UK politics

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Immigration reaches record high – but what does that really tell us about Brexit Britain?

1 December 2016 11:14

How much do the net migration figures mean these days? The Office for National Statistics released its latest migration estimates…


PMQs Sketch: Striking attitudes in the Chamber

30 November 2016 16:16

Sometimes PMQs is about policy. Sometimes it’s about posturing. Today everyone was striking attitudes like mad. Jeremy Corbyn over-stated the…


Labour’s Matt Damon problem

30 November 2016 16:01

One of the crueller caricatures in the 2004 satirical film ‘Team America: World Police’ is a little puppet of Matt…

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Boris is fed up with being the butt of the government’s jokes

26 November 2016 10:27

In the autumn statement, Philip Hammond chose to mock Boris’ failed leadership bid. This wasn’t the first time that one…


Tory Brexiteers pressure May to quit EU single market and customs union

19 November 2016 10:10

Normally, the Saturday before an autumn statement would be dominated by speculation about what is in it. But, as I…

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Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

18 November 2016 13:46

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number…


Theresa May now has some Trumps in her Brexit negotiating hand

12 November 2016 10:05

Britain’s position heading into its Brexit talks is far stronger than it was a week ago, I argue in The…

Theresa May Leaves Downing Street For Prime Minister Questions

Government’s high court defeat sparks election chatter

5 November 2016 10:05

What worries government ministers, as I say in The Sun this morning, is not the actual vote on the Article…


Britain shouldn’t stay in the customs union after Brexit

15 October 2016 10:23

A Brexit deal that would end free movement and see UK goods able to access the EU market without tariffs…

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David Davis, parliamentary poacher turned executive gamekeeper

10 October 2016 18:23

David Davis batted away demands for parliament to be given a vote on the timing of Article 50 or the…


Corbyn leaves Ukip an open goal, and they miss it

8 October 2016 10:31

Jeremy Corbyn is taking Labour ever further away from its traditional working class voters in the north and the midlands.…


Corbyn tightens his grip

7 October 2016 18:59

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Cabinet reshuffle is all about strengthening, and demonstrating, his control over the party. Jonathan Ashworth, a Corbyn-sceptic, has…


May’s Brexit offering

1 October 2016 22:47

Theresa May’s biggest conference dilemma was what to say about Brexit. She doesn’t want to trigger Article 50 yet, or…

Conservative Party annual conference 2015

May will have to say more on what Brexit means — and soon

1 October 2016 10:31

Theresa May will receive a rapturous reception from Tory activists tomorrow. She is not just their new leader, but—as I…


There will be nothing normal about Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speech

28 September 2016 14:21

Jeremy Corbyn will shortly address the Labour conference with what is officially known as the ‘parliamentary report’. An accurate ‘parliamentary…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Man bites dog as Corbyn tells Labour members: I want to win an election

27 September 2016 22:37

Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speech includes the normally unremarkable but currently remarkable assertion that he wants Labour to win the next…

MPs are trying to decide whether or not to be Jeremy Corbyn's lapdogs and return to the frontbench.

Labour moderates split over whether to serve on Corbyn’s frontbench

26 September 2016 21:30

Whether or not to serve on Labour’s frontbench is a question of the same order of asking whether the deck…

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Labour women attack Theresa May as ‘no sister’. How very un-feminist.

24 September 2016 17:38

The Labour Party is in a sour mood at present, that much we already know. Usually, most of the sourness…

Owen Smith MP Poses For Leadership Campaign Pictures

This Labour leadership contest has represented an intellectual surrender to Corbynism

24 September 2016 9:05

The Labour leadership result isn’t announced until 11.45am today. But whatever the result—and no one seems in much doubt what…


New Ukip leader says Putin is one of her heroes

18 September 2016 12:05

Diane James, Ukip’s new leader, did her first major TV interview as Ukip leader this morning. And very revealing it…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

Leaked Corbyn abuse list shows the unbridgeable gulf in Labour

15 September 2016 15:49

The leaking – accidental or otherwise – of a list of Labour MPs allegedly guilty of abusive behaviour towards Jeremy…

David Cameron resigning as Prime Minister (Getty).

Will David Cameron only be remembered for Brexit?

15 September 2016 12:21

At the moment, the consensus is that Brexit will be Cameron’s legacy, that the thing people will remember about his…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

Theresa May has done a poor job of stealing Labour’s clothes

12 September 2016 18:17

‘I don’t think we are a charity.  We are a successful, multi-national educational institution,’ explained the public school head to…


Cameron resigns, again. Breaks his word, again. Trashes his reputation, again

12 September 2016 18:00

Is David Cameron trying to trash his own reputation? First came the worst resignation honours list for decades, which seemed…

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Greening takes dovish tone on government’s schools plan

12 September 2016 17:32

Is Theresa May planning an epic battle with some of her own MPs to introduce new grammar schools in England?…