View from the other side
After stunning the political world this summer when he quit the Conservative Party to join UKIP, what will Douglas Carswell and his new party do next? Sam Macrory met him to find out. Photo by Paul Heartfield
Lunch with... Tim Campbell
Lord Sugar’s first apprentice has lunch with Jess Bowie 
You're Hired!
Robert Halfon MP, a champion of apprenticeships, has taken on three parliamentary apprentices so far and helped launch their careers. His third protégée, Aaron Farrell, asks him why he did it
The McGuffin Effect
McGuffin is not impressed with what he saw at “that dick-in-the-soup” Labour Party conference where “Team Ed choked on their own trembling uncertainty, yet again.”

You're Hired!

Articles by Aaron Farrell / 17 Nov 2014

You're Hired!

Robert Halfon MP, a champion of apprenticeships, has taken on three parliamentary apprentices so far and helped launch their careers. His third protégée, Aaron Farrell, asks him why he did it

An education in education

Rotating box 11 Nov 2014

An education in education

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have elevated a commitment to apprenticeships and the wider skills agenda to the top of their priorities. But do they have the answers? Well, Total Politics knows two men who might. So we brought together two of the most influential education secretaries of the last 25 years to discuss what the challenges are and how they could be met. Photos by Jack Lawson

The Real Deal

Articles by Dan Hodges / 10 Nov 2014

The Real Deal

Those who complain about Ed Miliband’s leadership should have been more careful about what they...  

Benefits of Experience

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 03 Nov 2014

Benefits of Experience

In this day and age of fame-by-lens it isn’t strange for colourful characters to leap suddenly from obscurity into celebrity, and this year it has been the turn of Deidre Kelly to travel from Benefits Street to Celebrity Big Brother and beyond. But there’s more to White Dee, as she is better known, than the usual reality-celebrity circuit. Sam Macrory meets a woman who is bringing a different, intelligent and authentic, voice to the political debate. Photos by Paul Heartfield

On the road with... Barry Sheerman

Articles by Jess Bowie / 30 Oct 2014

On the road with... Barry Sheerman

Jess Bowie heads to Huddersfield where Barry Sheerman has been a fixture ever since he...  

The Rules of Boles

Articles by Sam Macrory / 28 Oct 2014

The Rules of Boles

As he gets his head around Britain’s skills shortfall, Nick Boles is prepared to think big about benefits, immigration and that familiar challenge of how to modernise the Conservative Party, as Sam Macrory discovered. Photos by Jack Lawson

On the road with... Meg Hillier

Articles by Jess Bowie / 14 Oct 2014

On the road with... Meg Hillier

In central London, as her constituency’s older communities and businesses give way to high-tech SMEs...  

The Reluctant Penman

Rotating box by Joe Sandler Clarke / 13 Oct 2014

The Reluctant Penman

Joe Sandler Clarke talks to Guardian columnist, radical commentator, author and political pundit Owen Jones, about Labour, the establishment and whether he fancies becoming an MP

The Lib Dem policy that left conference delegates glowing

Blog by Charlotte Henry / 10 Oct 2014

The Lib Dem policy that left conference delegates glowing

It’s not often that the whole cross section of the Lib Dems gets behind a...  

Lunch with... Tim Campbell

Articles by Jess Bowie / 20 Nov 2014

Lunch with... Tim Campbell

Lord Sugar’s first apprentice has lunch with Jess Bowie ...  

The McGuffin Effect

Articles by Joe McGuffin / 12 Nov 2014

The McGuffin Effect

McGuffin is not impressed with what he saw at “that dick-in-the-soup” Labour Party conference where “Team Ed choked on their own trembling uncertainty, yet again.”

Looking the Part

Articles by Philip Cowley and Robert Ford / 10 Nov 2014

Looking the Part

Winning votes: it’s more about basic prejudices than we might like to admit, say Philip Cowley and Robert Ford

Developing Situations

Articles by Sam Macrory / 04 Nov 2014

Developing Situations

DESMOND SWAYNE has been on an unlikely political journey, ending up at the Department for International Development and making the case for a protected aid budget in an age of austerity. Sam Macrory met a man on a mission. Photos by Louise Haywood-Schifer

This is England: Natalie Casey interview

Articles by Jess Bowie / 17 Nov 2014

This is England: Natalie Casey interview

Natalie Casey cornered the TV market in ladette roles in the long-running sitcom Two Pints...  

Mr Brightside: Liam Byrne interview

Articles by Jess Bowie / 29 Oct 2014

Mr Brightside: Liam Byrne interview

Shadow universities minister Liam Byrne is full of optimism – not just about Labour’s plans...  

Lunch with... The Hamiltons

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 15 Oct 2014

Lunch with... The Hamiltons

Sam Macrory heads to deepest Wiltshire to have lunch with Neil and Christine Hamilton

A Load of Static

Articles by Rick Nye / 13 Oct 2014

A Load of Static

The parties may hope their pre-election messages will ring out, loud and clear, but, says Rick Nye, it could be more a case of tune in, turn off

King of the Lane

Articles by Sam Macrory and Daniel Bond / 13 Oct 2014

King of the Lane

Sam Macrory and Daniel Bond meet Ledley King, former Tottenham Hotspur captain and footballing hero to the White Hart Lane faithful. Since retirement from injury, however, one of Spurs’ great ambassadors has been finding his feet in a new way 

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