Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: Energy bills up, NHS waiting lists down and hosepipes off

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Home Energy bills will be £4,266 for a typical household by January, according to the consultancy Cornwall Insight, which had…

Portrait of the week: Hosepipe bans, England’s women win the Euros and a strike over dragons

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Home BP reported quarterly profits of £6.9 billion, its biggest for 14 years, after oil and gas prices rose steeply.…

Portrait of the week: Sunak vs Truss, London dodges a blackout and 94st walrus capsizes boats

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Home In a television debate between the two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative party (and hence the prime…

Portrait of the week: Record-breaking heat, a summer of strikes and a warning for snake-owners

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Home In the contest for the leadership of the Conservative party, Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi were the first of…

Portrait of the week: Mo Farah’s secret, hot weather warnings and hot competition for the Tory leadership

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Home The Conservatives began the process of finding a new leader, which involves balloting MPs and then sending two names…

Portrait of the week: Boris on the brink, petrol price protests and a £3,000 swear word

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sajid Javid as Health Secretary. (Nadhim Zahawi accepted the post…

Portrait of the week: Scottish independence, striking lawyers and the end of Roe vs Wade

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said that military spending had to increase. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, reacted to…

Portrait of the week: Rail strikes, rates rise and a record-breaking stingray

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Home A rail strike on three alternate days, bringing the system to a standstill for a week, was organised by…

Portrait of the Week: Knighthoods, Northern Ireland and Mick Jagger

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Home The British economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in April after shrinking by 0.1 per cent in March, according…

Portrait of the week: A no-confidence vote, a marginal win and the Queen’s Jubilee

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson won a vote of confidence in him as prime minister among Conservative MPs by 211 votes to…

Portrait of the week: Jubilee celebrations, energy bill discounts and a trade deal with Indiana

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Home The Jubilee for the Queen’s 70 years on the throne was marked by two days of public holiday, 16,000…

Portrait of the week: Sue Gray reports, ScotRail slashes trains and monkeypox spreads

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray starched and ironed her report for publication after the Metropolitan Police wound up its own enquiries into…

Portrait of the week: Inflation’s 40-year high, Tory MP’s rape arrest and monkeypox in Britain

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation, impelled by energy costs, rose to 9 per cent, its highest since 1982. Unemployment…

Portrait of the week: The Queen’s Speech, Sinn Fein surge and an £184m lottery win

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament sitting on a throne next…

Portrait of the Week: pornography, ‘sulky livers’ and abortion

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced £300 million more in military aid for Ukraine. Speaking by video to the…

Portrait of the week: Twitter takeover, late nights for pubs and a row over leg-crossing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said Britain assessed that 15,000 Russians had been killed in the war against Ukraine…

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Portrait of the week: Boris in Kyiv, Rishi in hot water and crystal meth in a cereal packet

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, travelled to Kyiv in secret and joined President Volodymyr Zelensky for the cameras in…

Portrait of the week: Covid fines, cancelled flights and sunflower oil shortages

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s business spokesman, said that the government should be preparing for energy rationing, but Grant Shapps, the…

Portrait of the week: Partygate penalties, Oscars drama and Dairy Milk shrinks

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Twenty fixed-penalty fines were issued after the police inquiry into Downing Street parties that broke Covid rules, but the…

Portrait of the week: Spring statement, weapons for Ukraine and no more free-range eggs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Home Britain had provided Ukraine with more than 4,000 Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons, the Ministry of Defence said. Shell…

Portrait of the week: Russian forces move in on Kiev

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Home More than 100,000 people registered interest in giving a place in their homes for Ukrainian refugees under a government…

Portrait of the week: Zelensky channels Churchill, Russia blocks BBC and Bercow banned from parliament

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Home President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine addressed a packed House of Commons by video, echoing Winston Churchill by declaring that…

Portrait of the week: Russia bombs Ukraine, MPs get a pay rise and Tube staff strike

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia: ‘Never in all my study or…

Portrait of the week: Storms rage, Covid curbs end and Russia’s ‘renewed invasion’

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced, in the House of Commons, sanctions against Russia after its ‘renewed invasion’ of…