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London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

London Calling: Munira Mirza interview

With Boris Johnson seemingly larger than life – let alone City Hall – the work of his busy team often goes unnoticed. But, as Jess Bowie discovers, Munira Mirza is a straight-talking deputy mayor who is equally comfortable in and out of the spotlight

Cycle of Decline

Cycle of Decline

by Dan Hodges / 10 Jul 2014

Team Miliband know they’re losing the campaign and now they’re beginning to punch out at each other

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

Is this minister sending a subliminal message to the PM?

by Jess Bowie / 08 Jul 2014

Tory skills minister Matt Hancock is said to be ambitious... is he finally calling for David Cameron's head?

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The McGuffin Effect

The McGuffin Effect

by Joe McGuffin / 07 Jul 2014

This month: bleak times for McGuffin as he realises Ed Miliband (“this particular pussy has the people skills of a fucking balloon animal”) is about as “dead as that Monty Python Norwegian turkey.” There’s nothing for it but to start “nail-gunning” the shadow cabinet

On the road with... Stephen Williams

On the road with... Stephen Williams

by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014

How will Bristol West MP Stephen Williams woo the student vote after his party broke that tuition fees pledge? Do primary school children know who he is? And will being a minister make a difference to his constituents? Jess Bowie travelled to the South West to find out

The Plan from Uncle

The Plan from Uncle

by Sam Macrory / 02 Jul 2014

After once being compared to a charging rhino, the ever self-deprecating communities secretary Eric Pickles filled his office with models of the creature. But beneath his reputation as a thick-skinned bruiser, Sam Macrory discovers his avuncular alter-ego, and an altogether more sensitive soul…

THE H FACTOR

THE H FACTOR

by Sam Macrory / 30 Jun 2014

Michael Heseltine has been a cheerleader for local power for decades. Still a major player behind the scenes, he tells Sam Macrory that politicians of all parties are finally following suit

FINDING HIS VOICE

FINDING HIS VOICE

by Sam Macrory / 30 Jun 2014

With his pitch-perfect impressions and sharp-eyed satire Rory Bremner was a fixture on the political landscape for over 20 years. So where has he been? Will he come back? And why has satire been sidelined in British politics? Sam Macrory met him to find out. Photos by Paul Heartfield

FREAKY POLITICS

FREAKY POLITICS

by Liam Shaughnessy / 13 Jun 2014

Once the wide-eyed dancer of the Happy Mondays, these days Mark ‘Bez’ Berry is moving to a different beat, writes Liam Shaughnessy 

Early signs of Labour

Early signs of Labour

by Stephen Tall / 10 Jul 2014

The early signals suggest the Lib Dems’ 2015 manifesto will have more in common with Labour than the Tories

Aiming for the Ed

Aiming for the Ed

by George Pascoe-Watson / 10 Jul 2014

If Ed Miliband thought he’d been hit by some nasty attacks from the Tories, he ain’t seen nothing yet

BRIGHT SPARKS

BRIGHT SPARKS

by Sam Macrory / 07 Jul 2014

David Sparks, the leader of Dudley Council, is the chairman-elect of the Local Government Association. On the eve of the LGA’s annual conference, he spoke to Sam Macrory 

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

The continuing adventures of Mr Benn: Hilary Benn interview

by Jess Bowie / 04 Jul 2014

Few Labour ministers have made the transition from Blair to Brown to Miliband as seamlessly as Hilary Benn, an MP proud of his late father’s political legacy and determined to create his own. Jess Bowie meets the shadow communities secretary

Lunch with... Natalie Bennett

Lunch with... Natalie Bennett

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2014

The Green Party leader talks climate change, sexism, UKIP and the EU with Anoosh Chakelian

Screen Grabs

Screen Grabs

by Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook / 02 Jul 2014

How did broadcasters cover the local and European elections? Was Nigel Farage given excessive airtime? And if he was, then did the coverage help the UKIP cause? Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook tune in to find out

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

Lunch with... Ken Livingstone

by Jess Bowie / 30 Jun 2014

The socialist stalwart and former London mayor enjoys some hearty English grub with Jess Bowie 

Lunch with... David Mellor

Lunch with... David Mellor

by Jess Bowie / 16 Jun 2014

The former culture secretary turned broadcaster lunches with Jess Bowie

On the road with... Margaret Curran

On the road with... Margaret Curran

by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Jun 2014

Anoosh Chakelian takes the night train to Scotland to spend the day with Margaret Curran, an MP determined that her city of Glasgow does not become distracted by the independence row – and votes to save the union when polling day arrives

Top Trumps: Lady Trumpington interview

Top Trumps: Lady Trumpington interview

by Jess Bowie / 11 Jun 2014

She’s been a code-breaker at Bletchley Park, a councillor, a mayor, a minister and, since 1980, an active member of the House of Lords. One might think that at nearly 92 it was time to retire, but Baroness Trumpington has no intention of slowing down. Forget dotage – Jess Bowie finds the Tory peer firmly in her anecdotage and as lively as a two-fingered gesture

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