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Meet the parent: Edward Timpson interview

Meet the parent: Edward Timpson interview

Edward Timpson tells Anoosh Chakelian how his extraordinary upbringing helped make him the minister he is today – and why previous attacks on his background are a load of cobblers

The Kids Are Alright: Maggie Atkinson interview

The Kids Are Alright: Maggie Atkinson interview

by Sam Macrory / 28 Mar 2014

Beyond the ministers at the Department for Education, another voice is speaking up for the children of England. Her budget may have been cut, but Maggie Atkinson is louder than ever. Sam Macrory meets England’s children’s commissioner

Moving through the gears: Mary Creagh interview

Moving through the gears: Mary Creagh interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Mar 2014

She made her name as an all-action shadow environment secretary, but as Labour hedges its bets on high speed rail and aviation, can shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh do the same with the transport brief? And are her plans for rail fares and cycle safety enough? Anoosh Chakelian meets her to find out

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Major miner: Patrick McLoughlin interview

Major miner: Patrick McLoughlin interview

by Sam Macrory / 25 Mar 2014

Tory stalwart and former coalminer, straight talker and delicate negotiator, long-serving whip and coalition softy: current transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is an enigma at the heart of government. Sam Macrory finds out just what he’s learnt at the university of life, and how he brings those lessons to the department’s infrastructure headaches. Photos by Ray Burmiston

Interview: Robin Ince

Interview: Robin Ince

by Anoosh Chakelian / 10 Mar 2014

Cult stand-up comedian, writer and general motormouth Robin Ince stuns Anoosh Chakelian with his trademark rapid-fire wit, wisdom and political observations

Bag ladies (& gents): Meet the leaders' eyes and ears

Bag ladies (& gents): Meet the leaders' eyes and ears

by Sam Macrory / 04 Mar 2014

They sit in the background, soaking up information to feed back to their bosses. The humblest of the humblest parliamentarians, some may say, but as Sam Macrory finds out, the role of parliamentary private secretary is an important one – particularly if you’re assisting the party leader

On the road with... Rob Wilson

On the road with... Rob Wilson

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Mar 2014

The MP for Reading East faces a tough crowd of school children from both state and private schools, heads to a greasy spoon, checks out some astroturf, and discusses the BBC, bad teeth and reality TV. It’s just a day in the constituency life of an urban MP. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Accent on success: Andy Burnham interview

Accent on success: Andy Burnham interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2014

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has grand plans for the future of the NHS and, as he tells Anoosh Chakelian, they will work best if Labour rediscovers its identity – and a willingness to listen to some Northern voices

The Real Borgen

The Real Borgen

by Alex Forrest / 26 Feb 2014

Eight political parties wooing each other to form governments, constant reshuffles and its very own Birgitte Nyborg: Alex Forrest finds out if the hit Danish drama really does reveal the inner workings of Denmark’s parliament

Wouldn't You Like To Know: Michael Rosen interview

Wouldn't You Like To Know: Michael Rosen interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 31 Mar 2014

Children of all generations love the prose and poetry of Michael Rosen, but politicians – especially those in charge of education – aren’t so amused, as Anoosh Chakelian discovers

Editor's guide to the April 2014 issue

Editor's guide to the April 2014 issue

by Sam Macrory / 27 Mar 2014

Editor Sam Macrory's guide to the April edition of Total Politics

Mid-life matters: Steve Coogan interview

Mid-life matters: Steve Coogan interview

by Sam Macrory / 26 Mar 2014

With Alan Partridge he created one of the most memorable characters in the history of British comedy, but armed with a new-found sincerity and a determination to put his cynicism to one side, Steve Coogan has put himself on the frontline in the battle over press regulation. He tells Sam Macrory why he is on the right side of the argument, and why the fight is far from over. Photos by Paul Heartfield

The last resort

The last resort

by Rob Williams / 13 Mar 2014

They might need a lick of paint first, but Britain’s seaside towns could well determine next year’s battle to decide who runs the country. Rob Williams takes a coastal tour, and wonders where will end up making the most waves

House music: Which MPs are rock 'n' roll?

House music: Which MPs are rock 'n' roll?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 05 Mar 2014

Middle-aged men in suits may not seem like the most obvious rock gods, but there are more musical members of parliament than you might think, as Anoosh Chakelian discovers

Interview: Joe Kennedy III

Interview: Joe Kennedy III

by Simon Burns / 03 Mar 2014

Simon Burns interviews congressman Joe Kennedy III, the latest in a long line of dynastic US politicians. Who is the man beyond the name? What does he bring to Congress? And is the reputation of America’s political ‘royal family’ in safe hands?

Pulling our strings: Spitting Image anniversary

Pulling our strings: Spitting Image anniversary

by Sam Macrory / 27 Feb 2014

In the 1980s, it was the must-see political show on TV. Its targets were sent up without mercy – and they loved it. Sam Macrory shares fond memories of Spitting Image, and looks at the future of political satire

Editor's guide to the March 2014 issue

Editor's guide to the March 2014 issue

by Sam Macrory / 27 Feb 2014

Editor Sam Macrory takes us through the March edition, out this week

Prepare for government!

Prepare for government!

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Feb 2014

Anoosh Chakelian investigates the mysterious limbo when opposition politicians and civil service officials begin to make secret contact before the next election, discovering a tangle of convention and improvisation that blurs the lines of democracy. Illustrations by Miles Cole

Indie thinker: Stella Creasy interview

Indie thinker: Stella Creasy interview

by Sam Macrory and Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Feb 2014

Taking on the Twitter trolls, picking on pay day loan sharks, and fighting for the feminist cause – when Stella Creasy bangs the drum, people listen. Just don’t ask her to make any noise about her party’s One Nation slogan. Sam Macrory and Anoosh Chakelian meet the not-so-secret weapon that Labour is not so sure how to use. Photos by Josh Kearns