UK politics

Can Parliament really end its toxic culture of bullying and harassment?

15 October 2018 14:52

How could the sort of bullying and sexual harassment detailed in Dame Laura Cox’s report on the treatment of House…

Brexit is the only thing keeping John Bercow in the Speaker’s chair

15 October 2018 14:21

John Bercow’s job is being saved by Brexit. Not just because the Brexit drama means that Dame Laura Cox QC’s…

Caption contest: Jeremy Hunt and the Brexit maze

15 October 2018 13:53

Will Theresa May’s government find a way out of the Brexit maze? As the Prime Minister’s backstop plans are deemed…

The Chief Whip can’t take your call right now, please leave a message after the tone

14 October 2018 22:17

No one has their finger on the pulse in the House of Commons like the government’s chief whip. To make…

Hell week 2.0: can Theresa May cling on?

14 October 2018 17:51

If last week was ‘hell week’ for Theresa May, the next few days could be classed as the Prime Minister’s…

Sunday shows round-up: Emily Thornberry defends Labour’s Brexit tests

14 October 2018 17:28

Iain Duncan Smith – The PM should put £2-3 billion of extra funding back into Universal Credit Sophy Ridge was…

Are we heading for a Salzburg-style smash?

13 October 2018 10:34

Sunday night was when the deal on the Irish backstop was meant to be done. But, as I say in…

Will the Tories have the wit to save Universal Credit – and themselves?

12 October 2018 14:32

The row over Universal Credit is a reminder that reforming welfare is the toughest job in politics. The question, right…

Has Princess Eugenie actually read the Great Gatsby?

12 October 2018 13:08

Today marks the marriage of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. Although the BBC didn’t jump at the chance to air…

People’s Vote celebrity ad: I voted Remain… and I still want to Remain

11 October 2018 13:19

With Theresa May’s Brexit proposals looking increasingly difficult to get through Parliament, the so-called ‘People’s Vote’ campaign has stepped up…

Why Emmanuel Macron should fear a no-deal Brexit

11 October 2018 11:59

Last month I made my annual pilgrimage to the battlefields of the Somme, something I’ve been doing for 27 years.…

The DUP is showing that its Brexit threats aren’t a bluff

11 October 2018 11:29

Things are escalating fast in the row between the government and the DUP. Yesterday’s threat to vote against the Budget…

Is World Mental Health Day just tokenist rubbish?

10 October 2018 18:00

What is the point of a Minister for Suicide Prevention? That Jackie Doyle-Price is taking on the role as part…

Will Theresa May call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

10 October 2018 15:47

The threat that the DUP might vote against the Budget if it isn’t happy with where the Irish border backstop…

Theresa May reveals her plan to bring Chequers back from the dead

10 October 2018 15:21

Golden sunshine streamed across Westminster at noon. And Jeremy Corbyn wiped away the cheer as soon as he stood up…

Corbyn makes May pay the price for her austerity pledge

10 October 2018 14:26

Jeremy Corbyn had the easiest lead into Prime Minister’s Questions today, and he didn’t squander it. He’d had a week…

Theresa May’s Brexit backstop breakthrough

10 October 2018 11:21

I am hearing that the PM’s Brexit advisor Olly Robbins has made meaningful progress in talks with the EU’s negotiator…

Why Chris Williamson really is happy about facing deselection

9 October 2018 22:15

Oh, what a delicious twist in the internal bickering of the Labour party. Chris Williamson, an MP who has spent…

The audacity of Nicola Sturgeon’s hope

9 October 2018 21:22

Patience. Pragmatism. Perseverance. Nationalist leaders do not, as a general rule, use such terms to inspire their troops. Not, at…

Dominic Raab’s tricky first day back in the office

9 October 2018 18:57

When Dominic Raab took up the post of Brexit Secretary in the wake of David Davis’s resignation over Chequers, a…

Who can Philip Hammond blame for a tight Budget?

9 October 2018 18:32

Cabinet ministers toddled up Downing Street this morning in a largely good mood. Most of them were relieved that last…

Where’s the outrage over Shaun Bailey’s slur on ‘cheeky’ boys?

9 October 2018 18:23

Much outrage this afternoon over the Tories’ mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey. In a pamphlet for the Centre for Policy Studies…

The staggering hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton

9 October 2018 17:06

Today Hillary Clinton slammed the Tories for failing to join the recent pile-on against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. In…

David Davis de-dramatises his Brexit rhetoric

9 October 2018 15:02

David Davis has caused a stir this afternoon after he sent a letter to Tory MPs claiming the Conservatives ‘will…

Why the DUP should worry Theresa May more than the European Research Group

9 October 2018 12:25

Just over twelve hours after Arlene Foster released a statement which appeared to suggest the DUP were ready to fudge…