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August 05, 2012

Radio 4 profiles Boris Johnson: The Olympics could become political gold for Boris

Radio 4's 15 minute profile of Boris Johnson.

Contributors include his father Stanley, Andrew Gimson, Michael Howard, Tim Montgomerie and Charles Moore. Tim Montgomerie ends the programme by saying that Britain may look back on the London Olympics for many years to come with great pride and Boris Johnson will be the politician most associated with them.

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July 21, 2012

Should George Osborne be Chancellor and Chief Election Strategist? Tim Montgomerie and Charlie Elphicke debate...

The discussion took place on Radio 4's Today programme at 7.30am. Tim Montgomerie advocated a more focused role for George Osborne earlier this year.

May 29, 2012

Tim Montgomerie explains why he still supports gay marriage

By Tim Montgomerie
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Regular readers of ConHome will know that I made a conservative case for gay marriage some time ago and I repeated that case in much briefer form in the video for the Out4Marriage campaign, pasted below.

A few observations about how the campaign is progressing:

  • I'm fully aware that the issue is causing huge problems for many of our core voters. Tory MPs say it is the number one issue in their postbag and letters are dominated by those who wish to preserve the status quo. I'm also aware that most voters (by 51% to 35%) support extending the benefits of marriage to gay people.
  • It is right that the issue is a free vote. Gay marriage raises important issues of freedom of religion and no MP should be dragooned into the government lobbies to support an issue that offends their conscience. It is disappointing that Nick Clegg should be so illiberal in insisting all Government MPs vote for the reform.
  • Third it is a shame that the Government isn't simultaneously pursuing the pro-marriage agenda that was promised by David Cameron when he first advocated equal marriage in his 2006 party conference speech. He promised to bring the British tax system into line with nearly every other developed country in the world and introduce a recognition of marriage. If the introduction of gay marriage was happening in the context of a transferable tax allowance for married couples - that would be more pro-poor than raising the income tax threshold - we might have less opposition from Christians and social conservatives. This is an issue we can't blame on the Liberal Democrats because there is provision in the Coalition Agreement for Lib Dem MPs to abstain on the measure and for it to pass with the votes of Tory MPs.

May 04, 2012

Tim Montgomerie warns that a large UKIP vote could cost the Tories victory at the next election

Speaking on the BBC's local elections night programme Tim Montgomerie said the Conservative Party needed to broaden its message so that it had more appeal to blue collar voters in the North and Midlands.

April 22, 2012

Peter Oborne v Tim Montgomerie on BBC Newsnight

By Tim Montgomerie
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Last Thursday Peter Oborne attacked ConservativeHome in his Telegraph column. On Friday's Newsnight I had an opportunity to respond. As well as pointing out Peter's own inconsistencies I argued that ConHome advocated a broad conservatism and that we worked hard to represent many Tory voices. Peter was much more conciliatory in his interview than he was in his column.

PS Spot my 'deliberate mistake'...*

* I said we have a panel of nine-and-a-half Tory members. I missed the quite important word, "thousand"!

March 26, 2012

Lord Falconer, Mehdi Hasan and Tim Montgomerie discuss cash-for-access affair

February 26, 2012

Fears grow that Lib Dems will veto boundary changes if Tories veto elected House of Lords

By Tim Montgomerie
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Paul Goodman appears in this Sunday Politics report on Lords reform, warning that Lib Dems might withdraw support from the boundaries review if they don't get an elected Lords. Tories need to understand, says Ming Campbell, that belief in an elected Lords is in the Lib Dems' DNA.

After the above package the Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott debated reform with Tory backbencher Philip Davies. Davies told Oakeshott that he'd treat Lib Dem claims to believe in democracy more seriously if they weren't so pro-EU. Oakeshott said the Conservatives wouldn't get boundary reform if Lib Dems didn't get an elected Lords...

Andrew Neil: Would you vote against Lords reform?

Philip Davies MP: Absolutely, I certainly will be.

Lord Oakeshott: Okay well in that case you’ll be fighting the next election on the old boundaries.

It was a sparky exchange...

And as for Lord Oakeshott's claim that an elected Lords was in the Tory manifesto - that is disputed.

February 13, 2012

Some of the broadcast interviews Tim Montgomerie gave last week on the NHS Bill

Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome published an editorial last Friday calling for the NHS Bill to be neutralised. Posted below are interviews he gave to BBC2, Sky News and ITN. There was also this for the Today programme.

December 09, 2011

Europe is the bomb in the Tory living room says Tim Montgomerie in video for BBC's This Week

The video was followed by a discussion with Michael Portillo and Jacqui Smith:

August 14, 2011

Radio 4's fifteen minute profile of Theresa May

Screen shot 2011-08-13 at 20.25.28 Radio 4's fifteen minute Saturday Profile turned its attention to Theresa May yesterday evening.

Contributors include former Tory peer, Tariq Ahmad; Tory MP Edwina Currie, who now owns a pair of Mrs May's famous shoes after they were auctioned for charity; and ConservativeHome's Tim Montgomerie.

We learn about Mrs May's longstanding ambition to be Prime Minister, her unusual disinterest in political networking and her usefulness to a succession of Tory leaders. Listen here.

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