• 15 Nov 2018

    So despite the chaos at the heart of her government, Theresa May claims she is not for turning.  At a press conference inside Number 10 this afternoon she defended her Brexit plan to the hilt. Leadership, she said, was about “taking the right decisions, not the easy ones”, declaring she believed “with every fibre of…

  • 15 Nov 2018

    The Tory “no deal uprising”

    The ERG faction within a faction pushing for Theresa May to go hasn’t pulled off its mission yet. Sir Edward Leigh, who attended the group’s meeting this lunchtime but isn’t going to send a letter demanding a vote of no confidence, told me that this is in essence a “no deal uprising.” He said his colleagues worry…

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Brexit: the storm makes land

    We have two documents in Downing Street being read tonight: the Withdrawal Agreement (500 pages or so) and the outline political declaration (some four pages or so). That tells you how much work is still to be done in working out the future relationship. The negotiators haven’t even been able to hand in half their…

  • 11 Nov 2018

    Opposition to Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal is increasing.

  • 11 Nov 2018

    On beaches throughout the British Isles people have come together to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

  • 11 Nov 2018

    Standing before Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin the French President warned old demons are resurfacing and condemned nationalism.

  • 10 Nov 2018

    Sajid Javid has promised £17 millon as part of an early intervention youth fund to help tackle knife crime problem.

  • 10 Nov 2018

    Theresa May is showing no sign of changing her position on Brexit despite warnings from both the opposition and her party that her deal lacks support.

  • 8 Nov 2018

    Tusk on Brexit deal: “maybe 5, maybe 6, maybe 7 days” to go

    I asked European Council President Donald Tusk if there could be a deal within a week. He said: “I hope so … but still we need maybe 5, maybe 6, maybe 7 days.”

  • 28 Oct 2018

    Thirty-one years ago, if you’d looked down from the House of Commons visitors’ gallery at the people on the green benches below, they’d have all – without exception – have been white. Today 52 of 650 MPs are from a black or minority ethnic background. That’s 8%. Better than it was, but when you consider…

  • 23 Oct 2018

    Theresa May has agreed to address a mass meeting of Conservative MPs tomorrow night about her Brexit plans, amid more speculation over whether there could be enough support to trigger a leadership challenge.  Earlier, Mrs May chaired a marathon cabinet meeting, much of it devoted to Brexit, with the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab ordered to provide weekly…

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Theresa May says only 5% of the withdrawal agreement is left to negotiate with Brussels. But that fraction is the hardest bit – the issue of the Northern Ireland border. But as she spoke to MPs the Prime Minister knew that some of her harshest critics were not opposite her but on her own side. The fury that some…

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Theresa May’s perfect storm

    Theresa May says there’s only 5% of the deal still to go. But that 5% is sorting out the Northern Ireland border. And she has to sort it out as patience amongst her backbenchers and cabinet is fraying.

  • 19 Oct 2018

    Staff at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul have been questioned, while a forest outside the city has been searched. Turkish officials investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi still haven’t found any clues as to his fate. Riyadh has roundly rejected allegations that it sent in a hit squad to dispose of his body.

  • 19 Oct 2018

    He hasn’t had a proper job since losing his seat as an MP. But now Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, has landed on his feet in Silicon Valley. He’s off to California in a new, and presumably well-paid, role as global affairs and communications chief at Facebook. Mr Clegg said he was looking forward…