PCC Verdict on Dale v The Daily Mail

  • 5 Nov 2009

On 30 September, the Daily Mail printed a story about me in its Ephraim Hardcastle Diary column. This is what it said... Overtly gay Tory blogger Iain Dale has reached the final stage of parliamentary selection for Bracknell, telling PinkNews: 'I hope any PinkNews readers w...

EDP Column: Why Liz Truss Deserves the Support of SW Norfolk Tories

  • 31 Oct 2009

“I suppose you’re going to pour some kerosene on the South West Norfolk selection in your EDP column,” said one local MP to me yesterday, rather miserably. Much as I might like to indulge in some more hyperbole, I shall do my best to resist temptation and try to offer some mat...

In Conversation with Vince Cable

  • 28 Oct 2009

This interview was conducted in late 2009 and appeared in Total Politics Magazine You’ve published one book this year. Two would seem to be a bit much, what’s Free Radical about?  The second one is personal.  It’s different experiences of life, and it’s partly a written...

Why Liz Truss Must Pull Through

  • 27 Oct 2009

Imagine it. A political party selects a candidate who in her past has had an affair. Shock, horror. According to the Eastern Daily Pressyesterday, South West Norfolk Conservatives are in the mood to deselect Liz Truss, only three days after she was selected as their PPC. Why? ...

Thoughts on Candidate Selection

  • 25 Oct 2009

When I applied for Bracknell I made much of the fact that I hadn't applied for other constituencies. None of the other candidates were able to say that. A fat lot of good it did me! It also meant that when the next batch of constituencies were advertised (Esher, Gosport, Deviz...

The Bedford Mayoral Primary Aftermath

  • 21 Oct 2009

I didn't write about the Bedford mayoral election last week as I was concentrating on Bracknell, so allow me to share a few thoughts now. Much has been written about the Open Primary, most of it derogatory and blaming it for the fact that the LibDems pipped the Conservatives t...

All Women Shortlists - Not in my Name

  • 20 Oct 2009

I agreed with much of what David Cameron had to say about attracting a more diverse range of Conservative candidates. Much progress has been made in this direction, not just over the last three years, but over the last ten. The selection methods which were instituted under Iai...

Reflecting on Bracknell & Moving On

  • 18 Oct 2009

First of all, I have been overwhelmed over the last 24 hours by all the emails, texts, tweets and blog comments people have left. 98% of them have been very nice and almost made me feel like I am reading my own obituary! Yesterday was a a very good one for Bracknell Conserv...

Telegraph Column: Who'd Want to be an MP?

  • 14 Oct 2009

Admitting that you want to be an MP in the present climate marks you out as either a social misfit or someone suffering from delusions. I have almost got to the stage of feeling I should attend a meeting of Politicians Anonymous to bare my soul. My name is Iain and I want to b...

Winning an Award

  • 13 Oct 2009

This morning I won an award. I've never won one before, so I'm feeling rather euphoric. It was the EI Online Commentator of the Year. I was shortlisted with Guido Fawkes and Chris Dillow of Stumbling & Mumbling. The event was entertainingly compered by style guru Peter Yor...