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Grant Shapps said a future Conservative government would have to reduce public spending further to reduce the deficit. “The fact of the matter is that no one would have thought six years on, the economy in Europe and the eurozone would b... Continue to article
Labour has been having a few problems with celebrities in recent weeks. After Myleene Klass’ run-in with Ed Miliband, Angelina Jolie has now revealed she might not buy a house in Britain if the ‘mansion tax’ goes ahead after all. So w...
Grant Shapps said it remained to be seen whether the Government would meet its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands. "The bit that we have control over…we’ve slashed immigration from outside the EU, it was the bigger... Continue to article
Grant Shapps dismissed claims that classroom assistants did not improve classroom outcomes, despite recent data suggesting otherwise. “Like all these things it’s a bit more nuanced than that, for example it does say that where you ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps defended politicians' participation on Twitter, but said Emily Thornberry was wrong to be "judging the public". "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to peop... Continue to article
Grant Shapps paid tribute to hard-working white van drivers and said it wasn't for politicians like Labour's Emily Thornberry to "judge" members of the public. "People generally don't have a huge amount of time and respect for politician... Continue to article
Grant Shapps promised the Conservatives would “fight every single day” to win back the Rochester and Strood seat from Ukip in May’s general election. “We’re certainly disappointed with the result. Kelly Tolhurst ran a very hard campaign ... Continue to article
Here's a full roundup of today's political shows from the PoliticsHome team, which we send out to Pro subscribers every week. Subscribers also get access to full transcripts of every political appearance. 9.00 Andrew Marr Show, BBC One... Continue to article
Grant Shapps described the supposed killing of a US aid worker by so-called Islamic State as “disgusting, barbaric, repulsive". “As John Major just said, what could even be worse, is that people have gone there to try to help the victi... Continue to article
Conservatives statement Today, in response to this Mail story, Grant Shapps has written to Ed Miliband. The text of the letter reads: Dear Mr Miliband, In a public and well-attended meeting on Remembrance Sunday, your Labour MP John... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell questioned the Conservative claims that they were not involved in a telemarketing campaign in Rochester and Strood which has allegedly been smearing Ukip candidate Mark Reckless. “Grant Shapps [Tory chairman] has very pu... Continue to article
Jose Manuel Barroso has warned there is a “limit” to how many concessions European Union nations will hand to Britain as it attempts to renegotiate its relationship with the EU. Mr Barroso, who is leaving his post as European Commission... Continue to article
Grant Shapps brushed off a warning from Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, that any attempt to impose an “arbitrary cap” on EU immigration would be incompatible with European rules. “Barroso’s only the latest ... Continue to article
Nigel Farage has called on the “people’s army of Ukip to march on Rochester and Strood” as he returns to the campaign trail today. This follows yesterday’s victory for Mr Farage’s party when Douglas Carswell won their first parliamentary... Continue to article
Douglas Carswelll dismissed suggestions that Ukip now had two leaders and declared that he would “never seek to be the leader” of the party. “I am not the leader of the United Kingdom Independence party. I never will be the leader of t... Continue to article
Grant Shapps reiterated the Tory case that a vote for Ukip made a Labour victory in next May’s election more likely. “This confirms a really simple truth, which is whilst Ukip might take votes from all the parties, they actually cost Con... Continue to article
Grant Shapps refused to answer how the Conservatives would fund £7.2bn of tax cuts outlined in the Prime Minister’s conference speech. Asked repeatedly during a debate on Question Time whether raising VAT would be one option considered b... Continue to article
Grant Shapps refused to rule out increasing VAT to pay for tax cuts in the next parliament. “I have absolutely no intention of writing future budgets on your programme. What I can tell you I that we believe in living within our means as ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said that Labour is the "biggest risk" to the economy and accused the party of having failed to think through the policies they proposed at the party conference this week. "We know that we inherited a deficit. I would say, d... Continue to article
The shadow cabinet officer minister has written to the Conservative Party to demand negotiations on TV debates for the 2015 election. In a speech to the 2014 Labour Party conference Michael Dugher challenged to Tory chair Grant Shapps to... Continue to article
Conference, no doubt you've seen the Tories on Twitter encouraging people to “hashtag share the facts”. Well why don’t we do that Conference? Why don’t we share the facts about this Conservative Government: Like the tax cut for mil... Continue to article
Grant Shapps insisted that 'English votes for English laws' could be implemented in tandem with more devolved powers for Scotland, and denied that constitutional reform for England would take years or even decades to implement. “This is ... 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.
30/11/2014 on Westminster Hour, Radio 4
26/11/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
25/11/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
24/11/2014 on The Agenda, ITV
23/11/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live
21/11/2014 on This Week, BBC One
16/11/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
19/12/2014 on Pool clip
19/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
19/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two