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Sebastian Whale is the Political Editor of The House. He is the author of Call to Order, a new biography of the former speaker, John Bercow
The Electoral Commission has had its work cut out in recent years. And with the Brexit impasse persisting, the regulator could be called into action once more. But is the UK’s electoral law up to the job? Bob Posner, the interim chief executive of the independent body, speaks to Sebastian Whale
Supporters of a second referendum and a Norway Plus Brexit want to prevent a no deal EU exit. But their factional dispute is not helping with that endeavour, writes Sebastian Whale
With the Withdrawal Agreement all but dead and buried, Sebastian Whale examines the stark choices facing Parliament and the Prime Minister
Where once it was an idea on the fringes, support for a Norway-style Brexit has entered the political mainstream. With Theresa May clamouring for a solution, supporters of a Common Market 2.0 believe they have the solution to get the Prime Minister out of a deep hole. Sebastian Whale sits down with three of the group’s backers, Lucy Powell, Rob Halfon and Stephen Kinnock
Sexual violence as a tactic in conflict is on the increase – but the scale of these atrocities has not daunted the UN’s Pramila Patten in her fight to secure justice for the survivors. She talks to Sebastian Whale about gender inequalities and prevention – and why the UK government should allocate a specific portion of its aid budget to help combat this most calculated of crimes
William Hague shocked some of his fellow foreign ministers when he put combatting sexual violence on the international agenda in 2012. Since he co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, the issue has been discussed much more widely across the globe. But with reports from countries including South Sudan, Myanmar and Iraq continuing to reveal harrowing crimes, has much progress been made? He talks to Sebastian Whale
Westminster moves at such breakneck speed these days that few can find time to take stock of what has taken place. Sebastian Whale has documented the key moments from a tumultuous 12 days and spoken to those at the heart of the action to capture another extraordinary period in British politics.
A second EU referendum may be the only way to break the impasse at Westminster, the chair of the Brexit Select Committee has said.
The former attorney general says it is "unsatisfactory" for the Government to have pushed back the meaningful vote into the new year.
The head of the CBI has lambasted Theresa May for her “derogatory” comments about freedom of movement allowing EU nationals to “jump the queue” ahead of British workers.
MPs must ensure Theresa May suffers a heavy defeat on her Brexit deal so that "the stake goes through its heart", David Davis has said.
The CBI’s Carolyn Fairbairn fears a defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit agreement could unleash yet more disruption and uncertainty for British business. She tells Sebastian Whale why the deal – while far from perfect – offers a clear route map to success
In July 2016 David Davis was appointed Secretary of State at the new Department for Exiting the EU and tasked with delivering Brexit. Two and a half years on, as MPs vote on the government’s withdrawal agreement, he is urging MPs to “drive a stake” into the deal, which he claims would be worse than remaining. He talks to Sebastian Whale about how we got here, and how he would get Brexit back on track
As chair of the Business Select Committee, Rachel Reeves has been inundated with dire warnings about the consequences of a no deal Brexit. But with the Prime Minister’s deal looking unlikely to win the support of MPs at next week’s crunch vote, is there any way forward that works for British business? Sebastian Whale reports
A number of errors by Downing St have made the already daunting task of passing Theresa May's Brexit deal all the more challenging, says The House magazine's political editor Sebastian Whale
At first glance, Penny Mordaunt and Richard Curtis seem an unlikely double act. But, through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the duo have found common ground. With a $2.5trn annual funding shortfall to make up, do they have a plan to ensure the objectives are met by 2030? Sebastian Whale sits down with the Cabinet minister and the film director in parliament
Next month MPs will face their most momentous decision for a generation. Sebastian Whale sets out how the process for voting on the Withdrawal Agreement will work – and what could happen next
Brexit has become a cult like the Moonies, David Cameron is a “smarmy PR man”, Emmanuel Macron is a “weasel” and Theresa May could emerge “better than Boudica” if she backs staying in the EU. That is according to veteran broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.
Since the referendum, Melvyn Bragg has made it his business to familiarise himself with all things Brexit. The broadcaster fears that leaving the EU will be a disaster for the country – but sees a way out for his party and Theresa May. He talks to Sebastian Whale
The Head of the Armed Forces has said he is “uncomfortable” at the prospect of personally being investigated as part of the probe into killings during the Troubles.
General Sir Nick Carter’s military career has included service in the most high-profile conflicts the UK has engaged in over the past 40 years. Now Chief of the Defence Staff, the Sandhurst graduate wants to ensure Britain is prepared for new 21st Century threats. He talks to Sebastian Whale
Unhelpful perceptions that former servicemen and women are “doolally” could be putting off employers from hiring veterans, a defence minister has said.
Tobias Ellwood’s upbringing instilled a sense of duty to serve his country. Having gone through the transition of life in the Armed Forces to ‘Civvy Street’ 20 years ago, what more does he think the government can do to support veterans? And 100 years on from the end of the First World War, is Britain ready for the threats she now faces? The Defence Minister speaks to Sebastian Whale
Social media has contributed to the steep rise in self-harm among teenage girls, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has claimed.
Far from being daunted by the challenges posed at the Department of Health, Matt Hancock has taken on the brief with customary energy. Having identified three target areas in the NHS, and with the new cash settlement to play with, what does the Health Secretary have planned? He talks to Sebastian Whale
The chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has cast doubt on Labour’s plans to nationalise various industries.
As chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt takes an altogether different approach to his predecessor. The decorated civil engineer believes the profession must do more to communicate what it’s for – but believes the sector can find the solutions to many of today’s challenges. He speaks to Sebastian Whale
Johnny Mercer has said he would not vote Conservative if he was not already an MP for the party.
After leaving the military, Johnny Mercer wanted to find a career where he could once more be part of something greater than himself. He found his answer in the shape of politics and the Conservative party. But, more than three years after entering Westminster, the former soldier is reaching breaking point. Disillusioned by what he believes is a sub-par administration, is his very conservatism under threat? He talks to Sebastian Whale
Gavin Williamson tells a BAE fringe at Conservative party conference that having a "forward-leaning presence is incredibly important"
Brexiteers are trying to infiltrate the Conservative party in a bid to deselect pro-Remain MPs, Nicky Morgan has claimed.
Senior MPs have called on the Bank of England to carry out "full and frank" analysis of the impact of Brexit before the Commons votes on Theresa May's final deal, it has emerged.
Despite the hostilities of the past two years, Nicky Morgan believes it is “definitely possible” for the disparate wings of the Conservative party to unite – so long as MPs follows the Prime Minister’s lead in reaching for a compromise. And as she commissions analysis on the impact of Brexit, the Treasury Select Committee chair wants MPs to go into the meaningful vote with “their eyes wide open”. She talks to Sebastian Whale
Trade union boss Len McCluskey has suggested that "dark forces" could be trying to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's attempts to become Prime Minister.
Len McCluskey insists he wants a united Labour party to take the fight to the Conservatives – but he will never be afraid to “call out” MPs. The Unite General Secretary talks to Sebastian Whale
The West Midlands Mayoralty is the only political job that would have plucked Andy Street from his role as chief executive of John Lewis. But does the businessman-turned-politician have all the powers at his disposal he needs to achieve the transformation he hopes for the region? And what does he make about the state of the Conservative party? Sebastian Whale travels to Birmingham to find out