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  • = Key Development Sunday 25th January
  • 22:18 Story (6 links): Shapps: Cameron likely to accept debates

    PoliticsHome Shapps: Cameron likely to accept debates Story View links

    Grant Shapps has signalled David Cameron will accept the format of televised leader debates put forward by the broadcasters.

    The Prime Minister had rejected the original proposals for three debates because they did not include the Greens. 

    The broadcasters came forward with a new set of plans that would see two seven-way debates featuring the leaders of the Tories, Labour, Lib Dems, Ukip, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru, and one head-to-head between Mr Cameron and Ed Miliband.

    The statement from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News also threatened to press on with the debates if one of the party leaders declined to take part.

    Mr Shapps, the Tory chairman, was asked on Sky’s Murnaghan show, yes or no, whether the Prime Minister would take part.

    “It’s a yes. We want the debates. We want the debates. But you know the negotiations need to be completed with the TV broadcasters.”

    Appearing later to Pienaar's Politics, Mr Shapps was asked again about the debates and whether the Conservatives agreed with the new proposals.

    "Yeah, I think that’s right...We’re edging towards a solution," he said.

    However, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said that if the TV debates were made any bigger, they could risk looking like a quiz show, but that it was up to the broadcasters to decide the format.

    “If it gets any bigger it will be more like an episode of Fifteen to One," he warned, speaking on Sunday Politics.

  • 12:06 Natalie Bennett: I will represent Greens in debates, not Lucas On air

    On Air | Natalie Bennett | Green party leader | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Natalie Bennett

    Natalie Bennett confirmed that she, not MP Caroline Lucas, would be the Green representative in any televised leader debates. “They’re leader debates, those debates... We’re not a one-woman or one-man party. Other events, there will be d... Continue to article

  • 11:42 Jim Murphy: TV debates could get too big On air

    On Air | Jim Murphy MP | Scottish Labour leader | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Jim Murphy MP

    Jim Murphy said that if the TV debates were made any bigger, they could risk looking like a quiz show, but that it was up to the broadcasters to decide the format. “The Labour party has made it clear that this is an issue for the broadca... Continue to article

  • 10:28 Grant Shapps: Allegations against Ukip defector are desperate On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps welcomed the defection of Ukip’s Amjad Bashir to the Conservatives. “It has been discussed over a period of time, obviously, and it’s great to see in as much as Mr Bashir, this Ukip MEP, former Ukip MEP has been absolutely c... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 14:26 Dot Commons: A holiday for hardworking people Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome A holiday for hardworking people

    Some (not us at PoliticsHome, of course) would say that a holiday with your boss looks less like a prize, more like workplace bullying. Grant Shapps, however, thinks differently. He of the “reshuffle for hardworking families” has thou...

  • = Key Development Monday 12th January
  • 23:40 Grant Shapps: Labour are playing Micky Mouse economics On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Newsnight, BBC 2 Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps accused Labour of playing ‘Micky Mouse economics’ and would never pay down the debt. “We want to make sure that we paying down the debt, the real debt, in order that future generations are not able to be saddled with debt th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 6th January
  • 19:37 Robert Smith blog: Grant Shapps faces planted questions on LBC – before coming up against a real voter News

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    Anyone listening to Grant Shapps on LBC this afternoon will have noticed he was given a fairly easy ride from a number of the callers phoning-in. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 2nd January
  • 13:38 Grant Shapps: Tories are not hiding the numbers on deficit reduction On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps dismissed suggestions that the Tory party had made misleading claims on deficit reduction after a new election poster hailed a 50% fall in borrowing, which has since been disputed by commentators who say it has been cut by only... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 30th November
  • 22:58 Grant Shapps: More public spending cuts to come On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Westminster Hour, Radio 4 Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps said a future Conservative government would have to reduce public spending further to reduce the deficit. “The fact of the matter is that no one would have thought six years on, the economy in Europe and the eurozone would b... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th November
  • 13:33 Dot Commons: Watch and learn, Ed Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Watch and learn, Ed

    Labour has been having a few problems with celebrities in recent weeks. After Myleene Klass’ run-in with Ed Miliband, Angelina Jolie has now revealed she might not buy a house in Britain if the ‘mansion tax’ goes ahead after all. So w...

