2017 IN REVIEW: Our most read stories and exclusives from another mad year in British politics

Posted On: 
31st December 2017

It's been another non-stop year in British politics. Here we list the PoliticsHome stories and exclusives our readers clicked on the most. Join us for more madcap developments in 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
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OUR TEN MOST READ STORIES FROM 2018

 

29 June: Jeremy Corbyn sacks frontbench rebels after 49 Labour MPs defy him over Brexit
Jeremy Corbyn has sacked three of his frontbench team and seen another quit after dozens of Labour MPs rebelled against him on Brexit.

 

27 June: Theresa May demands 'national investigation' after number of fire threat tower blocks rises to 95
Theresa May has said there needs to be a "major national investigation" after it emerged the number of tower blocks with Grenfell-style combustible cladding has risen to 95.

 

9 June: Ruth Davidson demands Theresa May presses DUP on LGBT rights
Ruth Davidson has sought a "categoric assurance" from Theresa May that she will press the DUP on its equalities record as part of the Tories' deal with the party.

 

31 May: EXCL Brussels prepared to postpone start of Brexit talks if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister
Brussels is prepared to postpone the start of the Brexit negotiations if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister and needs more time to prepare for the historic event, PoliticsHome can reveal.

 

4 March: No 10 'deeply worried' by police investigations into 2015 election spending - report
Downing Street is “deeply worried” about a police investigation into allegations of electoral fraud in Tory seats during the 2015 general election, The Times reports.

 

14 May: John McDonnell: Polls are showing Labour is going to win the election
John McDonnell has claimed the opinion polls point to a victory for Labour in the general election - despite the Tories maintaining a double-digit lead over the opposition. 

 

7 February: WATCH: Alex Salmond fumes at deputy speaker in EU debate
Alex Salmond was involved in a blazing row with deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle over time allocated to the SNP in last night’s EU debate. 

 

9 May: Jean-Claude Juncker: Theresa May Brexit dinner leaks were a 'serious mistake'
Jean-Claude Juncker has described the leaking of details about his dinner with Theresa May as a “serious mistake”.

 

27 July: Tory minister says free movement will end on the day Britain quits the EU
Free movement of EU nationals to the UK will end in March 2019 - with a completely new immigration system in place and ready to go, the Immigration Minister revealed today.

 

20 April: EXCL Michael Dugher: Why I'm quitting Parliament
Michael Dugher has revealed he is quitting Parliament "to make a difference in life outside of politics" and spend more time with his family.

 

OUR TEN MOST READ EXCLUSIVES FROM 2018

 

31 May: EXCL Brussels prepared to postpone start of Brexit talks if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister

Brussels is prepared to postpone the start of the Brexit negotiations if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister and needs more time to prepare for the historic event, PoliticsHome can reveal.

 

20 April: EXCL Michael Dugher: Why I'm quitting Parliament
Michael Dugher has revealed he is quitting Parliament "to make a difference in life outside of politics" and spend more time with his family.

 

6 November: EXCL Emily Thornberry says Boris Johnson must quit if Nazanin Ratcliffe is jailed for five years
Emily Thornberry has called on Boris Johnson to resign as Foreign Secretary if his gaffe about Nazanin Ratcliffe’s reasons for being in Iran add five more years to her prison sentence.

 

28 September: EXCL George Osborne's family firm loses hundreds of thousands of pounds due to Brexit
The Brexit vote cost George Osborne’s family business hundreds of thousands of pounds last year, PoliticsHome can reveal.

 

10 November: EXCL Emily Thornberry: Labour could bring down the Government within weeks
Labour "could bring down the Government at any time", Emily Thornberry has declared.

 

13 December: EXCL Jeremy Corbyn will not discipline Kate Osamor over support for Israeli goods boycott

Kate Osamor will not be disciplined by Jeremy Corbyn after she defied Labour policy to back a boycott of Israeli goods, PoliticsHome has learned.

 

10 May: EXCL WATCH John McDonnell confirms Labour government would axe tuition fees

Labour will promise to scrap tuition fees in their coming manifesto, John McDonnell has revealed. 

 

22 May: EXCL Jeremy Corbyn: The IRA were terrorists and their bombing campaign was wrong
Jeremy Corbyn has said he believes the IRA were terrorists and their bombing campaign during the Troubles was wrong.

 

8 January: EXCL Blow for Len McCluskey as he fails to win backing of key Unite group

Len McCluskey has been dealt a blow in his bid to be re-elected general secretary of Unite after an influential group within the union failed to give him its backing.

 

30 June: EXCL George Osborne’s son campaigned for Sir Vince Cable in the general election
Former Chancellor George Osborne's son helped Sir Vince Cable beat the Conservatives to be re-elected to Parliament, PoliticsHome can reveal.