Politics

The details of Rishi Sunak’s cost-of-living crisis plan
Rishi Sunak
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The details of Rishi Sunak’s cost-of-living crisis plan

New support package will be partly funded by a temporary windfall tax on oil and gas companies
26 May 2022
Inside the ‘Conservative staffers for change’ group
Boris Johnson
In Brief

Inside the ‘Conservative staffers for change’ group

Scandals on the parliamentary estate ‘taking toll’ on staff of politicians
26 May 2022
How Sue Gray’s report exposed poor treatment of cleaners and guards
10 Downing Street on morning of 25 May
Behind the scenes

How Sue Gray’s report exposed poor treatment of cleaners and guards

PM said rudeness towards No. 10 staff was ‘absolutely inexcusable’ and that ‘whoever was responsible’ should apologise
26 May 2022
Sue Gray report: what are the possible outcomes?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Sue Gray report: what are the possible outcomes?

Boris Johnson delivers defensive address after civil servant publishes damning report
25 May 2022
The MPs earning the most from second jobs
Theresa May
Behind the scenes

The MPs earning the most from second jobs

Commons Standards Committee has suggested tightened rules on MPs’ earnings
25 May 2022
Who is Sue Gray? The Whitehall ‘sleazebuster’
Sue Gray's report into Downing Street parties is expected to be published today
Profile

Who is Sue Gray? The Whitehall ‘sleazebuster’

Gray’s report on Downing Street lockdown parties is due out today
25 May 2022
Partygate: new Boris Johnson photos ‘put fizz’ back into row
Boris Johnson toasts colleagues in Downing Street during lockdown in 2020
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Partygate: new Boris Johnson photos ‘put fizz’ back into row

Fresh evidence that PM attended lockdown event triggers more questions about misleading Parliament
24 May 2022
What is the Conservatives’ Common Sense Group?
John Hayes
In Depth

What is the Conservatives’ Common Sense Group?

The backbench pressure group is among a growing number vyying for political influence
24 May 2022
Good Friday Agreement: what is it and is it at risk?
Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern, the Irish PM
In Depth

Good Friday Agreement: what is it and is it at risk?

Sinn Fein’s rise amid Northern Ireland Protocol row is a ‘critical moment’ for nation
23 May 2022
Simon Case: who is Boris Johnson’s ‘fall guy’?
Simon Case and Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street
Profile

Simon Case: who is Boris Johnson’s ‘fall guy’?

Cabinet Secretary at risk of being used as ‘human shield’ when Sue Gray reports
23 May 2022
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
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
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
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
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
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
Why we’re talking about . . .

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
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
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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