Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: has been described as a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” and  “one of the great speakers”. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

With his announcement that he will stand down as speaker by October 31st, John Bercow is ending a House of Commons career that has seen him move from (...)

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson with a bull during a visit to Darnford Farm near Aberdeen, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew MilliganAFP/Getty

UK opposition parties have agreed to work together to thwart Boris Johnson’s plan for an October 15th general election, deepening the political paraly(...)

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said he would be a loyal supporter of the Conservative government if it pursued a deal with Brussels. Photograph: Jeff Overs/AFP/Getty

Two senior ministers have said they will resign before Boris Johnson becomes prime minister on Wednesday if, as expected, he wins the Conservative lea(...)

A helicopter hovers over the Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz: The government has been criticised by a former Royal Navy chief and a leading Conservative MP for failing to take measures to prevent the tanker being seized. Photograph:  Wana/Reuters

A UK defence minister has rejected claims that the government had “taken its eye off the ball” by allowing a British-flagged tanker to be captured by (...)

Conservative  leadership candidate Boris Johnson  with local business people in a  cafe in Oxshott, Surrey. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has toughened his commitment to taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31st, promising a “do-or-die” Brexit and challenging(...)

Jeremy Hunt (left) and the Boris Johnson in 2012; the two will now go head to head in the British Conservative Party leadership race. Photogrph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will face Boris Johnson in the Conservative leadership contest after he edged ahead of environment secretary M(...)

Britain’s international development secretary Rory Stewart: a dark-horse candidate who has hijacked the contest with a surprising social media campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Conservative Party has sought to limit the field of leadership candidates and shorten the race by setting a higher bar for entry and for surviving(...)

Former Tory party leader Ian Duncan Smith said the 1922 Committee should raise the threshold for nomination so that candidates would need the backing of 10 MPs. File Photograph courtesy BBC

The Conservative leadership contest risks descending into chaos unless it is streamlined, former leader Iain Duncan Smith has warned. With 11 candida(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: time for a recount? Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Let’s play a game: is this from a review of the Conservative MP and arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s book The Victorians or not? “Morally repellent”, (...)

British  prime minster Theresa May and  husband Phillip  casting their vote in  the European elections in her Maidenhead constituency. Photograph:  EPA/Neil Hall

Theresa May’s government has postponed the publication of the withdrawal agreement bill until next month, and failed to set a date for its second read(...)

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