Politics

Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour
Greenland
Podcast

Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour

What has Greenland’s general election got to do with China? Why has Jordan’s royal family split? And who has been stripped of their honours in secret?
9 Apr 2021
Stormont recalled as Northern Ireland faces ‘summer of disruption’
Stormont
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Stormont recalled as Northern Ireland faces ‘summer of disruption’

Power-sharing executive meets as police water cannon returns to Belfast streets
9 Apr 2021
Hartlepool by-election polls: the runners and the favourite to win
Hartlepool by-election
Fact file

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

Keir Starmer’s Labour faces losing key seat for first time in almost five decades
7 Apr 2021
Pros and cons of ‘vaccine passports’
London pub
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of ‘vaccine passports’

More criticism piled on government’s proposal for Covid status certificates
6 Apr 2021
What might a third wave of coronavirus mean for the UK?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

What might a third wave of coronavirus mean for the UK?

Scientists warn that ‘baseline measures’ will still be needed after lockdown is fully lifted
6 Apr 2021
Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches
An American church
Podcast

Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches

Are the Democrats falling into a hypocrisy trap? How did Cuba develop such a strong biotech industry? And will anything reverse religious decline?
2 Apr 2021
How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister
Sir Robert Walpole portrait
Fact file

How Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister

It is 300 years since Walpole took office and began a long and unbroken tradition
1 Apr 2021

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The pros and cons of legalising assisted dying
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In Depth

The pros and cons of legalising assisted dying

Is physician-assisted suicide murder or mercy?
1 Apr 2021
Will race report stoke a cultural ‘woke war’?
Black Lives Matter protesters
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Will race report stoke a cultural ‘woke war’?

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities risks ‘raising the temperature’ in racism debate
1 Apr 2021
UK elections 2021: why they matter and who is tipped to win
Keir Starmer Hartlepool
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UK elections 2021: why they matter and who is tipped to win

May vote is barometer of what the electorate is thinking after a turbulent year
31 Mar 2021
Who is Jennifer Arcuri?
Jennifer Arcuri
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Who is Jennifer Arcuri?

No. 10 insists PM ‘acts with integrity’ after US entrepreneur’s ‘kiss and tell’
30 Mar 2021
Labour reshuffle: the potential winners and losers
Keir Starmer Anneliese Dodds
Behind the scenes

Labour reshuffle: the potential winners and losers

Keir Starmer backs Anneliese Dodds to stay put as shadow chancellor - for now
30 Mar 2021
Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports
Boris Johnson on a visit to a pub
Behind the scenes

Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports

Hospitality bosses label plans for jab proof ‘absurd’ and ‘unfair’
26 Mar 2021
Why David Cameron is under investigation
David Cameron
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Why David Cameron is under investigation

Former PM reportedly lobbied government on behalf of Greensill Capital
25 Mar 2021
The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns
West End
In Depth

The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns

Boris Johnson is facing criticism from his own MPs, who say the lockdown is not being eased quickly enough amid the successful vaccine campaign
25 Mar 2021
The excuses offered for Johnson’s ‘capitalism’ and ‘greed’ vaccine gaffe
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

The excuses offered for Johnson’s ‘capitalism’ and ‘greed’ vaccine gaffe

Tories insist the prime minister’s comments were just ‘banter’
24 Mar 2021
Can Nicola Sturgeon put Salmond case behind her?
Nicola Sturgeon
Behind the scenes

Can Nicola Sturgeon put Salmond case behind her?

Scottish Tories insist she is not ‘free and clear’ but no confidence vote expected to fail
23 Mar 2021
What next for Sturgeon after ‘misled parliament’ verdict
Nicola Sturgeon appears at First Minister’s Questions
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What next for Sturgeon after ‘misled parliament’ verdict

First minister facing rising pressure to resign after Holyrood inquiry judgment
19 Mar 2021
Can Johnson resolve the vaccine shortage?
Boris Johnson at the daily press briefing
Today’s big question

Can Johnson resolve the vaccine shortage?

