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Conservatives demand action to stamp out people trafficking

Conservative women are wholeheartedly throwing themselves into global campaigns with a social conscience, they are taking on the barons and warlords of people trafficking. This might be an issue that doesn’t touch the daily lives of most people, but it is high on the agenda for Conservatives who want to help stamp out what is estimated to be a $9.5 billion annual trade of depravation and...
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The perfect end to a perfect day

I returned home from an exhilarating day at the Conservative Women’s Organisation’s 75th Annual Conference to discover that I was Iain Dale’s blog of the week. He mentioned me on Channel 4 News’s Morning Report podcast and radio programme. Iain kindly said I was one of the “best Tory bloggerettes”, that I was “feisty, independent and curious in an...
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Conservative women of substance

It looks like I’m going to be spoilt for choice today with so many top speakers at the Conservative Women’s Organisation’s 75th Anniversary Conference. Their programme demonstrates the forward thinking Conservative Party, with sessions on International Women’s Rights (that’s certainly one for me), Successful Women and Supporting British Food and Farming....
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Bloggers’ boozy deal causes Thresher site to crash

The Thresher boozy bloggers’ exclusive deal offering 40% discount for 10 days from today on receipt of this coupon has proved sensational. The traffic surge was so great that it caused their computer system to crash. That is what a delighted Hugh McLeod of Gapingvoid told me last night at the londongirlgeekdinner. He said it was proving phenomenal. It was picked up by other bloggers from...
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Why do men wear red socks?

Michael Grade wore them with his dark suit yesterday, Sir Christopher Meyer (pic) is famed for them, and even David Gest wouldn’t  be without them in the jungle. But can someone please tell me, why do men wear red socks? One one hand they look naff and tasteless, the kind of accessory I would expect John McCririck to have a drawer full of. But they also have a quirky...
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Hospital consultants to visit patients at home

I’m not sure if this is what Rachel Joyce had in mind when she talked about localising the NHS on ConservativeHome today.  Radical proposals for East Anglia could see up to 40% of outpatient hospital consultants visiting patients at home. And hospitals can share staff too. This was announced by Neil McKay, who only four weeks ago took over as chief executive...
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Would you let an expert analyse your handwriting?

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Is there a good way to be fired?

It seems former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is very peeved at the way he was fired by George Bush. Sympathy for him is so strong that Rummy had a standing ovation at the American Spectator dinner last week to help heel his hurt feelings, regardless of his poor performance. Nora Ephron describes how according to administration officials, only three or four people knew Rummy would be...
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Should St George be ousted if England becomes independent?

As the momentum increases for England to become independent, will this add extra credence to a campaign to oust St George as England’s patron saint and replace him with St Edmund? Should St George remain our patron saint if he never set foot in this country? Should we not have a true English saint holding that very privileged title, a plan which has already angered Labour MPs. St Edmund...
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Boozy bloggers’ 40% discount

No need for booze cruises, as Neville Hobson points out, because Threshers is giving bloggers a whopping 40% discount on all wine and champagne bought between 30 November – 10 December. This offer is particularly novel as it is not being advertised or promoted anywhere other than blogsphere, not even in their own stores. The voucher you need can be downloaded here. This was kickstarted by...
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How safe is the UK from further polonium attacks?

Alexander Litvinenko is believed to be the first known person to have died as a result of being administered a lethal radioactive cocktail of polonium 210. Investigators reckon it may have been smuggled into Britain. It can easily be carried around in a bottle without any risk, yet it is 250 billion times deadlier than cyanide and a particle the size of a speck of dust is all that...
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Would you break the Chatham House rules?

If you are attending a conference on freedom of information, secrecy, truth, lies and political spin, then the last thing you expect is for the Chatham House rules to be invoked. And, much to my astonishment, that is what happened yesterday. Could there be any greater irony? I challenged the reason for this during the question session. I pointed out that it didn’t make sense to discuss...
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Hans Blix urges Blair to rethink Trident weapons

Dr Hans Blix has urged Tony Blair to reconsider the UK’s future commitment to Trident nuclear weapons. The chairman of The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission believes that they are not necessary, that they have had their day, that we should be “walking away from it”. I spoke to him at the end of a conference in Cambridge debating freedom of information, the use of political...
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Will Alexander’s killers be found?

I was very saddened to hear of the death of exiled Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. My two recent postings about him resulted in much anger from a Russian blogger when I pointed the finger at President Putin and the way he runs his country. I do not believe that Alexander’s killers will be found and charged with murder, the poison used was obviously meant to avoid detection and defy...
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My green credentials

I have had an unexpected ranking in the top 100 best green bloggers list at No 23, just one below leading environmentalist Tony Juniper. It was compiled by The Daily (Maybe) in response to Iain Dale’s Guide to Political Blogging. And it seems I could be the only Tory listed. Thanks Jim, I was chuffed to be included, I am delighted that green issues are now high on the political agenda...
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