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Hartlepool by-election polls: the 16 runners and the favourite to win
Hartlepool by-election
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Hartlepool by-election polls: the 16 runners and the favourite to win

Labour sends in top guns as party faces losing key seat for first time in almost five decades
12 Apr 2021
‘Johnson has transformed from libertarian buccaneer to lockdown bureaucrat’
Boris Johnson on a visit to BAE Systems
Instant Opinion

‘Johnson has transformed from libertarian buccaneer to lockdown bureaucrat’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
23 Mar 2021
‘The Tories have abandoned London’
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London
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‘The Tories have abandoned London’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
18 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
The police, crime and sentencing bill explained
A woman is arrested during the vigil for Sarah Everard
Getting to grips with . . .

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
Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles
Rishi Sunak presents a post-budget press briefing.
The latest on . . .

Tories praise Sunak’s ‘balancing act’ as tax rebellion fizzles

The chancellor is first to increase corporation tax since 1974
4 Mar 2021

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‘How does accountability – without which there is no functioning democracy – survive?’
Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference
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‘How does accountability – without which there is no functioning democracy – survive?’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
24 Feb 2021
Who are the warring factions in No. 10?
Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds leave the Commonwealth Day Service
Today’s big question

Who are the warring factions in No. 10?

Downing Street descends into infighting as PM plots pandemic course
22 Feb 2021
‘A proportional system would allow both miserable old parties to divorce’
Boris Johnson passes by Keir Starmer as they attend a service to mark Armistice Day
Instant Opinion

‘A proportional system would allow both miserable old parties to divorce’

16 Feb 2021
‘Rishi Sunak is a lone voice for fiscal sanity in a Tory party full of spendthrifts’
Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street
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‘Rishi Sunak is a lone voice for fiscal sanity in a Tory party full of spendthrifts’

28 Jan 2021
May says Johnson abandoned ‘moral leadership’
Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street
Why we’re talking about . . .

May says Johnson abandoned ‘moral leadership’

Former prime minister hits out at successor over foreign aid and law breaking
20 Jan 2021
Tories plot leadership revolt against Johnson over lockdown
Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street for PMQs.
Behind the scenes

Tories plot leadership revolt against Johnson over lockdown

Rebels threaten to challenge prime minister unless he sets date for lockdown exit
15 Jan 2021
‘Restore a shared British identity to avoid the fate of Trump’s America’
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray and a pro-Brexit protester square up outside the House of Commons
Instant Opinion

‘Restore a shared British identity to avoid the fate of Trump’s America’

11 Jan 2021
Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs in retreat
Boris Johnson gestures to members of the media as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street
Behind the scenes

Lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs in retreat

New data suggesting one in 50 people in England are infected prompts rethink among rebel Conservatives
6 Jan 2021
Will Johnson face leadership challenge over his Brexit deal?
Boris virtual
In Depth

Will Johnson face leadership challenge over his Brexit deal?

Prime minister battles to quiet rumblings of discontent in his party as talks with EU falter at final hurdle
4 Dec 2020
Can Johnson recover from wounds of Tory Covid rebellion?
Boris Johnson walks back to 10 Downing Street from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In Depth

Can Johnson recover from wounds of Tory Covid rebellion?

Total of 55 backbench Conservatives vote against tier system in most serious revolt yet against PM
2 Dec 2020
Instant Opinion: Conservatives ‘hollowing the state’
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Conservatives ‘hollowing the state’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 30 November
30 Nov 2020
British MPs narrowly escaped death in terror bomb plot
Theresa Villiers arrives at 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting in November 2019.
In Brief

British MPs narrowly escaped death in terror bomb plot

Trial begins today over alleged terror plot that ‘could have triggered World War Three’
27 Nov 2020
Johnson facing Tory revolt over post-lockdown tiers plan
Conservative MP Steve Baker arrives at Downing Street
In Brief

Johnson facing Tory revolt over post-lockdown tiers plan

Reports that whole of England may be placed in top two levels triggers fury among Conservative MPs
25 Nov 2020
Watchdog probe Covid PPE deal after middleman was paid £21m
Nurses don PPE before treating a possible Covid-19 positive patient.
In Brief

Watchdog probe Covid PPE deal after middleman was paid £21m

Government under pressure over lack of transparency during pandemic response
19 Nov 2020
Secret PPE scheme saw government hand billions to ‘cronies’
NHS workers in PPE take a patient from an ambulance at St Thomas' Hospital
In Brief

Secret PPE scheme saw government hand billions to ‘cronies’

Spending watchdog finds transparency standards were not met during pandemic response
18 Nov 2020
Rishi Sunak offers funding olive branch to North’s Tory MPs
Rishi Sunak
In Brief

Rishi Sunak offers funding olive branch to North’s Tory MPs

Chancellor pledge post-pandemic infrastructure investment following demands from angry backbenchers
10 Nov 2020
Can Johnson get his Covid-19 lockdown through Parliament?
Boris Johnson announces new lockdown measures during a Downing Street press conference.
In Depth

Can Johnson get his Covid-19 lockdown through Parliament?

PM facing Conservative fury over decision to place UK back under tight restrictions
2 Nov 2020
Boris Johnson facing blue rebellion in the ‘red wall’
Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference on the coronavirus pandemic inside 10 Downing Street
In Depth

Boris Johnson facing blue rebellion in the ‘red wall’

Northern Tory MPs warn PM that their constituencies risk being ‘left behind’ as result of Covid response
27 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: Tories treated Manchester like the miners
A pedestrian wearing a face-mask walks past graffiti declaring that 'the north is not a petri dish'.
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Tories treated Manchester like the miners

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 22 October
22 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: the red wall ‘wants a U‑turn’ from Johnson
Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street flanked by Chancellor Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Instant Opinion: the red wall ‘wants a U‑turn’ from Johnson

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 13 October
13 Oct 2020
Tories spent £200,000 per majority seat in 2019 election
Boris Johnson at the launch of the Conservative Party’s campaign in Birmingham.
In Brief

Tories spent £200,000 per majority seat in 2019 election

Newly published figures show that Tories paid total of £16.5m for campaigning to secure landslide victory
7 Oct 2020
Five things we learned from the Conservative conference
Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to deliver his address to the virtual Conservative Party conference.
In Depth

Five things we learned from the Conservative conference

Boris Johnson plans for bright future as Rishi Sunak hints at looming austerity
6 Oct 2020
Explained: Johnson’s offshore migrant detention plans
Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street wearing a face mask.
In Depth

Explained: Johnson’s offshore migrant detention plans

Flurry of leaks reveal government is considering a series of ideas to reform asylum screening
1 Oct 2020
Debate: have Boris Johnson’s coronavirus rules gone too far?
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Debate: have Boris Johnson’s coronavirus rules gone too far?

80 Tory rebels to back amendment giving parliament final say on Covid-19 restrictions
29 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Sweden’s Covid plan ‘a lesson for Britain’
Sweden coronavirus
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Sweden’s Covid plan ‘a lesson for Britain’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 28 September
28 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Boris Johnson ‘undercooked his Covid plan’
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Boris Johnson ‘undercooked his Covid plan’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 23 September
23 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Starmer’s ‘most effective sound is silence’
Keir Starmer
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Starmer’s ‘most effective sound is silence’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 22 September
22 Sep 2020