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Michelle Obama: no. 4 on the Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list. Image: Getty

BBC’s Michelle Obama gaffe

20 January 2017 17:46

Although Donald Trump has suggested that he is unsatisfied with the BBC’s coverage of him, it’s the corporation’s reporting of…


Friday caption contest: Trump’s inauguration – smile!

20 January 2017 16:31

As Donald Trump is sworn in today as the 45th US president, not everyone at the ceremony appears thrilled to be…

George Galloway campaigning in Bradford in 2015. Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Will George Galloway come to Corbyn’s rescue in Stoke-on-Trent?

20 January 2017 13:16

After Labour party members in Copeland rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s preferred choice as candidate for the upcoming by-election in favour of former…


Watch: Emily Thornberry’s opposition blues on Question Time

20 January 2017 9:34

On Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet found themselves in disarray after the Labour leader suggested he would issue a three-line whip for…


Seumas Milne exits the Guardian for good

19 January 2017 17:34

When Seumas Milne first announced that he was joining Labour as Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications in 2015, it was…


Nicholas Soames gives Boris a telling off

19 January 2017 12:22

On Wednesday, No 10 was forced to clarify that the Foreign Secretary had not compared the French President to a Nazi after Boris Johnson…


Sajid Javid’s warning over ‘Nazi smears’ catches up with Boris

18 January 2017 18:04

Although Theresa May used her Brexit speech on Tuesday to emphasise to European leaders that she hoped for a close and…


SNP MP’s fake news

18 January 2017 13:22

Although Theresa May’s speech revealing her plan for a global Britain was well-received by her party and much of the…

Lily Allen has weighed into the row over Jeremy Hunt's comments about abortion. Picture: Getty

The problem with Brexit Britain? Slavery, says Lily Allen

17 January 2017 17:01

Today Theresa May revealed her plan for ‘a global Britain’ in a speech at Lancaster House. While her words were…

Ministers Attend David Cameron's Last Cabinet Meeting

Portland expands its horizons post-Brexit

16 January 2017 16:40

As Michael Gove does his bit for US-UK relations in The Times today with a Donald Trump interview on the positives…

Labour Party Conference - Day One

Corbyn’s rail union comrade: I’d like to bring down the government

16 January 2017 8:35

After rail strikes caused havoc over the Christmas period, Sean Hoyle — president of the National Union of Rail, Maritime…


Watch: Andrew Neil grills Max Mosley over Impress funding

15 January 2017 12:33

With the deadline for the government’s public consultation on press regulation now passed, Karen Bradley must decide whether or not to trigger…


Heidi Allen crashes out of mayoral contest

14 January 2017 19:39

When Heidi Allen announced that she would stand to be the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough — while continuing…

Labour Party Conference - Day Three

Labour MP turns on Tristram Hunt

13 January 2017 13:02

With Tristram Hunt stepping down as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Jeremy Corbyn has issued a statement wishing his old…


Question Time’s golden moment

13 January 2017 8:52

As David Dimbleby decamped to Solihull for the first Question Time of the year, it was Donald Trump’s washing habits that…


‘Kiss a ginger’ day falls flat in the Commons

12 January 2017 18:16

This week John Bercow suggested a Labour MP was in need of an ASBO after she jeered Theresa May a little…

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Revealed: Nigel Farage meets with Trump’s man in Brussels

12 January 2017 11:48

Oh dear. As Theresa May prepares for a charm offensive on her upcoming trip to meet the President-elect, there is…

The European Premiere of 'Eddie The Eagle' - Arrivals

Feeling the Brexit pinch? Jamie Oliver heads to Davos

12 January 2017 10:58

Last week the nation was dealt some devastating news when Jamie Oliver announced that he was closing not one but six…


Watch: Donald Trump vs ‘fake news’

11 January 2017 17:33

Given that Donald Trump’s day got off to a bad start thanks to Buzzfeed‘s decision to publish an ‘unverified and potentially…


Watch: John Bercow scolds Labour MP for her anti-social behaviour

11 January 2017 13:09

Although PMQs turned out to be a muted affair on the Tory benches, Labour MPs were on boisterous form when…

Steerpike competition: what would it take to smear Trump?

11 January 2017 11:17

Today the world awoke to the news that intelligence chiefs allege Russians have compromising personal information on Donald Trump. Buzzfeed,…


Jeremy Corbyn takes inspiration from Venezuela

10 January 2017 11:30

Today Jeremy Corbyn 2.0 has taken to the airwaves to bring home his newly-revamped populist message. Of his new policies,…

Charlotte Church Appears At "Here's Your Opposition" Press Conference

Donald Trump gives Charlotte Church an offer she can refuse

10 January 2017 10:59

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, the race is on to find musicians to perform at the event. While Barack…

Max Mosley And Representatives Of The NUJ Arrive To Give Evidence To A Select Committee On Regulation Of The Press

Max Mosley’s letter comes back to haunt him

9 January 2017 15:58

It’s approaching D-Day for the government’s public consultation on press regulation and whether to trigger Leveson 2 with just hours…


BBC struggles with the N-word

9 January 2017 12:49

Since Netflix released The Crown, the network has received much praise for its dramatisation of the Queen’s early years. In…