Mr Brightside: Liam Byrne interview
Shadow universities minister Liam Byrne is full of optimism – not just about Labour’s plans for higher education but for the party’s prospects in 2015. Jess Bowie meets him
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
Lunch with... The Hamiltons
Sam Macrory heads to deepest Wiltshire to have lunch with Neil and Christine Hamilton
On the road with... Meg Hillier
In central London, as her constituency’s older communities and businesses give way to high-tech SMEs and new arts organisations, Hackney South & Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier has to juggle differing needs, including bad broadband coverage, finds Jess Bowie.

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 

Reactions to Clegg's Speech

Articles by Charlotte Henry / 08 Oct 2014

Reactions to Clegg's Speech

Charlotte Henry rounds up the reactions to Nick Clegg's speech

10 Things We Learnt From Lib Dem Conference

Articles by Sam Macrory / 08 Oct 2014

10 Things We Learnt From Lib Dem Conference

As the Lib Dems prepare to depart from Glasgow, Sam Macrory gives his lowdown of the 10 things we learnt from their party conference

Boris, King of the Downing Street Catwalk

Articles by Anna Hart / 04 Oct 2014

Boris, King of the Downing Street Catwalk

Female ministers caught the Daily Mail’s eye, but Total Politics is about equality. Anna Hart rates the male trendsetters

Let The Endgames Begin

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 03 Oct 2014

Let The Endgames Begin

How do you make the break when you’ve been joined at the hip for nearly five years? Who will take the blame for the bad policies and who will escape with a shining manifesto? Sam Macrory unpicks the interwoven threads as the coalition begins the tricky act of disentanglement.

Simon Says

Rotating box by Tony Grew / 02 Oct 2014

Simon Says

Tony Grew talks to Simon Hughes about his late conversion to the ministerial ranks and the battles ahead for his party

The Ups and Downs of the Conservative Conference

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 01 Oct 2014

The Ups and Downs of the Conservative Conference

Conservative conference is over... but who has emerged from it with reputation enhanced or otherwise?

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...  

10 things we learned from Clegg's speech

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 08 Oct 2014

10 things we learned from Clegg's speech

Key lessons from the Lib Dem leader’s conference speech...  

The Good Book

Rotating box by Charlotte Henry / 07 Oct 2014

The Good Book

It was published over 10 years go and went on to influence Liberal Democrat thinking for the ensuing decade, but is the Lib Dem ‘bible’, The Orange Book, still relevant to the party? Charlotte Henry reports

Winning Where?

Rotating box by Stephen Tall / 04 Oct 2014

Winning Where?

Things look bleak for Clegg and Co as the general election looms, but we have been here before...

Headline Maker

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 03 Oct 2014

Headline Maker

Sky News’s political editor is a busy man. He took up his post just as things kicked off during recess – the Warsi resignation, Scotland on the brink of a new dawn, UKIP on the up, Boris on his way back – and since then has had little opportunity to draw breath. He comes up for air to snatch some time with Sam Macrory and report how, as someone who is still learning about the inner workings of Parliament, he is approaching his new brief. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Life of Surprises

Rotating box by Sam Macrory / 02 Oct 2014

Life of Surprises

Tim Farron, no longer the champion of the whimsical mild expletive, is a changed man. Gone is the air of folksy local councillor; the Liberal Democrat MP is serious about getting his party in shape for the challenges it faces. The Lib Dem president spoke to Sam Macrory. Photos by Paul Heartfield