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The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households

A two-year freeze in working-age benefits will save £3bn, but critics – including Lib Dems –  question whether this is the fairest way to fix the deficit

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke walks to the Conservative party conference ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May in Birmingham

Ukip voters are 'grumpy old men' who 'have had a bit of a hard time in life' and blame 'foreigners' for everything, says Ken Clarke

Former cabinet minister says he was not 'the slightest bit surprised' Conservative MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell had defected

Nigel Farage beats David Cameron to the top of the 2014 Right-Wing Power List

The Ukip leader’s influence continues to rise, according to The Times’ chart

Home Secretary Theresa May will outline plans to curb extremists’ freedom of speech

'Snoopers' charter': Theresa May vows to implement measures to clamp down on extremist groups

Home Secretary criticised Liberal Democrats for blocking plans

Mayor of London Boris Johnson holds a brick as he addresses delegates on the third day of the annual British Conservative Party conference in Birmingham

Boris Johnson talks to bricks and raises Conservative Party conference spirits: 'We'll eat Ukip for breakfast'

His speech showed once again that even if Johnson is not the deepest thinker in modern politics, he is surely the one who tells the best jokes

An image grab taken from a video released by Aamaq News, a Youtube channel which posts videos from the areas under the Isis group's control, purportedly shows an Isis militant firing a cannon mounted on a truck during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the KurdsQ NEWS

Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns

Home Secretary tells Tory conference we must act ‘while we still have the chance’ as she promised a clampdown on extremism in Britain

Richard Barnes speaking Deputy Mayor of London in 2009

Richard Barnes, former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London, defects to Ukip

The move comes after two MPs moved to the Eurosceptic party

Iain Duncan Smith will soon introduce a scheme to control claimants’ spending

Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol

Prepaid cards can only be used to buy food and essentials

Richard Barnes speaking Deputy Mayor of London in 2009

Richard Barnes: Latest defector to Ukip has 30-year Tory links

Boris Johnson's former deputy dismisses claims that Nigel Farage's party is homophobic

A swastika daubed beneath the Star of David on a preaching lectern at Finsbury Park Synagogue in 2002. The Home Secretary will stress the moves are aimed not just at Islamist extremists but also Neo-Nazis and anyone dedicated to overthrowing democracy

'Terrorist Asbos to silence hate preachers' pledged by Tories for election manifesto

Ban would prevent extremists being interviewed on television or speaking at public meetings

Under the plan, surgery opening times will be extended to between 8am and 8pm

Health pledge: Cameron planning seven-day GP access for patients

Tories attempt to counter Labour attack on their NHS record

David Davis abstained in the vote on military action following last Friday’s emergency debate

The 'Isis trap': David Davis warns of risks in joining ‘limitless’ war and falling into Isis trap

Veteran Conservative reveals he came close to joining the six Tory MPs who voted against action

The Chancellor has bounced back from his annus horribilis after getting booed at the Paralympics two years ago

Analysis: George Osborne inspired the Tory faithful, but will he ever be leader?

The Chancellor will never be Mr Popular with the public, but in the party he’s seen as the Tory’s Gordon Brown

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Hobson’s choice – or is it Osborne’s?

It’s just possible that George Osborne’s peroration “Choose Jobs. Choose Enterprise. Choose Security. Choose Prosperity… Choose David Cameron… Choose the future” was a conscious, if  eccentric, homage to No-voting Scotland.

Andy McSmith's Conference Diary: Cameron summons up spirit of Witney to defeat Reckless

Conservatives may be giving up on Clacton, but are fighting to hold on to Rochester and Strood

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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

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Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

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