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Alan Johnson: From poverty to parliament

Alan Johnson: From poverty to parliament

by Sam Macrory / 22 Jul 2013

His memoirs set out a tale of survival against the odds, a childhood in which one parent deserted him and the other died young, and a struggle with poverty. What do these experiences give Alan Johnson which other politicians don't have?  Are they why he pulls back from the top jobs? And will he yet return to the political frontline?

Tories are 'all mad' just like Fab

Tories are 'all mad' just like Fab

by Anoosh Chakelian / 19 Jul 2013

Anoosh Chakelian takes a deep breath and enters the weird and wonderful world of Michael Fabricant, and finds there’s more to this tweet-happy Conservative MP and campaigns chief than just that head of hair. Photos by Antonello Sticca

Stalemate in the battle for Scotland?

Stalemate in the battle for Scotland?

by David Torrance / 08 Jul 2013

David Torrance charts the struggle so far between the Scottish independence camp and the Unionists, and discovers a dispute in the doldrums

Heart of the problem: Interview with Prof. Mickey Eisenberg

Heart of the problem: Interview with Prof. Mickey Eisenberg

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2013

Professor Mickey Eisenberg talks to Anoosh Chakelian about the vital importance of CPR in treating out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

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Survival solutions: Chain of Survival dinner

Survival solutions: Chain of Survival dinner

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2013

Anoosh Chakelian takes notes at a roundtable supper discussion with experts, politicians and doctors on the training of CPR in the future

Military acquisition: Sitting on defence

Military acquisition: Sitting on defence

by Dr John Louth / 02 Jul 2013

As the MoD examines the validity of outsourcing military equipment procurement, Dr John Louth looks at whether such a move would be in the UK’s best interests

Arms in private hands: Philip Dunne interview

Arms in private hands: Philip Dunne interview

by Ben Duckworth / 02 Jul 2013

The 2013 Queen’s Speech included a bill to enable the Ministry of Defence to reform its procurement and support operations, the UK Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). Two options are available, DE&S+, or outsourcing to private contractors (GOCO). We spoke to defence equipment minister Philip Dunne about it

Movement for Change: From David to Ed

Movement for Change: From David to Ed

by Anoosh Chakelian / 02 Jul 2013

Should the other parties fear Labour’s grassroots community organising – or is it less Obama, and more old hat? Anoosh Chakelian discovers how Movement for Change has progressed since 2011

Envoys, tsars & champions: Meet the 'non-ministers'

Envoys, tsars & champions: Meet the 'non-ministers'

by Sam Macrory / 01 Jul 2013

Is ministerial office the only position worth striving for? Sam Macrory looks at the possibilities and opportunities awaiting the politician without a post

Editor's guide to July 2013 issue

Editor's guide to July 2013 issue

by Sam Macrory / 24 Jun 2013

Papa don't preach, I'm an MP too...

Papa don't preach, I'm an MP too...

by Jess Bowie / 10 Jun 2013

Does having an MP for a mum or dad mark you out for politics too? Jess Bowie meets some of the politicians who have braved the Commons as ‘son/daughter of…’

Why is Sarah Wollaston our MP of the Month?

Why is Sarah Wollaston our MP of the Month?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 04 Jun 2013

The Devon MP is June’s winner for her views on alcohol policy and government transparency

Editor's guide to the August 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the August 2013 issue

by Sam Macrory / 19 Jul 2013

How far does someone's background affect the way they do politics? Total Politics explores two very different public figures this month to find out

Hammond: '3rd runway has never been the answer'

Hammond: '3rd runway has never been the answer'

by Ben Duckworth / 15 Jul 2013

The MP for Wimbledon and transport minister, Stephen Hammond, shares his thinking with Ben Duckworth on his euro-realism, Heathrow’s third runway, toll roads, Crossrail and Conservatism

A Life-saver: Interview with BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie

A Life-saver: Interview with BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2013

Simon Gillespie and Anoosh Chakelian discuss teaching CPR in UK schools and current government initiatives

Operation Education: Andy Burnham makes the case for curriculum CPR

by Andy Burnham / 03 Jul 2013

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham makes his case for putting CPR on the curriculum

Special report: The heart of the matter

Special report: The heart of the matter

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2013

Total Politics teams up with the British Heart Foundation to discover the arguments for and against compulsory CPR teaching in schools. Photos by Josh Kearns

'Cuts have damaged the navy’s ability to pre-empt & address problems' Penny Mordaunt MP

'Cuts have damaged the navy’s ability to pre-empt & address problems' Penny Mordaunt MP

by Anoosh Chakelian / 02 Jul 2013

Portsmouth MP and Royal Navy reservist Penny Mordaunt talks navy procurement, shipbuilding and cuts with Anoosh Chakelian

Parliamentary Brief: Defence procurement

Parliamentary Brief: Defence procurement

by Parliamentary Brief / 02 Jul 2013

A defence procurement special

Why is Meg Hillier our MP of the month?

Why is Meg Hillier our MP of the month?

by Justin Cash / 01 Jul 2013

For her campaigns on legal aid reform, childcare ratios and tax avoidance, Labour MP Meg Hillier gets this month’s gold

Ministerial Profile: Lord Green

Ministerial Profile: Lord Green

by Justin Cash / 26 Jun 2013

Meet the HSBC chief executive turned trade minister trying to take UK plc global

Goldsmith: What does Cameronism mean?

Goldsmith: What does Cameronism mean?

by Rob Wilson / 14 Jun 2013

Once the poster boy for David Cameron’s ‘vote blue, go green’ campaign, the pin-up turned rebel might not even be a Conservative MP after the next election. Interview by Rob Wilson. Photos by Alisa Connan

Matt Hancock: 'I don't want to be dictatorial'

Matt Hancock: 'I don't want to be dictatorial'

by Ben Duckworth / 04 Jun 2013

Ben Duckworth speaks to skills minister Matt Hancock about his leadership style, and vision for business training and apprenticeships

David v Goliath: Taking its toll

David v Goliath: Taking its toll

by Andrew Pierce / 30 May 2013

Andrew Pierce recounts how businessman Stanley Tollman took on the might of the American extradition system – and won

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