- 10/12/19 – Boris Johnson targets female voters via Facebook ads in final days before election
Exclusive: Boris Johnson has launched an ad blitz targeting female voters in the final days of the election campaign, PoliticsHome can reveal.
- 04/02/20 – Ministers branded ‘arrogant’ as departments miss own climate change targets to cut flights
Exclusive: More than half of all Whitehall departments are failing their own targets to cut the number of flights they use, PoliticsHome can reveal.
- 26/03/20 – Crops could be ‘left to rot’ during coronavirus outbreak due to shortage of overseas workers, MPs warn
Exclusive: Crops could be “left to rot” in fields as coronavirus travel restrictions lead to a shortage of seasonal workers, MPs have warned.
- 07/07/20 – MPs demand urgent PPE for transport workers following 26 coronavirus deaths
Exclusive: A cross-party group of MPs has written to ministers and the Mayor of London urging them to ensure protective equipment is provided to transport workers as the UK eyes an end to lockdown.
- 30/09/20 – A London University Has Become The First In The Capital To Confirm An Outbreak Of Coronavirus
Exclusive: 50 students are said to be self-isolating at university accommodation in west London following a “small cluster of confirmed cases of Covid-19”, it has been confirmed.
- 07/10/20 – Hardly Any Councils Have Implemented Covid-19 Marshals, A Month After Boris Johnson Announced Them
Exclusive: PoliticsHome can only identify four councils among the top 100 with high coronavirus infection rates that have implemented Covid marshals, a month after Boris Johnson announced them in a bid to slow the spread of the disease.
- 09/10/20 – Two Central London Councils Have Told Rishi Sunak His Tax Plans Will Cause “Irreversible Damage” To Their Economies
Exclusive: The leaders of two central London councils have written to the chancellor warning that plans to axe tax-free shopping could cause “irreversible damage” to their economies.
- 05/01/21 – Anti-Maskers And Lockdown Sceptic Groups Are Using Smiley Face Emojis To Signal Their Opposition To Rules
People opposed to compulsory face coverings and nationwide lockdowns are using smiley face emojis to “passively” communicate their views.
- 15/03/21 – Caroline Nokes Says Too Few Women On Violence Against Women Taskforce Is Emblematic Of Gender Inequality In Cabinet
Exclusive: Caroline Nokes has accused the government of risking not being “taken seriously” on equality until it appoints a permanent women’s minister to attend future taskforce meetings.
- 15/08/21 – Labour Demands Answers Over Tory Co-Chairman Ben Elliot’s Middle East Links
Exclusive: Labour has written to foreign office minister James Cleverly seeking answers about Ben Elliot’s influence over foreign policy.
- 02/09/21 – Senior Tory Warns Voter ID Plans Lack Evidence To Justify “Danger”
Exclusive: Former Cabinet minister David Davis has criticised the government’s “dangerous” voter ID plans, claiming there isn’t enough evidence of voter fraud to justify them.
- 08/09/21 – Stella Creasy Says Lack Of MP Maternity Cover Forced Her To Work From Her Hospital Bed
Exclusive: Labour MP Stella Creasy said parliament should be “ashamed of itself” for failing to offer full maternity cover for MPs, meaning she has been forced to work in the two weeks since her son was born.
- 13/09/21 – Ex-Love Islander Says Government Should Be Doing More To Promote Positive Image Of Influencers
Exclusive: Amy Hart — who appeared on Love Island in 2019 — told PoliticsHome she wants ministers to do more to support the work of online influencers whilst also cracking down on abuse.
- 01/10/21 – UK Voters Are Majority Pro-Choice Across The Political Spectrum And Support Extension Of At-Home Abortion
Exclusive: The majority of people across the UK are pro-choice regardless of political affiliation and back the continuation of at-home abortion care beyond the pandemic, new polling reveals.
- 04/10/21 – Government Warned Changing Voting Systems Without Scrutiny Sets A “Dangerous Precedent”
Exclusive: Multiple campaign groups have fiercely criticised the government for including a major change to the voting system in an amendment to the Elections Bill, warning that the changes are being “rushed through without consultation”
- 17/11/21 – Weaponisation Of Space Is “Extremely Worrying”, Warns Defence Committee Chair
Exclusive: Defence committee chair Tobias Ellwood has said Western powers need to do “some serious thinking” about how to manage space operations after a Russian anti-satellite missile test endangered the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
- 17/09/20 – Home Office Plans To Use Military-Grade Drones To Pursue Suspects And Monitor Protests Are Raising Privacy Concerns
Plans by the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to use Israeli military-grade drones to replace helicopters and aeroplanes have raised concerns among privacy campaigners.
