01q41DqqX — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) August 28, 2014 And will his defection encourage others? Back in 2005 Douglas Carswell was one of a select group of Tories who won seats from LAB. He took Harwich. Then, five years later in the […]

The House of Commons needs men like Douglas Carswell: I would not campaign against him

Douglas Carswell is a respected, upright, steadfast and brave politician who has always put his constituents and his country before himself. He comes from a medical family and grew up in Uganda where his parents worked. He had held down proper jobs outside the Westminster village before being elected to the Commons in 2005. Since [...]

Ukip is in love with Douglas Carswell for now – but how long will it last?

What an operation. Carswell and Farage (which sounds like a firm of solicitors in Colchester) somehow managed to keep it quiet right up until the moment they announced that the Cromwellian Tory MP is defecting to Ukip. Their subterfuge meant that both the press pack and the Prime Minister were gobsmacked when the news broke. [...]

Douglas Carswell: the rebel with an unclear cause

Anyone who would rather live in a Britain run by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls should be dismayed at Carswell’s defection to Ukip. He is an original, intelligent and eloquent… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell: the rebel with an unclear cause appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scotland decides: 21 days left – grass-roots campaigning

A garden centre in Aberdeenshire was today's destination for the First Minister's independence grand tour, where I'm writing from now. The reason: A new pro-Yes letter signed by more than 200 business leaders. The location: Foxlane Garden Centre in Westhill, seven miles west of Aberdeen. The weather: Bucketing it down. Amid the usual quips – [...]

If the Tories can’t keep Carswell in the fold, they are in serious trouble

Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip is a serious blow to the Tory party. Unlike so many other defectors, Carswell is not off because he has an axe to grind. This… Continue reading The post If the Tories can’t keep Carswell in the fold, they are in serious trouble appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hacked Off deliver ludicrous blessing of the Rotherham investigation

Andrew Norfolk, the Times journalist that blew open the Rotherham child abuse scandal, can sleep well in his bed tonight, for he has been completely vindicated now. Forget the Jay… Continue reading The post Hacked Off deliver ludicrous blessing of the Rotherham investigation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Europe 'bomb' goes off

This is a body blow for David Cameron. When he became Tory leader, he told his party that they needed to stop obsessing about Europe. This defection - and the by-election which will follow - will revive that obsession. Conservative MPs...Show More Summary

All defecting MPs should, like Douglas Carswell, put their decision to a by-election

More on the wider meaning of Douglas Carswell later, but a quick thought on his decision to seek a by-election after defecting. This is new, and welcome. Previously, MPs who crossed the floor simply took up their seat in their new party and sat out the rest of the Parliament, their constituents denied any chance [...]

Douglas Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and now Ukip

This is no ordinary defection. It would be easy for the Tories to brush off a member of the old guard as a swivel-eyed headbanger, but Douglas Carswell is not… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and now Ukip appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection

Douglas Carswell’s defection today to Ukip is terrible for David Cameron. But it is also deeply inconvenient for his band of eurosceptic brothers. He was a key member of a… Continue reading The post Eurosceptic camp ‘weakened’ by Carswell defection appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Rotherham child abuse: the liberal Left is circling the wagons over the race question

It’s happening again. It is happening in front of our eyes. The denial. The deflection. The deceit. All of the toxic impulses that contrived to allow the systematic abuse of thousands of children in Rotherham are again being redeployed in the face of the damning, incontrovertible evidence of the nature and scale of that abuse. [...]

Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading The post Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats the Tory spokesman line that this is a ‘regrettable and… Continue reading The post Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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