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

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

Editor's guide to the June 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the June 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 22 May 2013

Political betting: It's a poll-over!

Political betting: It's a poll-over!

by Ben Duckworth / 30 Apr 2013

Political betting is a big business, and it pays for gambling pundits to keep their ears to the ground, but how do you maximise your wins and minimise your losses? Ben Duckworth finds out

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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?

Editor's guide to the April 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the April 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 13 Mar 2013

Rachel Reeves on Labour's reputation and the two Eds

Rachel Reeves on Labour's reputation and the two Eds

by Ben Duckworth / 18 Feb 2013

The shadow chief secretary to the Treasury talks to Ben Duckworth about her concerns for the economy, how her frontbench colleagues are faring, and why her chess skills help her tackle politics. Photos by Alisa Connan

Will the Tories stop talking about the EU? Don't bet on it

Will the Tories stop talking about the EU? Don't bet on it

by Ben Duckworth / 24 Jan 2013

The Conservative leadership may hope that the EU doesn't continue to dominate but David Cameron's speech has inspired Eurosceptic MPs to believe his timetable won't last.

Editor's guide to the February 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the February 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 17 Jan 2013

Who is the real Grant Shapps?

Who is the real Grant Shapps?

by Ben Duckworth / 10 Dec 2012

The Conservative chairman has a mission – to deliver a majority for the Conservative party in 2015. Ben Duckworth discovers how he is a more complex individual than anyone had first realised

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

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

Making Hay: Peter Florence reveals his festival secrets

Making Hay: Peter Florence reveals his festival secrets

by Ben Duckworth / 13 May 2013

Ben Duckworth speaks to Hay Festival organiser Peter Florence about the highlights he’s looking forward to, and why he wants to dispel some myths

Editor's guide to the May 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 24 Apr 2013

Palace in Wonderland: The Audience review

Palace in Wonderland: The Audience review

by Ben Duckworth / 14 Mar 2013

Ben Duckworth reviews Peter Morgan’s new play The Audience, an amusing and intriguing imagining of the Queen’s mysterious meetings with her prime ministers throughout the ages

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

Editor's guide to the March 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the March 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 15 Feb 2013

'I was a Tory bastard': Patrick McLoughlin

'I was a Tory bastard': Patrick McLoughlin

by Ben Duckworth / 17 Jan 2013

The transport secretary speaks to Ben Duckworth about being back in the limelight, his long experience in the whips’ office and why nothing in politics compares to his scariest moment

Editor's guide to the January 2013 issue

Editor's guide to the January 2013 issue

by Ben Duckworth / 10 Dec 2012

'Loyalty is a pre-requisite for success,' Jowell

'Loyalty is a pre-requisite for success,' Jowell

by Ben Duckworth / 26 Nov 2012

She helped steer through a winning Olympics bid and saw the project through to an overwhelming national success. Ben Duckworth meets the former culture secretary and London 2012 minister who reflects on the merits of political loyalty and is now looking forward to a new political role

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