MP wonders: 'Chombawallah' or Chumbawamba

by Caroline Crampton / 14 Dec 2011

During a debate in illegal music downloads, MPs get to grips with some of the 1980s tricker band

Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

Ed Balls on growth, credibility and getting emotional

by Caroline Crampton / 21 Nov 2011

A preview of what shadow chancellor Ed Balls, this month's TP cover star, had to say in his interview with Amber Elliott and Caroline Crampton

Two fingers to you, my lord

Two fingers to you, my lord

by Caroline Crampton / 14 Nov 2011

Baroness Trumpington uses an eloquent gesture to show just what she thinks of colleagues making reference to her age

Review: Masters of Nothing

Review: Masters of Nothing

by Caroline Crampton / 04 Nov 2011

Caroline Crampton reviews a book by two MPs who are prepared to admit just how little we understand about human behaviour

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The Lib Dems should become the guardians of workers' rights

by Caroline Crampton / 27 Oct 2011

For political, as well as ideological, reasons, coalition Lib Dems should stand up to Conservative attempts to alter employment law

All change at the top of Whitehall

by Caroline Crampton / 11 Oct 2011

Gus O'Donnell is to stand down at the end of the year, and the post of cabinet secretary is to be split in two

Cameron is all heat and no light on immigration

Cameron is all heat and no light on immigration

by Caroline Crampton / 10 Oct 2011

Supporters and opponents alike will find little to get hold of in Cameron's latest pronouncements on immigration

Osborne's unfair dismissal policy won't boost growth

by Caroline Crampton / 03 Oct 2011

Osborne is to double the qualification period for bringing unfair dismissal claims to two years in an efort to boost growth. This idea is unfair, and won't even work

How frozen is council tax?

How frozen is council tax?

by Caroline Crampton / 03 Oct 2011

George Osborne will announce in his speech to Conservative Party conference that the freeze on council tax is to be extended. But how long has this policy been knocking around, and is it new?

80mph speed limit is a classic case of coalition compromise

80mph speed limit is a classic case of coalition compromise

by Caroline Crampton / 29 Sep 2011

The plan for raising the motorway speed limit is a perfect example of the inner workings of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition

This is a test for Balls, not Osborne

by Caroline Crampton / 29 Nov 2011

While all eyes will likely be on the Chancellor as he delivers his autumn statement, Caroline Crampton suggests why it  might be worth sneaking a look at Ed Balls

Soft-hearted, hard-headed Ed Miliband

by Caroline Crampton / 17 Nov 2011

Can the Labour leader deliver a consensus on a value-based economy? Only if it makes sense for the markets, says Caroline Crampton

Labour's 'best campaign ad in ages'?

Labour's 'best campaign ad in ages'?

by Caroline Crampton / 11 Nov 2011

A new tv advert from Ken Livingstone's campaign confirms that he intends to fight Boris for control of London's suburbs

Patronage and the executive

Patronage and the executive

by Caroline Crampton / 31 Oct 2011

The government has too many ministers, say MPs. But after last week’s historic rebellion over the EU, will Cameron dare pay any attention?

Which EU rebels are worried about deselection?

Which EU rebels are worried about deselection?

by Caroline Crampton / 25 Oct 2011

79 Conservative MPs defied their prime minister's personal entreaties and voted in favour of a referendum on UK membership of the EU

It’s all up to Cameron now

by Caroline Crampton / 10 Oct 2011

Liam Fox’s statement to the Commons raised more questions than it answered. How will David Cameron react?

Don’t you think he looks tired?

Don’t you think he looks tired?

by Caroline Crampton / 05 Oct 2011

Amid swirling rumours about last-minute rewrites, David Cameron delivers a distinctly forgettable speech to close the 2011 Conservative Party conference

IDS does the hard stuff so Cameron doesn’t have to

IDS does the hard stuff so Cameron doesn’t have to

by Caroline Crampton / 03 Oct 2011

Iain Duncan Smith tackles the difficult subjects so that his leader can retain a statesman-like distance

Don't mention the 'E-word'

Don't mention the 'E-word'

by Caroline Crampton / 02 Oct 2011

Conservatives on the left of the party have orders from above to leave the Europe issue well alone for this conference

Labour’s appetite for charisma

Labour’s appetite for charisma

by Caroline Crampton / 28 Sep 2011

The case of Rory Weal shows that the Labour Party wants to be uplifted by politicians they can idolise