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Cutting out Corbyn: could Tom Watson’s centrist ‘Momentum’ save Labour?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour party, many of his MPs have dreamed of deposing…

I’m a doctor, and tried the new GP app. My experience was terrifying

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Everyone agrees something dramatic has to be done to help the NHS. It is crumbling and the canary in the…

The hypocrisy of our politicians’ support for press freedom

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Cynical old hacks like me have been amused by the chorus of establishment applause for the Mail on Sunday’s great…

Varadkar’s backstop gamble could cost Ireland dearly

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘The government has relished wearing the green jersey on Brexit and standing up to the British with the help of…

Why are there so few Polish people on British TV?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Have you ever seen a Pole on British television? Poles are the biggest immigrant group in Britain, numbering between 900,000…

Dangly earrings, hugs and controversy: here comes the new Bishop of Dover

20 July 2019 9:00 am

East Kent is bracing itself. Its Church of England clergy are enjoying their last quiet months before Rose Hudson-Wilkin arrives…

Why nail-biting sports matches are good for mental health

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Why do we need tie-breaks and photo finishes? If competitors have been nip-and-tuck all the way, why can’t they just…

No pigs in sight: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

The charm – and artifice – of the English cottage garden

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The confusion is understandable. You arrive at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, keen to experience the quintessential cottage garden —…

Can Boris Johnson make Anglo-American relations great again?

13 July 2019 9:00 am

It seems a fitting end to an ill-fated premiership. As Theresa May prepares to leave No. 10, a major quarrel erupts…

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holds up the group's flag (Getty)

The European fighters who battled Isis – and were abandoned by their governments

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Foreign fighters are returning from the battlefield — not Islamists but the Americans, Europeans and South Americans who fought to…

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Restorative justice for the victims of colonialism is an idea whose time has come. A few years ago, the Indian…

‘Panto pays better than being an MEP’: Ann Widdecombe interviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

We could all forget about Ann Widdecombe for the past nine years while she was doing Strictly Come Dancing and…

Would no-deal Brexit be a disaster? Probably not – and here’s why

13 July 2019 9:00 am

How bad would a no-deal Brexit really be? This is now perhaps the most important question in politics, and the…

Run, Boris, run: why middle-aged MPs have turned into fitness freaks

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Forget the cigar, the homburg and the V-for-victory sign. If Winston Churchill were around today, he’d be pounding the streets…

The motorway that contains 2.5 million Mills & Boon novels

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The first one was too straight. In the absence of a speed limit, early motorists on the M1 used the…

A new tune: Boris Johnson on his plan to unite Britain

6 July 2019 9:00 am

‘I’m going to stick ruthlessly to script,’ says Boris Johnson. ‘This is not the stage of the campaign when you…

Oppidans vs scholars: a guide to the social politics of Eton

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Every prime minister is a sociologist. Theresa May drew a distinction between citizens of somewhere and ‘citizens of nowhere’, a…

Single women are happier – here’s why

6 July 2019 9:00 am

As I get older I find the idea of wanting to be in a couple more and more bizarre. I’m…

What Sir Ivan Rogers gets wrong about Brexit

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When so much of the Brexit debate has consisted of slogans and unexamined assertions (‘cliff edges’, ‘crashing out’ and the…

China’s surveillance technology is terrifying – and on show in London

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was recently treated to a small taste of the real China. It was in the incongruous setting of a…

The Saracenic darkness of Sicily – the place where Europe ends

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Northern Italians often speak of Sicily as a Saracenic darkness — the place where Europe ends. The Arabic influence remains…

The forgotten joy of soap

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Is there any invention as ancient and as fundamental as soap? Traced to Babylonian civilisation around 2,800 bc (handy for…

Trump vs Xi: the new Cold War is hotting up

29 June 2019 9:00 am

It will be all smiles when Donald Trump meets President Xi Jinping this week in Osaka at the annual meeting…

Max Hastings vs Boris Johnson: I know who I’d trust more

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Sir Max Hastings, whom I engaged as editor of the Daily Telegraph in 1986 and who stayed in that role…

I once fell for Boris’s charm – I won’t make the same mistake again

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Someone should write a guide to the best literary festivals. Sydney and Auckland would certainly be there, along with Sri…