Clive Anderson talks bark

Clive Anderson talks bark

by Liz Bates / 30 Jan 2015

Clive Anderson was one of the most provocative interviewers of the 90s, irritating politicians and entertainers alike. Twenty years on, we find out if his bark was worse than his bite

Leader by default?

Leader by default?

by Stephen Tall / 13 Dec 2014

The Lib Dems have stuck by Clegg against all odds. Why? Stephen Tall offers his interpretation

An Injection of Realism

An Injection of Realism

by Sam Macrory / 09 Dec 2014

After a bruising end to his time at the DCMS, Jeremy Hunt is a politician reinvigorated at the Department of Health as he prepares to face down Labour in the battle for the NHS. Interview by Sam Macrory

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Health Warnings

Health Warnings

by Sam Macrory and Jess Bowie / 04 Dec 2014

Struggling in the polls, a leader under pressure, and now the Tories trying to seize a lead on the NHS. These are tough times for Labour. So what will the shadow health secretary do next? Sam Macrory and Jess Bowie catch up with Andy Burnham. Photos by Jack Lawson

View from the other side

View from the other side

by Sam Macrory / 26 Nov 2014

After stunning the political world this summer when he quit the Conservative Party to join UKIP, what will Douglas Carswell and his new party do next? Sam Macrory met him to find out. Photo by Paul Heartfield

You're Hired!

You're Hired!

by Aaron Farrell / 17 Nov 2014

Robert Halfon MP, a champion of apprenticeships, has taken on three parliamentary apprentices so far and helped launch their careers. His third protégée, Aaron Farrell, asks him why he did it

Looking the Part

Looking the Part

by Philip Cowley and Robert Ford / 10 Nov 2014

Winning votes: it’s more about basic prejudices than we might like to admit, say Philip Cowley and Robert Ford

Benefits of Experience

Benefits of Experience

by Sam Macrory / 03 Nov 2014

In this day and age of fame-by-lens it isn’t strange for colourful characters to leap suddenly from obscurity into celebrity, and this year it has been the turn of Deidre Kelly to travel from Benefits Street to Celebrity Big Brother and beyond. But there’s more to White Dee, as she is better known, than the usual reality-celebrity circuit. Sam Macrory meets a woman who is bringing a different, intelligent and authentic, voice to the political debate. Photos by Paul Heartfield

On the road with... Barry Sheerman

On the road with... Barry Sheerman

by Jess Bowie / 30 Oct 2014

Jess Bowie heads to Huddersfield where Barry Sheerman has been a fixture ever since he defeated the Bennites for the selection back in the late 70s. An obsessive entrepreneur, Labour’s resident ‘Mr Skills’ shows no signs of slowing down, even at the tender age of 74… 

Members of the Board

Members of the Board

by Alex Stevenson / 14 Dec 2014

When all the meeting room game-playing is done, which games do those of a political bent like to play?

"I had to do what I thought was right"

"I had to do what I thought was right"

by Ben Lazarus / 11 Dec 2014

Ben Lazarus talks to Tommy Robinson, former EDL front-man, about walking away from his past and finding ways to help his hometown

Only Rowntrees has the answer?

Only Rowntrees has the answer?

by Sam Macrory / 08 Dec 2014

With poverty on the rise in the UK, are politicians saying and doing the right things to address the problem and are the public actually listening? Sam Macrory travelled to York to meet Julia Unwin, the head of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to find out more. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Different strokes

Different strokes

by Sam Macrory / 02 Dec 2014

What motivates a double Olympic gold medallist to embark on a career in politics? James Cracknell tells Sam Macrory why he’s moving on from physical challenges, while challenging the nation to get physical. Photos by Paul Heartfield

This is England: Natalie Casey interview

This is England: Natalie Casey interview

by Jess Bowie / 17 Nov 2014

Natalie Casey cornered the TV market in ladette roles in the long-running sitcom Two Pints of Lager… but after her star turn playing a far right sympathiser turned politician in a new play Albion, Jess Bowie senses a successful theatre career ahead

An education in education

An education in education

11 Nov 2014

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have elevated a commitment to apprenticeships and the wider skills agenda to the top of their priorities. But do they have the answers? Well, Total Politics knows two men who might. So we brought together two of the most influential education secretaries of the last 25 years to discuss what the challenges are and how they could be met. Photos by Jack Lawson

Developing Situations

Developing Situations

by Sam Macrory / 04 Nov 2014

DESMOND SWAYNE has been on an unlikely political journey, ending up at the Department for International Development and making the case for a protected aid budget in an age of austerity. Sam Macrory met a man on a mission. Photos by Louise Haywood-Schifer

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell

by JP O'Malley / 03 Nov 2014

JP O’Malley met Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, a man praised for his diplomatic approach to conflict resolution, and a strong advocate for peaceful solutions to the current terrorist threat of ISIS

The Suffragettes get the graphic novel treatment

The Suffragettes get the graphic novel treatment

by Antonello Sticca / 29 Oct 2014

Antonello Sticca casts a professional eye over Sally Heathcote: Suffragette

Mr Brightside: Liam Byrne interview

Mr Brightside: Liam Byrne interview

by Jess Bowie / 29 Oct 2014

Shadow universities minister Liam Byrne is full of optimism – not just about Labour’s plans for higher education but for the party’s prospects in 2015. Jess Bowie meets him

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