James Landale

James Landale Deputy political editor

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Islamic State strikes: UK expects 'long game' in Iraq attacks

A screengrab from a video apparently showing armed Islamic State fighters
MPs are expected to give their backing to air strikes against Islamic State

"Don't expect fireworks." That was the view of one government source describing the imminent military action by RAF warplanes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq.

Instead of one or two symbolic attacks, the source said there would be a steady stream of air strikes as and when IS targets presented themselves.

And that could be, I am told, "over a period of many months".

In other words, we should be ready for the long game.

As for when it might begin, I am told by other sources there could be action as early as this weekend but as ever that depends on military factors outside the realm of politics.

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When will we know about air strikes on Islamic State?

Barack Obama and David Cameron

So, are British aircraft about to take part in strikes against Islamic State? Most MPs expect it to happen at some stage. But, despite all the fevered speculation of parliament being recalled later this week, I do not think we are quite there yet. Here is why:

Timing

David Cameron is in New York having talks with the US, the Iranians and others at the United Nations. He will meet President Obama on Wednesday before giving a speech to the UN General Assembly at midnight UK time. He is not expected back until Thursday morning. He is not thought likely to make a firm decision until he holds further consultations with his ministers and security advisers.

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West Lothian question continues to puzzle

Saltire over Westminster

Lingering in the margins of Labour's conference on Sunday has been a simple question with a complicated answer: is the promise of further devolution to Scotland conditional on England getting the same?

Let us examine the evidence.

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The politics of the English Question

Flags

The Downing Street constitutional declaration - as it will become known - marks the start of what potentially could be massive constitutional change.

In particular, the prime minister has promised to give English MPs a greater say over legislation that affects England. He made clear this would cover the same issues over which Scotland will have greater control - tax, spending and welfare. And the changes will be agreed at the same pace with draft legislation by January.

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Conservative MPs asked about military action

So, the Conservative leadership has begun asking Tory MPs for their views about the possibility of military action against Islamic State.

One Conservative MP told me he had been asked two specific questions by his whip, an MP who enforces discipline in the House of Commons for the government.

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Sir John Major praises immigrants for 'guts and drive'

Sir John Major

Sir John Major has praised immigrants for having what he called "the very Conservative instinct" of wanting to improve their lives.

Immigrants had the "guts and drive" to travel halfway across the world to better themselves and their families, the former prime minister said.

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Hill's outlook

Lord Hill

What job might Lord Hill get in the new European Commission?

David Cameron has been quite clear that he wants Britain to have a big economic portfolio.

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Cameron's reshuffle will be bigger than thought

David Cameron

David Cameron is preparing to carry out a far wider reshuffle of his government than had previously been thought.

Several sources in Whitehall have told me to expect substantial changes when the prime minister reshapes the team that he will lead in to the election.

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Strikes present an opportunity for both unions and politicians

  • 10 July 2014
  • From the section UK

Perhaps your school was closed and you were forced to take a day off to look after the kids. Maybe your rubbish was not collected or your phone call not answered at the local council.

Perhaps the museum you planned to visit was shut or you struggled to cross the road because there was no one with a lollypop sign to help you.

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Who will be Britain's next European Commissioner?

David Cameron at EU summit

Forget, if you can, the heady excitement of the forthcoming government reshuffle.

What really should get your pulse racing are the new appointments that will shortly be made in Brussels.

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About James

James has been walking the streets and corridors of Westminster for almost two decades. He has worked in his current role as the BBC's deputy political editor since July 2009. Before that he spent five years as chief political correspondent leading all 24-hour news coverage from Westminster.

He has presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, The Westminster Hour, The World This Weekend, Broadcasting House, Daily Politics and Straight Talk.

James joined the BBC in 2003 after a spending a decade at The Times newspaper, primarily as a political correspondent in the Westminster lobby. He also worked as the paper's Brussels correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.

He has written two books, Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour and Landale's Cautionary Tales: Comic Verse for the 21st Century.

He lives with his family in Hampshire.

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