- 21/10/20 – A TikTok Ban On LGBT Conversion Therapy Content Has Reignited Calls To Ban The Practice In The UK
TikTok has become the latest social media platform to ban content promoting so-called “gay conversion therapy”, reigniting calls for the government to ban the practice.
- 06/11/20 – Some Schools Are Facing Shutting Their Doors Because Of Staff Shortages In The Second Lockdown
Some schools are considering sending entire year groups home or temporarily shutting as the effects of the pandemic and lockdown hit staffing numbers.
- 16/07/21 – Doctors Warn NHS Could Be “Dead In The Water” If Summer Surge Increases A&E Demand
Medical professionals have warned that a surge in coronavirus cases could overwhelm the NHS as the health service continues to battle with coronavirus alongside a return to pre-pandemic demand.
- 26/07/21 – Government Has Scaled Up “Cough In A Box” Plans To Detect Covid-19 With Algorithms
The government has expanded its ongoing trial of so-called “cough in a box” technology, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect Covid-19 by analysing the sound of people coughing.
- 24/11/21 – Lord Frost To Address 1922 Committee As Tory Party Unrest Grows
Lord Frost, the government’s chief Brexit negotiator, is set to address the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs on Wednesday afternoon, PoliticsHome understands.
- 10/12/21 – Staff Call For Anonymous Tip-Off System After Drugs In Parliament Allegations
Parliamentary staff have criticised the lack of a confidential system to report MPs or colleagues who may be taking drugs on the estate.
- 11/12/20 – Students Want Labour To Back Their Biggest Rent Strike In Decades
The Labour Party has attracted criticism for refusing to back what could be the biggest rent strike among students in decades.
- 12/01/21 – Students Demand Grade “Safety Nets” And Rent Rebates As Universities Face More Coronavirus Disruption
Student representatives at some of the UK’s top universities are calling on sector leaders to reinstate grade “safety nets” and provide rent rebates after almost a year of disruption by the pandemic.
- 04/02/21 – Women In Parliament Cautiously Welcome “Bittersweet” Changes To Outdated Maternity Leave Rules
MPs and campaign groups have cautiously welcomed a law change which will allow Suella Braverman, who serves as Attorney General, to take paid maternity leave.
- 15/03/21 – MPs Put Fresh Pressure On Government To Address “Urgent” Eating Disorder Funding Gap
MPs and campaigners have renewed calls on the government to increase funding for eating disorder services following a sharp spike in cases over lockdown.
- 26/04/21 – Students Go On Hunger Strike To Pressure UK Government Into Naming The Myanmar Military A Terrorist Organisation
A group of students from Myanmar are taking part in a three-day hunger strike in Westminster to pressure the UK government into declaring the country’s military leaders a terrorist organisation.
- 15/05/21 – Academics And Officials Have Questioned The Evidence Behind Gavin Williamson’s “Excessive” University Free Speech Bill
Several academics and university officials have questioned the evidence underpinning Gavin Williamson’s new Bill aimed at ensuring free speech at UK universities.
- 28/07/21 – Doctors Warn Rise In ‘Staycations’ Could Put Pressure On Stretched NHS In Holiday Hotspots
NHS staff have warned they are bracing for a summer “like no other” with the increase in Brits holidaying in the UK likely to put excess pressure on frontline services already stretched by the pandemic.
- 29/07/21 – Online Platforms Are In An “Arms Race” With Scammers Against Harmful Content, Says Advertising Regulator
The chair of the UK’s independent advertising regulator has described how the body and the online platforms it oversees are in an “arms race” against “sophisticated” scammers.
- 01/11/21 – Young Activists Claim They “Do Not Have A Voice” At COP26 Despite Pledges From World Leaders
Emotions ran high at a gathering of young climate activists outside the secure zones of the COP26 climate summit as many criticised world leaders for failing to hear youth voices.
