Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: EU negotiations, genderless babies and Brexit in court

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Home ‘I will uphold the constitution, I will obey the law, but we will come out on 31 October,’ Boris…

Portrait of the week: The Speaker resigns, BA pilots strike and Mugabe dies

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Home A bill sponsored by Hilary Benn and supported by Alistair Burt and other dissident Tories was passed — becoming…

Portrait of the week: Brexit gets complicated

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Home The government was defeated by 328 to 301 on a motion to take over the business of the House,…

Portrait of the week: Prorogation fury, cricketing glory and the PM’s pork pie

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Home The government sought to prorogue parliament on 10 September and have the Queen’s Speech opening the new session of…

Portrait of the week: back to the backstop, PC Harper’s death and the wrong kind of lightning

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, saying: ‘The backstop cannot…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

Portrait of the week: US shootings, a dam emergency and a rubbish straw policy at McDonald’s

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Home If the government lost a confidence motion when parliament sits again in September, it could call an election for…

Portrait of the week: Britain meets its new cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Home  The Conservatives’ poll ratings went up and the pound went down after a week of the prime ministership of…

Portrait of the week: The top job for Boris, gifts for Theresa and Carl Beech’s conviction

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being elected the leader of the Conservative party by its members, with 92,153…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s new role, England’s cricket victory and the world’s steepest street

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Home In a televised debate between the rivals for election by members of the Conservative party as their new leader…

Portrait of the week: A resignation in Washington, Labour departures and a plague of toxic caterpillars

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Kim Darroch resigned as British ambassador to Washington after the Mail on Sunday published disobliging emails he had…

Portrait of the week: Boris vs Jeremy, Brexit party rallies and Hong Kong protests

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the bookies’ favourite for the leadership of the Conservative party, would, if he became prime minister, ‘show…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s barney, a stink at Southern Water and a pricy royal renovation

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Home A neighbour of Boris Johnson, 55 (a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative party and hence for the…

Portrait of the week: Boris surges ahead, Chuka joins the Lib Dems and Chris Froome crashes

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson was well ahead in the parliamentary stage of the contest for the leadership of the Conservative party,…

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

Portrait of the week: Trump visits, Change UK crumbles and a row over Tiananmen Square

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Home President Donald Trump of the United States made a state visit to the United Kingdom, avoiding protesters by arriving…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party triumphs, May resigns and Corbyn has an unhappy birthday

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Home The Brexit party, led by Nigel Farage, received 5,248,533 votes (out of 17,199,701 cast) in the European parliament elections,…

Portrait of the week: European elections, milkshake attacks and British Steel buckles

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Home The country went to the polls to elect Members of the European Parliament and express its loathing for the…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party surges in polls, WhatsApp is hacked and Doris Day dies

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that the EU withdrawal bill would be introduced in the Commons in the…

Portrait of the week: Labour/Tory Brexit talks, Gavin Williamson’s innocence plea and Cyclone Fani

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Home John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, blamed Theresa May, the Prime Minister, for leaking details of talks between the government…

Portrait of the week: A shooting ban, security leaks and violence in Venezuela

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Of those who voted Conservative in 2017, 53 per cent intend to vote for the Brexit party in the…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party launches, Assange is arrested – and Notre Dame burns

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Although the latest date for Brexit had been postponed by the European Council until Halloween, 31 October, the government…

Portrait of the week: Brexit flextension, the demise of Debenhams and a real shower in the Commons

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for an extension…

Portrait of the week: Brexit complications, avocado woes and London knife crime

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit exerted ever stranger effects on politics. After an eight-hour cabinet meeting, Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said she…