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John McDonnell lectures George Osborne on Chairman Mao (yes, really)

25 November 2015 14:46

With Diane Abbott recently given the nickname Madame Mao by her colleagues over her behaviour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as…


Watch: John Bercow tells Corbynista to ‘get a grip’ during Autumn Statement

25 November 2015 14:00

Last month relations between the Tories and John Bercow hit an all-time low as the Speaker called Sajid Javid ‘incompetent’…


Jon Lansman’s Left Futures turns on Jess Phillips over Diane Abbott clash

25 November 2015 9:44

Jess Phillips made the news earlier this year after the Labour MP told Diane Abbott to ‘f— off’ during a…


Listen: Labour MP calls SNP MPs ‘robots’

24 November 2015 15:34

Today’s Trident debate in the Commons made for a lively affair, as the SNP made their case for the government…


Alan Johnson vs Left Unity spokesman: ‘all you’ve done is print leaflets’

24 November 2015 13:31

With the news that Left Unity — the far-left political party — have suspended plans to stand in elections in…

Robert Halfon with David Cameron. Picture: Press Association

Robert Halfon pulls out of talk to Tory students

24 November 2015 8:39

Yesterday Mr S reported that Robert Halfon was due to give a talk to young Tory activists on Wednesday — less…


Lord Sugar to Boris Johnson: ‘you need a whack, mate’

23 November 2015 18:08

Faced with the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn one day becoming Prime Minister, Lord Sugar said that if elected, we should…

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Robert Halfon earns himself a new nickname

23 November 2015 12:57

Last week Robert Halfon made headlines after he confessed to an affair with a Tory activist, claiming that Mark Clarke…

Parliament Votes On Air Strikes Against The Islamic State In Iraq

George Galloway on Seumas Milne: ‘he’s my closest friend’

23 November 2015 8:47

Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader, the party has struggled to put on a united front. In fact, MPs…


Diane Abbott seeks help getting her message across

20 November 2015 17:38

Since Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader, his close friend – and rumoured former lover — Diane Abbott has…


Watch: Andrew Neil takes on ‘loser jihadists’

20 November 2015 8:47

After the Paris terrorist attacks over the weekend which left at least 132 dead, there has been much discussion about…

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Paris terrorism photos not en Vogue, says magazine’s picture editor

19 November 2015 15:45

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, many have been left asking why they happened and what can be…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

News from Labour: Jeremy Corbyn’s email policy to tackle Euro-centric media bias

19 November 2015 13:23

After the media reported in detail about both the Paris terrorist attacks and the aftermath over the weekend, several online…


Watch: Ken Livingstone calls Maria Eagle ‘silly’ in disastrous Newsnight interview

19 November 2015 8:44

Yesterday Ken Livingstone found himself at the centre of a media storm after he suggested that Kevan Jones — a Labour MP…

Jeremy Corbyn And Ken Livingstone Attend A Labour Leadership Rally

Listen: George Galloway comes to Ken Livingstone’s defence over mental health jibe

18 November 2015 11:44

A mere hour or so into his new role as the co-chair of Labour’s Trident review and Ken Livingstone is…


Diane Abbott finds a novel way to spend heated PLP meeting

17 November 2015 11:43

Last night’s PLP meeting proved to be a lively affair as Jeremy Corbyn was turned on by members of the…


Nick Robinson tackles anti-Corbyn bias at the BBC

16 November 2015 17:16

During the summer over 50,000 people signed a petition accusing the BBC of showing bias against Jeremy Corbyn. One major grievance…


James Naughtie’s swear gaffe sends the BBC into a tizzy

16 November 2015 15:52

This morning Nick Robinson made his debut as a presenter on the Today show. However, it was Robinson’s co-presenter James…

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Camila Batmanghelidjh comes to the government’s aid

16 November 2015 12:47

Since Mr S’s colleague Miles Goslett blew the whistle on Kids Company – and its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh — in…


A ‘kinder politics’ falls flat on Question Time

13 November 2015 10:30

Last night’s episode of Question Time saw David Dimbleby joined in Stoke-on-Trent by Sajid Javid, Lucy Powell, Ukip’s Paul Nuttall, the…


Russell Brand makes a filthy profit (again)

12 November 2015 16:22

When Russell Brand laid out his vision for a revolution back in 2013, the comedian-turned-revolutonary said that profit was a filthy word. ‘David…


Owen Jones gives Seumas Milne a run for his money

11 November 2015 15:44

As Seumas Milne attempts to settle in to his new job as Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications, the former Guardian columnist has…

Nadhim Zahawi with David Cameron. Picture: Getty

Tory MP climbs the greasy pole with £20,000 a month oil gig

11 November 2015 9:43

Last year Nadhim Zahawi told Parliament in a debate on UK-Kurdistan bilateral relations that it should come as ‘no surprise’…

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Benedict Cumberbatch defends his ‘f— the politicians’ rant

10 November 2015 16:03

After Benedict Cumberbatch indulged in a foul-mouthed rant about the government’s response to the refugee crisis, he was criticised by several figures —…


Labour’s Simon Danczuk under fire over economy class flight snub

10 November 2015 13:59

Today Simon Danczuk has come under fire for reportedly pulling out of a parliamentary trip to China at the last minute,…