Archive: Conservative Leadership

Ken Clarke: Last of the Tory moderates shuffled out of office

Bonfire of the moderates: Cameron shifts Tories firmly to the right

David Cameron switches off the life support of One Nation Conservatism, as he culls the remaining moderates in senior government positions

Opinion Former Articles

  • A surgical look at the reasons behind the Syria intervention Commons defeat

    Syria intervention: Anatomy of a defeat

    David Cameron's personal authority took a huge blow last night - but the prime minister should only partly be blamed for the government's failure to win over the Commons.

  • They just couldn't believe what they were hearing

    Eyewitness: Shock in the Commons

    When Cameron returned from voting for his doomed motion on military action against Bashar al-Assad he was joking with Labour frontbenchers. It was the last time he would smile in the Commons chamber that evening.

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