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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
It is a great pleasure to be here to deliver my first keynote address as Shadow Housing Minister. I would like to thank you Mike (Quinton) and to the National House-Building Council for inviting me to speak to you today. Now in its 78th y... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the Government was not minded to reverse its opposition to granting rights of resettlement to any refugees from the conflict in Syria. “No. This is absolutely the right thing to do, because what people are trying to sug... 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.
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