Number 10 to hand out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists

Downing Street aim to secure goodwill from journalists by revealing news before its official announcement by ministers Asked in 2009 why he didn’t use Twitter, David Cameron famously responded “too many twits might make a twat” . Four years later, Number 10 is attempting to move more rapidly into the digital future with a Twitter […]


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Cameron announces ‘dementia friends’ scheme

Measures to boost early diagnosis, make care homes better suited to needs of sufferers, and increase public awareness The prime minister will today announce plans to recruit 1 million volunteer “Dementia Friends” capable of supporting people with the condition in their communities, wards and care homes. The scheme is part of a package of measures […]


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Cameron to get tough on crime

Prime minister will attempt to regain initiative with speech calling for middle ground between tough sentences and rehabilitation David Cameron will call for a new “tough but intelligent” approach to law and order on Monday in a speech to get him back on the front foot after a string of controversies. In an attempt to […]


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Fuel price row: Cameron tries to firm up energy tariff plan

Energy bill will ensure lowest price, says PM admitting he only raised plan as option for inclusion amid claims it is unworkable David Cameron launched a belated attempt to firm up his widely criticised commitment to oblige all energy companies to provide customers with the lowest tariff. But amid claims from opposition MPs and consumer […]


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David Cameron tries to firm up energy tariff plan

Energy bill will ensure lowest price, says PM admitting he only raised plan as option for inclusion amid claims it is unworkable David Cameron launched a belated attempt to firm up his widely criticised commitment to oblige all energy companies to provide customers with the lowest tariff. But amid claims from opposition MPs and consumer […]


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Boris Johnson reminds Tories of what David Cameron has lost | Andrew Rawnsley

Number 10 says it is relaxed about the mayor’s speech at conference. It is as relaxed as a cat on a hot tin roof It seems to be the fate of Conservative prime ministers to be stalked by flamboyantly ambitious blonds with connections to Henley, wild hair and untamed rhetoric. In the case of Margaret […]


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Conflict in the east, crisis in the eurozone. But all’s well at WH Smith

On the agenda this week: global problems shake society, but at least stationery sales are holding up well Five years ago, nobody was accusing the International Monetary Fund of being even remotely relevant, but it’s amazing how a good old-fashioned crisis can justify one’s existence. The fund (it’s a bank really) is coining it in […]


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Blue is the colour: when did fashion turn Tory?

How can fashion, an industry built on a desire for newness and for constant forward movement, have jumped into bed with the status quo? Fashion has a new black, and it is blue. But not navy, or Klein blue, or cobalt, or lapis, or turquoise, or cerulean. This season’s shade is Tory Blue, and everyone […]


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Rail and air transport policy left in chaos

Virgin blocks rail franchise award going to FirstGroup as backbenchers rebel over Heathrow third runway Government transport policy has been thrown into chaos after Sir Richard Branson blocked ministers from stripping Virgin Trains of the west coast rail franchise and a row over Heathrow expansion saw Nick Clegg and David Cameron under attack from senior […]


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The promises and the perils of Ed Miliband’s French connection | Andrew Rawnsley

President Hollande is an inspiration to the Labour leader. But he may also turn out to be a cautionary tale There was a nightmare moment for Ed Miliband during his news conference in London with Mitt Romney when the Republican nominee for the White House appeared utterly clueless about the identity of the British politician […]


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