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Does Labour really love the St George’s Cross?

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Why is Labour so ‘angry’ about our next man in Washington?

Civil service appointments rarely generate much excitement in Westminster. But it’s not every day that Britain’s most senior diplomatic posting...

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Nicola Sturgeon dodges scrutiny, again

If there was ever an immutable truth in Scottish politics, it is that Nicola Sturgeon never misses an opportunity to talk about the joys of...

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Watch: Lights go off in the Lords in Rwanda showdown 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is one step closer to stopping the boats — or so he hopes. After months of back and forth on the Prime Minister’s...

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Jon Sopel’s Rwanda Bill blunder

It’s hard these days being a teller of truths. So many of the leading lights in British broadcasting have found in recent years that they’re...

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Why won’t the Scottish Greens accept the Cass report?

There are many words to describe Patrick Harvie but ‘clinician’ certainly isn’t one of them. Yet his trademark arrogance was out on display this...

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Scotland’s surprising new free speech champion

Has Nicola Sturgeon discovered a sudden enthusiasm for free speech? The former SNP leader has today reviewed Salman Rushdie’s latest book Knife for...

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Watch: Sturgeon reacts after husband charged in police probe

Might this be the worst week of 2024 for the Nats so far? Hapless Humza Yousaf demonstrated extraordinary indecision over the Cass review, Patrick...

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Rayner’s eldest child was registered at husband’s home

It’s been a busy time for police investigations across the country and Manchester is no exception. As the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax...

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The SNP’s net zero hypocrisy

The Scottish nationalists are no stranger to hypocrisy, as their latest U-turn shows. For on Thursday afternoon the Yousaf regime — the only...

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SNP police probe / Now Nicola Sturgeon’s husband is arrested (again)

There have been months of near-radio silence on the status of the SNP police probe — until now. Peter Murrell, former chief executive and husband of...

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Prince Harry ditches UK as primary residence

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Queen of Privacy never manage to keep out of the news for too long. This time it transpires that the red-headed...

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Why won’t Humza close Scotland’s tartan Tavistock?

Another day, another Holyrood mess. This time, it’s hapless Humza Yousaf being criticised for his slow response to the Cass review into gender...

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Sunak loses another Tory MP over claims of misused funds

It’s a day ending in ‘y’ – which means it’s more bad news for Rishi Sunak. The beleaguered Tory premier had a relatively good day on...

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Watch: Sunak ridicules Starmer over Rayner

The curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax affairs continues to drag on and Rishi Sunak isn’t prepared to let Sir Keir Starmer forget about it. In a...

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Watch: Labour MPs mock NatCon shutdown

It’s a sad day for lovers of personal freedom. Not only is Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pressing on with his smoking ban — the second reading of the...

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Truss turns on foes at book bash

After the longest promotional tour in history, Liz Truss finally held her belated book launch party. Less than an hour after voting against her...

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Truss book tops Amazon bestseller list

Crikey. Liz Truss’s new book has been out for less than 72 hours and yet the former Prime Minister has already topped a number of Amazon bestseller...

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Politics / Police probe Rayner over multiple allegations

Another day, another development in the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax affairs. Mr S last week reported that Rayner became the subject of a...

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Truss book tops Amazon bestseller list

Crikey. Liz Truss’s new book has been out for less than 72 hours and yet the former Prime Minister has already topped a number of Amazon bestseller...

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Police probe Rayner over multiple allegations

Another day, another development in the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax affairs. Mr S last week reported that Rayner became the subject of a...

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Truss turns on foes at book bash

After the longest promotional tour in history, Liz Truss finally held her belated book launch party. Less than an hour after voting against her...

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Watch: Labour MPs mock NatCon shutdown

It’s a sad day for lovers of personal freedom. Not only is Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pressing on with his smoking ban — the second reading of the...

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Watch: Truss on Sunak’s smoking ban

It’s going to be a long day for Rishi Sunak. It’s the second reading of the Tobacco and Vapes Bill and the Prime Minister is expecting to see a...

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Khan changes his tune on fact-checking

There’s 16 days to go until the London elections and Labour is comfortably in the lead. But is Sadiq Khan now feeling the heat? Perusing Twitter/X...

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Brussels police move to shut down Farage at NatCon

Happy NatCon day, one and all. Yes, it’s that time of year again, when some of Europe’s most vocal right-wing exponents get together in a room for...

