Christopher Matthew Toomey

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Here's how Ukip would clean up Westminster's act on lobbying

The news that a Conservative MP and three lords have been stung in cash for questions investigations is the latest allegation of dodgy dealings in British politics. It has shown us that Westminster has come on little since the Tory sleaze of the John Major years and makes us ask the fundamental …

Nigel Farage: PM delaying Lords reform because he fears Ukip

The Prime Minister is delaying House of Lords reforms because he fears they will lead to the appointment of dozens of new Ukip peers who will "make life difficult for him", Nigel Farage has claimed.<p>In August, David Cameron was forced to shelve plans to introduce elected peers after failing to win …

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Ukip conference: it's easy to mock, but they like it

'Stairs or lift? I'd recommend the stairs," said the nice chap tasked with directing journalists to the gallery at Westminster Central Hall. "The lift is very slow. Plus, there's a bit of a wait." To the Ukip party conference, where the ties are exuberant, the thinking is free, and progress in the …

Loosen up, like Ukip. But don't copy its policies

Several hundred Ukip members are converging on Central Hall in Westminster for the party's 20th anniversary conference in central London this morning. Turnout will probably compare favourably with the number of Lib Dems in Glasgow just a few days ago. Ukip – which is now regularly ahead of the Lib …

Farage: immigration threat to ‘our way of life’

Godfrey Bloom, Ukip anti-hero

Debate the relative merits of the two speeches from Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall all you like, but the headline from today’s Ukip conference won’t give voters any impression that the party has grown up at all. Godfrey Bloom (who I’ve had my own run-in with before) decided to turn up to a fringe on …

Thwack! MEP’s blunders derail Ukip party conference

The MEP said Michael Crick was making a “racist” remark” and then hit him over the head with a copy of the conference guide (see video above).<p>Godfrey …

Ukip Youth ‘Hello we live on an island -it’s kind of small!’

Ukip youth membership has doubled in the last year. Who are they and why? C4 News meets Sanya-Jeet Thandi and Chris Wood and pits them against a …

Peter Hain says Ukip could beat main parties in European elections

The veteran MP Peter Hain told Labour activists on Monday that the UK Independence Party could beat all three main parties in next year's European elections.<p>In an intervention, believed to be the first time that a major Labour figure has admitted that Nigel Farage's party could win next May's vote, …

Godfrey Bloom quits as Ukip MEP

Godfrey Bloom, the MEP whose colourful language and angry swipe at a journalist dominated last week's UK Independence party conference, has announced that he will sit as an independent.<p>The representative for Yorkshire and Humber was stripped of the party whip last week after referring to women as …

Ukip, the gateway drug — how Cameron can exploit Nigel Farage

Cameron must appeal not to the party’s leadership but to its voters<p>David Cameron heads to the Tory conference in Manchester in a far better position than he would have dared hope a year ago. Labour’s opinion poll lead is shrinking, the economy is finally recovering and Ed Miliband is running out of …

Why a Tory/Ukip alliance would benefit Labour

In YouGov’s poll this morning for the Sun the Conservatives had 33 percent support, Labour 40 percent, the Liberal Democrats 9 percent and Ukip 11 percent. While it would be a gross exaggeration to say all of Ukip’s support comes from the Conservative party, they do gain a disproportionate amount …

Divided right: can Tories and Ukip work together?

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks to Romford voters as a poll reveals 40 per cent of Ukip supporters would vote Conservative to stop Labour winning the …

Ukip would not exist if Thatcher were still Tory leader, says Norman Tebbit

Former Tory party chairman Lord Tebbit has claimed that Ukip would not be a significant force in British politics if Margaret Thatcher were still the Conservative leader, as an eve-of-conference row blew up between the party and the Thatcherite Bruges Group.<p>Tebbit, who succeeded Thatcher as the …

Conservative conference diary: 50,000 protesters and Ukip rally ad omitted

• Nick Clegg was on the ski slopes in Switzerland and "forgot he was meant to be acting PM" while David Cameron was away and the Libya crisis broke in 2011, according to In It Together, Matthew D'Ancona's new insider account of the coalition. Meanwhile, snooty Foreign Office officials loved …

Ukip should be excluded from TV election debates, says David Cameron

David Cameron has voiced support for general election television debates, though he indicated that Nigel Farage should be excluded and they should start before the formal three-week campaign.<p>The prime minister said he thought the debates, which took place on three consecutive weeks in 2010, worked …

Cameron bans Tories from teaming up with Ukip amid claims from its leader

Conservative MPs have been banned from teaming up with Ukip at the next election, as Nigel Farage claimed more than 20 Tories would like to stand on a joint ticket.<p>David Cameron was forced to rule out any prospect of local pacts or deals after the Ukip leader gatecrashed the second day of the …

A pact with angry old Ukip would be disastrous for the Conservative party

"Tories: back to the workhouse." So screamed the front page of today's Daily Mirror, the self-described "intelligent tabloid". It's a commonplace that politicians are divorced from the real world. But there's no bigger divide than between the public, who see for themselves the effects of excessive …

A Ukip-Tory pact? We've been here before

A savvy economist who listened to Nigel Farage speaking at a Guardian/YouGov conference in Cambridge recently later confided that she knew the former City metal exchange trader's type. "He's a trader, it's all about the deal. It's short-termist, people like that don't look to the bigger …

Lord Heseltine warns Conservatives off 'racist' Ukip

The former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine warns the Conservatives about doing deals with Ukip, saying the party are "very attractive to a racist agenda".<p>Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics programme Lord Heseltine compared <b>Ukip</b> to far right European parties such as France's <b>Front National</b>, …

Exclusive: Nigel Farage says yes to Dorries and backs joint Tory and Labour Ukip candidates

Following Isabel’s revelation that the newly-reinstated Nadine Dorries will be pursuing an electoral pact with Ukip, Nigel Farage reveals he is open not just to Dorries’ advances but also those of other Conservative and Labour MPs. Speaking on this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Ukip leader</i> …

David Cameron's speech was a bugle call to Tories tempted by Ukip

A fumed-oak and horse-brass speech echoed down from home counties generations of Conservatives, snug in the inglenooks of their old-time comfort zones. Press the repeat button in Central Office and any Tory prime minister could and did say most of this – carrots for big business, sticks for the …

Conservative conference: Ukip and Thatcher give David Cameron a headache

'Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead," scream the protesters as they file past the Midland hotel in Manchester. It is a cruel greeting for the Conservative party as it gathers in this most un-Tory city. "Filth, you're a waste of space, a waste of oxygen," they shout at the shiny young …

Race Poll: Nearly Half of Ukip Members Against Idea of Non-white PM

More than half of Ukip supporters would be "uncomfortable" with a non-white prime minister in Downing Street, a new poll has revealed.<p>The findings …

Are Tories in danger of getting complacent about Ukip?

In the bars and corridors of the Conservative conference in Manchester this week ministers and MPs persuade each other that David Cameron has united the party over Europe and can win back Tory defectors to the rampant Ukip insurgency by confronting them with a binary choice: do you want Ed or Dave …

Ukip: Godfrey Bloom claims Nigel Farage has lost touch

Godfrey Bloom, the Ukip politician suspended for hitting a journalist and calling a room of women "sluts", has said the party's leader, Nigel Farage, has lost touch and senior members have stopped caring about those at the grassroots.<p>In his first interview since losing the party whip at their …