  • 11:30 Grant Shapps: Remains to be seen if Govt will meet immigration target On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps said it remained to be seen whether the Government would meet its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands. "The bit that we have control over…we’ve slashed immigration from outside the EU, it was the bigger... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th November
  • 14:04 Grant Shapps: Funding cuts should be informed at local level On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps dismissed claims that classroom assistants did not improve classroom outcomes, despite recent data suggesting otherwise.       “Like all these things it’s a bit more nuanced than that, for example it does say that where you ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 22:45 Grant Shapps: Politicians shouldn't be judging the public, the public should be judging politicians On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | The Agenda, ITV Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps defended politicians' participation on Twitter, but said Emily Thornberry was wrong to be "judging the public". "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to peop... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 23rd November
  • 10:30 Grant Shapps: MPs such as Thornberry shouldn't judge the public, it should be the other way round On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps paid tribute to hard-working white van drivers and said it wasn't for politicians like Labour's Emily Thornberry to "judge" members of the public. "People generally don't have a huge amount of time and respect for politician... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 04:53 Grant Shapps: Tories will fight every day to win back Rochester and Strood On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | This Week, BBC One Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps promised the Conservatives would “fight every single day” to win back the Rochester and Strood seat from Ukip in May’s general election. “We’re certainly disappointed with the result. Kelly Tolhurst ran a very hard campaign ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 16th November
  • 13:53 PoliticsHome Sunday Shows Round-up PoliticsHome News

    PoliticsHome Sunday Shows Round-up PoliticsHome News

    Here's a full roundup of today's political shows from the PoliticsHome team, which we send out to Pro subscribers every week. Subscribers also get access to full transcripts of every political appearance. 9.00 Andrew Marr Show, BBC One... Continue to article

  • 10:18 Grant Shapps: IS killing is disgusting, barbaric and repulsive On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps described the supposed killing of a US aid worker by so-called Islamic State as “disgusting, barbaric, repulsive".   “As John Major just said, what could even be worse, is that people have gone there to try to help the victi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th November
  • 11:26 Transcript: Grant Shapps letter to Ed Miliband on John McDonnell 'lynching' comments Transcripts

    Grant Shapps letter to Ed Miliband on John McDonnell 'lynching' comments Transcripts

    Conservatives statement Today, in response to this Mail story, Grant Shapps has written to Ed Miliband. The text of the letter reads: Dear Mr Miliband, In a public and well-attended meeting on Remembrance Sunday, your Labour MP John... Continue to article

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Stories involving Grant Shapps

Shapps: Cameron likely to accept debates

Grant Shapps has signalled David Cameron will accept the format of televised leader debates put forward by the broadcasters.

The Prime Minister had rejected the original proposals for three debates because they did not include the Greens. 

The broadcasters came forward with a new set of plans that would see two seven-way debates featuring the leaders of the Tories, Labour, Lib Dems, Ukip, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru, and one head-to-head between Mr Cameron and Ed Miliband.

The statement from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News also threatened to press on with the debates if one of the party leaders declined to take part.

Mr Shapps, the Tory chairman, was asked on Sky’s Murnaghan show, yes or no, whether the Prime Minister would take part.

“It’s a yes. We want the debates. We want the debates. But you know the negotiations need to be completed with the TV broadcasters.”

Appearing later to Pienaar's Politics, Mr Shapps was asked again about the debates and whether the Conservatives agreed with the new proposals.

"Yeah, I think that’s right...We’re edging towards a solution," he said.

However, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said that if the TV debates were made any bigger, they could risk looking like a quiz show, but that it was up to the broadcasters to decide the format.

“If it gets any bigger it will be more like an episode of Fifteen to One," he warned, speaking on Sunday Politics.


Shapps gave Parliament tour as Michael Green

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.


Shapps supports third runway

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".


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.


Shapps' website investigated

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. 


Cities reject elected mayors

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.


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