UK politics

May says little new in statement as she again attacks MPs for failing to make a decision

21 March 2019 8:17 am

Theresa May’s statement tonight wasn’t particularly dramatic. She had no new policies to announce or arguments to make. Rather, she…

May tries to avoid Tory meltdown by only requesting short Brexit delay

20 March 2019 7:50 pm

After much speculation, a furious Cabinet and the threat of another backbench rebellion, No. 10 has finally confirmed what type…

Has Bercow just destroyed May’s last chance to pass her deal?

19 March 2019 3:51 am

No. 10’s strategy to win over the DUP and the Brexiteers to Theresa May’s deal in time for a third…

May under pressure to set an exit date to get her deal over the line

18 March 2019 10:17 am

Is this the week Theresa May sets out an exit date for her departure from No. 10? There is hope…

Theresa May’s offer to the DUP

18 March 2019 6:33 am

The prime minister’s frantic last attempt to persuade Northern Ireland’s DUP to back her third meaningful vote on Tuesday involves…

What the EU will say when Theresa May asks for a Brexit extension

16 March 2019 1:30 am

Now that Parliament has backed an extension to the Brexit process, the ball is effectively in the EU’s court. Whether…

Are things finally looking up for Theresa May?

15 March 2019 6:47 am

Theresa May’s week just got a little less bad. This evening the Government managed to successfully defeat a string of…

Why a Brexit extension spells trouble for the EU

14 March 2019 11:55 pm

Now that Theresa May’s deal has been decisively defeated again, the message from Brussels has been clear: the Brexit impasse…

Meaningful vote 3 in the next seven days

14 March 2019 8:36 am

Theresa May’s extension motion makes clear that she intends to bring her deal back for another vote in the next…

The latest government shambles could help May pass her deal

14 March 2019 8:10 am

This evening Theresa May’s week went from awful to terrible. After her deal was heavily defeated for a second time…

The Brexiteers have blown it

13 March 2019 10:41 pm

If, as Rod Liddle says, Brexit has been killed there is no shortage of suspects. 75 of them, in fact.…

Brexit is now dead

13 March 2019 7:45 am

And that, my lovely friends, is it for Brexit. You kippers and ERGers who think we’ll leave with no deal,…

We’re now heading for a no-deal Brexit – but not just yet

13 March 2019 7:26 am

A member of the Cabinet uttered just one word to me about this latest humiliating defeat for the Prime Minister…

Why we could be heading for a third vote on May’s Brexit deal

13 March 2019 7:10 am

Late last night, there was a sense of optimism among ministers that the government’s revised deal might have a chance.…

What Theresa May needs to go right today to avoid another historic defeat

12 March 2019 6:55 pm

In order to turn things around with her Brexit deal, Theresa May needs a domino effect. She needs to somehow…

Is there any way that May’s deal could pass on Tuesday?

9 March 2019 10:18 pm

The government’s efforts to get changes to the backstop have run into a brick wall in Brussels. The EU thinks,…

How can the government avoid defeat this week?

25 February 2019 8:54 pm

Theresa May begins the week with a chunk of her party growing increasingly frustrated with her handling of Brexit. The…

The true meaning of Sadiq Khan’s claims to virtue

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he wanted ‘the most transparent, honest and accessible administration London has ever…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It was watching the latest film on the Krays (ludicrously called Legend) that brought it all back. I remembered not…

Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Who controls the media in Britain? Depending on your political outlook, you might answer: the Conservatives, the liberal-left chattering classes,…

OK: I’m convinced: one EU referendum might not be enough

17 October 2015 9:00 am

We now have to take seriously the possibility that in the EU referendum Britain will vote to leave. I had…

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Sheila Pugh is 91 and in good health. She lives on her own in Congleton, Cheshire, where she takes pleasure…

The Tories are still anxious to reach out. And that’s a very good sign

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Post-election party conferences usually follow a standard pattern. The winning party slaps itself on the back while the losers fret…