Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • On foreign students: if number is growing, even if you remove all as courses fin...

    • source icon
    • 13:21
  • Tory plans to kick out international students after graduation are frankly grote...

    • source icon
    • 13:17
  • Cardiff Garcia | On Cuba, no side has got it right

    • source icon
    • 13:02
  • Anthony Wells | Latest YouGov and Opinium polls

    • source icon
    • 10:48
  • James Forsyth | The Blue on Blue action has to stop if the Tories are to win next May

    • source icon
    • 10:05
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

The Hung Parly Party

Grant Shapps has given a typically ebullient interview to the Independent's Andy Grice today.

He declared that the Tories should be the 'everyone, everywhere' party has a nice ring (echoing the EE everything everywhere mobile phone firm) to it.

But it is Shapp's line on future hung Parliaments that will catch many a Lib Dem eye. Grice writes:

The Tory chairman concedes that in 2015, his party will not be able to re-run its 2010 campaign scare stories that a hung parliament would create instability. "Everyone would accept we have created a remarkably stable government from a coalition. We all thought for years that would be impossible," he admits. Inevitably, there is a but: "I am convinced we could go further and faster and do better things for this country, a better future, a better economy if we governed on our own as Conservatives."

Many in Westminster remember the Conservative attack line at the last election - particularly as Clegg was doing well in the TV debates - that a hung Parliament would lead to hell in a handcart.

That particular fear factor will be a much less potent weapon in 2015.

And if Labour fails to make the breakthrough on an overall majority, the rosette above (dished out by CCHQ) could become less of a joke...

 

Be briefed for £1.50 a week...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more