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Updated: 2013-09-22T12:32:56Z


Labour has £28 billion worth of unfunded spending commitments - Shapps


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. Attack-mails from Grant Shapps and his sorcerer's apprentices in CCHQ's kitchen seem to be arriving in my in-box at a rate of approximately one a minute. I'm not going to report each time the Party Chairman announces a new attack website, but here's today's, timed for the start of Labour's Conference, which gives a sense of how much the Tory assault operation has improved.

Watch Sajid Javid


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. It's no surprise to see Conservative attack dog Chris Grayling sinking his fangs into Labour's spending pledges in today's Sunday Telegraph. By the same token, it wouldn't be a shock to see Conservative attack dog Michael Gove unleashed on Ed Miliband's vulnerabities (I leave it to the reader to decide exactly what and where these are). After all, Grant Shapps and his apprentices in CCHQ's devil's kitchen cannot be expected to carry out every assault themselves. But who's this popping up behind the Sunday Times paywall? Why, none other than the relatively lowly...

Politics is about more than maths - Conservatives must make the moral case for welfare reform


By Harry Phibbs Follow Harry on Twitter At last we have a clear Labour Party policy in place for the 2015 General Election. They have given a clear pledge to reinstate the spare room subsidy. The Conservatives will challenge them on how they would pay for this. That is a reasonable challenge. As I noted on Thursday - and if the early figures from Barnet are anything to go by - the savings will be far more than estimated. Well over a billion instead of around half a billion. This is because many of those affected are being prompted to...

Introducing...UKIP's White Company


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. Guido has the better headline: "It'll be All White On The Night." And as he acknowledges the spot was originally our very own Mark Wallace's.

The lesson of Damian McBride's memoirs is that Labour is the Nasty Party


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. In 2001 or so, I wrote a speech for Iain Duncan Smith that went well enough, and was drafted on the back of it into his team for Prime Minister's Questions prep. The other three members were David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson (and I should say in passing that those first two were infinitely better at the task than I was). I thus spent part of each week, for the best half of four years, with the duo that leads the Conservative Party. I never saw them tip the wink at...

Yes, it's Mitchell Is Innocent Day on ConservativeHome


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. In my ToryDiary of earlier today about Andrew Mitchell case, and the failure of Operation Alice to report a year after it was set up, a long list of articles is enclosed supporting the MP. Some of them are very fine, all of them make good points, and we're going to make it Mitchell Is Innocent Day on ConservativeHome. One will be posted on the site each hour until close of play. In order to avoid having two threads on the same subject, we will close the one below shortly.

Andrew Mitchell should be returned to the Cabinet at the first opportunity


By Paul Goodman Follow Paul on Twitter. It is a year today since Operation Alice, the investigation by the Met into the Andrew Mitchell affair, was launched: 30 police officers were apparently put on the case. Yet it has failed to produce a report: 12 months is apparently insufficient time to probe an incident lasting some 45 seconds. Here are some more figures relating to the case. Six people are reported to have been arrested, four of them police officers, four of them from the Diplomatic Protection Unit. Four members of the unit are undergoing disciplinary proceedings. Three members of...