Westminster

Shaun Bailey mayor has upset the polls to take an overnight lead in the race to be London mayor over Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan. The Conservative candidate was trailing by up to 20 points in pre-election polls but tonight (Friday) has a shock lead of more than 5,000 votes. Bailey’s showing in the capital caps a remarkable day for Boris Johnson’s...

Labour set for election disaster – party trails Conservatives by 17...

The Labour party is set for a massive defeat at Thursday's polls with the party trailing the Conservatives by 17 points ahead of Britain’s biggest set of elections since 1973. Sir Keir Starmer has already moved to fend off imminent...

Tory fury at staff pay freeze while party splashes cash on PM’s flat

Conservative party workers are furious after discovering headquarters diverted £60,000 to pay for the prime minister’s flat refurbishment whilst telling staff there was no money for a pay rise. The...

Easy Sleazy sings Jagger as Greensill inquiries hit eight and counting

In his 59 years as front man of the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger can rarely, if indeed ever, have penned a more aptly named song that coincided so...

House of Lords rejects govt’s bid to limit war crimes prosecutions; Labour to question...

The House of Lords has handed the government a major defeat over their bid to limit the prosecution of war crimes and torture by British soldiers serving overseas. Peers, supported...

Is ex-PM Cameron at centre of ‘the greatest ethical scandal in British political history’?

David Cameron has broken his month silence over his lobbying for “scandal-hit” finance company Greensill Capital, admitting he should have acted through “the most formal channels”. Cameron said “there are important lessons to be learnt”...

Politics pauses following death of Duke

Political campaigning for the May 6 elections has been paused following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, aged 99. Parliaments in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh have been called back from their...

Vaccine passports risk ‘two tier nation of division’, while PM issues Easter warning

Boris Johnson has warned vaccinated people not to meet up indoors this Easter because the jabs “are not 100% effective”. The prime minister’s video message comes as politicians across party divides are uniting to oppose...

Government wants ‘total social control’ say rebel MPs as Commons extends emergency legislation

A group of Conservative MPs has accused the government of wanting “total social control” as the Commons overwhelmingly backed extending emergency coronavirus powers. A total of 76 MPs – including 35 rebel Tory backbenchers -...

Johnson’s Brexit Britain goes nuclear with measures ‘that’d make a dictator blush’

Boris Johnson has unveiled his blueprint to get Brexit-Britain “match-fit” for its future, laying out his government’s foreign policy to the very same chamber debating his alarming plans to curb democratic rights with a...