conservative party

  • 15 Mar 2015

    The Daily Telegraph’s campaign for high military spending has gathered momentum. Conservative backbenchers, retired generals and some Labour MPs have backed calls to keep “defence spending” at 2% of GDP. Last week, in a Commons debate attended by very few MPs, the majority of those who bothered to turn up voted in favour of the proposal.

  • 7 Oct 2014

    The UK Chancellor’s announcement about freezing working-age benefits from 2016, hailed at the recent Conservative Party conference, is a 'blow to millions'.

  • 3 Oct 2014

    If the Conservative Party wins the next election, it will scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights with “a whole range of caveats”, stated Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

  • 14 Nov 2013

    David Cameron has today (14 November 2013) declared that lack of social mobility is a problem. He was responding to comments by his predecessor John Major, but he ignored the main point that Major seemed to be making – the power of private schools.

  • 23 Aug 2013

    We have recently seen the Conservative party flirt with extremist views, in what seemed like a rather obvious attempt to win back supporters drawn to UKIP.

  • 3 May 2013

    I blogged earlier this week about statements from the socially conservative lobby group Christian Concern ahead of the local elections. They encouraged people to vote for candidates opposed to same-sex marriage.

  • 1 May 2013

    The “Christian Right” in Britain – inasmuch as it exists – is not like the Christian Right in the US. Over there, conservatism on issues such as marriage and abortion seems to go hand in hand with right-wing views on economics and foreign policy. Over here, we have conservative Christian lobby groups with a far more narrow focus. Organisations such as the Christian Institute, Christian Concern/Christian Legal Centre and so-called Anglican Mainstream focus largely on attacking LGBT rights. They also speak out against abortion, Islam and the supposed marginalisation of Christians in Britain.

  • 28 Dec 2012

    UK government Cabinet papers from 1982, now released under the 30-year disclosure rule, confirm that the dismantling of the welfare state, the privatisation of the NHS and the savage cutting of public services has been a long-held ambition of the Conservative party.

  • 27 Oct 2012

    Green MP Caroline Lucas has criticised the appointment of Conservative climate sceptic Peter Lilley to a key environmental scrutiny role.

  • 11 Oct 2012

    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has been challenged to outline how much more money she thinks should be taken away from OAPs.