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Grant Shapps said the EU referendum bill was not in the Queen's Speech because it was not supported by the Liberal Democrats. "We’re in Coalition because we didn’t win the last election, so we couldn’t put it in the Queen’s Speech becaus... Continue to article
“Well, first of all it’s important to realise the whole thrust of this Queen’s Speech is about helping hard-working families who want to get on in life, and that includes families who happen to have children. And there are a couple of parts... Continue to article
Conservative party press release Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman said: “If Ed Miliband is too weak to stand up to his own Shadow Chancellor, then he won't be able to stand up for the British people.” “It’s the same old La... Continue to article
Grant Shapps revealed the Tories would be publishing a draft bill on an EU renegotiation referendum. "What I’m saying is, what we want to do is make the legislation available, bring it forward, we will actually publish a bill which ... Continue to article
Nigel Farage has called for televised debates ahead of the European elections next year during a vigorous discussion of the results of the local elections. Politicians from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP spoke to C... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the message from the local elections was that people wanted the Government to prioritise the economy, welfare and Europe. "We have seen seven of the county councils count, we are in control of five of them and two of th... Continue to article
Conservative party press release Speaking on the World At One, Ed Miliband refused ten times to admit that Labour’s plans would mean borrowing more. This is despite Ed Balls already admitting that Labour would borrow more. Conservativ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said Ed Miliband must prove that he leads a One Nation party by winning council seats across the country at next month's local elections. "I think the really interesting thing about these elections will be to see whether Ed ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the Government was making sure people were better off in work. “We think that when you go out and you earn money, you should know that money stays in your pocket and that you’re always better off when you’re in work tha... Continue to article
Government ministers like Iain Duncan Smith and Grant Shapps are misrepresenting official statistics for political gain. Continue to article
Grant Shapps said he was probably a Thatcherite. "I think I probably am. I certainly was brought up under a Thatcher Government, she's one of the people who inspired me into public service, I suppose I am." Asked if he was chairman of... Continue to article
Conservative party press release In a withering attack on Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, Tony Blair has rounded on the Labour party's empty lurch to the left. In an article that ranges from Ed Miliband's lack of leadership to Labour's econo... Continue to article
By Jon Stone Ministers were accused of a fresh ‘shambles’ over the so-called 'bedroom tax' today after it appeared Whitehall departments were at odds over plans to crack down on 'subletting' of council homes. Labour went on the attack... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the Universal Credit would let every person know they were better off in work than on benefits. "These are very big reforms. In fact the biggest since the war, when the system came into place, and I think it’s really im... Continue to article
Grant Shapps defended the decision to have the new press regulation regime affect web-based news organisations. “It’s no secret but a lot of the newspapers are in serious decline in terms of their readership; a lot of that’s going online... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said that publications outside the new press regulator would be “effectively unprotected”. "The rules are, under this Royal Charter, under the system that will be set up, the fines will be big, like a million pounds and prop... Continue to article
When Grant Shapps, the Conservative chairman, is reduced to saying that public disagreements over policy are evidence that the party is "fizzing with ideas", we know the party is in trouble. Continue to article
Grant Shapps has given an interview to The House magazine ahead of the Tory party's Spring Forum. It's a wide-ranging chat, covering everything from his own political philosophy to attacks on Vince Cable playing the role of 'commentator'... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY David Cameron is not short of advice. From backbenchers to former ministers, Cabinet members to influential backers, everyone is breaking cover to tell the Prime Minister where he’s going wrong. He leads a Conservativ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps admitted today that David Cameron made a mistake in saying families with disabled children were exempt from the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. Speaking at PMQs on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said: “Anyone with severely disabled ... Continue to article
Home secretary Theresa May, Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps, Lord Ashcroft, Nadine Dorries MP, Jesse Norman MP, Mark Reckless MP, Liz Truss MP, Nadhim Zahawi MP and Dan Hannan MEP speak at the ConservativeHome conference Shadow ... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the real problem in social housing was not the incoming cut in spare-room subsidy but the doubling in the number of people on waiting lists for accommodation under the Labour government. “The whole idea of providing ben... Continue to article
WORDS: PAUL WAUGH A week after the results came through, the aftershocks of the Eastleigh by-election continue to be felt. UKIP’s powerful second place (and it looks like they were ahead on the day, but lost on postal votes) has caused he... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said the Conservatives must listen to the message of Eastleigh and “get on with the job”. "Look I think actually as by-elections go first of all were disappointed not to do better we’d like to win the seat of course but as b... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said it was important to listen to the messages sent and received from the Eastleigh by-election. "This was a Liberal Democrat seat, it remains a Liberal Democrat seat. In terms of their wider message one thing we know for s... Continue to article
This morning's WaughRoomMemo (sign up here if you don't yet subscribe) had my thoughts on last night's Eastleigh result. Here's a chunk of my verdict: FRIDAY 1ST MARCH The first day of spring has sprung and Eastleigh means t... Continue to article
Grant Shapps gave "internet entrepreneurs" a tour of Parliament as his internet alter-ego Michael Green, the Guardian reports.
The Conservative party chair is said to have bought dinner for business associates in a Commons restaurant as a backbencher in 2006.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps has come out in support of proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Mr Shapps said "all options" needed to be examined in order to help the economy.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Shapps as saying "we need to have sufficient numbers of ports to get people in and goods out... I back the Chancellor's position to the hilt when he said in the Budget we clearly need to review the airport capacity in the South East."
The Housing Minister also announced measures to combat so-called "neighbours from hell".
The Government's plans to replace local council cabinets with directly elected mayors have been rejected by voters in Manchester, Nottingham, Bradford and Coventry, though Bristol has voted in favour of the move.
Doncaster has also voted in favour of a mayor with 62% of the vote. It was the only location that already had a mayor and was voting on whether or not to keep the system.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps said "no-one was forcing" mayors on cities, despite comments by the Prime Minister earlier in the week that he wanted a "Boris Johnson in every city".
London will find out later today who has been elected mayor, with the final pre-vote polls suggesting Boris Johnson will return to City Hall for another four years.
Mr Johnson was carrying a six-point lead over Labour's Ken Livingstone according to some surveys, although with the result not due until this evening the candidates will face an anxious wait.
Tory chairman Grant Shapps' website is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority, following accusations it used false testimonials to sell products.
The Independent reports that the probe centres on Mr Shapps creating a multi-millionaire alias, Michael Green.
Mortgage lending is still tight despite a rise in the number of approvals in July. Mortgages advanced to customers increased to 56,000, up 7% on June, according the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
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