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...

Interview with Michael Kaminski

  • 10 Oct 2009

On Wednesday morning I interviewed Michal Kaminski for Total Politics. He is the leader of the new European Reform Group in the European Parliament and has become a very controversial figure. I went into the interview with an open mind. I came out absolutely convinced that Kam...

Reflections on the 2009 Conservative Conference

  • 8 Oct 2009

First of all, a heartfelt apology. I know I have been a useless blogger this week. I always find it difficult to do good blogging at conferences. This year, for some reason, I just couldn't motivate myself to blog much. It was partly that I didn't go into the conference hall m...