UK politics

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…

The DUP is caught on the horns of a Brexit dilemma

18 October 2019 10:54 pm

There is a magnificent paradox – the Taj Mahal of paradoxes, let’s hope NOT the RMS Titanic of paradoxes –…

Boris Johnson ‘very confident’ MPs will back his deal

18 October 2019 4:33 am

Boris Johnson has just given a very upbeat press conference about his Brexit deal, despite the DUP being clear that…

The EU might tell MPs: it’s this deal or no deal

17 October 2019 8:58 pm

Both the UK government and the EU are now saying that a Brexit deal has been done. There is both…

Is hate crime really on the rise?

16 October 2019 4:28 am

The Guardian ran a story on its website today headlined: ‘Hate crimes doubled in England and Wales in five years.’…

On black privilege

15 October 2019 11:28 pm

Discussions of ‘privilege’ have become one of the themes of this age. In a short space of time, the obsession…

Did anyone take today’s Queen’s Speech seriously?

15 October 2019 3:38 am

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…