• 16 Nov 2017

    Tomorrow a campaign will be launched to highlight the significant number of young people who die suddenly from epilepsy. Figures show that nearly half of the deaths are preventable and yet too often those with the condition are not told enough about the risks. In Cornwall, they have developed a simple checklist – and an…

  • 15 Nov 2017

    Merkel ally: December breakthrough possible

    Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP in the European Parliament and an ally of Chancellor Merkel, has left a meeting with Theresa May feeling a bit more optimistic about the prospects for the European Council meeting in December. Theresa May desperately needs that to be the moment that Brexit talks move on to Phase 2…

  • 8 Nov 2017

    The claim “The aggregate murder rate of Muslims is one third that of the native-born.” Bill Clinton, November 7 2017 The background Former President Bill Clinton marked the 25th anniversary of his election this week with a speech at Georgetown University. He bemoaned the state of gun violence in America and made a number of…

  • 24 Oct 2017

    David Lammy, a former Labour minister for higher education, has published data from Freedom of Information requests showing that very low numbers of black students are going to Oxford and Cambridge. That in itself isn’t news – both the elite universities already publish data on the ethnicity of their students. But the MP has published…

  • 12 Oct 2017

    Brexit Deadlock

    Theresa May had hoped that the offer of €10bn a year for every year of a transition, plus the hint, delivered in her Florence speech, of a readiness to consider more cash, might help towards  the price of the admission ticket to Trade talks. Turns out the Trade talks ticket price is higher. Some UK…

  • 6 Oct 2017

    Our Senior Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel has given unique and detailed scrutiny to the issue of deaths in custody. He’s spoken extensively to the families of men who have killed themselves or died in prisons, or police cells – and looked into how these events are investigated in the aftermath. These are his key…

  • 6 Oct 2017

    Conservative Party infighting: what have we learned?

    This afternoon’s reported spat on the Tory MPs’ WhatsApp group tells you so much about the abysmal state of relations in the Party. There appears to be an attempt to start what looks to some like a bit of a witch-hunt for names on the Grant Shapps list. One MP is accusing Remainers of being behind the Shapps plot. Another MP…

  • 6 Oct 2017

    The material, shot by Syrian film-maker Waad Al-Kateab, featured both unprecedented documentation of the turmoil in the city’s final hospital, as well as the human stories of those who stayed during the siege.

  • 8 Sep 2017

    Analysis that shows ethnic minority criminals are 240% more likely to be jailed for drug offences cannot exclude the possibility that the BAME offenders were simply convicted of more serious crimes.

  • 7 Sep 2017

    Brexit Bill in the Commons – but big developments outside too

    The President of the European Parliament has suggested that Brexit should probably be dropped from the October European Council agenda. Some Whitehall officials seem resigned to the October deadline being missed, despite warnings to Cabinet colleagues from the Chancellor that Brexit negotiations needed to give business clarity on the transition arrangements soon to avoid damaging…

  • 3 Sep 2017

    A major Home Office review into deaths in custody has been delayed.

  • 28 Aug 2017

    Across the country, half a million people are preparing to start their undergraduate degrees. On average, one in 10 UK undergraduates will drop out of university before their second year of study. But in some institutions, that figure is as high as one in four. FactCheck looks at which universities – and which subjects –…

  • 9 Aug 2017

    Brink of collapse – how the global financial crisis began

    The BNP Paribas announcement turned out to be the starting gun to the global financial crisis.

  • 5 Jul 2017

    Theresa May – to cap or not to cap?

    Theresa May was being a bit sneaky pretty much blaming the Pay Review Bodies for the one per cent pay recommendations that have come through since the government announced a one per cent pay cap.

  • 21 Jun 2017

    Conservative and DUP deal: looking weak and wobbly?

    Lots has gone wrong in a negotiation which started with the promising omens of two party leaders very well-disposed to the whole idea.