UK politics

Trump flies home as Tories breathe a sigh of relief

5 December 2019 5:37 am

Donald Trump is on his way back to the US, and—as Katy says —they’ll be breathing a large sigh of…

This is the most important election in modern history – it’s time to take sides

5 December 2019 3:33 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Jeremy Corbyn flounders on anti-Semitism, Brexit, tax and spending

27 November 2019 7:05 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Andrew Neil was one of the most uncomfortable half hours of the Labour leader’s tenure. In…

Tory manifesto will shift the party to a more blue collar conservatism

23 November 2019 6:05 pm

What happened last time means that the Tories are extremely nervous about their manifesto launch tomorrow. As I say in…

Why trust is an election issue for Boris Johnson

21 November 2019 2:03 am

What is the main take away from ITV’s leaders’ debate? Listen to the news bulletins and it appears to be…

Jeremy Corbyn’s opportunity to unite the Remain vote

18 November 2019 11:59 pm

As the election campaign enters its third week, the Conservatives are enjoying a 17-point lead, according to a YouGov poll.…

The biggest risk that Boris Johnson is taking in this election

16 November 2019 9:44 pm

It will be the biggest moment of the campaign so far. On Tuesday night, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will…

The voters the Conservatives plan to persuade to win a majority

16 November 2019 2:03 am

In this election, the Tories hope to persuade voters who have never backed the Conservative party before to turn blue.…

What makes this election so unpredictable

9 November 2019 9:51 pm

Every election campaign has a wobble. But the Tories broke new ground in managing to wobble before they’d even launched…

Why the Tories remain optimistic despite a shaky campaign start

9 November 2019 6:00 pm

The first official week of the Conservatives’ election campaign did not go as many inside CCHQ had hoped. A cabinet…

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the ‘red wall’?

7 November 2019 11:19 pm

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the red wall? A key plank of the Tory path to a majority…

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson quits parliament

7 November 2019 7:08 am

In the past few minutes, Tom Watson has announced that he is stepping down at this election. In a surprise…

Jo Swinson’s Corbyn problem

5 November 2019 11:33 pm

The Liberal Democrat election campaign launch was beset by technical difficulties which meant that Jo Swinson was at times hard…

Why both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn think they’ll benefit from this TV head to head

2 November 2019 6:09 pm

Normally wrangles about TV debates go on for weeks before one is agreed. Yet, before the election campaign has even…

What Farage’s Brexit ultimatum means for the Tories

2 November 2019 2:18 am

There’s been much speculation this week about how the Brexit party will approach the incoming general election. Varying reports suggested…

Why would anyone normal want to be an MP?

30 October 2019 1:10 am

Heidi Allen has announced she is standing down at the election, citing the culture of abuse and intimidation in politics…

What is Boris Johnson’s plan?

26 October 2019 8:36 pm

As Boris Johnson laid out his plan at political Cabinet on Thursday, it quickly became apparent how much of it…

Boris Johnson calls for December 12 election – will he succeed?

25 October 2019 3:31 am

Boris Johnson will make his third attempt to call a general election. In an interview with the BBC, the Prime…

Boris Johnson’s Halloween deadline drifts further away

23 October 2019 6:15 am

Will the UK leave the EU on the 31 October? Barring the highly unlikely event of the EU refusing an…

Boris Johnson’s election threat to wavering Labour MPs

23 October 2019 1:09 am

The key Brexit vote tonight is on the programme motion. The sense is that the government has the votes to…

Let’s be honest about what a second referendum means

22 October 2019 4:30 pm

A second referendum would be a political abomination. And it’s about time more of us said so. We need to…

Tomorrow will be the make-or-break day for Boris Johnson’s Brexit

22 October 2019 7:03 am

The important vote on Tuesday will be on the timetable, or programme motion, for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the law…

Will MPs block the government’s mad dash to get the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through?

22 October 2019 4:27 am

Appropriately, given the length of time it has taken politicians of all colours to continue putting off taking any sort…

Why the EU should listen to Boris Johnson – not Parliament

21 October 2019 11:14 pm

Boris Johnson has been criticised for sending the European Union a letter conveying his real opinion about a Brexit extension…

The question for wavering MPs: do they really trust Boris Johnson?

19 October 2019 10:52 pm

Boris Johnson is still pursuing today’s vote as a decisive moment for the Brexit deal, rather than the start of…