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Chris Mason: who is the BBC’s new political editor?
New BBC political editor Chris Mason
Profile

Chris Mason: who is the BBC’s new political editor?

Long-time correspondent and presenter seen as safe pair of hands during time of transition
5 Jul 2022
‘Cabinet angry at defending Johnson again’
Today’s newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Cabinet angry at defending Johnson again’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
5 Jul 2022
What did Johnson really know about Pincher?
Chris Pincher
Today’s big question

What did Johnson really know about Pincher?

Downing Street admits that PM was aware of media reports when deputy chief whip was appointed
4 Jul 2022
What is Erskine May?
Houses of Parliament
Fact file

What is Erskine May?

Bible of parliamentary procedure is the glue that holds the UK’s unwritten constitution together
4 Jul 2022
Inside the Carlton Club
The Carlton Club on St James’s Street
Behind the scenes

Inside the Carlton Club

Chris Pincher quits as Tory deputy chief whip after reports of groping at the private club
1 Jul 2022
‘Playground insults’: what world leaders have said about Vladimir Putin
G7 leaders
Getting to grips with . . .

‘Playground insults’: what world leaders have said about Vladimir Putin

‘Extraordinary banter’ from G7 met with more intense Russian missile strikes
1 Jul 2022
Is tactical voting a threat to the Tories?
Ed Davey and Richard Foord
In Brief

Is tactical voting a threat to the Tories?

Pundits argue it’s ‘back with a vengeance’ – and could transform the electoral arithmetic
1 Jul 2022

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Raab, Rayner and the ‘approving wink’
Dominic Raab
Why we’re talking about . . .

Raab, Rayner and the ‘approving wink’

Justice secretary claims gesture was intended for another Labour frontbencher
30 Jun 2022
Partygate inquiry kicks off: Westminster’s Jerry Springer?
Labour grandee Harriet Harman
Talking point

Partygate inquiry kicks off: Westminster’s Jerry Springer?

Privileges Committee begins taking evidence for investigation into Boris Johnson
30 Jun 2022
Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?
Nato troops
Today’s big question

Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?

Turkey, Finland and Sweden reach agreement to allow the two Nordic states to join Nato
30 Jun 2022
The countries where abortion is illegal
US abortion-rights activists march toward the White House
In Depth

The countries where abortion is illegal

Millions of US women have lost their right to terminate pregnancies following Supreme Court ruling
29 Jun 2022
When is the next general election – and who will win?
A sign directs voters to a polling station
In Depth

When is the next general election – and who will win?

Prime minister has new powers to call early vote so could gamble with snap election this year
28 Jun 2022
A history of defecting MPs
Douglas Carswell with Nigel Farage after defecting to UKIP in 2014
In Depth

A history of defecting MPs

Politicians have crossed the floor for reasons ranging from Brexit to bids to reshape Britain’s two-party system
28 Jun 2022
Le bromance: have Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron really turned the page?
Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Le bromance: have Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron really turned the page?

PM and French president find consensus over Ukraine during G7 summit in Bavaria
27 Jun 2022
What by-election defeats mean for Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

What by-election defeats mean for Boris Johnson

The PM faces a trio of challenges after two heavy losses at the polls
24 Jun 2022
Keir Starmer: too boring for power?
Keir Starmer
Talking point

Keir Starmer: too boring for power?

Party insiders worry their leader's lack of charisma may be holding Labour back
23 Jun 2022
Will the rail strikes work in Boris Johnson’s favour?
Boris Johnson on a train
Today’s big question

Will the rail strikes work in Boris Johnson’s favour?

Ministers already talking of ‘Labour’s train strikes’, but many voters are open minded
23 Jun 2022
Bill of Rights: how human rights laws are set to change
Dominic Raab
Why we’re talking about . . .

Bill of Rights: how human rights laws are set to change

New draft legislation seeks to abolish the Human Rights Act introduced into UK law in 1998
22 Jun 2022
What is the wage-price spiral?
Protester in London 2022
Today’s big question

What is the wage-price spiral?

UK inflation has hit a 40-year high amid threats of further strikes by unions demanding wage increases for struggling workers
22 Jun 2022
Who will win in Wakefield and Tiverton?
Wakefield town centre
Today’s big question

Who will win in Wakefield and Tiverton?

Labour and Lib Dems hoping to pick up seats vacated by Imran Ahmad Khan and Neil Parish
21 Jun 2022
Carrie Johnson, the vanishing story and ‘plum jobs’
Boris and Carrie Johnson celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Why we’re talking about . . .

Carrie Johnson, the vanishing story and ‘plum jobs’

No. 10 admits speaking to The Times as ‘incendiary’ article was pulled
21 Jun 2022
What is the ministerial code and has Boris Johnson ‘made a mockery’ of it?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

What is the ministerial code and has Boris Johnson ‘made a mockery’ of it?

PM’s ethics chief quit this week, saying Johnson had put him in ‘an impossible and odious position’
17 Jun 2022
Lord Geidt quits: the ‘impossible’ job of Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser
Lord Geidt
Profile

Lord Geidt quits: the ‘impossible’ job of Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser

Peer says he was put in an ‘impossible and odious position’
16 Jun 2022
The ever-blurring boundaries between celebrity and politics
Boris Johnson under spotlight
Podcasts

The ever-blurring boundaries between celebrity and politics

The prevalence of media platforms has given further rise to the theatrical elements of politics, experts say
15 Jun 2022
Why is Britain still bound to the European Court of Human Rights?
The grounded Rwanda deportation flight at Boscombe Down Air Base
Today’s big question

Why is Britain still bound to the European Court of Human Rights?

Boris Johnson hints that UK will seek to quit Strasbourg court after it blocks first Rwanda flight
15 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of Scottish independence
Nicola Sturgeon talks about a proposed second referendum at Bute House in Edinburgh
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon sets out updated case for IndyRef2
15 Jun 2022
The ‘souring’ relationship between the future king and the PM
Boris Johnson with Prince Charles
Behind the scenes

The ‘souring’ relationship between the future king and the PM

Tensions have allegedly escalated following reports that Charles criticised No. 10’s Rwanda policy
14 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of Scottish independence
Scottish independence supporters
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon to set out updated case for IndyRef2
14 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of Scottish independence
Scottish independence supporters
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon to set out updated case for IndyRef2
14 Jun 2022
NI Protocol: who wants what?
Unionists vehemently opposed the Northern Ireland Protocol
Behind the scenes

NI Protocol: who wants what?

Battle lines drawn as UK government prepares to unveil controversial plans to override key Brexit provision
13 Jun 2022
What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Ex-president lashes out at Capitol riot hearing, declaring the committee to be ‘political hacks’
12 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of a total smoking ban
A man smoking
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of a total smoking ban

Call to outlaw tobacco completely has proved controversial and ‘opened a cabinet split’
10 Jun 2022
Four possible consequences of the Capitol riot hearing
Donald Trump
Getting to grips with . . .

Four possible consequences of the Capitol riot hearing

Donald Trump and his aides could face jail, but analysts suggest the investigation may have little effect
10 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of Right to Buy
UK housing estate
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of Right to Buy

The Thatcher-era policy might not work as well now, say housing experts
9 Jun 2022
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