UK politics

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…

Jolyon Maugham

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…

Jolyon Maugham

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…

Ghosts of Labour’s past and future gather in Commons as MPs return

17 December 2019 16:08

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have just faced one another in the Commons for the first time in this new…

Ex-MP Nicky Morgan kept on as Culture Secretary in minor Cabinet reshuffle

16 December 2019 18:48

With a majority of 80, Boris Johnson has his pick when it comes to forming his new look government. However,…

Why splitting the Home Office up makes sense

16 December 2019 14:11

We won’t see the full scope of what Boris Johnson plans to do for life after Brexit until the new…

What happens to ex-MPs?

15 December 2019 17:15

Parliament returns tomorrow – without 47 of the people who were MPs just a few weeks ago. Some, like those…

The Tories know they must deliver for their new voters

14 December 2019 12:01

‘If Darlington high street isn’t visibly better in four years’ time, we’ll be in trouble’, one of Boris Johnson’s confidants…

Can Labour’s moderates learn from all their mistakes?

13 December 2019 16:18

Labour’s defeat is so terrible that it provides the kind of creative destruction that could save the party. It will…

Boris Johnson promises to ‘unite and level up’ the UK. Can he really achieve that?

13 December 2019 15:53

Boris Johnson’s victory speech in Downing Street was aimed at the voters unsure about his government, whether they be the…

Jo Swinson’s election nightmare

13 December 2019 6:13

The Liberal Democrats have capped off a bad campaign with a disastrous results night. The party is on course for…

Two big blunders that will be remembered from this election

11 December 2019 17:38

The two stand-out moments of the campaign? 1) Jeremy Corbyn refusing to say sorry to the Jewish community, in Andrew…

Tory lead more than halved in final YouGov MRP poll

10 December 2019 22:22

When the first YouGov MRP poll of the election campaign was published last month, it was a cause of anxiety…

What are the parties trying to tell voters in their leaflets?

10 December 2019 19:53

What’s the point of political leaflets, anyway? Many voters in target seats will be asking that very question on an…