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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 ERG has become synonymous with Conservative euroscepticism. The intrigue surrounding the organisation and its infamous WhatsApp group has led some to brand it a “party within a party”. But are these perceptions unfounded? Sebastian Whale speaks to leading ERG figures, the group’s founder and its Tory opponents to piece together the facts on arguably the most influential group of MPs in contemporary political history
For more than a decade John McDonnell was the standard-bearer for a small group of MPs disaffected with the New Labour project. While Blair, Brown and Mandelson controlled the levers of government, he spent his time on the backbenches, debating left-wing policy programmes and bringing forward alternative budgets. Now, with the Treasury in his sight, a bitter split in the party threatens to derail his plans. Can the Shadow Chancellor keep things together? Sebastian Whale speaks to Labour MPs, old friends and the man himself to find out
Karen Bradley has enjoyed a steady rise to the Cabinet since entering parliament in 2010. Trusted by the Prime Minister to take on the Northern Ireland brief in January, the Tory MP has been exposed to some of the region’s “intractable” challenges. Can she help break the deadlock at Stormont? Sebastian Whale travels to Belfast to see if any progress has been made
John McDonnell has called for the Tory chairman and the party’s chief whip to resign over their involvement in breaching a longstanding parliamentary convention this week.
Britain could be heading for a general election later this year if the House of Commons continues to be deadlocked over Brexit, Sir John Major has predicted.
David Davis has called on Theresa May to “start again” over Brexit, as the former Cabinet minister insisted it would not be “the end of the world” if Britain leaves the EU empty-handed.
Theresa May has been dealt a fresh blow as a new poll reveals that the public feel Boris Johnson is better placed to negotiate Brexit and lead the Tories into the next general election.
Sir Vince Cable missed a crucial vote on Brexit in the Commons this week because he was holding talks on the creation of a new centrist party, it has been claimed.
A cross-party group of MPs will next week call for fresh powers that would allow them to force witnesses to give evidence before parliament.
The Chequers agreement must be the “final offer” to the European Union, Andrea Leadsom has said, as she warned Brussels they will force a no deal Brexit if they reject the proposals.
As Commons Leader at a time of great upheaval in Westminster, people looked to Andrea Leadsom for answers to Parliament’s harassment and bullying scandal. With a new grievance procedure unveiled, can she win over the sceptics? The Brexiteer talks to Sebastian Whale
A free trade deal with the US has become the totem for Brexit, the prize at the end of a winding and complicated road.
The referendum outcome was the endorsement of many things, depending on who you talk to.
Women often feel “patronised” and “diminished” by medical practitioners, Jackie Doyle-Price has said.
Jackie Doyle-Price fears the health service is failing women, who are too often forced to ‘suffer in silence’. The Minister for Health Inequalities tells Sebastian Whale why it’s vital women are given the tools to talk about their health
Simon Stevens played a pivotal role in securing a £20bn funding boost for the NHS ahead of its 70th birthday. With its finances now on a stable footing, he wants the organisation to seize the moment and build a health service fit for the future. The NHS England chief executive talks to Sebastian Whale
A Government minister has called on Theresa May not to "cower in a corner" as she tries to strike a Brexit deal with Brussels.
From building more houses to doing right by the families of Grenfell, Dominic Raab is ‘restless’ to achieve results. And as the country prepares to leave the European Union, the Brexiteer wants to see a unity of purpose, not just in his own party but across the country. He talks to Sebastian Whale
A Cabinet minister has said the Government “stands ready to help” as a huge blaze rips through Glasgow’s School of Art.
Theresa May has expressed her disappointment after a backbench Conservative MP blocked moves to make upskirting a criminal offence.
Ministers privately fear that the UK could crash out of the EU empty handed if a Brexit deal is not secured by October, according to reports.
The Home Office has said it will “carefully consider” allowing a young boy in a life threatening condition to be prescribed cannabis oil as he battles severe epilepsy in hospital.
Nearly two-thirds of Conservative voters support increasing income tax to boost funding for the NHS, according to a new poll.
Pro-Remain Cabinet minister David Lidington has said the prospect of re-joining the European Union will not come up in his political lifetime.
Starter for 10: How do you deliver a credible domestic policy agenda while dealing with the demands of Brexit? Minister for the Cabinet Office and two-time University Challenge champion David Lidington takes the questions. Quizmaster: Sebastian Whale
After a year marked by the injustices of Windrush and Grenfell, David Lammy does not see the Prime Minister’s promised vision of One Nation – rather an administration lacking in humanity and guilty of incompetence. He tells Kevin Schofield why it’s time to call out the ‘pernicious’ attitudes which contributed to catastrophe
The failure to ban combustible cladding means the Grenfell tragedy “could happen again tomorrow”, the MP for the area where the disaster happened has claimed.
Labour frontbencher Sarah Jones counts former Tory minister Peter Lilley as her “biggest inspiration” for entering politics. But her journey to Westminster included working for Labour stalwarts Tessa Jowell and Mo Mowlam, two “steely” politicians who had the human touch. Now in the shadow housing team, Jones hopes to take this empathetic approach as she helps shape the party’s response to the Grenfell disaster. She speaks to Sebastian Whale
Emma Dent Coad had been an MP for four days before the fire at Grenfell Tower which took the lives of 72 people, many of whom she knew personally. A lifelong resident of Kensington, the disaster and its aftermath has taken a deep personal toll on the 63-year-old. One year on, she tells Sebastian Whale why she will never stop fighting for justice for the victims and their families
Former Cabinet minister Priti Patel has lashed out at Theresa May’s Conservatives, saying they are no longer the party of meritocracy.
Priti Patel fears her party’s leadership is abandoning traditional Conservative values and retreating from the battle of ideas. Out of government and with the freedom to speak from the backbenches, the Witham MP tells Sebastian Whale why it’s time to stop “moaning” about Brexit and start delivering for the country
Parts of the Metropolitan Police are still "institutionally racist" and young black people continue to be victimised by officers, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said.
Doreen Lawrence’s life changed forever on the evening of 22 April 1993. Twenty-five years on from the murder of her son, Stephen, the Labour peer has ensured that Britain will never forget his name. But is society in a better place now than it was more than two decades ago? She talks to Sebastian Whale about the police, race relations and the Windrush scandal
When pressed for time or constrained by resources, we are forced to make choices. This filtering process reveals your ultimate priorities; what you can and cannot live without, what you’re prepared to sacrifice and what must always remain in place.
Luciana Berger has hit out at the head of Unite over a “grossly offensive” article in which he accused Labour MPs of using the row over anti-Semitism to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.
While she has been in the spotlight in recent times for speaking out against anti-Semitism, Luciana Berger has become renowned in the Commons for her campaigning on mental health. And though she is no longer in a front bench role, the Liverpool Wavertree MP is still managing to influence the debate. She talks to Sebastian Whale about why every government department must take action