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Boris Johnson’s Whitehall ‘power grab’
Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street
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Boris Johnson’s Whitehall ‘power grab’

PM to bolster Downing Street at expense of Cabinet Office
20 May 2022
The civil servants jobs cull: a ‘knee-jerk’ response to the cost-of-living crisis?
Whitehall sign
Talking point

The civil servants jobs cull: a ‘knee-jerk’ response to the cost-of-living crisis?

PM plans to cut a fifth of the civil service, or 91,000 jobs, within three years
20 May 2022
‘Can we now just focus on the big issues?’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Can we now just focus on the big issues?’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
20 May 2022
What will Sue Gray’s report reveal?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

What will Sue Gray’s report reveal?

Conclusion of police investigation paves way for senior civil servant’s Partygate report to be published
19 May 2022
What powers does Sadiq Khan have?
Sadiq Khan
Today’s big question

What powers does Sadiq Khan have?

Home secretary proposing to curb mayoral influence over Met hiring and firing decisions
19 May 2022
Has the Conservative Party made the housing crisis worse?
Michael Gove
In Brief

Has the Conservative Party made the housing crisis worse?

The government was elected in 2019 on an ‘unrealistic’ pledge to build 300,000 homes a year
19 May 2022
Is Rishi Sunak ‘plotting’ emergency tax cut?
Rishi Sunak in Stoke
Business Briefing

Is Rishi Sunak ‘plotting’ emergency tax cut?

Sources say chancellor may bring forward 1p income tax cut roll as inflation hits 40-year high
18 May 2022

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Does Tory MP rape arrest herald more Pestminster claims?
Houses of Parliament
Today’s big question

Does Tory MP rape arrest herald more Pestminster claims?

Conservative Party bracing for further sexual misconduct allegations
18 May 2022
The pros and cons of the House of Lords
House of Lords
In Depth

The pros and cons of the House of Lords

Proposal for upper house to move out of London causes a stir
17 May 2022
Who will win in Wakefield and Tiverton?
Wakefield town centre
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Who will win in Wakefield and Tiverton?

Speculation mounting that Labour and the Lib Dems will agree a joint anti-Tory strategy
17 May 2022
The arguments for and against a windfall tax
A North Sea oil rig
Pros and cons

The arguments for and against a windfall tax

A one-off levy could fund measures to ease the cost-of-living crisis, says Labour
16 May 2022
Jeremy Hunt: will he run for Tory leadership again?
Jeremy Hunt
Profile

Jeremy Hunt: will he run for Tory leadership again?

Former health secretary said he ‘doesn’t rule out a return in the future’
16 May 2022
Northern Ireland Protocol: is there hope for a ‘landing zone’?
Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill
Today’s big question

Northern Ireland Protocol: is there hope for a ‘landing zone’?

Boris Johnson visits Belfast in a bid to end political deadlock
16 May 2022
Should phones be banned from the Commons?
Neil Parish
In Brief

Should phones be banned from the Commons?

Some would ‘do well to rethink their whole relationship to smartphones and social media’
13 May 2022
Johnson set for Whitehall job cuts showdown
Boris Johnson chairs a cabinet away day in Stoke-on-Trent
Behind the scenes

Johnson set for Whitehall job cuts showdown

PM orders civil service ‘bloodbath’ to ease cost-of-living crisis
13 May 2022
What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Ex-president voiced concerts China could make hurricanes, ex-officials claims
12 May 2022
Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?
Today’s big question

Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?

Research showing MPs more likely to drink excessively has fuelled concern about Parliament’s ‘poisonous’ drinking dens
12 May 2022
The Northern Ireland Protocol explained
David Frost and Boris Johnson
Fact file

The Northern Ireland Protocol explained

UK government to propose scrapping parts of the post-Brexit plans for trade
12 May 2022
Lee Anderson and the Tories’ thorny relationship with the poor
Lee Anderson, the Conservative MP for Ashfield, in Nottinghamshire
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Lee Anderson and the Tories’ thorny relationship with the poor

Ministers accused of ‘tone-deaf media interviews’ amid cost-of-living crisis
12 May 2022
Nato vs. Russia: who would win?
Nato troops
In Depth

Nato vs. Russia: who would win?

Finland announces intention to join military alliance
12 May 2022
Will Scotland leave the UK?
Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected to position of first minister
In Depth

Will Scotland leave the UK?

Sturgeon says her government will set out plans for second independence referendum ‘in due course’
11 May 2022
Is there a Tory ‘attack unit’?
Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Is there a Tory ‘attack unit’?

Labour shadow attorney general accuses Tories of a smear campaign against Keir Starmer
11 May 2022
How a trade war with Europe might play out
Liz Truss
Between the lines

How a trade war with Europe might play out

Tensions with the bloc threaten to trigger tariffs and the end of the free trade deal
11 May 2022
Next Labour leader: who would replace Keir Starmer?
Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner
Behind the scenes

Next Labour leader: who would replace Keir Starmer?

Opposition chief vows to resign if he is fined by police over ‘Beergate’
10 May 2022
Queen’s Speech: what new laws are due in the next year?
Prince Charles
Today’s big question

Queen’s Speech: what new laws are due in the next year?

The government announced a bumper raft of legislation including plans to capitalise on new Brexit freedoms
10 May 2022
Cost-of-living crisis: five suggestions for Sunak
Rishi Sunak
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Cost-of-living crisis: five suggestions for Sunak

The chancellor is under pressure to provide support for squeezed households and businesses
10 May 2022
Macron’s vision for a new ‘European political community’
Emmanuel Macron outlines his vision for a new European organisation during a speech in Strasbourg
Between the lines

Macron’s vision for a new ‘European political community’

French president suggests member nations could include UK and Ukraine
10 May 2022
Black Rod, the crown and a hostage: the strangest traditions of the Queen’s Speech
The Yeomen of the Guard
In Depth

Black Rod, the crown and a hostage: the strangest traditions of the Queen’s Speech

Rituals surrounding State Opening of Parliament are among the most unusual UK customs
10 May 2022
Will ‘beergate’ spell last orders for Keir Starmer?
Keir Starmer
Today’s big question

Will ‘beergate’ spell last orders for Keir Starmer?

Labour leader’s reputation for integrity is at stake
9 May 2022
How likely is a united Ireland?
Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill with party leader Mary Lou McDonald
In Brief

How likely is a united Ireland?

Election campaign made little mention of republican party’s commitment to a border poll
9 May 2022
How Britain won the battle for the Falklands
British General greets families
In Depth

How Britain won the battle for the Falklands

Forty years ago, British servicemen fought Argentina over a remote archipelago in the South Atlantic
6 May 2022
‘Beergate’: did Keir Starmer break lockdown restrictions?
Keir Starmer on the campaign trail in Workington ahead of local elections
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‘Beergate’: did Keir Starmer break lockdown restrictions?

Durham police now investigating whether Labour leader breached restrictions
6 May 2022
What do the local election results mean for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson after casting his vote at a polling station in Westminster
Today’s big question

What do the local election results mean for Boris Johnson?

Tories lose string of former London strongholds to Labour
6 May 2022
Five key takeaways from the local elections 2022
Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street
Between the lines

Five key takeaways from the local elections 2022

Tories battered in London – but Labour fail to make widespread gains
6 May 2022
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