Politics

How did the Indian variant take hold in pockets of the UK?
Bolton Covid vaccines
Today’s big question

How did the Indian variant take hold in pockets of the UK?

Prime minister under fire for delaying India travel ban in April
17 May 2021
Can the Tories win the Batley and Spen by-election?
Tracy Babin
Getting to grips with . . .

Can the Tories win the Batley and Spen by-election?

Keir Starmer facing fresh electoral challenge as party leader following Hartlepool defeat
14 May 2021
Sturgeon slams ‘dangerous’ Home Office after deportation stand-off
Protesters surround a UK Immigration Enforcement van in Glasgow
Behind the scenes

Sturgeon slams ‘dangerous’ Home Office after deportation stand-off

Two men released from detention after eight-hour protest in Glasgow
14 May 2021
France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions
Emmanuel Macron
Podcast

France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions

Why are French soldiers up in arms? Is Instagram the right place for children? And can computers recognise emotions?
14 May 2021
What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems
Elderly people
In Depth

What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems

In both countries new taxes were introduced to pay for comprehensive care
13 May 2021
Next Labour leader: who is tipped for the top job
Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner
Behind the scenes

Next Labour leader: who is tipped for the top job

Andy Burnham tells party to ‘get in touch if I’m needed’ as Angela Rayner reportedly keeps ‘one eye on life after Keir’
13 May 2021
The questions David Cameron must answer
David Cameron
Between the lines

The questions David Cameron must answer

Former PM faces grilling by MPs on two Commons committees today
13 May 2021

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‘Love Dc’: lobbying texts from David Cameron revealed
David Cameron
Behind the scenes

‘Love Dc’: lobbying texts from David Cameron revealed

Parliamentary committee publishes ‘treasure trove of private messages’
12 May 2021
Can the Greens eclipse the Lib Dems to become Westminster’s third party?
Sian Berry
Today’s big question

Can the Greens eclipse the Lib Dems to become Westminster’s third party?

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley hails ‘watershed moment’ as Greens double councillors
10 May 2021
Labour reshuffle: the biggest winners and losers
Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner
Why we’re talking about . . .

Labour reshuffle: the biggest winners and losers

Keir Starmer’s ‘reshuffle kerfuffle’ began badly with Angela Rayner row
10 May 2021
Inside the new northern Conservatism
Boris Johnson in Hartlepool
Expert’s view

Inside the new northern Conservatism

Towns like Hartlepool increasingly drawn to Tories as Labour becomes party of the cities
10 May 2021
Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity
The effect of LSD on the brain
Podcast

Psychedelics, peacekeeping and office productivity

Could hallucinogenics replace antidepressants? How can peacekeepers be more effective? And what can Google tell us about the post-pandemic workplace?
7 May 2021
What next for Starmer after Hartlepool defeat?
Keir Starmer
Today’s big question

What next for Starmer after Hartlepool defeat?

Former red stronghold turns blue for first time in its history
7 May 2021
Laurence Fox to Count Binface: the most colourful London mayor candidates
Count Binface
Behind the scenes

Laurence Fox to Count Binface: the most colourful London mayor candidates

Former Wall Street banker who drank his own urine is up against controversial actor and a bin
6 May 2021
Barnier blasts Britain’s ‘childish’ Brexit team in tell-all diary
Michel Barnier in London during negotiations in October 2020
In Brief

Barnier blasts Britain’s ‘childish’ Brexit team in tell-all diary

EU chief negotiator publishes blow-by-blow account of painstaking negotiations
6 May 2021
Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK
Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail in Insch
In Depth

Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK

SNP majority will boost Sturgeon’s calls for second independence referendum
5 May 2021
UK elections: why the results matter and who is tipped to win
Boris Johnson in Hartlepool
Getting to grips with . . .

UK elections: why the results matter and who is tipped to win

Vote is barometer of what the electorate is thinking after a turbulent year
5 May 2021
London mayoral race 2021: who will win?
Night Tube Sadiq Khan
In Depth

London mayoral race 2021: who will win?

