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Andy McSmith's Diary: One sympathetic Tory sought to co-write leader’s biography

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Gove draws level with Boris in poll for Cameron's successor

Theresa May and William Hague pushed into third and fourth slots

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, made a surprise U-turn on Monday night over his controversial plan to deny defendants on legal aid the right to choose their solicitor

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Queen's Speech: David Cameron urged not to move UK to the right

The huge gains by the UK Independence Party have rattled Tory and Lib Dem grassroots

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Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres: "After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm."

Ukip leader Nigel Farage in laughjing mood after the by-election result in Eastleigh, Hampshire

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Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton wins seat but with greatly reduced majority of 1,771

Calamitous result for Conservatives as Lib Dems win Eastleigh

The confidence boost for Clegg will lead to more stability at the top of the Coalition

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Inside Westminster: Cameron lacks the authority that an outright win in 2010 would have given him

David Cameron addresses a session of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos

David Cameron has appeased Tory backbenchers for now - but may have fatally wounded his party

For most of the twentieth century, it was the centre-left that was split. After this week, the chances of Labour and the Lib Dems working together have risen sharply

Now Labour shows the strain over gay marriage

Labour tensions over gay marriage have surfaced as MPs attacked the Government’s plans for same-sex weddings and shadow ministers clashed over their tactics on the issue.

MPs and peers sign up to cross-party alliance against plans to legislate for same-sex marriages

58 parliamentarians - including 35 Tory MPs - have put their names to an open letter

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The Queen's Speech: Don't abandoned gay marriage plans, urge campaigners

Campaigners for gay marriage expressed disappointment today that it was not included in the Queen's Speech.

Fighting background of the miners king who is itching to take on City's watchdog

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