Sources say Mr Shapps was instrumental in promoting Mark Clarke, who faces accusations of bullying and blackmail
Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report
The problem is, speeches won't build you a home - and neither will politicians
A Labour MP’s Christmas card has taken aim at Conservative Chairman Grant Shapp’s post on Buzzfeed with a tongue-in cheek design.
Daringly, the Conservative conference started with its inspirational highlight, Thatcher: the movie – a nostalgia vehicle which brought the audience to their feet in what may prove the one unequivocally enthusiastic standing ovation of the week. The iconic images included Mrs T be-goggled and all in white in the turret of a Challenger tank: a 20th century Boadicea as played by Isadora Duncan. Or the lady at her shimmering sexiest at a 1976 meeting in Finchley: “I stand before you in my red star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the iron lady of the western world.” By this point you had begun to fear for the pulse rate of older party representatives.
Controversial drugs scheme to be extended despite criticism from doctors
After Ed Miliband's price freeze pledge, David Cameron agrees action is needed to reduce the cost of energy
Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the “bedroom tax” are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.
Lynton Crosby under more pressure following Government’s decision to abandon tobacco pledge
Recommended increase was expected to add up to £10,000 to backbenchers' salaries in 2015
The former European Commissioner says displays of disunity could sink Conservative chances at the next election
Blairites want the party to tackle the perception that it is “soft” on benefit claimants
The cost of buying a home in England has rocketed by more than three times the rate of the average salary in the space of a decade, a study found today.
Before they were united in coalition, David Cameron and Nick Clegg agreed on one thing, that the Labour government was employing too many special advisers. There is a serious case for having more, not fewer, of these political appointees who serve their ministers without being restricted by civil service rules about impartiality, despite the controversy surrounding some of them, such as Alastair Campbell or Andy Coulson. But Cameron promised to cap their numbers, while Clegg's position was that there should not be any at all, unless their salaries were paid from party funds.
Complaints come as a senior judge warns local elections present 'enormous opportunities' for vote rigging.
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