04 Nov 2014 15:43
Members of the House of Lords aren't getting any younger.
According to latest figures from the Upper House's very own library, there are only two peers under the age of 40. At the other end of the scale, 29 peers have passed their 90th birthday, though 12 of those (of a total of 48) are on a leave of absence.
And when all 846 peers are totted up, that leaves an average age of just
by Chris Evans / 04 Nov 2014 12:45
In a world where sport is big business, where every word uttered by an athlete is carefully stage managed – Muhammad Ali towers above them all.
From the moment he burst on the scene proclaiming himself as ‘the greatest of all time’ to the silent, dignified figure who battles Parkinson Disease today, Ali was and is an enigma.
Here was a man who stood up for civil rights yet thought nothing of labelling Joe Frazier
by David Downing / 03 Nov 2014 11:26
Like many others, I go about my daily business believing that slavery is something that only exists in history books – a dark chapter in our history which we closed for good in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act came into force.
This three-minute film from The Unquiet Film Series, published by The Times, shatters the fantasy that slavery is a thing of the past and forces you to confront the issue of modern
28 Oct 2014 16:56
To mark the 60th anniversary of its original release, a restored HD version of the classic British animation film Animal Farm has hit the shelves.
An adaptation of George Orwell's novel, the film was the first British feature length animation.
Released yesterday on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes, Total Politics is delighted to offer readers the chance to win a copy.
28 Oct 2014 15:49
The British Museum’s major show of the autumn, supported by BP, offers visitors the chance to discover a golden age in China’s history, when it was a global superpower run by one family. Between AD 1400 and 1450, the Ming dynasty established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. China also led the world in maritime expansion, absorbing many fascinating influences along the way. The exhibition will feature some of the most beautiful objects
27 Oct 2014 15:06
To celebrate today's release of season 2 of The Newsroom on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download, Total Politics and HBO are giving one lucky person the chance to win a copy of the series on Blu-ray, plus a TV presenter training course at Pinewood Studios worth £950. For more information about the TV training course check out: http://tv-training.co.uk/
To win, simply answer the following question:
Which TV show is Newsroom writer Aaron Sorkin best known for?
by Emma Gray / 10 Oct 2014 16:17
Writing political fiction is, like any fiction, easier than writing fact; a disclaimer in the front and off you go. If you've got a taste for controversy like Hilary Mantel or Andrew Marr you can write about real-life people, living or dead, and more or less get away with it (in the legal sense, anyway). With fictional characters you may include a smattering of personality from different people, well-known or not, to create a monster
by Charlotte Henry / 10 Oct 2014 10:23
Nick Clegg has put improving mental health care right at the heart of the Liberal Democrats general election campaign. In his conference speech, the Lib Dem leader fleshed out announcement that his party will boost mental health provision by £150m.
He said that “if you are waiting for talking therapies to help you with your depression, you will be seen within six weeks - 18 weeks at an absolute maximum - just as if you
by Baroness Sally Morgan / 08 Oct 2014 11:56
You’d struggle to find a political figure more dedicated to tackling educational disadvantage than Baroness Sally Morgan. A qualified teacher, Morgan went on to play an important role in New Labour’s education programme and has since spent three years as Chair of Ofsted. She currently sits on a range of charity Trustee Boards including ARK, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders.
Now, as a Frontline Board member, Morgan is ‘moving beyond the classroom’ to help Frontline
by Charlotte Henry / 07 Oct 2014 17:25Political parties often use football as a bit of a, well, political football. While many MPs like to be pictured with their local team, few politicos actually take policy governing our national game seriously. Today the Liberal Democrats had a motion discussing the beautiful game at their conference, highlighting many of the problems that blight it. One of the main issues they want to see tackled is homophobia in football. The motion calls for homophobia
by Sam Macrory / 07 Oct 2014 17:16
Tim Farron has just given his last address as Liberal Democrat president.
And the applause which followed was, if not deafening, then impressively loud.
The party love him, and after two terms as party president he leaves on a high. He’s a Lib Dem who voted against tuition fees. Who voted against the bedroom tax. Who is free to say what he thinks about David Cameron. Or Ed Miliband.
And that means he’s a Liberal
by Charlotte Henry / 07 Oct 2014 11:13
On June 24th 2014, in an air-conditioned auditorium in Westminster, Paul Marshall and David Laws launched The Orange Book, a collection of essays on the future of the Liberal Democrats. There was a large audience, keen to hear the thoughts of high-profile speakers debating the future of liberalism.
The book, however, was published in 2004. It arrived with as little fanfare as the Lib Dems of the time could get away with. It may not