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Watch: Ed Miliband mistaken for his brother David twice on Question Time

27 May 2016 10:04

Poor Ed Miliband. Since his defeat in the General Election, the former Labour leader has seen his influence fade — dropping to…


Food advice from the Guardian: don’t eat octopus… they have more genes than you

27 May 2016 9:10

Last year the Guardian‘s food police deemed HP sauce to be the condiment of ‘the establishment’, barbecues to be borderline racist…


Trump vs Hillary? It’s a really tough choice, says Steve Hilton

26 May 2016 16:52

With Steve Hilton in town to promote his book More Human, David Cameron’s former director of strategy is proving to be…

Still standing

Dr Éoin Clarke’s ‘massive’ Tory spending revelations fail to go nuclear

26 May 2016 14:16

If only Dr Éoin Clarke could learn from his mistakes. Earlier this month Clarke was left red-faced after his prediction of…

The Queen and Duke Of Edinburgh Attend The State Opening Of Parliament

David Cameron’s new enterprise tsar proves to be a problematic hire

25 May 2016 13:28

Oh dear. Today at PMQs, George Osborne could not resist boasting about the government’s new enterprise tsar, Sir Alan Sugar. When…


Watch: Angela Eagle teases Osborne for banishing Brexiteers from the frontbench

25 May 2016 12:56

With David Cameron away, it fell on George Osborne to field questions from Labour’s Angela Eagle today for PMQs. While…

Former Marks and Spencer's boss and the current chairman of the 'Britain Stronger in Europe' campaign Lord Stuart Rose (Left) prepares to speak during a press conference, with TV presenter June Sarpong, at The Truman Brewery on October 12, 2015 in London, England.

Where have the In campaign been hiding Stuart Rose?

24 May 2016 17:11

This week Eddie Izzard has embarked on a a 31-city tour to try and persuade young people to vote in the EU…

State Visit Of The President Of The People's Republic Of China - Day 2

Introducing Jeremy Corbyn’s new spokesman: the ex-Labour aide who called the Queen a ‘scrounger’

24 May 2016 13:19

Although Jeremy Corbyn managed to survive the Queen’s Speech relatively unscathed last week, his republican beliefs are likely to be…

David Gauk

George Osborne ‘uncorks the Gauke’ once again

24 May 2016 8:00

At last month’s Westminster Correspondents’ dinner, George Osborne made light of his behaviour during his budget U-turn. Joshing about his…


Watch: John Bercow takes Bernard Jenkin to task in the Commons

23 May 2016 15:40

Although Bernard Jenkin tabled an urgent question today, the Conservative politician didn’t seem to feel any sense of urgency when it came…


David Cameron’s former adviser Steve Hilton backs Brexit

23 May 2016 9:07

Although David Cameron is keen to suggest of late that the dubious bunch backing Brexit includes Vladimir Putin and Isis, he may…

Jeremy Corbyn And Alan Johnson Launch The Labour In Battle Bus

Labour’s attempt to get on first-name terms with voters backfires

22 May 2016 13:57

Oh dear. Spare a thought for whichever bright spark at Labour HQ is responsible for today’s email on the EU…


Watch: Paul Mason puts number of immigrants in Toxteth down to the slave trade

20 May 2016 19:07

Yesterday Pat Glass came under fire after she described a voter — who expressed concerns about a ‘scrounging’ Polish family — as…

Marlene Ellis, far right, poses for a photo with Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott

Revealed: how Corbyn’s comrade promised to ‘turf out’ white members from Momentum Black ConneXions

20 May 2016 16:10

In March this year, Momentum’s Marlene Ellis found herself in the news accused of describing Chuka Umunna as not ‘politically…

Andy Burnham delivers a speech at the Peoples Museum on August 17, 2015 in Manchester, England

Grim up north? Only if you’re Andy Burnham, say MPs

19 May 2016 16:45

It’s tough up north. Just ask Andy Burnham. The class warrior has today kicked off his Manchester mayoral campaign with…


Pat Glass calls voter a ‘horrible racist’ while out on the EU campaign trail

19 May 2016 15:01

In the General Election, a number of Labour supporters defected to Ukip over growing concerns that the party was no…

Labour shadow cabinet

Lady Nugee turns the air blue in the Queen’s Speech debate

18 May 2016 18:01

Labour’s high command are not showing themselves to be the most statesman-like of figures today. After Jeremy Corbyn was caught…


Watch: Jeremy Corbyn gives Cameron the cold shoulder at the Queen’s Speech

18 May 2016 12:31

Today’s Queen’s Speech was always going to be a difficult event for the Prime Minister. With the EU referendum looming,…


Watch: Dennis Skinner makes his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech – ‘hands off the BBC’

18 May 2016 11:58

Last year the Beast of Bolsover failed to make his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech after he found himself…

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Journalist caught in SNP love triangle admits she is a ‘nut magnet’

17 May 2016 16:48

When the SNP 56 were elected to Parliament, they were heralded as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise archaic institution.…

David Cameron Addresses University Students Over The EU Referendum

Tory MPs get physical over the EU referendum

17 May 2016 12:58

Although it was already evident to many that relations in the Tory party are far from rosy thanks to the…

Quality Litter

Did The Times get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

17 May 2016 11:43

Oh dear. While Mr S is not himself immune to the pitfalls of journalism in the digital age, today’s Times…

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Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder hits back over waitress altercation: ‘even if she’s working class, she is linked to whiteness’

17 May 2016 8:28

Last month Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he revelled in making a waitress shed ‘white…


Ed Miliband drops to no.40 in Doncaster Power List

16 May 2016 17:12

Just over a year ago, Ed Miliband had the world at his feet. The MP for Doncaster North was one…


Timothy Garton Ash’s concept of courage knows no bounds

16 May 2016 14:57

In Timothy Garton Ash’s new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, the historian examines present challenges and…