- 17/11/21 – Boris Johnson Gets “Muted” Reception At 1922 Committee But Swerves Rebellion Over Second Jobs Proposals
Boris Johnson sought to face off growing Tory disquiet over the government’s handling of the second jobs row at the 1922 Committee by admitting to MPs he’d “crashed the car” over the Paterson affair.
- 22/11/21 – Furious Tories Threaten A “Sizeable” Rebellion Over “Less Fair” Social Care Reforms
Furious Tory MPs are threatening to disobey the Prime Minister when the House of Commons votes on social care finance plans which are set to hit poorer northern pensioners the hardest.
- 01/12/21 – MPs Say It’s “Absolute Nonsense” To Say Tories Are Worried About Bexley By-Election
The Conservative party is confident they’ll hold Old Bexley and Sidcup in a by-election on Thursday, despite reports that there were “jitters” in the party.
- 08/12/21 – Tory MPs Question Boris Johnson’s Competence Over “Disastrous” Handling Of Party Row
Backbench Tory MPs are beginning to question the Prime Minister’s future amid backlash over his handling of the Downing Street Christmas party row.
- 14/12/21 – Tory Rebels Waver On Plan B Rebellion As Omicron Threat Escalates
Rising Covid case numbers and the threat of the Omicron variant have left some Conservative MPs questioning whether to go through with pledges to vote against enhanced covid restrictions.
Features & Analysis
- 31/01/20 – Alyn Smith MP: “Scotland is hitting all the right notes in Brussels at a time when the UK is hitting all the wrong ones” (The House)
With a 15-year career in the European Parliament already under his belt, the SNP’s Alyn Smith has been tipped as a future party leader. Stirling’s new MP talks to Eleanor Langford about his journey to Westminster, independence – and his determination that Scotland will be heard
- 23/03/20 – Anna McMorrin MP: ‘The 2010s became a decade of climate awareness. The 2020s must be a decade of action’ (The House)
Anna McMorrin’s first term saw her wage war on plastic packaging. Now she has set her sights on boosting community-based co-operatives. The Labour MP talks to Eleanor Langford about reshaping the UK’s approach to the climate crisis.
- 16/06/20 – Explained: Labour’s Stella Creasy and Nadia Whittome on why treating misogyny as a hate crime could aid the battle against domestic abuse
As the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill enters its committee stage, a group of MPs are urging the government to consider misogyny — hatred and contempt for women — as a hate crime.
- 25/07/20 – Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben on why it would be ‘stupid’ not to use the coronavirus recovery to go for net zero
The promised “defining year of action” on climate change has slipped out of focus. But could the government ease the effect of the pandemic and advance its climate goals in one fell swoop?
- 05/09/20 – The Stage Is Set For A Westminster Battle Over The Survival Of The “Pret Economy”
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister assured his Cabinet that “people are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country.” The evidence doesn’t appear to back him up.
- 07/12/20 – Ticket To Normal Life Or Threat To Freedom? Why Coronavirus ‘Vaccination Passports’ Might Not Be A Simple Way Forward
Being able to prove your immunity to Covid-19 could be the key to a return to normal life in 2021.
- 02/04/21 – “Cuts To Life-Saving Research Are Unavoidable”: How The Pandemic Will Have A Devastating Lasting Impact On Charities
The charity sector has been hit twice over by the coronavirus pandemic. As most income sources vanished overnight, the demand for charity’s services became more vital than ever before.
- 03/05/21 – “We Are The Left Vote”: Northern Independence Party Deny Splitting The Labour Vote In May Elections
Leaders of the newly-formed Northern Independence Party (NIP) argue that their candidate is the only “left wing vote” in the upcoming Hartlepool by-election as the Conservatives are now “more progressive” than Labour.
- 09/05/21 – Why The 2021 Local Elections Weren’t A Total Catastrophe For Labour
The Labour Party is facing a difficult set of results in the English local elections, which saw it lose votes in some of its traditional heartlands. But, it’s not all bad news for Keir Starmer.
- 08/10/21 – Has The Conservative Party Got A Woman Problem?
This week’s Conservative Party Conference, which one attendee described to PoliticsHome as a “sea of white men in suits”, was a reminder that below the surface, the Tories are still the least diverse of Westminster’s four main parties when it comes to gender.