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Watch: Dennis Skinner makes his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech – ‘hands off the BBC’

18 May 2016 11:58

Last year the Beast of Bolsover failed to make his annual contribution to the Queen’s Speech after he found himself…

Journalist caught in SNP love triangle admits she is a ‘nut magnet’

17 May 2016 16:48

When the SNP 56 were elected to Parliament, they were heralded as a breath of fresh air in an otherwise archaic institution.…

Tory MPs get physical over the EU referendum

17 May 2016 12:58

Although it was already evident to many that relations in the Tory party are far from rosy thanks to the…

Did The Times get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

17 May 2016 11:43

Oh dear. While Mr S is not himself immune to the pitfalls of journalism in the digital age, today’s Times…

Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder hits back over waitress altercation: ‘even if she’s working class, she is linked to whiteness’

17 May 2016 8:28

Last month Oxford’s Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwabe made the news after he revelled in making a waitress shed ‘white…

Ed Miliband drops to no.40 in Doncaster Power List

16 May 2016 17:12

Just over a year ago, Ed Miliband had the world at his feet. The MP for Doncaster North was one…

Timothy Garton Ash’s concept of courage knows no bounds

16 May 2016 14:57

In Timothy Garton Ash’s new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, the historian examines present challenges and…

Another day, another former Mayor of London brings up Hitler

16 May 2016 10:30

Is there something in the water at City Hall? Mr S only asks after Boris Johnson became the second former Mayor…

Alan Rusbridger suffers the ultimate indignity at the hands of the Guardian

13 May 2016 13:05

Today Alan Rusbridger has announced that he will not return as chairman of the Scott Trust. The decision comes after…

Vladimir Nabokov wades into the Brexit debate from the grave

13 May 2016 13:02

So far in the Brexit debate, a range of figures — from David Cameron to David Icke — have chipped in to…

Can Lord Finkelstein revive the reputation of Andrew ‘0.5 per cent’ Cooper?

12 May 2016 14:37

Mr S always enjoys reading Danny Finkelstein’s column (even when he borrows jokes from Steerpike) and Wednesday’s column was no exception. In the…

Bus battle! Row brewing over Labour’s ‘corporate’ EU bus

12 May 2016 14:10

Throughout the EU referendum campaign, Labour figures have been somewhat underwhelmed by the efforts of their party leader to fight for…

Watch: David Cameron teaches Tim Farron a lesson at PMQs

11 May 2016 14:46

Although Jeremy Corbyn did his best to press David Cameron on a range of issues at today’s PMQs, perhaps the…

The Guardian gives Emma Watson’s offshore company a miss

11 May 2016 11:09

Steerpike’s revelation yesterday that Emma Watson has been named in the latest Panama Papers leak has been followed up across…

Revealed: Emma Watson named in latest Panama Papers leak

10 May 2016 16:36

Of late, Emma Watson has been taking a more active role in both UK and American politics. The Harry Potter actress…

David Cameron to the Queen: ‘the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries will attend my anti-corruption summit!’

10 May 2016 15:03

Oh dear. David Cameron’s done it again. It seems the Prime Minister can’t quite master the art of checking whether there…

Yes, Minister! Sir Humphrey Appleby writes to Theresa May over Investigatory Powers Bill

10 May 2016 13:55

Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill is proving to be one of the most unpopular pieces of proposed legislation in this…

Watch: Andrew Tyrie takes ‘Lord Elliott of loserville’ to task for mucking Parliament around

10 May 2016 8:52

As the Treasury Committee looks into the economic costs of the UK’s EU membership, several leading Brexit figures have been summoned…

Dr Éoin Clarke’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle fails to materialise

9 May 2016 12:31

Of all of Labour’s dubious cheerleaders, none is more prolific on Twitter than Dr Éoin Clarke. The clip art-loving activist…

Labour party relations hit a new low

9 May 2016 8:13

After Labour’s local election results proved to be less catastrophic than many pundits predicted, John McDonnell told party naysayers it was…

Jemima Khan distances herself from her brother’s mayoral bid: ‘sad that Zac’s campaign did not reflect who I know him to be’

6 May 2016 22:44

Following Thursday’s elections, Sadiq Khan is on course to be the new mayor of London, with his rival Zac Goldsmith trailing a distant…

George Galloway’s battle bus lives on to fight another day

6 May 2016 16:15

With George Galloway predicted to have won roughly one per cent of the vote in the London mayoral election, his…

Ukip candidate who blamed litter on eastern European migrants is elected to the Welsh Assembly

6 May 2016 12:29

As Nigel Farage come to terms with his old foe Neil Hamilton’s success in the Welsh elections, there is another new…

Look away Corbyn! Charlotte Church trades Labour for Plaid Cymru in Welsh Assembly elections

5 May 2016 13:01

Although Charlotte Church is seen to be a die-hard Corbynista — previously speaking at rallies to support the Labour leader — it…

Asian Awards founder hits out at Zac Goldsmith over car-crash Bollywood interview: ‘it felt like a slap in the face’

5 May 2016 12:13

Oh dear. This week an awkward interview of Zac Goldsmith attending the Asian Awards has been doing the rounds on social media.…