Knives will be out at Tory ‘dinner from hell’ – featuring Boris Johnson and the PMs he supplanted

Other auction lots included a safari in South Africa, a wine tasting trip, a shooting weekend on an estate in Scotland and a box at a Premier League football match. In all, the Conservatives raised more than £ 500,000 from the evening for the party’s burgeoning efforts to raise money to pay for dozens of … Read more

More than one million foreign nationals allowed to live in the UK in a year

The number of professions that qualify for skilled visas has been significantly expanded to include jobs such as chef, bricklayer, electrician, welder, health and care worker, while the Government also removed caps on most visa routes. The largest recipients of work shows were Indians (87,000), Ukraine (21,000), Philippines (16,000), Nigeria (15,000) and USA (11,000). EU … Read more

Free the energy market from red tape

When an energy price freeze was proposed by Ed Miliband in 2013, the Conservatives attacked it as “Marxist”. Like so many Left-wing ideas, it had superficial attractions. The Government should indeed be focused on ensuring that businesses and households are not paying a fortune for energy, but constraining the ability of firms to set their … Read more

Sir Gavin’s gong is a national embarrassment

It was last September when I first caught wind that Gavin Williamson was to be given a knighthood. As I reported at the time, “there are suggestions Boris Johnson may have made the offer to soften the blow of the former education secretary’s sacking in the Cabinet reshuffle”. The news filled me with such a … Read more