UK politics

The strategy behind Boris Johnson’s incoming government shake-up

13 January 2020 13:09

Boris Johnson’s first week back in Parliament did not lead to the type of fireworks many had been expecting after…

The Brexit drama to come

11 January 2020 10:36

This week has shown how much the election has changed. The withdrawal agreement has sailed through the Commons and in…

What’s behind Barry Gardiner’s botched ‘leadership campaign’ launch?

8 January 2020 22:16

Is Barry Gardiner running for Labour leader or not? The question is almost as confusing as whether Prince Harry and…

Lindsay Hoyle was a breath of fresh air at PMQs

8 January 2020 17:28

New year. New parliament. New speaker of the House of Commons. The change was palpable immediately. Former speaker John Bercow…

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Hall of Shame: The most pointless questions at PMQs

8 January 2020 17:12

Prime Minister’s Questions might be shorter now that Lindsay Hoyle is the Speaker, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the…

Keir Starmer wins big union backing in Labour leadership contest

8 January 2020 15:39

Keir Starmer, clearly the frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, has just secured the backing of trade union Unison. This…

How will new Tory MPs deal with constituency problems?

7 January 2020 13:23

MPs are back in Parliament today after the Christmas recess, and for some of them, this is the first real…

Rebecca Long Bailey goes continuity Corbyn in leadership pitch

6 January 2020 23:50

After weeks of speculation, Rebecca Long Bailey has finally announced that she is entering the race to be the next…

Labour leadership contest: the state of the race so far

5 January 2020 19:15

The candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn have been busily launching their campaigns and giving political interviews this weekend, with the…

Podcast: Jess Phillips – My family left Labour over Blair and Iraq

5 January 2020 12:47

Jess Phillips is viewed as an outside bet when it comes to the Labour leadership race. While she has a…

Sajid Javid: it’s time to tear up the old investment rules

4 January 2020 10:06

The next Budget will signal some pretty big changes in the way government spending is distributed, with investment directed towards…

What does Jess Phillips actually believe in?

3 January 2020 18:27

Jess Phillips is expected to launch her bid for Labour leader this evening, having only said up to this point…

Ian Lavery to the rescue

30 December 2019 13:34

Oh dear. It’s not even 2020 yet and already the Labour leadership contest has descended into farce. Despite numerous private…

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Can Jolyon Maugham be prosecuted for clubbing a fox to death?

29 December 2019 10:33

Jolyon Maugham QC got up early on Boxing Day morning, put on his wife’s satin kimono, went into his garden…

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Jolyon Maugham QC and the dead fox

26 December 2019 14:05

In previous years, Boxing Day has proved an occasion in which high profile Tories can find themselves in the firing…

How the Tories plan to hold together their new electoral coalition once ‘Brexit is done’ and Corbyn gone

21 December 2019 10:34

The thumping majority by which both the second reading and the programme motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed yesterday,…

Boris Johnson passes withdrawal agreement bill with huge majority

20 December 2019 15:18

After four failed attempts and one ousted prime minister, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill has comfortably passed the Commons at second…

Why Boris Johnson is talking about ‘ten years’ time’

19 December 2019 16:47

One of the most striking things about the government’s Queen’s Speech was Boris Johnson’s focus on where the country could…

This is the first time in a decade the government can do what it wants

19 December 2019 12:08

There wasn’t much pomp around today’s Queen’s Speech, despite the fact that this second speech of the autumn is the…

Keir Starmer looks and sounds middle class precisely because he’s working class

19 December 2019 10:40

Despite being beaten by an Old Etonian with ‘de Pfeffel’ as his middle name, the Labour Party has descended into…