Government officials keen to avoid ‘war of words’ with Indian government over delivery hold-up
19 Mar 2021
Patel in talks with ‘non-EU countries’ over migrant deportation plan
Migrants attempt to cross the English Channel
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Patel in talks with ‘non-EU countries’ over migrant deportation plan

Denmark and Turkey among countries that may be paid to take in cross-Channel asylum seekers
18 Mar 2021
MP reveals Salmond whistle-blower claims
Nicola Sturgeon appears at First Minister's Questions
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MP reveals Salmond whistle-blower claims

Nicola Sturgeon’s government accused of withholding information from Holyrood probe
17 Mar 2021
Can Labour hang on in Hartlepool by-election?
Keir Starmer outside his home in London
Today’s big question

Can Labour hang on in Hartlepool by-election?

Tories ‘gagging for a fight’ following resignation of northern constituency’s scandal-hit Labour MP
17 Mar 2021
Patel ‘to help refugees fleeing war’ get into UK
Priti Patel presents the daily Covid press briefing
Behind the scenes

Patel ‘to help refugees fleeing war’ get into UK

Insiders say home secretary plans to offer safe passage as part of push to stem illegal Channel crossings
17 Mar 2021
Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir
German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts on face mask
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Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir

Voters punish chancellor’s party amid slow Covid vaccine rollout and face mask scandal
15 Mar 2021
Central European leaders blast EU over vaccine distribution
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
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Central European leaders blast EU over vaccine distribution

Commission points out that system for sharing doses has been ‘well known for months’
15 Mar 2021
The police, crime and sentencing bill explained
A woman is arrested during the vigil for Sarah Everard
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The police, crime and sentencing bill explained

Labour and human rights groups oppose government’s planned crackdown on right to protest
15 Mar 2021
Northern Tory MPs accuse Johnson of pandering to ‘climate terrorists’
Site of Woodhouse Colliery in Cumbria
Behind the scenes

Northern Tory MPs accuse Johnson of pandering to ‘climate terrorists’

PM under fire after government orders fresh public inquiry into controversial project in Cumbria
12 Mar 2021
Has coronavirus made May’s local elections impossible to call?
A composite image of Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer appearing at PMQs
Today’s big question

Has coronavirus made May’s local elections impossible to call?

Keir Starmer’s first electoral test comes amid possible ‘vaccine boost’ for Boris Johnson
11 Mar 2021
Notes of Nicola Sturgeon meetings about abuse scandal lost
Deputy First Minister John Swinney arrives in Holyrood with Nicola Sturgeon
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Notes of Nicola Sturgeon meetings about abuse scandal lost

Labour MSP blasts ‘laughable’ claim that minutes were not taken during legal discussions
10 Mar 2021
Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff
NHS nurses transport a patient out of surgery.
Behind the scenes

Tory minister hits back at criticism of 1% pay rise for NHS staff

Nadine Dorries dismisses anger over ‘pitiful’ planned increase by arguing that nurses ‘do their job because they love their job’
5 Mar 2021
How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent
A car burns during anti-lockdown protests in Eindhoven in January
Today’s big question

How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent

Bombing of Covid test centre near Amsterdam follows widespread protests in January
4 Mar 2021
Has Sturgeon dodged a bullet in Salmond war - and what next?
Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee
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Has Sturgeon dodged a bullet in Salmond war - and what next?

First minister’s eight-hour inquiry appearance produces no ‘smoking gun’
4 Mar 2021
Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles
Rishi Sunak presents a post-budget press briefing.
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Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles

The chancellor is first to increase corporation tax since 1974
4 Mar 2021
Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry
Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee
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Five things we learned from Sturgeon’s testimony to Salmond inquiry

First minister denies wrongdoing as demands for ‘no confidence’ vote grow
3 Mar 2021