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Are we facing ‘apocalypse’ of ‘black swan’ events?
Queue for fuel at motorway station
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Are we facing ‘apocalypse’ of ‘black swan’ events?

Downing Street accused of failing to prepare for pandemic and subsequent national disruptions
27 Sep 2021
How Labour’s cervix problem began
Labour leader Keir Starmer arrives at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel on the opening day of the Labour Party conference
Why we’re talking about . . .

How Labour’s cervix problem began

Party’s transphobia row has been raging for more than a year - with Keir Starmer finally weighing in on debate
27 Sep 2021
‘Army will be sent in’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Army will be sent in’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
27 Sep 2021
Would Keir Starmer decriminalise drugs?
Sir Keir Starmer
Today’s big question

Would Keir Starmer decriminalise drugs?

Labour leader backs Scotland’s move to soften laws on possession
24 Sep 2021
What is Boris Johnson’s record on climate change?
Boris Johnson speech at UN
In Depth

What is Boris Johnson’s record on climate change?

PM tells world leaders to ‘grow up’ on tackling climate change
23 Sep 2021
Nadine Dorries: a minister for the culture wars?
Nadine Dorries
Profile

Nadine Dorries: a minister for the culture wars?

The politician best known for eating ostrich anus on I’m a Celebrity has been made Minister for Culture
23 Sep 2021
Does Keir Starmer have a PR problem?
Keir Starmer
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Does Keir Starmer have a PR problem?

Conference widely viewed as leader’s last chance to make his mark and appeal to voters
23 Sep 2021

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Boris Johnson and his ‘notoriously complex’ baby count
Boris Johnson in New York City
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Boris Johnson and his ‘notoriously complex’ baby count

Even PM’s biographer has struggled to pinpoint how many children the Tory leader has fathered
22 Sep 2021
Who will be the next Green Party leader?
A Green Party rosette
In Depth

Who will be the next Green Party leader?

Trans rights and unity are key issues in ‘most intriguing leadership contest in the party’s history’
22 Sep 2021
What next for Angela Merkel?
Angela Merkel
In Depth

What next for Angela Merkel?

The second-longest serving chancellor in German history will remain in post until new government is formed
22 Sep 2021
Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson in New York
Behind the scenes

Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?

Prime minister to travel by rail for meeting with ‘train nut’ president where Afghanistan and climate change will be discussed
21 Sep 2021
Liz Truss’s five biggest challenges as foreign secretary
Liz Truss
In Depth

Liz Truss’s five biggest challenges as foreign secretary

France accuses UK of ‘opportunism’ as row over Aukus security pact grows
21 Sep 2021
Gove’s task to put ‘meat on the bones’ of ‘levelling-up’ agenda
Michael Gove
Behind the scenes

Gove’s task to put ‘meat on the bones’ of ‘levelling-up’ agenda

Former rival of Boris Johnson will oversee one of PM’s key government pledges
17 Sep 2021
Boris Johnson’s plan to revive imperial measurements
A fruit and vegetable market in Bolton
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Boris Johnson’s plan to revive imperial measurements

Bid to bring back pounds and ounces is part of a bonfire of EU regulations
17 Sep 2021
Everything you need to know about the Labour Party conference 2021
Keir Starmer
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Everything you need to know about the Labour Party conference 2021

Key details and expectations for Keir Starmer’s first in-person conference speech
17 Sep 2021
Boris Johnson’s reshuffle: who is in and who is out?
Gavin Williamson
Getting to grips with . . .

Boris Johnson’s reshuffle: who is in and who is out?

Liz Truss promoted to foreign secretary as Dominic Raab demoted in cull of big names
16 Sep 2021
‘Pushing back’ migrant boats: a sensible way to stamp out people-smuggling or a deeply ‘callous’ policy?
Migrants disembark from a vessel in Calais
In Brief

‘Pushing back’ migrant boats: a sensible way to stamp out people-smuggling or a deeply ‘callous’ policy?

