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The government loves infrastructure - but at what cost?

The government loves infrastructure - but at what cost?

by René Lavanchy / 12 Apr 2013

René Lavanchy discovers why going big is such an attraction for politicians. But does it cost the government too much?

Why is Stephen Williams our MP of the Month?

Why is Stephen Williams our MP of the Month?

by Ray Filar / 02 Apr 2013

The Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West wins this month’s award for his campaign to lower the voting age to 16

Business before pressure

Business before pressure

by Scott Colvin / 18 Mar 2013

Scott Colvin delves into the political psyche to discover the reason why big business still fears politicians

How to become leader of the Conservative Party

How to become leader of the Conservative Party

by Ben Duckworth / 18 Mar 2013

Ben Duckworth discovers that a group of ambitious, frustrated backbenchers could be aiming for the top seat. Why wait for the big beast?

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'Nothing's changed': Stephen Dorrell on the NHS's condition

'Nothing's changed': Stephen Dorrell on the NHS's condition

by Anoosh Chakelian / 13 Mar 2013

Health committee chair Stephen Dorrell MP gives Anoosh Chakelian a full diagnosis of the NHS’s failings, and reveals stark similarities between the previous and current government’s attitude towards health policymaking

Church v state: Loose canons and bad language

Church v state: Loose canons and bad language

by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Mar 2013

As the new Archbishop of Canterbury airs his opposition to the government’s benefit system changes, Anoosh Chakelian asks how far the Church should go in attacking state policies – and discovers what politicians could learn from the clergy

Pipelines and lifelines: The Azeri gateway

Pipelines and lifelines: The Azeri gateway

by Chris Pincher MP / 21 Feb 2013

Britain should develop links with Azerbaijan, says Chris Pincher MP. The crossroads between Europe and Asia could be a crucial energy supplier

Russia: Why Britain needs to develop its links with the world's largest country

Russia: Why Britain needs to develop its links with the world's largest country

by Ben Duckworth / 21 Feb 2013

Harriett Baldwin, vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary Russia group discusses the need to speak frankly with this vast, fast-growing country that is a potentially huge market for British goods and business opportunities

Experimental politics: MPs can learn from scientists

Experimental politics: MPs can learn from scientists

by Ben Bradshaw MP / 21 Feb 2013

Ben Bradshaw MP turns into a scientist to learn about astrophysics and other sciences as part of a Royal Society pairing scheme for MPs. It reminds him how much of Westminster policy-making is short-term

Why is Andrew Tyrie our MP of the Month?

Why is Andrew Tyrie our MP of the Month?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 21 Feb 2013

The Conservative MP for Chichester wins this month’s award for his work to amend the Justice and Security Bill

If Ed Miliband were prime minister...

If Ed Miliband were prime minister...

by Dan Hodges / 19 Feb 2013

It’s 2015, and David and Nick’s love-in has ended in divorce. The nation took One Nation to its heart, and Labour has won the election. What will ‘Red Ed’ Miliband do in his first days in office? Dan Hodges investigates

Special Report: The three Rs of manufacturing

Special Report: The three Rs of manufacturing

by Anoosh Chakelian / 18 Feb 2013

EEF’s chief executive Terry Scuoler talks to Anoosh Chakelian about the skills gap, credit flow and how Parliament and the chancellor should extend a helping hand to manufacturing in the Budget

Richard Benyon MP on having "the crap" beaten out of him

Richard Benyon MP on having "the crap" beaten out of him

by Rob Wilson / 02 Apr 2013

Rob Wilson talks to the environment minister about his days in Northern Ireland, boxing and the influences that inspire him in his current job

PMQs: Behind the scenes at the weekly matinee

PMQs: Behind the scenes at the weekly matinee

by Sean Dilley / 18 Mar 2013

Sean Dilley delves behind the chamber's scenes to discover how leaders and backbenchers alike prepare for prime minister's questions each week

Purple on red: Is Labour afraid of UKIP?

Purple on red: Is Labour afraid of UKIP?

by Mark Ferguson / 18 Mar 2013

As the Tories are losing support to the rightwing fringe party, Mark Ferguson discovers Labour Party concerns are growing about UKIP’s threat to its blue collar voter base

From Peckham to PM? Adam Afriyie talks

From Peckham to PM? Adam Afriyie talks

by Rob Wilson / 18 Mar 2013

From nowhere, the backbench Conservative MP for Windsor was suspected of building a leadership challenge to David Cameron. He opens up to Rob Wilson on the performance of the Tory party, his development from Peckham boy to millionaire and the road to change - his own and that of his party. Photos by Josh Kearns

Editor's guide to the April 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the April 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 13 Mar 2013

Project Armenia: The awakening of a new democracy

Project Armenia: The awakening of a new democracy

by Anoosh Chakelian / 21 Feb 2013

Anoosh Chakelian examines the struggles of an emerging player in the Caucasian circle as it takes its first steps into western markets

Liberal lands: Georgia means business

Liberal lands: Georgia means business

by Anoosh Chakelian / 21 Feb 2013

Chair of the all-party group on Georgia Mark Reckless MP talks to Anoosh Chakelian about his enthusiasm and concerns surrounding the development of democracy in the republic, and why it’s the best place for business

Parliamentary Brief: The Caucasus

Parliamentary Brief: The Caucasus

by Parliamentary Brief / 21 Feb 2013

A look at the Caucasus and British policy towards the region

Ministerial profile: Damian Green

Ministerial profile: Damian Green

by Alex MacDonald / 21 Feb 2013

The policing minister and former journalist knows how to stay calm and efficient under pressure

Young, renegade, rightist

Young, renegade, rightist

by Anoosh Chakelian / 20 Feb 2013

Anoosh Chakelian discovers more turncoats than tweeds when investigating the reasons behind today's growing Tory and UKIP youth wings, which could make ripples in the future of the right

Special report: Innovation, not stagnation

Special report: Innovation, not stagnation

by Stephen Green / 18 Feb 2013

In the lead-up to the Budget, trade and investment minister Lord Green outlines how the UK can win the race for international manufacturing investment

Breakfast meeting: Can we fix it?

Breakfast meeting: Can we fix it?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 18 Feb 2013

Anoosh Chakelian sits in as industry pundits, representatives and politicians discuss the merits of strengthening and growing the UK’s manufacturing infrastructure