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Jeremy Corbyn: boy lying on hospital floor is a political issue | Poli…

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted the experience of a four-year-old boy having to lie on a hospital floor while he waited for a bed is a political issue. A photograph of Jack Williment-Barr, who was waiting for treatment for suspected pneumonia at Leeds General infirmary,

General election: Four Brexit Party MEPs quit to back Conservatives | …

Four Brexit Party MEPs – including Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata – are quitting the party and urging people to back the Conservatives at the upcoming election. Leader Nigel Farage said he was “disappointed” they “don’t seem to understand” that the Tories are splitting the pro-Leave

Best politics books of 2019 | Books

It’s not long now until Britain finds out what Santa has brought us for a government. But whether the election delivers just what you’ve always wanted, or merely the political equivalent of a stocking full of ashes, somewhere out there is a book that

General election: Tony Blair says Tories and Labour both ‘peddling fan…

Once we acknowledge all the above, and vote accordingly, yes untying the knot will take longer. The new parliament will be obliged to let the country decide Brexit on its merits, in a referendum, whether in the light of what we now know, we

Twitter accuses Tories of misleading public in ‘factcheck’ row | Polit…

Twitter has accused the Conservatives of misleading the public after they rebranded one of their official party accounts to make it look like a factchecking service during the ITV leaders’ debate. The party was widely criticised on Tuesday night when it temporarily changed the

General election: Boris Johnson dismisses Labour’s broadband plan as ‘…

Johnson said that as mayor from 2008 to 2016 he “cut the murder rate by 50%”, that knife crime went down, and he credited a rise in police stop-and-search operations with helping reduce crime. The reality is more mixed. The murder rate fell significantly,

Seven days of disaster on the general election campaign trail | Politi…

First a cabinet minister apologises for suggesting the Grenfell Tower fire victims did not use “common sense”. Another senior minister then quits over claims he misled the public over what he knew about a former aide’s role in the alleged sabotage of a rape

Lord Willetts accused of pitching ‘young against old’ in book | Politi…

Tory peer Lord Willetts has been accused of dehumanising older people, inciting intergenerational conflict and encouraging a sense of powerlessness among younger people after publishing a book that critics say “pitches young against old”. In the second edition of his book, The Pinch, Willetts

The long death of South Africa’s political centre

 Cape Town Last Sunday, when South Africa beat Wales to go through to the rugby World Cup final against England, was the last day of a black week in South African politics. The valiant Democratic Alliance, the official opposition, the proud liberal party that

Labour MP Diana Johnson reselected after ‘very stressful campaign’ | P…

The Labour MP Diana Johnsonhas been reselected as the party’s parliamentary candidate for Kingston upon Hull North, after she was the first to face a reselection battle before the next election. Johnson, who was named backbencher of the year in 2018, had faced the