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Live blog: Conservatives secret ‘black-and-white’ ball

8 February 2016 21:19

The Conservatives have their black tie billionaire-laden Black-And-White Ball tonight – an event shrouded in secrecy. So Mr Steerpike is live-blogging it.…

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Samantha Cameron, the ice queen

8 February 2016 16:43

When Samantha Cameron appeared on the BBC’s Sport Relief bake-off last month, she managed to charm the nation — with even the…


Ed Vaizey feels the heat at film awards

8 February 2016 15:18

Spare a thought for Ed Vaizey. Although he is now the longest serving arts minister in British history, the Conservative politician still struggles…


Watch: Jeremy Hunt compares himself to Nye Bevan

7 February 2016 16:31

This morning Jeremy Hunt appeared on The Andrew Marr Show to defend his growing feud with the junior doctors. While…

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Labour’s election star on ‘evil left-wing bastards’

6 February 2016 20:30

Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, the party have had a fair few run-ins with dictators of the past. After John…

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Ken Livingstone tips John McDonnell as Corbyn’s successor

5 February 2016 16:09

Although Jeremy Corbyn has only been Labour leader since September, there has been much talk from various fractions of the…

Complaints After Undercover BBC Reporter Accompanies LSE Students In North Korea Trip

Trigger warning: students try to ban free-speech society

4 February 2016 9:30

Free speech isn’t what it used to be. From safe spaces to trigger warnings, university campuses have been hit particularly…

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Jeremy Hutchinson discusses his ‘short fling’ with Margaret Thatcher

3 February 2016 9:51

As the oldest living peer in the Lords at the grand age of 100, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington has a name that…

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Oldie of the Year 2016: Germaine Greer honoured for her transgender feud

2 February 2016 14:30

To Simpson’s-in-the-Strand for the annual Oldie of the Year awards. This year a panel including Gyles Brandeth, Libby Purves, John…

Brains at Wadham College have a plan to celebrate diversity at Oxford

Oxford’s diversity strategy: portraits of privileged white women replace portraits of privileged white men

2 February 2016 11:36

It’s been a testing few weeks for Oxford University officials. First they faced a student uprising with the ‘Rhodes Must…

Donald Trump reveals his backup plan

2 February 2016 8:52

Donald Trump has suffered a serious setback in his bid to win the Republican nomination after finishing second in Iowa. Happily,…


Coffee Shots: Robert Peston goes with the faux

1 February 2016 22:15

When Robert Peston was at the BBC, his bosses were left unimpressed when his floppy hair became the story during a…

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A warning flag on David Cameron’s Brussels negotiations

1 February 2016 17:47

In the past week, David Cameron has held a number of last-minute talks with EU counterparts in the hope of agreeing…

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Keith Allen: Corbyn is drawing Blairite disease out of the Labour party

1 February 2016 9:25

Although Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls from Michael Dugher to step down in 99 days unless he proves himself, the…

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John McDonnell challenges George Osborne to publish his tax return

31 January 2016 13:15

Today is deadline day for all self-assessment tax returns, with those who fail to submit their return in line for…


Watch: John Bercow takes Anna Soubry to task in Commons showdown

30 January 2016 8:00

Last year Alex Salmond told Anna Soubry to ‘behave yourself, woman‘ after the pair clashed in the chamber. While it was Salmond who…

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Immigrants and curry: George Osborne vs Rowan Atkinson

29 January 2016 19:16

Mr S notices that the above video is circulating a lot on social media at the moment. An unfortunate choice…


Jess Phillips puts her foot in it: ‘Cologne attacks similar to a night out in Birmingham’

29 January 2016 9:11

Since Jess Phillips was elected as the MP for Birmingham Yardley in May, the Labour politician has become known for her…


More Google woes at the Treasury

28 January 2016 18:34

Oh dear. It’s not turning out to be a great week for staff at the Treasury. After George Osborne declared…


Johann Hari is economical with the truth (again)

28 January 2016 15:18

Once the Independent‘s star columnist, Johann Hari experienced a dramatic fall from grace when he was suspended by the paper…

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Another day, another Johnson comes out for the In campaign

28 January 2016 12:02

Although David Cameron has said he will allow ministers a free vote on the EU referendum, only a handful of cabinet…


Evan Davis slips up introducing Hilary ‘Big’ Benn on Newsnight

28 January 2016 0:01

While Hilary Benn has been called a lot of names in recent months by hard-left activists after he voted in favour…

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Did David Cameron adopt the ‘dead cat’ strategy at PMQs?

27 January 2016 17:13

David Cameron has today come under fire after he used the phrase ‘a bunch of migrants’ to describe the refugees Jeremy…


Watch out Laura! Corbynistas strengthen ties with Robert Peston

27 January 2016 13:18

Even though Robert Peston has only been in his new job as ITV’s political editor for little more than a week, he…


Watch: David Lammy says a million Indians died in WWII fighting for the ‘European project’

26 January 2016 14:30

Oh dear. It appears that it is time for David Lammy to brush up on his history knowledge. The pro-EU…