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Watch: Dennis Skinner’s Queen’s Speech quip

21 June 2017 11:44

Dennis Skinner is no fan of the Monarchy. But he used his traditional quip at today’s Queen Speech to try…

The Democrats still don’t know how to counter Donald Trump

21 June 2017 10:20

Another election night in America, another failure for the Democratic Party. Having spent a mind-boggling $23 million trying to win…

The SNP are guilty of shocking chutzpah in their claims over a Tory ‘stitch up’

21 June 2017 8:45

I have an awkward relationship with the House of Lords. On the one hand, it regularly proves a doughty guardian…

What the papers say: The Queen’s Speech is the Tories’ last chance

21 June 2017 8:19

Today’s Queen Speech will be a muted affair, with Her Majesty dressing down for the opening of a Parliament which will…

Alan Duncan is a model of indiscretion in new BBC Brexit documentary

21 June 2017 0:01

The new BBC documentary Brexit Means Brexit: The Unofficial Version lifts the lid on what has gone on behind the scenes…

Gerard Coyne’s show trial is a stark warning to Labour moderates

20 June 2017 20:31

‘There is no step, thought, action, or lack of action under the heavens,’ wrote Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, ‘which could not be…

DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

The Euro’s badly-needed reform could finally be on the cards

20 June 2017 17:44

Has Germany finally started to shift its position on the future of the Eurozone? Speaking today, at a conference for…

Labour is now the party of the middle class

20 June 2017 16:26

I’m not sure I’ve ever been so pessimistic about this country’s future, and I’m not usually a barrel of laughs…

What’s wrong with the 12 new Scottish Tory MPs?

20 June 2017 15:53

Although the snap election result was disappointing for the Conservative party as a whole, there was reason for celebration north of…

David Lidington resets relations with the judges – but can it last?

20 June 2017 14:37

As the Brexit negotiations kicked off in Brussels yesterday, an equally delicate act of diplomacy took place in London at the…

Listen: Ed Miliband hosts toilet discussion on Radio 2

20 June 2017 14:11

Poor old Ed Miliband. The former Labour leader was once convinced he was destined for Downing Street. Now, he’s hosting discussions…

Meet the new leaders of Project Soft Brexit: Mark Carney and Philip Hammond

20 June 2017 12:58

As double acts go, it is probably not up there with Eric and Ernie, John and Paul, or even Liam and…

Could Vince Cable be the Lib Dems’ answer to Jeremy Corbyn?

20 June 2017 11:33

There was a time when progressives thought that politics had become too much of an old boys’ club. In the place of…

What the papers say: Terror returns to London

20 June 2017 8:25

‘Another week, another grotesque terror attack on peaceful civilians’, says the Daily Mail. While in the Finsbury Park attack the…

‘Constructive’ Brexit talks get off to a shaky start for David Davis

19 June 2017 19:15

To kick the Brexit negotiations off, David Davis and Michel Barnier exchanged mountain-themed gifts, of a hiking book and walking stick.…

Please can the bullying of Theresa May stop?

19 June 2017 18:02

We all remember it from school, whether as perpetrator, or assistant of perpetrator, or victim: the moment when everyone turns…

Will Theresa May become Brexit’s scapegoat?

19 June 2017 17:43

Normally in the run-up to a Queen’s Speech, Westminster watchers wonder how radical the Prime Minister feels like being –…

George Osborne’s new mission

19 June 2017 17:03

Although it’s been said that revenge is a dish best served cold, George Osborne seems to take the approach that…

The Tories desperately need new ideas to keep Corbyn out of power

19 June 2017 16:23

Every discussion with a Tory Minister or MP now ends up with a go through of the runners and riders…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

Conservative MEP on Brexit negotiation tactics: ‘take down your trousers and just show what you’ve got’

19 June 2017 13:04

As formal Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU begin today, there remains much confusion over what Britain’s Brexit strategy…

Finsbury Park attack: We need a consistent response to terror

19 June 2017 12:42

So it seems that it has happened again. A third terrorist attack in as many months on London’s streets. Once…

Finsbury Park attack: What we know so far

19 June 2017 12:20

One man is dead and ten people have been injured after a van drove into a crowd close to Finsbury Park…

It’s time to prepare voters for some tough Brexit compromises

19 June 2017 12:13

Brexit is like life. The journey matters more than the final destination. Instead of fixating on where we will, eventually,…