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Grant Shapps said that the decision to resign as Culture Secretary was made by Maria Miller alone. “In the end, exactly as she said in her resignation letter, [Maria] just felt that the amount of media interest around this, the way that ... Continue to article
Grinding out results at home can only get you so far. Winning bravely away from home is where titles are usually decided. Continue to article
Section of transcript from Grant Shapps' interview with Pienaar's Politics on Radio 5live JP: So she's got your full backing and that of the Prime Minister and she is staying just where she is...that's what you are telling me? GS: Wel... Continue to article
Grant Shapps was asked if he felt Maria Miller was the victim of a media 'witch hunt' and said everyone deserved a second chance. "I'm always very wary of accusing the press of those sorts of things. I think the truth of the matter is if... Continue to article
So how did he do? Last week’s Budget was widely seen as George Osborne’s last big chance to shift the political and economic landscape before next year’s election. And while its real impact will be measured in months not days, the init... Continue to article
Tory chairman Grant Shapps says he drinks beer and plays bingo and is "proud" of his much-criticised Budget ad. Continue to article
Not one to be willingly outdone by George Osborne, Boris Johnson has been out and about in a hi-vis jacket of his own today. With the storm over Grant Shapps’ none-too-popular bingo poster still raging, the responses from two of the rumo...
Boris Johnson refused to be drawn about Grant Shapps’ controversial poster saying cuts to beer and bingo taxes would “help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy”. “It seems to be celebrating the fact that we’re cutting tax ... Continue to article
Chris Leslie said the Chancellor had "missed opportunities" to relieve people from cost of living pressures. "It’s the missed opportunities in terms of those cost of living pressures. You’d have thought that that would feature in the Bud... Continue to article
Downing Street said David Cameron would press for harsher sanctions against Russia at a European Union summit in Brussels today. "We will want to look at a broader range of political and economic areas... The Prime Minister thinks its ri... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said Grant Shapps’ tweet of a Tory poster was “silly”, but should not detract from a strong Budget. “I think the tweet was a bit silly, partly because actually the issues involved in this Budget were really quite serious, incl... Continue to article
The Bow Group press release Lord Tebbit calls for an immediate breakup of the Coalition, the exploration of a pact with UKIP and a change in the leadership of the Conservative Party. On Wednesday night, Lord Tebbit addressed the annua... Continue to article
Ed Balls said Grant Shapps' advert for the Budget was "incredibly patronising". "We’ve discussed this before: getting rid of the 10p tax rate in the later part of the last government was a mistake. A tax cut for 24m low income families. ... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said he had been astonished by the Conservatives 'beer and bingo' campaign advert. “I thought it was a spoof at first – it’s just pretty extraordinary. It may be our budget, but it’s their words. I think it’s rather patro... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said speeding up the timetable for HS2 was a good idea. "In the end, the country needs to decide 'do we think our future is brighter? Is it ahead of us? Are we going to allow our children to benefit from it?'. We haven't bui... Continue to article
Words: Jess Bowie Pictures: Paul Heartfield Industrious MPs frequently find themselves clock-watching, wishing there were more hours in the day. The Member for Harlow, Robert Halfon, is a time-poor clock-watcher too – ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said Boris Johnson would have a leading role in the Conservatives' 2015 general election campaign. “Oh yes, absolutely. Boris Johnson is a guy who’s able to communicate incredibly well. Of course, it would be crazy for him n... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna said the reforms the Labour party was making to its links with trade unions would help address the 'democratic emergency' in the UK. "My own view is that we have a democratic emergency. Why do I say that? Because I think pe... Continue to article
Speaking at Conservative Campaign Headquarters today, having been invited by Chairman Grant Shapps to launch a new apprenticeship scheme, Sir John Major set out the moral mission of the Conservative Party Continue to article
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt makes an announcement on dementia care Foreign secretary William Hague hosts UK-China strategic dialogue talks with Chinese delegation led by state councillor Yang Jiechi Welsh secretary David Jones visits... Continue to article
Conservative party press release The Labour Party received £2 million from trade unions in Q4 2013, 64 per cent of their total donations, according to new figures from the independent Electoral Commission. This comes just days after ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said Labour's 50p tax rate proposal was "all to do with positioning". "I'm much more into doing the 25m people being taken out of tax at the lower end entirely. When it comes to these higher end tax rates, the only question ... Continue to article
Mortgage lending is still tight despite a rise in the number of approvals in July. Mortgages advanced to customers increased to 56,000, up 7% on June, according the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.
Tory chairman Grant Shapps' website is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority, following accusations it used false testimonials to sell products.
The Independent reports that the probe centres on Mr Shapps creating a multi-millionaire alias, Michael Green.
The Government's plans to replace local council cabinets with directly elected mayors have been rejected by voters in Manchester, Nottingham, Bradford and Coventry, though Bristol has voted in favour of the move.
Doncaster has also voted in favour of a mayor with 62% of the vote. It was the only location that already had a mayor and was voting on whether or not to keep the system.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps said "no-one was forcing" mayors on cities, despite comments by the Prime Minister earlier in the week that he wanted a "Boris Johnson in every city".
London will find out later today who has been elected mayor, with the final pre-vote polls suggesting Boris Johnson will return to City Hall for another four years.
Mr Johnson was carrying a six-point lead over Labour's Ken Livingstone according to some surveys, although with the result not due until this evening the candidates will face an anxious wait.
Grant Shapps gave "internet entrepreneurs" a tour of Parliament as his internet alter-ego Michael Green, the Guardian reports.
The Conservative party chair is said to have bought dinner for business associates in a Commons restaurant as a backbencher in 2006.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps has come out in support of proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Mr Shapps said "all options" needed to be examined in order to help the economy.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Shapps as saying "we need to have sufficient numbers of ports to get people in and goods out... I back the Chancellor's position to the hilt when he said in the Budget we clearly need to review the airport capacity in the South East."
The Housing Minister also announced measures to combat so-called "neighbours from hell".
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
09/04/2014 on BBC News
06/04/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5Live
20/03/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
20/03/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
20/03/2014 on Call Clegg, LBC
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