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One of the country's wealthiest businessmen has announced a multi-million pound boost to the UK Independence Party.

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The bald head apparently now represents potency and decisiveness, but shiny-headed men are still on the sidelines

Tory membership in crisis as the grassroots desert

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Simon Kelner: She was like cannon fodder sent in by a general

It was a question calculated to make the viewers hyperventilate, never mind the subject of the inquisition. When Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight asked the Treasury minister Chloe Smith whether she ever thought she was incompetent, those of us on this side of the screen could only try to catch our breath. Unfortunately for Ms Smith, it was a rhetorical question that demanded answering. We knew the truth: the scene should have been roped off some time earlier, so gruesome had been this car crash of an interview.

Rebekah Brooks' meetings with party leaders: the list

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It was a gaffe-prone Budget, and his reputation has taken a hit. But the true significance is that it underscored the Chancellor's leadership ambitions

JOHN BOEHNER: David Cameron will meet the House Speaker – but will not see any of the Republican presidential hopefuls

No room for Romney on PM's schedule

David Cameron will deliver a powerful reminder when he arrives in Washington today that the days are long gone when the Conservative and Republican parties were viewed as transatlantic cousins.

Chevron to join slick of oil supermajors in Kurdistan

American company set to enter the battle for a share of northern Iraq's massive reserves

The Business On... Lord Flight, chairman, Arden Partners

He looks very familiar.

Clarke and Clegg to establish commission on new Bill of Rights

If the United Kingdom pulled out of the European Convention on Human Rights – as some right-wing Tories are demanding – it would be the first country to do so since a junta of neo-fascist colonels seized power in Greece in the 1960s, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke warned yesterday.

'Powers of unelected judges should be cut'

The power of judges to review ministerial decisions should be diminished, former Tory leader Lord Michael Howard said today.

Clarke cuts back on automatic prison sentences

Minimum sentences for murder are set to be abolished and thousands of people will escape prison altogether as part of the largest shake-up of the criminal justice system in decades.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (28/11/10)

Rant

Cameron hit by class war as new peer says benefits are 'incentive to breed'

David Cameron's judgment was called into question last night after a new Conservative peer was forced to apologise over remarks that benefit cuts would encourage "breeding" among the poor.

Simon Carr: So how loudly does one have to talk to be heard in the House?

Sketch: There is a growing body of private ill-will towards the Speaker (not just wishful thinking on my part)

Lord Acton: Hereditary peer who was instrumental in ending the inherited right to vote in the House of Lords

Although a hereditary peer, Richard Acton was one of the prime movers of Lords reform that in 1999 led to the end of the inherited right to vote in the Upper House.

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