History

Interview: Alan Beith & making by-election history

Interview: Alan Beith & making by-election history

Alan Beith MP, who has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed for 40 years, recalls the by-election that sent him to Westminster, the first of three elections he fought – and won – in the space of a year in constant campaign-mode. Interview by Tony Grew

JFK's assassination: Simon Burns MP interview

JFK's assassination: Simon Burns MP interview

by Sam Macrory / 27 Nov 2013

22 November 1963 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president Kennedy. Simon Burns MP has long been fascinated with the Kennedy family and US politics. He spoke to Sam Macrory

Reshuffles revisited: A history of hiring and firing

Reshuffles revisited: A history of hiring and firing

by Peter Riddell / 29 Oct 2013

Reshuffling the ministerial pack is not just about getting rid of dead wood, says Peter Riddell. It’s also about how and why. So what is the best way to go about executing the perfect reshuffle?

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Debate from the vault: Squirreled away

Debate from the vault: Squirreled away

by Nik Darlington / 11 Oct 2013

Nik Darlington walks into a forest of debates, from 1937 to 1973, over culling

Memorabilia: Gerald Kaufman MP

Memorabilia: Gerald Kaufman MP

by Gerald Kaufman MP / 11 Sep 2013

The Manchester MP on how he came to be given a key to the city of Gaza

The Defectors: A history of crossing the floor

The Defectors: A history of crossing the floor

by Justin Cash / 17 Jul 2013

Amid whispers of Tories threatening to defect to UKIP, Justin Cash looks at the turbulent history of crossing the floor in British politics

Debate from the vault: Royal babes

Debate from the vault: Royal babes

by Nik Darlington / 08 Jul 2013

Nik Darlington sits in on discussions of a regal birth in the House of Commons, 24 June 1982

Debate from the vault: Maggie's last stand

Debate from the vault: Maggie's last stand

by Nik Darlington / 13 Jun 2013

Nik Darlington looks back at Margaret Thatcher’s last appearance in the House of Commons in November 1990

Memorabilia: Rushanara Ali MP

Memorabilia: Rushanara Ali MP

by Rushanara Ali MP / 22 May 2013

The London MP remembers a great Labour statesman and inspirational social manifesto

When the lights went out

by Nik Darlington / 03 Jan 2014

Nik Darlington shines a torch on the Commons, 13 December 1973, another energy crisis

When the lights went out

When the lights went out

by Nik Darlington / 18 Nov 2013

Nik Darlington shines a torch on the Commons, 13 December 1973, during a previous energy crisis

The MPs going down in history

The MPs going down in history

by Anoosh Chakelian / 14 Oct 2013

More MPs than ever are historians, but is an academic historical knowledge actually useful? And should they really be spending time writing history books? Anoosh Chakelian speaks to those MPs who believe the past is a country worth exploring

Can a party conference change politics?

Can a party conference change politics?

by Michael White / 11 Sep 2013

Can a party political conference ever shape the political weather? Starting with the 1860s, Michael White goes in search of the conferences that mattered

Dossiers Dangereux: Hutton Inquiry 10 years on

Dossiers Dangereux: Hutton Inquiry 10 years on

by Richard Norton-Taylor / 29 Jul 2013

Richard Norton-Taylor looks back at Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly, and reflects on the questions it leaves unanswered a decade on

Charles de Gaulle hangs with Peter Lilley MP

Charles de Gaulle hangs with Peter Lilley MP

by Peter Lilley MP / 12 Jul 2013

The former shadow chancellor on why his photo of General de Gaulle has stayed with him

Memorabilia: Sarah Wollaston MP

Memorabilia: Sarah Wollaston MP

by Sarah Wollaston MP / 26 Jun 2013

The Devon MP remembers her grandfather, saved by a caring charitable organisation

1983 election: Alliance and skirmish

1983 election: Alliance and skirmish

by Robert Philpot / 04 Jun 2013

Thirty years ago Margaret Thatcher won her biggest electoral landslide, but its preparatory scuffles were not without drama or lasting consequences for all parties, particularly the newly-formed SDP–Liberal faction, finds Robert Philpot

They were also MPs: Sir Cloudesley Shovell

They were also MPs: Sir Cloudesley Shovell

by JB Seatrobe / 20 May 2013

From local gentry to Commander of the Fleets, JB Seatrobe charts the rise of a naval legend

They were also MPs: Sir John Henniker Heaton

They were also MPs: Sir John Henniker Heaton

by Donald Cameron / 10 Apr 2013

The MP for Canterbury was best known for his far-reaching ideas about streamlining the postal system, finds Donald Cameron

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