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Halal: It’s about animal rights, not religion

Halal: It’s about animal rights, not religion

As a vegetarian and animal rights activist, I was appalled recently to hear that Pizza Express and other food retailers have been selling halal meat to the British Public by stealth, with no labelling whatsoever. We already label whether our meat has been slaughtered in Britain or whether it contains additives, so why not label whether food has been killed […]

by · 24th May 2014 · Home Affairs, frontpage
Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

This time next year, under the terms of the Fixed Parliaments Act 2011, the polls will be open for the 56th general election of the United Kingdom. Just let that sink in. In exactly 12 months time, this country will be choosing its next government. Of course, to some people, ‘choosing’ may be seen as a little generous as not […]

by · 7th May 2014 · Home Affairs
For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party hellbent on removing the hereditary element from the House of Lords, Labour is a surprisingly dynastic party. Euan Blair, 29-year-old son of the three-term Labour PM, has been touted as the next candidate for the safe seat of Bootle, Merseyside, presumably on the understanding the  incumbent Joe Benton, 81, does the decent thing and takes back his vow […]

by · 15th April 2014 · Home Affairs
The young are natural Conservatives

The young are natural Conservatives

Young people today have become used to an insecure world: global security events, economic shocks and pervasive uncertainty are all their ‘normal’. But what effect has this had on those young people? Are they pessimistic, worried, scared? No. Multiple pieces of research into the attitudes of Millennials (those aged 18-33) has found rising levels of optimism and a sense of […]

by · 2nd April 2014 · Home Affairs
Do the Conservatives need a Shadow Cabinet?

Do the Conservatives need a Shadow Cabinet?

Matt Gass considers the challenges facing the next election campaign Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Scotland, along with Chief Secretary to Treasury, are the cabinet level positions held by Liberal Democrats since the Coalition was formed. We are now just over a year from the planned date of the 2015 election. Against the expectations of many the Coalition […]

by · 18th March 2014 · Home Affairs, Blog
Cameras in courtrooms – a fair trial?

Cameras in courtrooms – a fair trial?

By Alexandra Paterson I’m sat outside Court 6 in Manchester Magistrates’ Court watching Sky News flash up ‘Day 3 of the Oscar Pistorius trial – live updates available for iPad and mobile devices.’ This is another unfortunate of example of the trial of a grave crime becoming a media circus and is part of an ongoing and worrying trend. It’s nothing […]

by and · 6th March 2014 · Home Affairs
Paul Flowers Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband’s Crystal Methodist cash cow has exposed the sinister side of Labour

Labour has spent the last few months on a relentless crusade to position Ed Miliband as the man on the side of ordinary working people, launching a moral crusade against the big energy companies, corrupt media empires and big businesses. Opinion polls indicate that until the recent revelations that about the Co-operative bank scandal, this strategy was beginning to work. […]

by · 22nd November 2013 · Home Affairs, Blog
A truly Conservative Conference for a Tory majority

A truly Conservative Conference for a Tory majority

By Clare George-Hilley With a general election under two years away, Manchester 2013 will be remembered as a landmark conference, where the Conservative Party focussed not only on what it has to do for the country, but why it is doing it. In the conference hall and exhibition space, banners hung from the roof rafters reminding delegates of our record […]

by · 7th October 2013 · Home Affairs, Blog
Alone in the national interest

Alone in the national interest

In the run up to our panel discussion at the Conservative Party Conference, including John Redwood MP and the Daily Mail’s Melanie Phillips, we’ve been asking what “Life After the Lib Dems” will really mean. Today Matthew Corner argues that it would be better to form a minority government than enter another coalition. Join us on Monday 30 September from […]

by and · 21st September 2013 · Home Affairs
Our “Life After the Lib Dems” may not start in 2015

Our “Life After the Lib Dems” may not start in 2015

In the run up to our panel discussion at the Conservative Party Conference, including John Redwood MP and the Daily Mail’s Melanie Phillips, we’ve been asking what “Life After the Lib Dems” will really mean. Today Mahyar Tousi asks whether the coalition is heading towards a divorce or merely a trial separation. Join us on Monday 30 September from 5:30-7:00pm […]

by · 20th September 2013 · Home Affairs