election 2015

George Galloway’s presence will spice up the London mayoral campaign

28 May 2015 15:40

George Galloway’s announcement on Twitter this afternoon that he is standing for London Mayor hasn’t surprised many, given he suggested…

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East…

Podcast: defeating Isis, the Queen’s speech and Cameron’s EU negotiations

28 May 2015 9:03

Defeating Isis is a task that neither America nor Britain are particularly keen to take on. In this week’s View from…

The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

Boris Johnson makes his first intervention in the House of Commons

27 May 2015 17:13

Boris has finally spoken. Intervening on his Tory colleague Cheryl Gillan, who was complaining about a lack of funding for…

SNP MPs rebuked for clapping in the Chamber. Will Tory and Labour hecklers be next?

27 May 2015 17:02

The SNP have done a rather good job this afternoon of uniting the rest of the Commons against them by…

Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

27 May 2015 16:29

Reports are coming in that Tony Blair is set to stand down as a peace envoy to the Middle East.…

The first day of the Parliamentary session posed several challenges for Labour

27 May 2015 16:20

The first day of the Parliamentary session always has a slightly back to school feel to it. There are two,…

Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 14:57

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in…

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

Yvette Cooper snaps up six more MP supporters for her leadership campaign

27 May 2015 13:43

Six more Labour MPs have endorsed Yvette Cooper as leader: Coffee House has the names exclusively. Emily Thornberry Ian Austin…

Queen’s Speech Tory slogan bingo

27 May 2015 12:30

Anyone would think that those drafting the Queen’s Speech might have had a bet on to see how many Tory…

2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced

27 May 2015 11:47

Her Majesty has just delivered the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years — or as David Cameron described it,…

Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

27 May 2015 11:13

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech…

Cameron will struggle to get human rights reform past parliament at any stage

27 May 2015 10:37

David Cameron has decided to stall on human rights reform for now, partly because the Tories couldn’t quite work out…

Will Nick Clegg’s response to the Queen’s Speech mean anything at all?

27 May 2015 9:17

Could there be a sadder sight today than Nick Clegg, intervening on behalf of his now tiny ‘minor party’ in…

What to expect in today’s Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 7:54

The new parliament officially begins with the grand State Opening of Parliament ceremony today. The Queen will deliver the first Conservative…

Cameron tries to bring the campaign into government

26 May 2015 19:36

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech will be almost cut and pasted from the Tory manifesto. Partly, this is because Number 10 believes…

Chris Bryant interview: Labour has to speak to voters ‘at the end of the line’

26 May 2015 17:57

Chris Bryant is haunted by Labour’s general election defeat. He has taken his former colleague Douglas Alexander’s office, and Commons…

Michael Gove: Tories will not be forgiven for ‘fudging’ the EU referendum

26 May 2015 16:35

Michael Gove’s gusto has returned after his elevation back to top level of the Cabinet. On Friday evening, the Justice…