Jack Straw: A survivor's tale

Jack Straw: A survivor's tale

by Sam Macrory / 03 Jan 2014

After over three decades as a Labour MP, Jack Straw is preparing to leave the House of Commons. The former home and foreign secretary tells Sam Macrory why it’s time to go, and why there’s more than guile and cunning behind his instinct for survival. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Ministerial profile: George Osborne

Ministerial profile: George Osborne

by Sam Macrory / 03 Jan 2014

The Treasury’s big hitter is a formidable opponent and a strategist with staying power

Scotland special: What's wrong with Scottish Labour?

Scotland special: What's wrong with Scottish Labour?

by James Maxwell / 28 Nov 2013

Behind in the polls, outmanoeuvred by the SNP on policy, split over devolution and declining steadily – the party’s future looks bleak. James Maxwell maps Scottish Labour’s decline

Alex Salmond: Playing for keeps

Alex Salmond: Playing for keeps

by Mandy Rhodes / 27 Nov 2013

From running an election with Maoists to changing allegiance from Labour to the SNP, Scotland’s ultimate ‘Yes’ man embarks on the most important campaign of his political career. Mandy Rhodes finds out why Alex Salmond believes his country can go it alone

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Editor's guide to the December 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the December 2013 issue

by Sam Macrory / 26 Nov 2013

Editor Sam Macrory takes us through the December edition, out now

Darling: Refuting 'a Braveheart view of the world'

Darling: Refuting 'a Braveheart view of the world'

by Sam Macrory / 25 Nov 2013

Sam Macrory catches up with the former chancellor as he chairs the campaign for what he hopes will remain a unified UK – and the battle is beginning to hot up. Photo by Paul Hartfield

The Purple Peril: What will Nigel Farage do next?

The Purple Peril: What will Nigel Farage do next?

by Sam Macrory and John Ashmore / 20 Nov 2013

The rise of UKIP has been one of the most eye-catching political stories of the last few years. But how far can Nigel Farage take his party? Is there more to him than the image of a pint-drinking anti-politician? And at what point does the master-insurgent join the establishment? Sam Macrory and John Ashmore meet the man who calls the shots in Westminster – while not even being there. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Flint: A blank page pre-privatisation would be 'wonderful'

Flint: A blank page pre-privatisation would be 'wonderful'

by Sam Macrory / 19 Nov 2013

The shadow energy secretary is at the helm of her party’s agenda-setting battle against energy bosses. But will the policy work, and is there room for Blairite survivors like her on Labour’s frontbench these days? 
Sam Macrory meets Caroline Flint to find out

Cable: 'Politicians are even less trusted than bankers'

Cable: 'Politicians are even less trusted than bankers'

by Rob Edwards / 31 Oct 2013

The business secretary on banks, cuts and how well the Lib Dems are doing

Kirsty Williams: Lib Dem women & her London 'pre nup'

Kirsty Williams: Lib Dem women & her London 'pre nup'

by Sam Macrory / 29 Oct 2013

So the Lib Dems have a woman problem and can only shape policy when in government? Kirsty Williams is the exception to both rules. She speaks to Sam Macrory

Liam Fox on life as a backbencher

Liam Fox on life as a backbencher

by Sam Macrory / 22 Oct 2013

He left the Ministry of Defence under something of a cloud, but Liam Fox is making a comeback as an author and, he says, a better politician after his enforced sabbatical

Alastair Campbell: The good doctor?

Alastair Campbell: The good doctor?

by Sam Macrory / 22 Oct 2013

As Tony Blair’s spin doctor-in-chief, Alastair Campbell was once the Conservative Party’s bête noir. So what is he doing at their annual conference? Why is he reinventing himself as campaigner against press bullying and the dangers of alcohol? And will he return to the political fray? Sam Macrory meets a man with plenty of political fight left in him. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Ming Campbell: Crossing the finishing line

Ming Campbell: Crossing the finishing line

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jan 2014

Anoosh Chakelian speaks to the former Lib Dem leader and champion athlete Sir Menzies Campbell MP about his decision to stand down in 2015. He opens up about how to break up a coalition, what higher pay for MPs would achieve, and why parliament needs its older members. Photos by Josh Kearns

Major players: The 1990 generation

Major players: The 1990 generation

by Sam Macrory / 03 Jan 2014

With John Major returning to the front pages, Sam Macrory took a tour around Whitehall and Westminster and discovered that plenty of the former prime minister’s first cabinet, who first met 23 years ago this month, are more influential than you might think

Scotland special: Going it alone

Scotland special: Going it alone

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Nov 2013

Anoosh Chakelian interviews Malcolm Chalmers about the country’s military capabilities if Scotland votes for independence

Westminster Hit Parade

Westminster Hit Parade

27 Nov 2013

Who’s hot and who’s not these days? Read our handy guide to find out. Write in with suggestions to tp@dods.co.uk

Carmichael on SNP tactics, devolution and his Scottishness

Carmichael on SNP tactics, devolution and his Scottishness

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Nov 2013

Fresh from his recent posting, Alistair Carmichael speaks to Anoosh Chakelian about his new role as Scottish secretary and why he is ready to shake things up to keep the United Kingdom united

Michael Moore: Doesn't just 'do diplomacy'

Michael Moore: Doesn't just 'do diplomacy'

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Nov 2013

The former Scotland secretary has never been one to shout the loudest, but that does not mean he hasn’t fought hard for what he believes Scotland needs. Anoosh Chakelian meets the MP taken off a frontbench on the brink of doing battle against independence

On the road with... David Lammy

On the road with... David Lammy

by Anoosh Chakelian / 20 Nov 2013

There’s more to politics than spin, flinging insults at one another across the chamber, and career ambition. MPs rove their constituencies at least one day a week and are based in their patches during recess. In the first of a new feature following politicians outside of Westminster, Anoosh Chakelian goes out and about in Tottenham with its busy MP and potential future mayoral candidate. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Here come the Men in Black

by Alex Stevenson / 06 Nov 2013

They may dress like characters from a different century, and their job titles aren’t exactly cutting edge, but Black Rod, the clerk of the parliaments, the clerk of the Commons, the serjeant-at-arms and the principal doorkeeper are the men who make parliament work in the 21st century. They prefer to stay behind the scenes, but Alex Stevenson managed to speak to all five

Speech impediments

Speech impediments

by Ben Duckworth / 30 Oct 2013

Behind every bon mot that pops out of a politician’s mouth on the platform or in parliament is an unsung hero or heroine. 
Ben Duckworth sings the praises of the humble speechwriters

Westminster hit parade

Westminster hit parade

29 Oct 2013

Instead of MP of the Month, this issue we’ve been tracking who’s up and who’s down in the Westminster world, so you don’t have to. Write in with suggestions for next month tp@dods.co.uk

Sajid Javid: Labour, racism, & being 'completely nuts'

Sajid Javid: Labour, racism, & being 'completely nuts'

by Anoosh Chakelian / 22 Oct 2013

Family man, tough boss, city boy, responsible capitalist: The new financial secretary to the Treasury is an enigma. Anoosh Chakelian meets the much-promoted Conservative minister who reveals his sympathy for Labour ideas, bankers and people who face prejudice. Photos by Josh Kearns

Editor's guide to the November 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the November 2013 issue

by Sam Macrory / 22 Oct 2013

Sam Macrory lets us in on the November edition, out on Friday

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