David Cameron in impassioned plea for Scotland to stay

David Cameron in impassioned plea for Scotland to stay Prime minister, embarking on tour with Clegg and Miliband, says yes vote would rip apart a union that is the envy of the world.
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Who will replace David Cameron? History points to the 2010 intake | Damian McBride

As commentators dissect the prime minister’s position, it’s worth looking back at which intake previous party leaders came fromThis feels like deja vu, but I had a quick thought on Ben Brogan’s latest essential article on the mood inside the Tory party, especially his conclusion that its next leader may come from the hugely ambitious […]
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Party conferences: politicians are failing to reach the electorate | Observer editorial

The electorate, rightly or wrongly, see them as ‘all the same’The party political conference season drew to a close last week. The annual ritual is not what it once was, but then neither is the electorate. In the 1950s, nine out of 10 would cast their vote in elections; that era has passed. It may […]
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David Cameron faces challenge from senior Tories over modernisation plan

Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith throw weight behind ConservativeHome campaign for overhaul of leader’s strategyTwo of David Cameron’s most senior cabinet colleagues are backing a rival vision to the prime minister’s “flawed” detoxification of the Conservative party.Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith have thrown their support behind a group campaigning for a major overhaul […]
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John Major: The old man and me

John Major was known as the grey man of British politics, though the former prime minister’s background and upbringing were anything but dullWhen John Major returned to his childhood haunts in Brixton for that famous 1992 election broadcast, he looked distinctly uncomfortable. Dressed in an Armani suit, he was filmed buying kippers at the market […]
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Critical eye – book reviews roundup

My Old Man: A Personal History of Music Hall by John Major, My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story by DT Max and The Footballer Who Could Fly by Duncan Hamilton”This book presumably hopes to sell on the strength of John Major’s name. I doubt it would […]
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In praise of … Black Wednesday | Editorial

The pound’s plummeting 20 years ago proved to be a gift in disguiseIt did for John Major, just as earlier devaluations had done for prime ministerial predecessors such as Harold Wilson, who had also made a virility symbol out of the currency. But the pound’s plummeting on what became known as Black Wednesday, 20 years […]
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