UK politics

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Will Labour MPs do anything now Louise Ellman has quit?

17 October 2019 8:53

Another female Jewish MP has left the Labour party, apparently bullied out of the movement she has worked in for…

Watch: Mark Francois rebukes ‘stop Brexit’ protester

16 October 2019 12:36

We’re still waiting to hear what Mark Francois – and the rest of the ERG – make of Boris Johnson’s…

Boris Johnson must still keep no deal firmly in his mind

16 October 2019 10:42

The Irish backstop and the arrangements to replace it are now the focus of the eleventh-hour Brexit talks. Their importance…

Is hate crime really on the rise?

15 October 2019 18:28

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit bounce

15 October 2019 17:27

There was a fairytale quality to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to the SNP conference this afternoon. On the one hand, she…

Watch: Emily Thornberry accused of sexism for Commons jibe

15 October 2019 15:34

Emily Thornberry has had a busy day in the Commons. Labour’s shadow foreign secretary heckled her counterpart Dominic Raab this…

On black privilege

15 October 2019 13:28

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

Did anyone take the Queen’s Speech seriously?

14 October 2019 17:38

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

The myth of Britain’s air pollution pandemic

14 October 2019 14:22

It is a good thing that there is an air pollution bill in the Queen’s Speech today. We should not…

Sadiq Khan’s selective concern about ‘voter suppression’

14 October 2019 13:35

Sadiq Khan has got some front. He is complaining about the government’s voter ID plans, claiming it will lead to…

The biggest risk with Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

14 October 2019 12:23

This is more an election manifesto launch than a conventional Queen’s Speech, because Boris Johnson simply does not have the numbers in…

Could Boris Johnson win an election but lose his seat?

14 October 2019 11:25

Is Boris safe in Uxbridge? The Lib Dems have an eye on the Prime Minister’s 5000 vote majority and their…

The purpose of Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech

13 October 2019 21:20

Normally a Prime Minister uses a Queen’s Speech to lay out their government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead. However,…

Can ministers really hold their nerve on Brexit this week?

13 October 2019 20:39

Boris Johnson is now in what’s known in cricket as the ‘Nervous Nineties’, when a batsman becomes so anxious about…

Sunday shows round-up: Corbyn says parliament should be ‘cautious’ about PM’s Brexit deal

13 October 2019 13:13

Sophy Ridge began her show with an interview with Jeremy Corbyn. Brexit negotiations are at a critical juncture with an…

If Boris does a Brexit deal, it will be because of the ‘Surrender Act’

13 October 2019 12:04

Will he strike a deal with the EU allowing Britain to leave this month? Will he compromise on the Irish…

Is a deal really possible?

12 October 2019 10:40

It is one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent political history. On Wednesday afternoon, the Brexit talks seemed pretty…

John McDonnell suggests Labour could be open to referendum before election

11 October 2019 16:09

The Labour party is abuzz with talk that the party could back a second referendum before a general election. It’s…

Is Rory Stewart running to become London mayor because he’s bored?

11 October 2019 14:33

Rory Stewart’s announcement that he would run as an independent candidate for Mayor for London was typically civilised. This was…

Brexit party voters will decide Boris Johnson’s fate

11 October 2019 13:00

The fate of Boris Johnson’s premiership will be determined by Nigel Farage and the Brexit party. Even if a Brexit…