Sebastian Payne

Sebastian Payne is deputy editor of the Coffee House blog.

Andrew Fisher, a political adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, speaking at a rally in November 2014.

Labour MPs furious at NEC’s decision to let off Corbyn aide

27 November 2015 15:30

The Labour Party has lifted its suspension of Andrew Fisher, a political aide to Jeremy Corbyn, following an investigation into…

Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

What’s really driving Labour’s row over Syria?

27 November 2015 12:25

Is Labour working through its policy differences on bombing Syria or is the shadow cabinet genuinely split? The New Politics…

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) stands alongside Labour candidate Jim McMahon speak during a launch event at the party's campaign centre on November 6, 2015 in Oldham, England.

Will Labour’s civil war over bombing Syria cause problems in Oldham West?

27 November 2015 8:27

Is Labour taking its eye off the Oldham West and Royton by-election? Next week, the party will be focused on whether…


Podcast: the phoney war with Isis and the 2015 Spending Review

26 November 2015 8:54

Is bombing Isis having any effect on destroying it? In the latest View from 22 podcast, Andrew J. Bacevich and Con Coughlin discuss this week’s Spectator cover feature on the West’s…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Presents The Autumn Statement

In charts: the cuts by departments and where money is spent

25 November 2015 21:04

The Spending Review portion of George Osborne’s speech today has revealed some deep cuts to government departments. The chart above…

Autumn Statement

John McDonnell ‘disappears’ his Maoist stunt

25 November 2015 18:42

You can see what John McDonnell was trying to do today. ‘I’ll bring along a copy of Chairman Mao’s Little…

George Osborne, U.K.'s Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs for the Houses of Parliament to deliver the Autumn Statement from the H.M. Treasury building in London U.K., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. U.K.

Podcast special: George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review

25 November 2015 17:18

George Osborne delivered his latest Autumn Statement and the results of the 2015 Spending Review to the House of Commons…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers a speech on his spending review at GCHQ on November 17, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.

Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015: what to expect

25 November 2015 9:06

George Osborne will take to the Dispatch Box at 12:30pm today to deliver this year’s Autumn Statement — a mini-budget on the…


Vote Leave and Leave.EU won’t be merging anytime soon

24 November 2015 17:59

Is peace about to break out between the two Brexit campaigns, Vote Leave and Leave.EU? Today’s Daily Telegraph reports that Arron Banks, the co-founder…

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign.

Labour supporters are still backing Jeremy Corbyn in droves

24 November 2015 8:52

The Tories may be steaming ahead in the national opinion polls but the Labour grassroots are still pleased with Jeremy…

Jeremy Corbyn speaks on a phone handed to him by a member of the public outside a cafe in Edinburgh.

Labour’s social media clampdown should be the least of its worries

23 November 2015 18:23

Labour appears to be obsessed with its image on social media. If the general election result taught us anything, it’s that…

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Maria Eagle speaks to delegates during a session entitled "Britain and the World" during the second day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 28, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Maria Eagle: it’s ‘conceivable’ Jeremy Corbyn would support Syria bombing

23 November 2015 8:58

David Cameron will be making the case for bombing Syria in the Commons later this week and all eyes are…

Paris Terror Attack

Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity plummets after Paris attacks

21 November 2015 19:30

Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks has been heavily criticised by the media and it appears the public…

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated in Red, White and Blue in honour of the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks on November 18, 2015 in Paris, France.

Podcast: the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks

19 November 2015 9:36

Is Jeremy Corbyn a peacenik or is he only interested in badmouthing the West? On this week’s View from 22…

Mark Clarke with former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps.

RoadTrip’s Mark Clarke kicked out of Conservative Party

18 November 2015 16:58

The Tories have announced that Mark Clarke, an activist who founded the RoadTrip campaigning organisation, has been booted out of…

David Cameron speaks to the media during a press conference on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey.

Public backs David Cameron on Syrian airstrikes, according to new poll

18 November 2015 9:01

The terrorist attacks in Paris appear to have shifted public attitudes on both refugees and airstrikes. According to a new poll from…

Hundreds of protestors march through the Downing Street during a rally organized by the "Stop the War" Coalition, to show their opposition to the UK's joining in air strikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria on October 04, 2014 in the British capital, London.

Labour MPs attack Stop The War and Corbyn’s views on terrorism

17 November 2015 16:19

Labour MPs appear to be just as annoyed by Jeremy Corbyn’s links to the Stop The War coalition as they…

Jeremy Hunt at Health Questions.

Jeremy Hunt clashes with opposition MPs on junior doctors’ strike

17 November 2015 13:46

Jeremy Hunt was grilled by MPs from Labour, the SNP and Green Party at Health Questions today on whether his…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 4

Hilary Benn: Labour still supports shoot to kill but ‘I can’t speak for Jeremy’

17 November 2015 8:52

Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial comments questioning the use of shoot to kill in terrorist attacks has led to a whole new round of…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

Jeremy Corbyn given a tough ride from Labour MPs over Syria and shoot to kill

16 November 2015 20:58

Jeremy Corbyn addressed the Parliamentary Labour Party this evening and it appears to have been a difficult meeting — depending…

People place a flag before observing a minute of silence on November 16, 2015 at the Le Carillon cafe.

Podcast special: the Paris attacks and what happens next

16 November 2015 17:05

How will Britain and Europe react to the terrorist attacks in Paris? In this View from 22 special podcast, The…

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage attends a public meeting at the Liberty Stadium on October 23, 2015 in Swansea, Wales

Nigel Farage: after Paris, we need to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of Muslims in Britain

16 November 2015 15:34

Nigel Farage will tonight claim British Muslims are ‘conflicted’ in their loyalties to the UK, and there is a battle…


David Cameron: bombing Jihadi John ’was an act of self defence’

13 November 2015 11:20

The Prime Minister has confirmed the United States has attempted to take out Jihadi John in Syria but it’s unknown…

Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John.

Jihadi John targeted in U.S. airstrikes in Syria

13 November 2015 9:34

Mohammed Emwazi, the British Isis militant better known as Jihadi John, looks likely to have been killed in an airstrike…

Former Marks and Spencer's boss and the current chairman of the 'Britain Stronger in Europe' campaign Lord Stuart Rose (Left) prepares to speak during a press conference, with TV presenter June Sarpong, at The Truman Brewery on October 12, 2015 in London, England.

Who will influence the EU referendum? Martin Lewis, not June Sarpong

12 November 2015 17:19

The Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis is apparently the most trusted voice on the EU referendum, according to a new poll.…