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# UK Politics

Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
The Explainer: How has David Cameron made a surprise return to British politics?
We’re joined on this week’s episode by Dominic McGrath, PA Media political correspondent, to dissect the former UK prime minister’s unexpected comeback. What is Cameron’s background, what could he achieve in the role – and what exactly is the end goal here?
Last month
November 2023
Analysis: Cameron's return exposes a government that is more clown show than shrewd operators
Former UK/EU negotiator Sydney Nash says Cameron’s appointment is not a stroke of genius, but rather Sunak’s last-ditch effort to appear competent.
Rishi Sunak hints he could change UK laws to deliver Rwanda policy after Supreme Court decision
The British PM hinted that he could changes UK laws to push the policy through ‘if necessary’.
This year
Labour wins Nadine Dorries’ former seat in momentum building double by-election win over Tories
In the 105 years of the constituency’s existence, Labour has never won Mid Bedfordshire before.
Labour beats out SNP in 'seismic' by-election win in Glasgow
The Scottish Labour leader said the result will send “shockwaves” through the SNP.
Rishi Sunak criticised by former Tory PMs for scrapping major rail route plans
A high-speed railway line will now only connect London to Birmingham instead of travelling further northwards as intended.
Meat tax 'scrapped' by Sunak 'was never policy', Labour MP says
The UK Prime Minister has been criticised for putting up ‘a lot of straw men’.
Peter Flanagan: Brexit has failed, Boris has bolted and Sunak has been left with the mess
From London, Flanagan says Sunak’s government seems void of any real vision for the UK, while it’s still dealing with Johnson’s Brexit.
Christmas party video of Tory staff joking about Covid restrictions 'terrible', says Michael Gove
“They had obviously behaved in a way which is unacceptable.”
UK's pandemic inquiry begins today and is set to run until 2026
The UK suffered one of the worst Covid-19 death tolls in Europe.
Sunak predicts ‘hard night’ for Tories as he faces local elections test
More than 8,000 council seats in England are up for grabs across 230 local authorities.
Opinion: Biden knows the value of his visit to Ireland in the wake of Brexit and Trump
Peter Flanagan looks at the shifting sands in the relationship between the US, UK and Ireland ahead of Biden’s visit.
Liz Truss: I was never given a chance to implement my tax-cutting agenda
In her first detailed comments since she was forced out of No 10, Truss said she had not anticipated the resistance she would face to her plans.
Boris Johnson tops list of UK MPs with biggest outside earnings
The former UK prime minister has earned £2.3 million (€2.6 mil) since leaving office, making him the highest-earning MP in the past year.
Matt Hancock was paid £320,000 to appear on I’m A Celeb
The former UK health secretary’s fee was listed on the MP’s register of financial interests.
Last year
Opinion: Are we finally seeing the end of 'Brexit mania' in Britain?
Peter Flanagan asks if the tide is now turning against the great Brexit experiment across the water.
Matt Hancock to step down as Tory MP in next UK election
The I’m A Celebrity campmate says he wants to ‘do things differently’.
Sunak under pressure over decision not to go to COP27
US President Joe Biden is expected to attend, and there are reports suggesting Sunak’s arch-rival Boris Johnson could go too.
Thousands of protesters rally in London to call for the UK to rejoin the EU
The National Rejoin March saw large crowds of people walk from through the city.
Brian Rowan: Truss' resignation and Conservative chaos spell disaster for Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the ongoing chaos in London means Stormont is again forgotten.
From economic turmoil to chaos in the Commons: The events that led to Liz Truss's resignation
Truss announced her resignation yesterday afternoon after just 44 days in office.
Keep Calm and Carry On or quit: Is Truss certain to be ousted and how might it happen?
The British Prime Minister is battling to save her position despite several Tory MPs publicly calling for her to resign.
Truss sacks Kwarteng and makes another mini-budget u-turn in bid to save her premiership
Truss has appointed Jeremy Hunt as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Liz Truss holds seven-minute press conference after sacking her Chancellor
In a major u-turn, Truss has confirmed she is reversing her policy to scrap the rise in corporation tax from 19% to 25%.
Brian Rowan: Can the parties of Northern Ireland truly make it work this time?
The former BBC correspondent says the signs of compromise are not good as another deadline looms for Stormont.
Liz Truss branded ‘an imbecile’ by sacked UK minister’s wife
Felicity Cornelius-Mercer tweeted a picture mocking Truss as a character from The Muppets television show.
Sunak and Truss tear each other apart on economy in latest leadership hustings
Rishi Sunak warned that unless inflation gets under control, there is ‘no hope’ the Tories will win the next election.
Sunak says Truss will make UK economy worse in latest Tory leadership debate
Sunak is fighting to make up ground on Truss, after polls put her around 32 percentage points ahead among Conservative members.
DUP can't give timetable for return to powersharing at Stormont, Donaldson says
His comments came ahead of the latest attempt to restore Stormont by way of a recalled sitting of the Assembly.
Sunak allies insist ‘all to play for’ in UK Tory leadership bid even as Truss pulls ahead
Supporters of the former UK chancellor seized on a poll of Tory councillors showing him as neck-and-neck with Truss.
Poll: Who would you prefer to see as the next UK Prime Minister?
Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak?
Eight go forward into first round of voting in the Tory leadership race
Prominent Boris Johnson loyalists backed Liz Truss in move to prevent Rishi Sunak entering No 10.
Coveney: NI Protocol legislation may be 'put off' following Johnson's resignation
The Minister for Foreign Affairs said the issue may not be debated until after parliament’s recess.
Brian Rowan: Boris Johnson's damage to Northern Ireland cannot be easily repaired
The former BBC correspondent says the soon-to-be ex-PM has left in Northern Irish politics in chaos.
Boris Johnson steps down as PM but questions turn to when he'll be replaced
Johnson appointed a new Cabinet to serve during the handover today.
'Them's the breaks': Johnson announces resignation
Johnson appoints new ministers for caretaker Cabinet
Labour leader Keir Starmer says his party will call a vote of confidence if Johnson stays on "for months and months"
Boris Johnson: Four recent polls indicate where the UK crisis is heading
Hannah Bunting and Daniel Devine look at the embattled UK prime minister and why his mandate no longer exists.
'Utterly tragic' if Scottish independence led to 'division' in UK armed forces, Johnson says
Boris Johnson said a second independence poll is not a priority for the UK government.
Boris Johnson says he plans on being Prime Minister until the 2030s
It comes as pressure has been mounting on the PM from across the political divide following the Tories’ stinging double by-election defeat.
Boris Johnson drops plans to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy
The move was condemned by opposition parties.
Sister of murdered Jo Cox MP says Johnson 'saving his own skin' over Jimmy Savile slur on Starmer
The UK Labour party leader had to be rescued from a mob yelling baseless allegations at him near Parliament.