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May says Johnson abandoned ‘moral leadership’
Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street
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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
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‘Restore a shared British identity to avoid the fate of Trump’s America’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
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

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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'.
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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
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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
Conservative MPs to ‘refuse’ racial bias training
European Research Group
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Conservative MPs to ‘refuse’ racial bias training

Dozens of Tories to shun course designed to tackle racism as Commons authorities accused of ‘pandering to the woke agenda’
21 Sep 2020
New BBC chief warns ‘partisan’ staff of Twitter crackdown
BBC
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New BBC chief warns ‘partisan’ staff of Twitter crackdown

Director-general Tim Davie says ‘campaigners’ not welcome at the corporation
4 Sep 2020
Is Sunak the target of ‘malign forces’ in the Tory party?
Rishi Sunak
In Depth

Is Sunak the target of ‘malign forces’ in the Tory party?

The popular chancellor is tipped as a future leader but may need to learn the art of political survival in meantime
3 Sep 2020
What is waiting for Boris Johnson on his return to work?
Boris Johnson
In Depth

What is waiting for Boris Johnson on his return to work?

Packed agenda includes tackling fallout from Covid, Brexit and reopening of schools
1 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Tories are ‘filled with Johnson’s vanity’
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Tories are ‘filled with Johnson’s vanity’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 26 August
26 Aug 2020
Why everybody’s talking about Johnson’s school masks U-turn
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about Johnson’s school masks U-turn

PM angers Tory backbenches by changing policy for coronavirus hotspots just days before pupils start new academic year
26 Aug 2020
Tory MPs demand overhaul of UK asylum system
Aslyum seeker
In Depth

Tory MPs demand overhaul of UK asylum system

Newly formed Common Sense Group of politicians urges Boris Johnson to ban refugees from ‘safe’ countries
24 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: Johnson’s ‘backbenchers low on patience’
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Johnson’s ‘backbenchers low on patience’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 21 August
21 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: young people know ‘hard work doesn’t pay’
A-level results
In Depth

Instant Opinion: young people know ‘hard work doesn’t pay’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 19 August
19 Aug 2020
Debate: should Williamson be expelled over exams chaos?
Gavin Williamson
In Brief

Debate: should Williamson be expelled over exams chaos?

Tory MPs split over the education secretary’s future as PM offers his support
18 Aug 2020
Tory MP accused of rape agrees to steer clear of Parliament
westminster
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Tory MP accused of rape agrees to steer clear of Parliament

Conservative Party says the unnamed politician has agreed to steer clear of Commons when summer recess ends
17 Aug 2020
Free 6 issue trial then continue to