Theresa May's authority grows with by-election win

Theresa May addresses press in Copeland on 24 February 2014

Like yesterday's storms, the campaign circus - the big name politicians - have moved on.

The by-elections in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central have left politics a little clearer than before.

Labour may no longer need to fear the UK Independence Party in its heartlands, but Theresa May and her Conservatives look like they need fear no-one.

Brexit worked for the Tories in Copeland, alongside doubts about Jeremy Corbyn, and it has helped the prime minister claim to be a Tory capable of reaching people and parts of the country no Conservative leader has reached since Margaret Thatcher.

Her authority, her less easily definable aura of power, have grown.

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Corbyn guessing game rises to new pitch

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Could Jeremy Corbyn be replaced as Labour leader? And if so when?

Those whispered questions have been echoing between Labour MPs and party apparatchiks at Westminster for weeks, for months. But today the guessing game has risen to a new pitch.

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Does by-election pain await Labour in its heartlands?

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Two parliamentary by-elections, two weeks away.

Is Labour a sitting duck in its own heartland territory?

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Labour happier now over immigration?

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"Jeremy Corbyn hasn't changed his mind about anything in 40 years," goes the mocking refrain.

It sounds scornful, and it's meant to. It's also unfair. Just a little, anyway.

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Sir Ivan's resignation sign of greater Whitehall strain

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For one minister - an enthusiast for Brexit - it was very simple: "You're either on board, or you're not. He wasn't. We move on." The minister sounded rather cheerful.

So, Sir Ivan Rogers had gone because his face didn't fit. Now the way was clear for a true believer in the opportunities opened up by the vote to leave the EU.

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Post-Brexit migration in 'national interest'

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David Davis has moved to reassure British firms and universities their interests will not be needlessly harmed by migration controls after the UK leaves the European Union.

Facing questions for the first time from the cross-party Brexit select committee, Mr Davis emphasised it was his job to return control of immigration policy to British ministers.

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Visa tensions on May's India trip

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If Theresa May was seeking to ramp up UK-India trade in smiles, salutes and friendly rhetoric, she'd have a world class deal already.

The prime minister shared a long lunch, a long chat and two public platforms with her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi and she's sure to spend more time in future cultivating a personal and economic relationship she sees as vital to British prosperity after Brexit.

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May stands firm over Brexit court ruling

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At 37,000 feet, above the roar of the engines propelling the prime minister's official RAF Voyager aircraft towards Delhi, Theresa May's verdict on the raging "Press v judges" dispute was heard loud and clear in the crowded cabin.

"I value the independence of the judiciary," she said. "I also value the freedom of the press."

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Team May's swift rebuttal to 'lily-livered' claim

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"Lily-livered May" are not words Downing Street wants to see in the same headline in a national newspaper. Not ever.

Seeing them as the prime minister embarks on a nerve-testing game of chicken with European leaders, as she tries to negotiate new relationships outside the EU, was guaranteed to have Theresa May and her team choking on their cornflakes.

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Is Labour in danger of losing EU Remain vote?

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The EU referendum campaign is looking more each day like a "blue-on-blue" political knife fight; no longer a question of which side has the best ideas for Britain's future.

Instead, the prime minister and his senior ministerial colleagues on either side of the European divide are competing to convince the country their rivals are the worst liars.

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