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Parliament’s most liberated MP, Douglas Carswell

This is awkward for both of us. Radicals like Carswell are not accustomed to receiving accolades from the system. "I don't wi…

  • The government won’t protect my son Thu, Jul 5, 2012

    By Julia O'Dwyer Last week the UK couldn't extradite a serial paedophile back to the US because his human rights would be breached. Yet this is exactly the kind of case that extradition laws were intended for. Meanwhile the home … Continue reading → More »

  • Top political tweeters in the UK Fri, Jun 29, 2012

    Taking a look at some of the most entertaining and informative tweeters from the Westminster Village. More »

  • Everything you need to know about the media committee’s phone-hacking repor … Tue, May 1, 2012

    What they agreed on, what they argued over, and what happens next: politics.co.uk picks over the bones of today's report by MPs into the phone-hacking scandal. The headline is punchy - more so than most had expected. Effectively demanding that … Continue reading → More »

  • The biggest political winners of 2011 Thu, Dec 29, 2011

    Here's politics.co.uk's guide to the biggest winners of the year in politics: 10 - Andy Burnham Andy Burnham was the forgotten man of Labour's leadership election. He came fourth in the end, having failed to dispel an air of pointlessness … Continue reading → More »

  • What politicians can learn from Joey Barton Thu, Sep 29, 2011

    By Phil Scullion Joey Barton is keen to start talking politics. Rather than dismissing his views, politicians would do well to learn from his open approach. His eloquent views have attracted over 570,000 followers on Twitter. His main subject? Politics. … Continue reading → More »

  • Wendi’s left hook can’t save Murdoch’s face Tue, Jul 19, 2011

    It was a very polite, very British attack. After it was over, news channel freeze-frames showed a youngish man calmly trying to place a plate of shaving foam into the face of News Corps' CEO. Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's absurdly … Continue reading → More »

  • Kisses and first-day euphoria as new British MPs arrive
    Kisses and first-day euphoria as new British MPs arrive Mon, May 11, 2015

    As newly-elected British MPs arrived for their first day in parliament Monday, Conservatives exchanged kisses and handshakes while a new bloc of Scottish nationalists faced their first battle -- finding their way around. More »

  • Microsoft Website Tries To Guess Your Age Using Facial Recognition
    Microsoft Website Tries To Guess Your Age Using Facial Recognition Fri, May 1, 2015

    How-Old.net uses facial recognition technology to anaylse your picture More »

  • PM And Prince Charles Pay Tribute To Saudi King
    PM And Prince Charles Pay Tribute To Saudi King Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The Prime Minister and Prince Charles have arrived in Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. They have joined a host of international dignitaries in Riyadh to pay their respects to the Saudi royal family. President Obama is cutting short his visit to India, where he has landed today, in order to fly to Saudi Arabia - a long-standing ally of the US. Mr Obama will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet King Salman, the White House confirmed. More »

  • UK decision to lower flags after death of Saudi king stirs debate
    UK decision to lower flags after death of Saudi king stirs debate Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The government's decision on Friday to lower British flags following the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has stirred controversy, with critics pointing to the kingdom's poor human rights record. More »

  • Investigation Over Candy Crush MP Photo
    Investigation Over Candy Crush MP Photo Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    House of Commons bosses will investigate a whistleblower who filmed an MP playing Candy Crush on his iPad during a key meeting about pensions – but not the MP himself. More »

  • Louise Mensch: Tackling pervasive violence against children Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Commenting on Unicef's newly released More »

  • Louise Mensch: Violence against children is a 'genocide of innocence … Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Commenting on Unicef's new report on More »

  • Banksy Arrested: Paul Horner, the World's Biggest Penis and the Everyman …
    Banksy Arrested: Paul Horner, the World's Biggest Penis and the Everyman … Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    A story that has gone viral claiming secretive graffiti artist Banksy has been arrested and his identity exposed has yet again proved to be a hoax. More »

  • British supermarket sorry for removing kosher food amid protests
    British supermarket sorry for removing kosher food amid protests Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    British supermarket chain Sainsbury's apologised on Monday after staff at a central London store removed kosher food from shelves in response to protesters outside demanding a boycott of Israeli goods. More »

  • Anger as Sainsbury's and Tesco Remove Kosher Food from Aisles Amid Anti-Israel …
    Anger as Sainsbury's and Tesco Remove Kosher Food from Aisles Amid Anti-Israel … Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Jewish people are venting their anger at Sainsbury's after the supermarket chain emptied its kosher food section over fears it would be targeted by anti-Israel protesters. The supermarket's decision to withdraw meats, cheese and sauces from its shop in Holborn on Saturday during a demonstration against the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, has attracted online complaints from critics who claim the chain is "anti-Semitic" and "persecuting" Jewish people. Actor Colin Appleby posted a photo of the empty shelves on Facebook and pointed out that many of the goods were not from Israel but from other countries, including Britain and Poland. He claims he heard a Sainsbury's worker defending the removal by saying: "We support a Free Gaza". More »

  • Labour Defends Miliband's 'Rude' WWI Wreath
    Labour Defends Miliband's 'Rude' WWI Wreath Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Labour has been forced to defend Ed Miliband for not writing a personal message on a World War One commemoration wreath. David Cameron hand-wrote a tribute but cards from Mr Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg merely stated their job titles, prompting online criticism. A Labour spokesman said: "Ed Miliband was not given the opportunity to write a personal message on the wreath and was only handed it seconds before." A source close to Nick Clegg said the wreath was handed to him "seconds before he laid it and there was no opportunity to do anything differently." More »

  • Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment from Heathrow Airport Border  …
    Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment from Heathrow Airport Border  … Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Jesselyn Radack, a human rights lawyer representing Edward Snowden, has claimed that she was detained and questioned in a "very hostile" manner on Saturday by London Heathrow Airport's Customs staff. Radack told civil liberties blog Firedoglake that she was taken to a room to be questioned by a Heathrow Border Force officer who showed very little interest in her passport documents but subjected her to questioning about whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. The 43-year-old lawyer was formerly an ethics advisor to the United States Department of Justice, who became a whistle-blower herself after disclosing an ethics violation made by the FBI in their interrogation of "American Taliban" suspect John Walker Lindh in 2001. Radack was on her way to London to meet up with "friends", specifically the Sam Adams Associates, a group of retired CIA officers that promotes ethics and accountability and integrity of government. More »

  • 'Silly girl': Tories in sexism row over ousted MP
    'Silly girl': Tories in sexism row over ousted MP Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    The Conservative party are embroiled in a sexism row after one of David Cameron's senior female MPs was deselected. More »

  • Cameron faces an exodus of women MPs
    Cameron faces an exodus of women MPs Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    The trickle of women MPs leaving parliament threatened to become a flood today, after another from the 2010 intake announced she would not stand in 2015. More »

  • Carry On Claiming: MPs' £4.5m Expenses
    Carry On Claiming: MPs' £4.5m Expenses Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    Gordon Brown, who recently described himself as an "ex-politician", has claimed £1,012.75 for the rent of his constituency office. The claims have now been published by expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). "He’s an elected politician," an Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) insider told me when I raised it in the context of the ex-PM’s much-criticised comment about his current status during a radio discussion back in October. But it looks as though the love-in between Gordon’s chief crony, Ed Balls, and Nick Clegg may have prompted the Deputy Prime Minister to attempt to airbrush some of his previous warm words about the Tories and his frosty comments about Labour. More »

  • Spies worry over 'doomsday' cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud. The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said. Spokespeople for both NSA and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. One source described the cache of still unpublished material as Snowden's "insurance policy" against arrest or physical harm. More »

  • Lily Cole's Impossible: Will it join the long list of celebrity "social sites" …
    Lily Cole's Impossible: Will it join the long list of celebrity "social sites" … Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    Celebrities love social networks - but even when big names such as Ricky Gervais, Justin Timberlake and Louise Mensch launch their own, the wheels come off the bus. Can Lily Cole do better? More »

  • Lily Cole's Impossible: Will it join the long list of celeb "social sites" which … Mon, Nov 25, 2013

    Celebrities love social networks - but even when big names such as Ricky Gervais, Justin Timberlake and Louise Mensch launch then own, the wheels come off the bus. Can Lily Cole do better? More »

  • Louise Mensch Admits Having Cosmetic Surgery
    Louise Mensch Admits Having Cosmetic Surgery Thu, Apr 25, 2013

    Former Tory MP Louise Mensch has admitted having cosmetic surgery, ending speculation sparked when she was in parliament. More »

  • 'A great leader who transformed Britain': Twitter reaction to Thatcher's de … Mon, Apr 8, 2013

    MPs and former colleagues were quick to declare the 87-year-old a 'great leader' who 'transformed the face of Britain' in Twitter tributes. Within minutes of Baroness Thatcher's passing, #Thatcher, #BaronessThatcher and #IronLady became trending topics on Twitter. More »

  • Margaret Thatcher dies: The 'Iron Lady' who transformed the nation
    Margaret Thatcher dies: The 'Iron Lady' who transformed the nation Mon, Apr 8, 2013

    Britain's first and only female Prime Minister has died More »

  • Reports: David Miliband quits as MP and moves to New York
    Reports: David Miliband quits as MP and moves to New York Tue, Mar 26, 2013

    David Miliband is to step down as an MP with immediate effect so he can take a high profile charity job in New York, according to media reports. More »

  • BBC cuts Frankie Boyle after Comic Relief Queen joke
    BBC cuts Frankie Boyle after Comic Relief Queen joke Thu, Mar 7, 2013

    Controversial comedian Fankie Boyle was cut from a BBC Three broadcast of a Comic Relief event last night after he joked that he wished the Queen had died. More »

  • Andrew Marr In Hospital After Suffering Stroke
    Andrew Marr In Hospital After Suffering Stroke Wed, Jan 9, 2013

    Radio and TV presenter Andrew Marr is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, the BBC said. More »

  • Prescott Loses Out On Police Chief Role
    Prescott Loses Out On Police Chief Role Sat, Nov 17, 2012

    Labour's former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has become the highest-profile casualty in the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales. More »

  • Corby By-Election: Labour Takes Tory Seat
    Corby By-Election: Labour Takes Tory Seat Fri, Nov 16, 2012

    Labour's Andy Sawford has been elected MP for Corby and East Northampton, winning a key marginal seat from the Conservatives. More »

  • Election 2012: A hammer-blow to mainstream political parties
    Election 2012: A hammer-blow to mainstream political parties Fri, Nov 16, 2012

    Police commissioner elections have returned several independents on a low turnout, delivering a message of distrust for mainstream political parties. More »

  • Labour heading for overwhelming victory in three byelections
    Labour heading for overwhelming victory in three byelections Fri, Nov 16, 2012

    Labour look set to win all three of yesterday's by-elections, with victory already declared in Manchester Central and Cardiff South and Penarth. More »

  • By-Elections: Labour Increases Lead In Two Seats
    By-Elections: Labour Increases Lead In Two Seats Fri, Nov 16, 2012

    Labour have held two seats in the parliamentary by-elections as parties await the result of the hotly-contested marginal seat of Corby. More »