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Watch: Chief Whip’s failed attempt to woo Philip Davies over Brexit

7 December 2018 12:58

Oh dear. With the government on course for a historic defeat next week on Theresa May’s deal, this is the…

The Lib Dems’ big Brexit split

6 December 2018 15:07

Anyone watching the Conservatives tear themselves apart at the moment might be tempted to think that a political party could…

Top ten horrors from the Brexit ‘legal advice’

5 December 2018 16:00

Despite numerous attempts by the government to keep it hidden, the Attorney General’s legal advice has finally been published. The…

Nigel Farage quits Ukip

4 December 2018 18:09

Nigel Farage has quit Ukip. The three-time leader of the party said he was walking away in protest at its…

Watch: Cox reacts to being found in contempt

4 December 2018 17:23

In an exceptional move, MPs have just voted to hold the government in contempt of Parliament for not releasing legal…

A brief history of Chris Grayling’s failings

4 December 2018 14:28

Chris Grayling is back in the news – and once again it’s for all the wrong reasons. In a report…

The war between Leadsom and Bercow heats up

4 December 2018 11:44

It’s natural for there to be some animosity between the Speaker and the Leader of the House, as they fight…

Theresa May butters up the privileges committee

4 December 2018 11:07

It’s crunch time once again for Theresa May’s government, as the House votes this afternoon on whether her ministers –…

Watch: Geoffrey Cox heckled over Brexit backstop

3 December 2018 17:50

Theresa May is taking a break from defending her Brexit deal in Parliament – giving the chance to her Attorney…

Watch: Maybot’s awkward This Morning interview

3 December 2018 11:55

Theresa May has just over a week to go until her Brexit deal is voted on in the Commons, and…

Andrew ‘Calamity’ Cooper boosts Theresa May

3 December 2018 9:47

And so another hellish week for Theresa May begins. The Prime Minister must somehow avoid publishing the Attorney General’s legal…

Labour’s war with the media moves up a gear

1 December 2018 18:00

Oh dear. It’s no great secret that under Jeremy Corbyn there is little love lost between the Labour party and…

Full text: Liz Truss’s Parliamentarian speech – the backstop, Andrew Bridgen and overpaid bureaucrats

29 November 2018 14:07

With the 2017 Parliamentarian of the Year winner Ruth Davidson on maternity leave, Liz Truss stepped in to present this…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2018, in pictures

29 November 2018 12:48

To the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards where politicians from across the political divide gathered to celebrate the best…

Watch: Geoffrey Cox’s minister of the year acceptance speech

29 November 2018 11:30

Geoffrey Cox’s rousing warm-up act for Theresa May at Tory party conference elevated the Attorney General’s public profile. In the…

The Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards, 2018

28 November 2018 22:54

Once again, it’s been another eventful year in Westminster, with 14 Cabinet resignations, a seemingly endless negotiation process with the…

Til Brexit (and a government job) do us part

28 November 2018 18:19

Earlier this month Mr Steerpike noted that here might be some domestic troubles in one Westminster household, after MP Jack…

Gary Lineker’s Brexit muddle

28 November 2018 18:00

When Gary Lineker isn’t talking about football there is another subject that he likes to bang on about: Brexit. Lineker…

Diane Abbott takes a pop at police

28 November 2018 15:15

If Jeremy Corbyn makes it to No.10, then Diane Abbott will be Home Secretary. In that role, Abbott will be…

The Guardian’s fight against a ‘class-ridden society’

28 November 2018 9:12

In a strident editorial yesterday, the Guardian newspaper made the case for hiring people from a wider range of backgrounds:…

Watch: Nigel Dodds’s fury at May

26 November 2018 18:19

Theresa May has managed to anger quite a few MPs in recent weeks with her withdrawal agreement, but none more…

Knighted Tory MP: I still won’t back May’s deal

25 November 2018 21:05

Oh dear. Over the weekend No.10 came under much criticism after it emerged that John Hayes had been awarded an…

Boris Johnson’s speech to DUP conference: ‘we are on the verge of making a historic mistake’

24 November 2018 15:52

On Friday evening, Philip Hammond headed to DUP conference in a bid to win over Arlene Foster’s party after they…

Revealed: Philip Hammond’s speech at DUP conference – Boris, Rees-Mogg and the backstop

24 November 2018 0:09

With the DUP currently refusing to vote with the Tories following grievances over the proposed Irish backstop, Theresa May’s party…

Diane Abbott’s warning to second referendum supporters

23 November 2018 15:03

Diane Abbott has a stark warning for those clamouring for a second referendum: be careful what you wish for. The…