Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017
The former prime minister may have riled “remain” supporters by holding the EU referendum but David Cameron’s son Elwen has been hailed a hero for his reactions when a cyclist fell from her bike.
The 11-year-old boy and three of his friends have been praised for their quick thinking and cool heads after the accident on March 10 near their school in Kensington, west London.
Continue reading Cameron is bike crash hero: that’s PM’s son, 11
Sunday Times, 26th March 2017
Co-bylined with Tim Shipman, Sunday Times Political Editor
For a long time it has been a relationship made in hell but yesterday it ended in a quickie divorce. Douglas Carswell announced that his loveless marriage with Ukip was at an end and Tory MPs revealed that moves are afoot to renew his vows with the Conservative Party.
Ukip’s only MP announced that he was leaving the party to sit as an independent. But in public and private he pointedly refused to rule out returning to the Tory fold in time for the 2020 general election.
Carswell had talks earlier this month with the Conservative chief whip Gavin Williamson, who is understood to support the Clacton MP’s return to the party he abandoned in 2014.
Continue reading MP Carswell ‘votes Leave’ by walking out on UKIP
BuzzFeed, 17th November 2016
Co-bylined with Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed Political Editor
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager has said the US president-elect will work “very closely” with prime minister Theresa May rather than relying on UKIP leader Nigel Farage when it comes to negotiations between the two countries.
Corey Lewandowski, who was replaced as Trump’s campaign chief in the summer but remains in the next president’s inner circle, told BuzzFeed News bluntly that “there’s one leader of the UK, and Nigel’s not that leader”.
Continue reading Trump Will Work “Very Closely” With Theresa May, Says Former Campaign Manager
Cherwell, 6th November 2016
Cabinet minister Sajid Javid should have been sacked by Theresa May for his criticism of the High Court ruling on Brexit, Lord Patten has said.
Patten’s comments came on Peston on Sunday, in which he sharply criticised the Communities Secretary for his public view that the court was wrong for its ruling that the UK Parliament should be consulted before Brexit. Continue reading Sajid Javid “should have been out on his ear”, says Lord Patten
Cherwell, 18th June 2016
Hundreds of students and townspeople of Oxford stood in a vigil in Radcliffe Square on the 18th June in memory of Jo Cox MP, who was shot and stabbed in her Yorkshire constituency on Thursday.
The vigil, which brought a crowd of around 250 people, was organised in association with Oxford University Labour Club. In a statement, a spokesperson for OULC said that its members were “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear of her death.
She was described as a “hardworking, passionate and dedicated Member of Parliament” who “died whilst doing her public duty”. Continue reading Oxford stands silent in memory of Jo Cox MP
Cherwell, 20th May 2016
In a new development this morning in the battle over Oxford’s referendum on NUS membership, questions have been raised over the overnight increase in Facebook likes on the ‘Yes to NUS Oxford’ campaign’s page.
The page, which as of 17.30 on May 20 had 2,100 likes, gained 1,144 in the week commencing May 16 and over 800 on May 20 alone. As the graph below shows, the majority of that number was gained overnight on the May 19, giving the page a boost of 92 per cent on the previous week’s gain. This amounts to five likes a minute.
Research by Cherwell found that only 656 people who have liked the page have established countries on their Facebook profiles, according to a social media analytics site, contributing less than 40 per cent of people who have liked the group.
Séan Ó Néill, Yes to NUS social media manager said, “We are as amused as anyone to see these numbers. We’ve contacted the RO and are working out how best to make sure that all our support is as genuine as the support we have from liberation groups, the OUSU President, Target Schools, and so many more.”
The addition of such a number of likes in a short space of time also raises questions about the expenditure of the Yes to NUS campaign, which according to OUSU Standing Orders is capped at £230.
The controversy comes just days after the formal appointment of ‘No Thanks, NUS’ to lead the no vote side and ‘Yes to NUS’ to argue for remaining in the national union.
The appointment of the campaigns marks a two week long campaigning period before the referendum in sixth week.
Cherwell, 15th May 2016
It was Otto von Bismarck who declared that there are only two things in the world you should never see being made: laws and sausages. And if you believe the rumours about our Prime Minister’s time here, there’s more than enough pork flying around at Oxford.
Continue reading If OUSU wants to be taken seriously, it should let us see what it’s up to