We Musn't be Afraid of Risk

  • 7 Nov 2009

If you were a teacher, would you seriously think about taking pupils on a school trip? With all the 'elf & safety' provisions that now exist you'd have to be either brave or stupid to take kids on the kind of foreign trips and geography field trips I went on in the 1970s. ...

In at 66...

  • 6 Nov 2009

After yesterday's disappointment with the PCC ruling, today is another day, and a rather brighter one. I've just been flicking through the December issue of GQ Magazine and have been reading their list of the 100 Most Influential Men in Britain. It's an intriguing list, not le...

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...