Politics

What Britain owes the EU
Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
Behind the scenes

What Britain owes the EU

The UK’s Brexit ‘divorce bill’ could be £5bn higher than anticipated
9 Jul 2021
Are we seeking herd immunity through infection?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Are we seeking herd immunity through infection?

Downing Street denies having such a goal - but others note that ‘it’s very much the virus’s’
8 Jul 2021
Political love affairs that shook the nation
Profumo
In Depth

Political love affairs that shook the nation

From Matt Hancock to John Profumo, politicians have found themselves caught out time and again
8 Jul 2021
The five most popular political figures in the UK
Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson on Downing Street
Profile

The five most popular political figures in the UK

Only one other MP tops Boris Johnson in the quarterly YouGov rankings
7 Jul 2021
‘Britain’s great gamble’: who is saying what about Freedom Day unlocking
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

‘Britain’s great gamble’: who is saying what about Freedom Day unlocking

Boris Johnson warns the public not to get ‘demob happy’ as restrictions look set to be lifted
6 Jul 2021
Who will head the Tories’ 1922 Committee - and why does it matter?
Graham Brady
In Depth

Who will head the Tories’ 1922 Committee - and why does it matter?

Heather Wheeler reportedly has support of ministers to replace Sir Graham Brady
6 Jul 2021
Will the Universal Credit uplift be made permanent?
Iain Duncan Smith
Today’s big question

Will the Universal Credit uplift be made permanent?

Chancellor under growing pressure to continue £20-a-week hike beyond scheduled October cut-off
6 Jul 2021
What is the government’s real plan for the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Larne, Northern Ireland
Today’s big question

What is the government’s real plan for the Northern Ireland Protocol?

Downing Street accused of trying to ‘dismantle’ the deal set up to avoid hard Irish border
5 Jul 2021
What is Donald Trump up to now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump up to now?

Former president appears to concede that his company dodged tax payments
5 Jul 2021
Why the EU is facing a far-right fightback
Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini pictured in 2018
Getting to grips with . . .

Why the EU is facing a far-right fightback

Parties from 15 member states combine to challenge Brussels ‘superstate’
5 Jul 2021
Why 19 July will not be the end for face masks
Boris Johnson in a mask
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why 19 July will not be the end for face masks

Approach to face coverings after Freedom Day will ‘cause the greatest confusion’
5 Jul 2021
What is in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill?
A woman is arrested during the vigil for Sarah Everard
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What is in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill?

Third reading of controversial legislation likely to present further obstacles to its passing
5 Jul 2021
Has the Batley and Spen by-election saved Keir Starmer’s bacon?
Keir Starmer and Kim Leadbeater
Today’s big question

Has the Batley and Spen by-election saved Keir Starmer’s bacon?

Much-needed Labour victory pauses challenges to leadership - for now
2 Jul 2021
Would-be Labour leaders line up to replace embattled Keir Starmer
Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner
Behind the scenes

Would-be Labour leaders line up to replace embattled Keir Starmer

Angela Rayner said to be ‘on manoeuvres’ ahead of Batley and Spen by-election
1 Jul 2021
Councillors call for Matt Hancock to quit as MP
Matt Hancock with Gina Coladangelo
The latest on . . .

Councillors call for Matt Hancock to quit as MP

Former health secretary facing Tory revolt in West Suffolk constituency following affair breach
30 Jun 2021
Do quarantine exemptions for business tycoons ‘take the piss’?
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng
Today’s big question

Do quarantine exemptions for business tycoons ‘take the piss’?

Government accused of making ‘mockery’ of sacrifices of ordinary people during pandemic
30 Jun 2021
Batley and Spen by-election: who will win Tracy Brabin’s seat?
Tracy Babin
Getting to grips with . . .

Batley and Spen by-election: who will win Tracy Brabin’s seat?

Conservatives take six-point lead over the incumbent Labour party
30 Jun 2021
New health secretary: is Sajid Javid the right choice?
Sajid Javid
Today’s big question

New health secretary: is Sajid Javid the right choice?

Former chancellor said to favour more ‘bullish’ approach to ending lockdown restrictions
28 Jun 2021
Matt Hancock affair: were any laws broken?
Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo
Why we’re talking about . . .

Matt Hancock affair: were any laws broken?

