9:42 am, Thu 13 Dec 2012 UK fracking allowed to resume
MP: Blackpool Tower won't collapse if fracking goes ahead
The Tory MP Michael Fabricant has made light of fears surrounding fracking in the UK following today's announcement to allow the controversial practice go ahead:
10:31 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
UKIP treasurer: 8 Tory MPs in preliminary defection talks
UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler donated £5 million to the Conservatives during the 2001 election campaign
Eight Conservative MPs have held preliminary talks about defecting to UKIP, the party's treasurer has claimed.
Stuart Wheeler has told The Daily Telegraph: “I have had lunch secretly if you like, in a completely confidential way, with eight different Tory MPs.”
Mr Wheeler, who was expelled from the Conservatives in 2009 after donating £100,000 to UKIP, has said he has passed their details onto the party's leader Nigel Farage.
10:00 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
61% of Tory supporters want Britain to leave the EU
A new poll suggests that 61% of Conservative supporters want Britain to leave the European Union provided it could maintain its close trading links.
carried by ComRes for The Independent, appears to show that 54% of voters feel the same way.
It comes on the day the Tory vice chairman Michael Fabricant
suggested his party make an election pact with the UK Independence Party, which wants to quit the EU.
8:07 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
Cameron and Farage say no to Tory-UKIP deal
The Conservatives' ongoing difficulties over Europe have taken a new twist with calls for them to form a pact with UKIP.
Tory vice chairman Michael Fabricant said the two parties should consider their similarities but David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage said no deal could be done.
Watch this report from our Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship.
6:12 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
MP's UKIP pact suggestions go down badly with No 10
Libby Wiener - Political Correspondent
It looks as if the former whip Michael Fabricant's call for a pact with UKIP hasn't gone down at all well with the Prime Minister.
Asked exactly what his job as Tory Party vice-chairman entailed, a Downing Street source said he "organised by-elections."
Moments later he clarified that saying Mr Fabricant's role was to "help out" at by-elections. A return to a job in Government seems unlikely.
1:44 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
Boris: Voters have had enough of pacts and coalitions
London mayor Boris Johnson has rejected the call for an election pact between Conservatives and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), declaring that voters have "had enough" of pacts and coalitions.
He added: "What they [voters] want is to see parties standing up individually for what they believe in."
12:32 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
Farage: UKIP is 'at war' with Tories over Cameron
Nigel Farage says the UK Independence Party (UKIP) is "at war" with the Conservative Party and criticised David Cameron for failing to backtrack on his claim in 2006 that UKIP members were mostly "closet racists".
He also hit out at the Prime Minister for failing to deliver a referendum on the European Union.
12:24 pm, Mon 26 Nov 2012 Tory MP calls for UKIP pact
Paul Nuttall: Cameron in the way of election pact
Paul Nuttall, UKIP's deputy leader, says any election pact with the Conservatives would be "very difficult" while David Cameron heads up the party.
"You really can't believe a word he says on the European Union and he's also a guy who called us closet racists," he said.