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Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May: these are the best weeks she willl ever know. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

“Honeymoon” was always a bad metaphor for the suspension of competitive politics that eases a new prime minister into the job. For all but the most la(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: if she doesn’t secure an electoral mandate, trouble will find her. Photograph: Nicolas Asfonri/Reuters

The British government, it turns out, will govern. By scotching talk of a general election any time soon, Theresa May has restored the normal business(...)

SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon: she has hailed the start of “a new conversation” to gauge Scottish views on Brexit, Europe and independence. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

At the Scottish National Party’s spring conference in March, leader Nicola Sturgeon was greeted with rapturous applause when she announced a new drive(...)

David Cameron’s resignation honours list reportedly included peerages for his former director of operations, Liz Sugg (left) and chief of staff Ed Llewellyn (right). Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

There is a place for class prejudice if it is done properly. Resent privileged Conservatives, for instance, but resent them for the right reason. The(...)

Britain’s newly appointed chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: this shape-shifting survivor has reached the age of 60 without leaving clues as to what if any ideology motivates all this purring achievement. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Something in his stoop, greyness and aquiline nose suggests Arsène Wenger, the football coach and fellow fiscal conservative, though we cannot be sure(...)

British home secretary Theresa May approaching No  10 Downing Street days after the Brexit referendum last month. Now she seems most likely to be taking up residence there as Conservative prime minister. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

For a woman who is on the verge of running the country, Theresa May seems almost preternaturally calm. “She’s basically the same as ever; quite relax(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair  at a news conference in London on Wednesday, following the damning report by Sir John Chilcot.  Blair voiced “sorrow, regret and apology” for those killed in Iraq, but said he acted in good faith and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, following the publication yesterday of a devastating report by Sir John Chilc(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair leaves his office in central London on July 5th, 2016. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas.AFP/Getty Images

Sir John Chilcot has delivered a devastating critique of Tony Blair’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, with his long-awaited report concluding t(...)

File photo of Sir John Chilcot launching the inquiry. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
Chilcot inquiry timeline
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  • July 6, 2016, 09:34

Sir John Chilcot will publish the Iraq inquiry’s report on July 6th, 2016. Here are the key events leading up to its publication: June 15th, 2009(...)

File photo dated 19/11/03 of former British prime minister Tony Blair (right) alongside former US President George Bush. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

An official inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq War will finally deliver its findings onWednesday, seven years after it was set up, with attentio(...)

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