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Grant Shapps said Ed Miliband needed to say why he did not know about Paul Flowers' conduct. "They knew about it because he stood down in Bradford – the question is if Ed Miliband didn’t know about that, why didn’t he know about that? ... Continue to article
Conservatives press release Conservative chairman Grant Shapps said last night: "This is a pathetic attempt to evade the serious issues. Labour have big questions to answer, and when they are asked, they simply try to avoid them by claim... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield On Maria Miller’s wall hangs a huge, avant garde photograph of a woman cut in half by an ironing board. On her iPad, she taps at a YouTube video of her son singing Verdi. On her desk, a... Continue to article
Grant Shapps argued the Labour party must have known about the personal issues of the disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers. “They did know, because he stood down from council as a Labour councillor, for reason... Continue to article
Grant Shapps hit out at the amendment calling for a pause in recruiting Army reservists. "We’ve got some time to do all of this but let’s just get back to the basic reason for doing it there was a 38 black hole in the Defence budget whe... Continue to article
Conservative party press release Responding to the news that Ed Miliband has admitted people were signed up by Unite to be Labour members in Falkirk, Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said: "Ed Miliband promised to take on Len Mc... Continue to article
Labour party press release Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to the Prime Minister to call for Grant Shapps to be suspended from his Ministerial and Tory Party positions and an investigation ... Continue to article
One of the stranger rows since the Coalition formed has been over the many names of Tory chairman Grant Shapps/Michael Green, and whether or not businesses he ran before entering politics were engaged in unlawful activity Continue to article
All credit to Hatfield for living up to its name with this charity drive. Whether or not the gnome wearing a hat and scarf being placed directly in front of Michael Howard's picture should be seen as a snub to the former Tory leader rema...
Conservative party press release Below is a letter from Grant Shapps to Ed Miliband following today's revelations on the tactics employed by Unite in the Grangemouth dispute. Dear Ed, I am sure that by now you will have read about the ... Continue to article
With his cynical attack on the BBC, Grant Shapps has given us a nasty taste of how politicians could exercise power over the press Continue to article
Conservative party press release Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said: ‘Stevie Deans’ resignation is yet another reason why Ed Miliband must finally act. He must publish the internal Labour inquiry into Falkirk. ‘Ed Miliband ... Continue to article
Harriet Harman accused Grant Shapps of blaming the BBC for the Conservatives' own failure in government. “I think it’s absolutely wrong. He’s the chair of the Conservative party - I note this has not come from the Secretary of State for ... Continue to article
Greg Dyke urged the BBC to ignore Grant Shapps threat that it could lose its exclusive right to the licence fee. “No [the BBC should not heed the warning]. This is an attempt to pressurise and intimidate the BBC, which is what government... Continue to article
Grant Shapps insisted that the Coalition can still be the greenest government ever despite David Cameron's pledge to reduce green levies. "We will be, because we've already made the switches in the economy... Because if you look at where... Continue to article
Grant Shapps claimed the Labour reshuffle was being dictated by the Unite union. "What we’ve done is to promote MPs to ministers and to higher positions who are from right across the party, including from the Midlands, from the North, so... Continue to article
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps deserves credit for a smoothly run conference in Manchester this week. There were no mistakes and the debates in the main hall were well choreographed. Continue to article
Diabled people who qualified for the Employment Support Allowance benefit would not be excluded from claiming housing benefit and JSA under Tory plans, Grant Shapps has said. The Conservative party chairman told a Question Time audience ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the decision to bring forward the start date of the second phase of Help to Buy was proof of the Conservatives credentials as the party of aspiration. We think that everybody should get the opportunity to get on the hou... Continue to article
To win a majority in 2015, the Conservatives must take the fight to Labour, says Mark Pritchard Notwithstanding the recent political fallout from the Syria vote, this has been a good nine months for the Conservative Party. Unity has... Continue to article
Grant Shapps played down the significance of falling Tory membership numbers "Look, on this, I think, first of all I’d like it to be more, and that’s my intention. I think the world’s changed and people don’t rush out and join political... Continue to article
Tory party chairman Grant Shapps told MailOnline it was 'outrageous' that UN official Raquel Rolnik (pictured) had been allowed to attack the 'bedroom tax' without meeting ministers. Continue to article
Grant Shapps described a report by the UN rapporteur on housing criticising the Government’s social housing benefit changes as an “absolute disgrace”. “This report is an absolute disgrace and I’m going to be writing to the UN Secretary G... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said Ed Miliband had “completely capitulated” to the trade unions. “What’s actually happened here is he has completely capitulated to the trade unions. He came out with this big bold statement that he was going to reform the... Continue to article
Conservative press release Responding to Len McCluskey's comments that he feels "vindicated" following the conclusion of Labour's investigation into Falkirk, Conservative Party Chairman, Grant Shapps, said: "It's little wonder Len McCl... Continue to article
Grant Shapps called on Ed Miliband to publish Labour's report into allegations of vote rigging in the Falkirk selection process. “It seems to me that Len McCluskey and the Unite union have got an absolute hold over Ed Miliband. Remember ... 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.
24/11/2013 on The Sunday Politics, BBC One
21/11/2013 on BBC News
20/11/2013 on Daily Politcs, BBC Two
11/11/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
07/11/2013 on Conservative party
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