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Peter Hitchens lets his election thoughts be known

25 May 2015 14:41

Given that Peter Hitchens’ weekly column was absent from the Mail on Sunday the week before the general election, Mr S was glad to have the opportunity to hear his thoughts… Continue reading


Revealed: Stephen Fry’s brush with the law over James Rhodes injunction

24 May 2015 13:20

Last week James Rhodes won a legal battle to publish his memoir Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music. This judgement came after his ex-wife took out an injunction through… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby

George Osborne kissed Lynton Crosby after election promise backfired

24 May 2015 12:48

It isn’t the type of kiss-and-tell story Mr S is used to reading in the Sunday papers, but Lynton Crosby has today spoken about an election smooch he shared with the Chancellor of… Continue reading


Is Matthew Richardson set to ‘unresign’ from Ukip?

23 May 2015 11:30

After Nigel Farage resigned as the leader of Ukip following his defeat in South Thanet, he hastily ‘unresigned’ days later. Not everyone was pleased by the quick turnaround, with Ukip MEP Patrick… Continue reading


Ed Balls won’t rule out an appearance on Strictly

22 May 2015 17:22

Former Labour MP Ed Balls has appeared on BBC news today in his first interview since he was ousted from his seat by the Tories. While he discussed Ed Miliband and the… Continue reading


Dennis Skinner wins Westminster turf war against the SNP

21 May 2015 19:00

Of all the MPs to pick a fight with, Dennis Skinner is not high on Mr S’s list. Still, that hasn’t stopped the new SNP intake from spending their first… Continue reading


Which London mayoral hopeful has a ‘plethora of erotic art’?

21 May 2015 16:27

With Ivan Massow currently vying to be the next Mayor of London, the businessman released a campaign video this week explaining who he is and why he is running. In… Continue reading

Police Around The Houses Of Parliament

Revealed: Taxpayer foots £4,820 bill for doorkeepers’ new overcoats

21 May 2015 10:50

With the government planning £30 billion of further cuts in a bid to clear the deficit, even Parliament has had to reduce its spending in recent years. However, while a… Continue reading

John 'Flashy' Whittingdale Photo: PA.

Introducing David ‘London’ Lammy and John ‘Flashy’ Whittingdale

20 May 2015 13:50

Given that a horde of new MPs have recently descended on Parliament, it’s understandable that staff may have some difficulty remembering everyone’s name. Still, Mr S would have thought that any confusion… Continue reading


Steve Hilton talks Cameron, Crosby and Vincecablefreude at book launch

20 May 2015 8:13

David Cameron’s former director of strategy Steve Hilton is in town this week to promote his new book More Human. Mr S was a guest at the book launch in East… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last

19 May 2015 17:51

Although Jeremy Paxman spent several decades working for the BBC, the presenter took an opportunity at a Royal Television Society talk today to cast doubt over its future. With the BBC’s charter renewal… Continue reading


Karen Danczuk comes out in defence of Sally Bercow

19 May 2015 16:53

Of all the MPs’ wives, Karen Danczuk and Sally Bercow may have amassed the most column inches. So perhaps it’s not surprising that in the wake of Sally’s latest news, Danczuk… Continue reading


Don’t Labour tax advisers pop up in the funniest places?

19 May 2015 14:10

Remember Jolyon Maugham, the QC who had fifteen minutes of fame during the General Election campaign when he ‘advised Labour on its non-dom tax crackdown’? As the Telegraph reported at the… Continue reading

Joanne Froggatt plays Anna Bates in Downton Abbey

The past catches up with Downton Abbey cast

19 May 2015 12:38

With Downton Abbey drawing to a close after the next series, Mr S suspects that, in the interest of historical accuracy, it may be for the best that it bows out sooner… Continue reading

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband addresses supporters on April 28, 2015 in Barry, Wales.

Ed Miliband returns from Ibiza to face the music

19 May 2015 11:32

Ed Miliband’s last-minute holiday to Ibiza was hardly the way in which the former Labour leader had envisaged spending the week after the election. Still, a week on the party… Continue reading

President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Meet At The White House

Obama gets personal on Twitter. Will Cameron follow suit?

18 May 2015 18:10

With an increasing number of Twitter accounts for politicians and celebrities run by staff rather than the subjects themselves, the PR-y tweets can often make for a dull read. So… Continue reading

Isabel Oakeshott and Lord Ashcroft travelled to Moscow to research for their biography of David Cameron (Credit: @IsabelOakeshott)

Lord Ashcroft travels to Russia to research his David Cameron biography

18 May 2015 17:01

The British government’s relationship with Russia is somewhat frosty since David Cameron ordered 75 British soldiers to Ukraine earlier this year to help the country defend itself against Russia. With diplomatic relations at… Continue reading

Curry Houses In Brick Lane As Concerns Rise Over The New Laws Regarding Immigrant Workers Loom

Political institution introduces new MPs to ancient rituals

18 May 2015 16:37

While new MPs are sitting through tedious induction classes to teach them the rules of the House of Commons such as never clap in the chamber or call another member… Continue reading

Friends. Sort of.

Coffee Shots: Friends reunited

18 May 2015 12:13

What a difference a day makes. Only yesterday it seemed that the Ukip civil war was still rattling on, with Nigel Farage’s former senior advisor Raheem Kassam writing a feisty article for the Telegraph criticising… Continue reading


Picture exclusive: James Bond crew take to the Thames to film for Spectre

17 May 2015 22:01

Forget the riveting excitement of the Labour leadership contest, Westminster was shut down on Sunday night for a different type of race. As part of filming for the new James… Continue reading

Prince Charles meets Evgeny Lebedev during a visit to the Standard and Independent offices (Photo: Jeremy Selwyn/Getty)

Was it Evgeny Lebedev wot won it?

17 May 2015 7:03

During this election, every newspaper endorsed the party that most of their readers support – with two exceptions. The Independent and the Evening Standard, who have left-leaning readerships, both backed… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: SNP big in Japan

16 May 2015 10:15

Just when Mr S thought it was safe to go to his local watering hole now the 56 Scottish SNP MPs have chosen Parliament’s sports and social as their pub of choice, it turns… Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Louise Mensch backs George Osborne to be the next Tory leader

15 May 2015 12:42

All this talk from Labour and the Liberal Democrats about who will be their next party leader appears to have got to the Tory camp. Although the dust is yet to… Continue reading

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A very modern Parliament causes problems for the Tories

15 May 2015 11:56

With 190 women elected last week and the number of ethnic minority MPs hitting record levels, Parliament is slowly beginning to look a little bit like modern Britain. Settling in,… Continue reading

U.K. Opposition Labour Party Business Spokesman Chuka Umunna Interview

Chuka Umunna will no longer be the ‘English Obama’

15 May 2015 10:56

Chuka Umunna has surprised many today with the news that he has withdrawn from the race for the Labour leadership. Explaining his decision he said that the ‘added level of… Continue reading