Archive: Conservative Leadership

Osborne extends his grasp: The chancellor's reshuffle

The chancellor's reshuffle: Osborne extends his control

Allies of George Osborne were given noticeable promotions in today's government reshuffle, as the chancellor extended his control over ministerial appointments.

  • 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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