Labour calls for investigations into social distancing breach and Gina Coladangelo’s employment
28 Jun 2021
How a trade deal is negotiated
Boris Johnson and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison in rose garden
Getting to grips with . . .

How a trade deal is negotiated

Clear priorities and realism are essential to avoid 'sausage trade war' scenarios
28 Jun 2021
Why Matt Hancock’s private life is of public interest
Matt Hancock
Expert’s view

Why Matt Hancock’s private life is of public interest

Media coverage of former health secretary’s affair has reawakened debate about press intrusion
28 Jun 2021
Will Hancock survive his affair revelation?
Matt Hancock
Behind the scenes

Will Hancock survive his affair revelation?

Health secretary apologises after breaking Covid restrictions during kiss with aide
25 Jun 2021
Biden’s meeting with Putin: a win for the Kremlin?
Joe Biden meets Vladimir Putin in Geneva
Global lens

Biden’s meeting with Putin: a win for the Kremlin?

The Russian and US presidents met last week, but didn’t look into each others’ souls
25 Jun 2021
What Remain and Leave got right - and wrong
Remain campaigner Steve Bray
Fact file

What Remain and Leave got right - and wrong

Five years on from the Brexit vote, whose campaign claims have aged the best?
24 Jun 2021
Why a Pacific trade deal may be risky
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss
Expert’s view

Why a Pacific trade deal may be risky

Complex geopolitics and costly negotiations may mean the deal will not rank as a post-Brexit benefit
24 Jun 2021
George Galloway: the ‘maverick’ out to beat Labour in Batley and Spen
George Galloway on the campaign trail
Profile

George Galloway: the ‘maverick’ out to beat Labour in Batley and Spen

Labour officials fear that controversial campaigner could split left-wing vote in tight by-election
23 Jun 2021
Will Tory MPs scupper planning reforms?
House building
Today’s big question

Will Tory MPs scupper planning reforms?

After the shock by-election defeat the prime minister has had a ‘wake-up call’
22 Jun 2021
How Johnson’s post-Covid spending plans are costing him Tory allies
Boris Johnson on a visit to Kirklees College Springfield Sixth Form Centre, Dewsbury
Behind the scenes

How Johnson’s post-Covid spending plans are costing him Tory allies

Ministers urging PM to consult them on key decisions as ‘difficult autumn nears’
21 Jun 2021
Is the Conservatives’ ‘blue wall’ beginning to crumble?
New Lib Dem MP Sarah Green
Today’s big question

Is the Conservatives’ ‘blue wall’ beginning to crumble?

‘Home counties middle-class voters’ abandon Tories in Lib Dem by-election coup
18 Jun 2021
How will Dominic Cummings strike next after ‘f***ing hopeless’ bombshell?
Dominic Cummings
Today’s big question

How will Dominic Cummings strike next after ‘f***ing hopeless’ bombshell?

Former adviser offers evidence that PM had doubts about Matt Hancock
17 Jun 2021
Could Israeli air strikes on Gaza trigger another round of violence?
Israelis ultranationalists march through the Old City.
The latest on . . .

Could Israeli air strikes on Gaza trigger another round of violence?

Surge of violence poses early test for Israel’s fragile new coalition government
16 Jun 2021
Can the Lib Dems win the Chesham and Amersham by-election?
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey with candidate Sarah Green
Getting to grips with . . .

Can the Lib Dems win the Chesham and Amersham by-election?

HS2 and planning reforms could swing Tory safe seat
16 Jun 2021
Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?
Michael Gove arrives at No. 10 Downing Street
Today’s big question

Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?

Major constitutional reform planned in bid to ‘save the union’
16 Jun 2021
Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’
Boris Johnson walks up Downing Street to No. 10
Behind the scenes

Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’

Leaked Whitehall documents reveal proposed measures to stop the spread after final step out of lockdown
16 Jun 2021
The future of Nato: can the alliance bounce back after Trump?
Joe Biden and Jens Stoltenberg
Today’s big question

The future of Nato: can the alliance bounce back after Trump?

Approach to China could be crucial to the organisation’s chances of future success
15 Jun 2021
G7: the jokes, the gaffes and the key takeaways
Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron
Behind the scenes

G7: the jokes, the gaffes and the key takeaways

Brexit spat with Emmanuel Macron dominates headlines on the summit’s final day
14 Jun 2021
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