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Nicholas Soames takes Robert Peston to task over his dress sense

15 February 2016 16:28

Since Robert Peston departed the BBC to join ITV as their new political editor, he has taken a relaxed approach…

Has Nigel Farage got David Cameron running scared?

15 February 2016 14:16

With Parliament in recess, David Cameron is able to use this week to focus on the upcoming EU referendum. To…

Comrade Corbyn takes a swipe at Rosa Prince over ‘inaccurate’ biography

15 February 2016 8:54

This month saw the release of Rosa Prince’s biography of Jeremy Corbyn. While Corbyn refused to assist the former Daily Telegraph…

The Kids Company cure for ‘dangerous people’? A trip to Champneys

12 February 2016 12:59

After MPs claimed last month that the Kids Company’s closure was down to a ‘catalogue of failures’, the charity’s founder Camila…

Is Seumas Milne’s Guardian ‘leave’ coming to an end?

12 February 2016 10:10

When Seumas Milne — the Guardian associate editor and columnist — was hired as Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications, Labour released…

Listen: John Humphrys raps to grime music on Today

12 February 2016 9:05

John Humphrys gave Today show listeners cause to splutter into their cornflakes this morning. The BBC anchor attempted to rap to…

Does Big Brother Watch need to keep an eye on Twitter’s Nick Pickles?

11 February 2016 17:21

This week Twitter has announced the launch of a new Trust & Safety Council measure which aims to prevent users from…

Is John McDonnell distancing himself from George Galloway?

11 February 2016 13:19

Since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader, the party has been dogged by rumours that George Galloway could rejoin the party.…

Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn’s badge of honour

10 February 2016 12:28

As Labour peers prepare to join forces with Liberal Democrat peers this week to challenge the trade union bill in…

Nicholas Soames teaches Lady Nugee a lesson

9 February 2016 23:03

Emily Thornberry has not had an easy few weeks since her appointment as shadow defence secretary last month. On Monday…

Ruth Davidson rules herself out of the Tory leadership race

9 February 2016 13:00

Ruth Davidson has been previously tipped as a front-runner in the Tory leadership race. The Scottish Conservative leader has proved…

The Tories’ ‘black-and-white’ ball, in pictures

9 February 2016 12:20

Last night politicians and celebrities dined with the super-rich at the annual Tory Black and White ball. While press are banned from the…

Inside the Conservatives’ secret ‘black-and-white’ ball

8 February 2016 21:19

The Conservatives have their black-tie billionaire-laden black-and-white ball tonight – an event shrouded in secrecy. So your spy, Mr Steerpike,…

Samantha Cameron, the ice queen

8 February 2016 16:43

When Samantha Cameron appeared on the BBC’s Sport Relief bake-off last month, she managed to charm the nation — with even the…

Ed Vaizey feels the heat at film awards

8 February 2016 15:18

Spare a thought for Ed Vaizey. Although he is now the longest serving arts minister in British history, the Conservative politician still struggles…

Watch: Jeremy Hunt compares himself to Nye Bevan

7 February 2016 16:31

This morning Jeremy Hunt appeared on The Andrew Marr Show to defend his growing feud with the junior doctors. While…

Labour’s election star on ‘evil left-wing bastards’

6 February 2016 20:30

Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, the party have had a fair few run-ins with dictators of the past. After John…

Ken Livingstone tips John McDonnell as Corbyn’s successor

5 February 2016 16:09

Although Jeremy Corbyn has only been Labour leader since September, there has been much talk from various fractions of the…

Trigger warning: students try to ban free-speech society

4 February 2016 9:30

Free speech isn’t what it used to be. From safe spaces to trigger warnings, university campuses have been hit particularly…

Jeremy Hutchinson discusses his ‘short fling’ with Margaret Thatcher

3 February 2016 9:51

As the oldest living peer in the Lords at the grand age of 100, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington has a name that…

Oldie of the Year 2016: Germaine Greer honoured for her transgender feud

2 February 2016 14:30

To Simpson’s-in-the-Strand for the annual Oldie of the Year awards. This year a panel including Gyles Brandeth, Libby Purves, John…

Oxford’s diversity strategy: portraits of privileged white women replace portraits of privileged white men

2 February 2016 11:36

It’s been a testing few weeks for Oxford University officials. First they faced a student uprising with the ‘Rhodes Must…

Donald Trump reveals his backup plan

2 February 2016 8:52

Donald Trump has suffered a serious setback in his bid to win the Republican nomination after finishing second in Iowa. Happily,…

Coffee Shots: Robert Peston goes with the faux

1 February 2016 22:15

When Robert Peston was at the BBC, his bosses were left unimpressed when his floppy hair became the story during a…

A warning flag on David Cameron’s Brussels negotiations

1 February 2016 17:47

In the past week, David Cameron has held a number of last-minute talks with EU counterparts in the hope of agreeing…