Conservative Party

The Conservative election victory was surprising — but not to those on the inside of the Tory machine

David Cameron is a decent man whose consensual style has worked well so far. But the fight of his life — on Europe — may yet undo him

To provide for Britain’s ageing population, Iain Duncan Smith should embrace the contributory principle in his welfare reforms

As polling day nears, Conservatives are sticking to a strictly economic message. But there should be room in politics for moral arguments.

The Continent is stuck on a course of ‘ever closer union’. British voters need to know what the Prime Minister thinks of such a vision

By joshing about the differences between Eton and ‘minor public schools’, the Shadow Chancellor reveals just how out of touch he is

The new rules on annuites are radical – and welcome

The up-and-coming backbencher is an unlikely champion of blue-collar conservatism

Why, with UK growth picking up faster than anyone predicted, isn’t Labour collapsing in the polls? Why does Labour win approval for policies that are clearly incompatible with running a successful free market economy? And what should the Conservatives do about it? The Chancellor, as he prepares his Budget, would be well advised to reflect on more than the Treasury forecast or ephemeral party polling data as he seeks an answer.

The Conservatives have not yet earned back the trust of England’s northern cities. Doing so is the key to winning a majority in 2015