Priti Patel has secured new advice authorising Border Force to ‘push back’ migrant boats into French waters
16 Sep 2021
What does the cabinet reshuffle mean for next election?
Liz Truss
Today’s big question

What does the cabinet reshuffle mean for next election?

Party staff told to prepare for the polls as Boris Johnson shakes up top team
16 Sep 2021
Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification
London nightclub
Pros and cons

Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification

UK government’s coronavirus ‘plan B’ could see proof of vaccination become mandatory
15 Sep 2021
Can Michael Gove ‘save Christmas’?
Michael Gove
Today’s big question

Can Michael Gove ‘save Christmas’?

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has been tasked with fixing Britain’s supply chain issues
15 Sep 2021
Behind the Lib Dems’ 27% drop in members
Ed Davey
In Depth

Behind the Lib Dems’ 27% drop in members

Ed Davey accused of failing to lead Liberal Democrats out of Labour’s shadow
15 Sep 2021
Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?
Nadhim Zahawi
Today’s big question

Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?

Powers to enforce the ‘last resort’ measure will stay on the statute book
14 Sep 2021
Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau
Canadian Conservative leader Erin O’Toole
Behind the scenes

Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau

Erin O’Toole drafts in architects of UK PM’s 2019 win as battle with Liberals goes to the wire
14 Sep 2021
Boris Johnson rips up Covid rules: what is his plan for the winter?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Boris Johnson rips up Covid rules: what is his plan for the winter?

Vaccines are central to government efforts to avoid further Covid-19 lockdowns
13 Sep 2021
Scottish independence odds and polls: will Scotland vote to leave?
Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected to position of first minister
In Depth

Scottish independence odds and polls: will Scotland vote to leave?

Westminster ‘terrified’ that Scots will realise ‘independence works’, says Nicola Sturgeon
13 Sep 2021
Five big problems with the UK’s childcare system
Boris Johnson visits a nursery in west London
Why we’re talking about . . .

Five big problems with the UK’s childcare system

Childcare costs under the spotlight in parliament today as parents forced to choose ‘between child and career’
13 Sep 2021
Is Labour’s lead over the Tories a sign of things to come?
Boris Johnson
Between the lines

Is Labour’s lead over the Tories a sign of things to come?

Conservatives hit by five-point slump as Keir Starmer takes first lead since January
10 Sep 2021
Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate
Michel Barnier
Profile

Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate

Ex-colleagues ‘stunned’ by former EU hardliner’s pitch to replace Emmanuel Macron as French leader
10 Sep 2021
Is Johnson ushering in a new era of Toryism?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Is Johnson ushering in a new era of Toryism?

Newly announced National Insurance hike is controversial departure from the party’s low-tax tradition
9 Sep 2021
Why the BBC is bracing for another hiring row with No. 10
BBC Broadcasting House
Behind the scenes

Why the BBC is bracing for another hiring row with No. 10

Resignation of powerful director of news expected to trigger further political fallout
9 Sep 2021
French furious over Patel plan to turn back Channel migrants
Priti Patel greets Afghan refugees at Heathrow Airport
The latest on . . .

French furious over Patel plan to turn back Channel migrants

Home secretary warned threat could have ‘negative impact on our co-operation’
9 Sep 2021
Why Boris Johnson’s plan won’t fix social care
Boris Johnson during visit to Westport Care Home in Stepney Green, east London
Expert’s view

Why Boris Johnson’s plan won’t fix social care

Analysis suggests cash generated by proposed tax hikes will not be enough to tackle both the NHS and wider care crises
8 Sep 2021
From face masks to free school meals: Boris Johnson’s five biggest U-turns on Covid
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

From face masks to free school meals: Boris Johnson’s five biggest U-turns on Covid

No. 10 asks visitors show vaccine passports to meet with prime minister
7 Sep 2021
Will breaking his tax pledge ‘define’ Johnson’s premiership?
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

Will breaking his tax pledge ‘define’ Johnson’s premiership?

Senior Tories warn that plan to fund social care could provoke ‘significant backlash’
7 Sep 2021
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