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SNP ditches public trust question from national survey

If you don’t want to know the answer, don’t ask the question. That seems to be the mantra by which the SNP is currently abiding. Careful analysis...

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Watch: Lloyd Russell-Moyle called out over his behaviour

Oh dear. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, received a rather humiliating dressing down in the Chamber today. His ticking off...

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Sunak’s popularity among Tory members hits new low

Uh oh. The Prime Minister hasn’t been back from Easter recess for one full day yet and he’s already facing bad news. In the latest poll of Tory...

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Exclusive / Liz Truss interview: ‘The world was safer when Trump was in charge’

Eighteen months have passed since Liz Truss left Downing Street and after an initial period of silence, she has been making up for lost time. In...

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Watch: David Cameron says Iran has suffered ‘double defeat’

It’s the Foreign Secretary’s first broadcast round since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak brought him into the cabinet last year — and what a time to...

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Watch: Pro-indy filmmaker’s bizarre currency claim

Another day, another nationalist gaffe. This time it’s pro-indy filmmaker and columnist — for that august journal the National — Lesley Riddoch...

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Diane Abbott’s private school hypocrisy

Oh dear. It seems that the sage of Hackney has blundered once more. Having lost the Labour whip last year for her asinine antisemitism letter, Diane...

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Scottish government spent £400,000 on promoting new hate crime law

Back to Scotland and Humza Yousaf’s controversial new hate law. The First Minister’s Hate Crime Act has left an already overstretched and...

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Police launch investigation into Rayner housing claims

Well, well, well. Less than 24 hours after Keir Starmer tried to brush off questions about Angela Rayner, it turns out she is now the subject of a...

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Watch: Tetchy Starmer wriggles over Rayner’s tax affairs

Angela Rayner appears unable to shake off questions about her tax affairs — literally. And now in an interview with ITV Granada, even Sir Keir...

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Reform apologises for not realising candidate had died

Uh oh. Reform UK has not had an easy ride with its general election candidates, to put it mildly. Richard Tice’s party has already had to drop ten...

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JK Rowling won’t forgive Harry Potter actors for trans stance

All is not well in the Harry Potter universe. Author of the hit wizarding novels and prominent women’s rights campaigner JK Rowling has revealed...

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Boris lashes out at Rishi’s ‘mad’ smoking ban

Oh dear. Having his leadership questioned is becoming an almost-daily occurrence for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. When he announced he was going to...

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Watch: Canadian MPs sing God Save the King after constitutional motion defeat

Well, well, well. In a turn of events that is good news for Canada’s monarchists, a motion that would have amended the country’s Constitution Act...

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Watch: Tax protestors target Rayner in Teesside

Try as she might to duck questions on her tax affairs, the issue just keeps following Angela Rayner around — literally. On a campaign event today in...

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Labour overtakes SNP in polls for first time

Uh oh. Today brings tidings of misery for hapless Humza Yousaf as a new poll reveals that support for Labour has overtaken the SNP for the first time...

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The ten candidates dropped by Reform

Reform UK’s election campaign hasn’t got off to the best start. Richard Tice’s party has already had to drop ten prospective parliamentary...

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Who are the Westminster honeytrap targets?

The honeytrap scandal is the talk of the town as politicians, staffers, advisers and even journalists working in Westminster have been targeted by the...

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Amnesty laments death of Palestinian torture group leader

One might expect a global human rights organisation to wholeheartedly condemn a man involved in the brutal torture of a teenage soldier. Not the...

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Now Humza Yousaf’s brother-in-law is arrested

Oh dear. It seems things can only get worse for hapless Humza Yousaf. With his independence strategy dead in the water, he now has to contend with...

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David Cameron meets Trump at Mar-a-Lago

As the US elections draw ever closer, Donald Trump is back in the spotlight. Last night, David Cameron met with Trump in Mar-a-Lago before travelling...

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Watch / Pro-Palestine protestors vandalise Labour HQ

Uh oh. Labour is once again facing dissent from its own supporters over the Israel-Gaza conflict. Things came to a head this afternoon when a group of...

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Did David Lammy break broadcasting rules?

Uh oh. David Lammy is back in the spotlight again after Ofcom’s announcement today that it is investigating the shadow foreign secretary for...

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Honeytrap scandal: Jenkyns says Wragg must face disciplinary action

Back to the Westminster honeytrap, and now Dame Andrea Jenkyns has revealed that she was also targeted by the parliamentary phishing operation....

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