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John McDonnell’s disastrous Newsnight interview

26 September 2016 23:25

It’s been a long day for John McDonnell. On top of making his conference speech, the Shadow Chancellor has spoken…

Falkland Islands’ pitch to Jeremy Corbyn falls on deaf ears

26 September 2016 19:32

In a crowded field, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s more controversial suggestions during his time as Labour leader has been putting…

U.K. Government's Business And Energy Minister Matt Hancock Interview

Matt Hancock struggles to play it straight with radio speech

26 September 2016 14:53

As Labour MPs and members alike turn on one another at their annual conference, the Conservatives get on with their…


WATCH: Tristram Hunt lays into Corbyn at Progress rally

25 September 2016 19:54

Well that didn’t last long. After Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Labour leader on Saturday, Corbyn sceptic MPs appeared to put…

Reason for cheer at Momentum’s rival conference

25 September 2016 17:59

While the mood at Labour Conference is notably low this year, across town at Momentum’s ‘The World Transformed’ festival the…


Derek Hatton makes a return to Labour conference

25 September 2016 15:53

Earlier this month, Derek Hatton told Mr S of his dismay after the former deputy leader of Liverpool Council’s application…


Alan Duncan struggles to preserve his modesty

25 September 2016 10:55

In the EU referendum campaign, Alan Duncan penned a piece for the Telegraph entitled ‘why this lifelong Eurosceptic is now…

Ed Llewellyn is Cameron's chief chum.

Cameron’s old chum appointed UK Ambassador to France

23 September 2016 16:44

Although David Cameron’s political career took a nose dive after the EU referendum result, he has been doing his best…

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK, attends The Times CEO summit in London

George Osborne warns that he won’t ‘fumble’ his next leadership bid

23 September 2016 14:14

Well, that didn’t take long. George Osborne has had dinner with the FT and the write-up shows him as ambitious…


Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder in hot water again – ‘I should have whipped that white student’

22 September 2016 10:31

Earlier this year, Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he revelled in making a waitress…

Nate Silver accepting a 'Webby' in May 2012.

Why is Nate Silver on his high horse over Trump – again?

21 September 2016 18:12

A few years ago, the pollster Nate Silver wrote a best-selling book saying (in effect) that political pundits talk rot and…

Caroline Lucas welcomes Labour Party delegates - main screen on Queens Road Brighton. Photo: The Green Party.

Green Party struggles to get to grips with its minimum wage

21 September 2016 17:04

It’s difficult being a Lefty. You come up with principled positions and stances and then people expect you to stand by…

Liberal Democrats Hold A London Memorial Service For Former Leader Charles Kennedy

John Bercow on sleeping arrangements in the Speaker’s House

21 September 2016 13:21

To describe John Bercow and his wife Sally’s marriage as colourful, could be seen to be an understatement. The Speaker’s…

corbyn pmqs

‘I voted for Owen Smith,’ says Jeremy Corbyn’s ex-wife

21 September 2016 11:05

Last summer as Corbyn-mania swept the country, the MP for Islington North’s appeal proved so far-reaching that even his ex-wife…


Revealed: Danny Finkelstein was David Cameron’s stenographer

20 September 2016 13:09

There’s a great scoop in The Times today. A political columnist, former chief leader writer of a national newspaper was, unbeknown…

What does your teddy stand for?

Teddy Bears for Corbyn: What is your toy’s mandate?

20 September 2016 12:38

This week there has been a mix of excitement and dread in Labour circles over the announcement of the Momentum Kids…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

Jeremy Corbyn takes the biscuit on Mumsnet

19 September 2016 14:38

Any Britain politician of note will at some point in their career face the question: what is your favourite biscuit?…

Eddie Izzard Addresses The Cambridge Union On The EU Referendum

Eddie Izzard gives hope to the New European

19 September 2016 10:42

As Brexiteers begin to worry that Theresa May could be leaning towards a soft Brexit, a number of Remain-ers are…


Derek Hatton is left in the cold at Labour conference

15 September 2016 10:58

In recent months, Derek Hatton has been taking to the airwaves to wax lyrical about Jeremy Corbyn. Although the former deputy…

Alex Salmond Retains His Post As First Minister And Creates Scotland's First Majority Government

Alex Salmond: Scotland should block Brexit

14 September 2016 18:40

Although Alex Salmond is Scotland’s First Minister no more, luckily the public still have a chance to hear the SNP…


Jeremy Corbyn donates fruits of his labour to Momentum

14 September 2016 9:14

In the aftermath of ‘traingate‘, one of the most striking things about the incident was not that Jeremy Corbyn had a…


Shami Chakrabarti makes her Lords debut

13 September 2016 18:01

Although David Cameron’s resignation honours were widely criticised for cronyism, it’s fair to say that Jeremy Corbyn’s one appointment to…

Former U.K. Defence Secretary Liam Fox Interview

Liam Fox doesn’t have a job – he just doesn’t know it yet, says Nick Clegg

13 September 2016 15:47

Given the fragile egos of Theresa May’s three Brexiteers — Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis — Mr S…


Hacked Off Hugh’s magical birthday

13 September 2016 8:15

When Hacked Off first launched in 2011, Hugh Grant was its lead spokesman — regularly appearing on shows such as Newsnight and…


David Davis: Brexit is the sexiest area of politics

12 September 2016 18:02

Since the nation voted to leave the European Union in the referendum, Brexit has been described as a lot of…