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Whitto feels the heat at Westminster Correspondents’ dinner

29 April 2016 9:05

Last night lobby hacks gathered with their favourite SpAds in tow for the Westminster correspondents’ dinner. This year’s guest of honour was…


Coffee Shots: Happy #EdBallsDay

28 April 2016 16:51

Although Ken Livingstone has done his best to steal Ed Balls’s thunder today, it’s important to take a moment and…

Boris Johnson and Rupa Huq

Rupa Huq performs a u-turn over her disastrous Naz Shah interview

28 April 2016 15:45

This morning Rupa Huq managed to anger listeners when she used a slot on the Today programme to compare Naz Shah’s anti-semitic…


Diane Abbott gets cold feet about Ken Livingstone

28 April 2016 14:40

Ken Livingstone has been the talk of the Commons today after he took to the airwaves to defend Naz Shah over…


Watch: John Mann takes on Ken Livingstone over anti-Semitism – ‘you are a Nazi apologist’

28 April 2016 13:09

As the Labour party continues to implode over the party’s handling of Naz Shah’s anti-Semitic social media posts, a number of MPs…


Watch: Ken Livingstone’s career-ending Daily Politics interview – ‘a real anti-Semite doesn’t just hate the Jews in Israel’

28 April 2016 12:41

After Ken Livingstone claimed that Hitler supported Zionism and that anti-Semitism is not racism in a BBC radio interview, Labour…


Tommy Corbyn pays a visit to ‘Corbyn the musical’

28 April 2016 11:54

This week there have been two rival Corbyn dramas being played out across London. In Westminster, the Labour leader struggles to…

Boris Johnson and Rupa Huq

Listen: Rupa Huq’s disastrous attempt to defend Naz Shah’s anti-Semitic posts – ‘I retweeted a picture of Boris Johnson on a zip-wire’

28 April 2016 9:20

Oh dear. Whichever bright spark over at Labour HQ decided it would be a good idea to send Rupa Huq…

Jeremy Corbyn And Ken Livingstone Attend A Labour Leadership Rally

Listen: Ken Livingstone comes to Naz Shah’s defence – ‘what she said wasn’t anti-Semitic’

27 April 2016 17:26

Just when you thought things couldn’t look much worse for Labour’s Naz Shah, Ken Livingstone arrives on the scene. After Shah…


Labour accused of editing Naz Shah’s apology to remove references to anti-Semitism

27 April 2016 16:45

It’s finally happened. Over 24 hours after news first broke of Naz Shah sharing anti-Semitic posts online, the Labour MP has…


Watch: Andrew Tyrie grills Arron Banks over his Vote Leave feud – ‘it does seem to be an extraordinary fratricidal war’

27 April 2016 16:08

Last week Vote Leave’s Dom Cummings was hauled before the Treasury Select Committee to be grilled on the Brexit campaign…


Watch: Cameron takes a swipe at Farage over his ‘poncey foreign-sounding’ name pronunciation

27 April 2016 12:58

With little love lost between the Prime Minister and Nigel Farage, today the Ukip leader found himself on the receiving…


Ed Miliband moves on from bacon sandwich gaffe

27 April 2016 11:13

Forget the big election debates, the defining moment of Ed Miliband’s Labour leadership was his attempt at eating a bacon…

David Cameron Supports Conservative Mayoral Candidate At Campaign Event

David Cameron’s old pal on why she won’t vote for Zac: ‘he doesn’t look as if he cares’

27 April 2016 9:11

As Zac Goldsmith lags behind Sadiq Khan in the polls ahead of the London mayoral election, it’s a case of all hands…


Nicola Sturgeon borrows Thatcher’s election slogan

26 April 2016 14:12

Although Nicola Sturgeon puts her career in politics down to Margaret Thatcher, she scarcely has anything positive to say about…

Grayson Perry Portrait Shoot

Grayson Perry declares war on macho men: ‘Bear Grylls celebrates a masculinity that is useless’

26 April 2016 12:45

As more and more people identify as ‘gender-fluid’, there is growing hostility in some quarters towards traditional gender stereotypes. In…

David Cameron And Jeremy Hunt Visit A Hospital To Mark The 65th Anniversary Of The NHS

Department of Health’s PR push backfires

26 April 2016 9:41

With the junior doctors’ strike now in full swing, it’s fair to say that these aren’t the most harmonious days…


Watch: Dennis Skinner tells Jeremy Hunt to ‘wipe that smirk off his face’

25 April 2016 18:50

Given that the last time Dennis Skinner criticised a Tory Cabinet member in the Chamber he was ejected from the…


Seumas Milne fails to help Sadiq Khan’s cause

25 April 2016 15:52

In recent weeks, Labour’s Sadiq Khan has faced flak over his decision to share platforms with extremists. In a recent Evening…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 4

Lord Sugar savages Sadiq Khan: ‘he has single-handedly wrecked the Labour Party’

24 April 2016 15:08

As Sadiq Khan continues to lead the polls in the mayoral race, the Labour candidate has managed to brush off…

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Has Obama been watching too much Netflix?

23 April 2016 10:58

There was something odd about Obama’s ‘back of the queue’ Brexit comment yesterday — and it wasn’t just that he…


Watch: Barack Obama’s 22 vehicle motorcade

22 April 2016 17:35

As Barack Obama urges the UK to stick with the EU on his final official trip to Britain, there has…

John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro in 'American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson'

John Travolta proves to be a thorn in Sadiq Khan’s side

22 April 2016 16:23

As Sadiq Khan continues to face flak over his links to unsavoury characters, even a night at home in front of…


Julian Fellowes on ‘class hatred’ and Corbyn’s Labour

22 April 2016 11:05

Although Julian Fellowes recently promised to take a backseat in the EU debate after growing tired of celebrities telling people what…


Watch: Jeremy Corbyn suggests the Queen is a secret Gooner

21 April 2016 13:02

Although Jeremy Corbyn’s aides refused to confirm whether he would give a tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday, the…