Category Archives: UK Politics

Meet Robert Peston — ITV’s political editor on friendship, loss and being the face of a crisis

Listen on Spotify Apple Music Google Play EN_Google_Podcasts_Badge Created with Sketch. Acast This week host Aggie Chambre sits down with her old boss Robert Peston, the TV journalist who shot to fame during the last financial crash.  Almost two decades on, ITV’s political editor remains one of the best-known faces in U.K. politics. He’s also […]

PMQs scorecard: Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer fight about spies as Black Mirror creator watches

Prime minister’s questions: a shouty, jeery, very occasionally useful advert for British politics. Here’s what you need to know from today’s session in POLITICO’s weekly run-through. What they sparred about: Spying and terrorism. Keir Starmer opted to push Rishi Sunak first on the case of escaped terror suspect Daniel Khalife, before moving on to the […]

China’s not a foe, says UK minister amid parliament spy scandal

LONDON — China is not a “foe,” a British Cabinet minister insisted Monday, as Westminster reels from reports that a parliamentary researcher allegedly spied on behalf of Beijing. Kemi Badenoch, secretary of state for business and trade, told Sky News it was “important to be diplomatic” and that China is best described as a “challenge.” […]

Remainer UK civil servants were in tears over Brexit, top official says

Staff in the U.K. Foreign Office were crying and in a state of “mourning” following the Brexit vote, the office’s former chief Simon McDonald has revealed. During an interview for the BBC’s documentary series “State of Chaos,” McDonald said he saw people “in tears” and in “shock” the morning after the 2016 referendum, and decided […]

Brexiters rage after crowd waves EU flags at Royal Albert Hall

Prominent Brexiteers are outraged after seeing thousands of EU flags waving during a rendition of “Rule, Britannia!” at a televised concert in London. Last Night of the Proms — the BBC’s annual celebration of classical music — became an ideological battleground for Leave and Remain supporters when it kicked off on on Saturday evening after […]

UK’s Sunak raises ‘strong concerns’ over alleged China spy in parliament

NEW DELHI — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak raised “very strong concerns” with a top Chinese official about Beijing’s alleged interference in the U.K. parliament. Sunak relayed his concerns to Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the G20 summit in India following the arrest of a purported Chinese spy working in the parliament. Sunak told broadcasters […]