UK politics


Ministers stick to the Summer Crisis rulebook on Calais

3 August 2015 10:18

One of the most important rules for politicians dealing with a Summer Crisis is that you must be seen to be Doing Things to deal with that crisis, even if… Continue reading


Another union backs Corbyn as the antidote to a Blairite ‘virus’

30 July 2015 13:44

Jeremy Corbyn is stormin’ his way through the trade unions affiliated to the Labour party. The Communication Workers’ Union has announced it backs him in the leadership contest, not because… Continue reading

Cross Party Support At Homes For Britain Rally

Nigel Farage: I wouldn’t describe migrant groups as ‘swarms’

30 July 2015 8:53

Nigel Farage briefly grabbed the moral high ground on the Calais migrant crisis this morning. He told the Today programme, rather loftily, that he wouldn’t use the word ‘swarm’ as David… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn poses for a portrait on July 16, 2015 in London, England

Unison backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

29 July 2015 15:57

The momentum just keeps building behind Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader. This afternoon, Unison has announced it is backing the veteran socialist’s candidacy, with General Secretary Dave Prentis saying:… Continue reading


Labour stays oddly quiet on the Calais migrant crisis

29 July 2015 14:12

The second, less well-attended stop for the outrage bus today after Cecil the lion is the situation in Calais. One young man died last night as he tried to enter the… Continue reading

A good old fashioned British scandal

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging by the Sun — in your face, Leveson! — we… Continue reading

William Waldegrave (Photo: Getty)

William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

26 July 2015 10:00

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded in the annals of politics. The Cardinal Archbishop of Cardiff… Continue reading


Welcome to the exhausting era of political spam

25 July 2015 16:11

What does John Major have in common with Nancy Dell’Olio? Click on the image to read in full. Clearly, a love of speech-writer-style paragraphing, sans-serif fonts, and free drinks. (I’m… Continue reading

Prescott won't be using his boxing skills to fight for sanity in the Labour party. (Image: Getty)

Who in Labour will fight to bring back sanity and honesty and dignity? Not John Prescott

23 July 2015 14:10

When I heard John Prescott was going on the Today programme, I must admit that I expected him to urge Labour members to be sensible — and stop this damaging… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper speaks during a meeting in London, United Kingdom, on June 15, 2015.

Why Yvette Cooper is keeping quiet about what she believes

23 July 2015 9:55

What does Yvette Cooper believe? John Humphrys was desperately trying to find this out on the Today programme this morning, and got nowhere. The Labour leadership contender at least showed… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

Jeremy Corbyn deserved a place on his party’s ballot paper

22 July 2015 16:42

Some Labour MPs have been expressing their regret at the fun and games they indulged in to get Jeremy Corbyn onto the leadership contest ballot paper back in the heady… Continue reading

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What did ‘#IminworkJeremy’ Hunt actually say about doctors working weekends?

21 July 2015 17:36

Well, it’s fair to say that Jeremy Hunt’s going to have a fun time at the next doctors’ conference he attends. There’s the #Iminworkjeremy trend on social media of furious doctors… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby

Tory MPs congratulate Lynton Crosby on his election success

20 July 2015 17:09

Tory MPs are currently hearing from Lynton Crosby at a special meeting of the 1922 Committee on his election victory. Many of them are wryly amused that they are having to… Continue reading

141st Open Championship - Round Two

Government takes the trash out with barrage of sneaky announcements

17 July 2015 17:22

Quiet Fridays are the best sorts of days to bury bad news: or at least so the Whitehall wisdom goes. That doesn’t seem to have worked today, given that ministers’… Continue reading

Tim Farron

Yes, we should be suspicious of Tim Farron’s Christian worldview

17 July 2015 14:15

It was inevitable that as soon as Tim Farron got elected Lib Dem leader, he would be asked the Praying Question. The one that Tony Blair was asked, and the… Continue reading

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Ipsa confirms MPs will get a 10% pay rise and there’s nothing they can do about it

16 July 2015 11:50

In the past few minutes, Ipsa has confirmed that it will give MPs a 10 per cent pay rise that means they’ll get £74,000 a year, backdated to 8 May… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

Labour in chaos: what are the party’s options?

15 July 2015 17:45

Labour is in an almighty mess at the moment. Those involved in the leadership campaigns are surprised by how the mood in the party has changed from quite open acceptance… Continue reading

Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Grant Shapps gets second ministerial job as his rehabilitation begins

15 July 2015 17:00

Grant Shapps has been given a second ministerial post at the Foreign Office this afternoon in which I understand is part of a rather apologetic rehabilitation process for the minister,… Continue reading

David Cameron on holiday in 2014

PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham may end up supporting Harman’s line on welfare bill anyway

14 July 2015 15:08

Andy Burnham has been vociferous in his opposition to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, and made his views clear at a stormy meeting of the Shadow Cabinet this morning.… Continue reading

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SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23

The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading

Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman urges Labour: We can’t campaign against the public

13 July 2015 19:42

Harriet Harman has just finished addressing the PLP about the party’s official position on welfare cuts. There was a reasonable amount of applause for the interim Labour leader when she… Continue reading

Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading

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Labour tries to calm row on welfare reform

13 July 2015 16:05

Labour is trying to clarify its position on welfare reform ahead of tonight’s PLP meeting. Sources say that the party will abstain on the ‘broad brush’ of the Welfare Reform… Continue reading

boundary changes

Number 10 ‘can square’ boundary reform losers

13 July 2015 14:16

Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands. I hear… Continue reading