Londoners head to the polls after vote delayed by pandemic
5 May 2021
Does Labour stand a chance in the next general election?
 Keir Starmer visits a beach near Hartlepool
In Brief

Does Labour stand a chance in the next general election?

Timing of the next vote could be key for Keir Starmer’s party
5 May 2021
Hartlepool by-election polls: all the runners and the favourite to win
Hartlepool by-election
Fact file

Hartlepool by-election polls: all the runners and the favourite to win

Labour faces losing key seat for first time in almost five decades
4 May 2021
Macron pact against far-right triggers conservative ‘meltdown’
French President Emmanuel Macron
The latest on . . .

Macron pact against far-right triggers conservative ‘meltdown’

Alliance in Marseille aimed at preventing victory by Marine Le Pen’s National Rally
4 May 2021
What local elections mean for the Westminster power balance
A polling station
Expert’s view

What local elections mean for the Westminster power balance

Voters have first chance to pass judgement on the government’s handling of Covid pandemic
4 May 2021
The key races in the local elections
A polling station
The latest on . . .

The key races in the local elections

Votes in the Midlands and Hartlepool will set tone in Keir Starmer’s first major test as Labour leader
30 Apr 2021
Catfishing, malaria and timelessness
Deep Time project
Podcast

Catfishing, malaria and timelessness

Why are dating scams on the rise? Have scientists made a breakthrough in the battle against malaria? And can humans live without a sense of time?
30 Apr 2021
Lobbying: the hotline to the PM
James Dyson
Why we’re talking about . . .

Lobbying: the hotline to the PM

The revelation that Sir James Dyson sent a text to Boris Johnson with his concerns has sparked anger
30 Apr 2021
Five things you may not know about Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris
In Depth

Five things you may not know about Kamala Harris

US vice president is also children’s author, culinary connoisseur and seasoned breaker of ‘firsts’
30 Apr 2021
‘Final step of Brexit’: can the EU and UK now move on?
Ursula von der Leyen
Today’s big question

‘Final step of Brexit’: can the EU and UK now move on?

Ratified trade deal comes with ‘real teeth’ warns Ursula von der Leyen
29 Apr 2021
Cash for curtains: will No. 10 refurb inquiry end up costing PM?
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds
Behind the scenes

Cash for curtains: will No. 10 refurb inquiry end up costing PM?

Pundits say Electoral Commission probe may have ‘serious consequences’ for Boris Johnson
29 Apr 2021
Has Joe Biden lived up to his ‘quiet radical’ reputation?
Joe Biden addresses Congress
In Focus

Has Joe Biden lived up to his ‘quiet radical’ reputation?

Democrat marks major landmark with ‘call for transformation’ in speech to Congress
29 Apr 2021
Will Tory sleaze storm affect the May elections?
Boris Johnson in Wales
Today’s big question

Will Tory sleaze storm affect the May elections?

Conservatives claim weeks of damaging leaks are not ‘cutting through’ to voters
27 Apr 2021
Who is Carrie Symonds - and how much power does she wield?
Carrie Symonds
In Depth

Who is Carrie Symonds - and how much power does she wield?

Zac Goldsmith rebuffs claims that Boris Johnson’s fiancee has too much influence in No. 10
26 Apr 2021
The Downing Street refurbishment claims explained
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds in Downing Street
Getting to grips with . . .

The Downing Street refurbishment claims explained

Labour demands investigation after Cummings says funding plan was ‘unethical, foolish and possibly illegal’
26 Apr 2021
Can Dominic Cummings sink Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson boxing
Today’s big question

Can Dominic Cummings sink Boris Johnson?

Ally warns that PM’s former aide ‘knows where all the bodies are buried’
26 Apr 2021
Greens, investments and space privateers
Investment chart
Podcast

Greens, investments and space privateers

Are the world’s environmentalists about to take power? Is financial advice getting cheaper? And why are private citizens leading the space race?
23 Apr 2021