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Has Jacob Rees-Mogg got his son’s name wrong?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

The joy of Sixtus Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and his wife announced the birth of their sixth child, a son…

How many NHS dentists earn more than £600,000 a year?

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Banking up the wrong tree The Magic Money Tree is such a neat concept it is a wonder it has…

As the first Darren enters the Commons, how many MPs have ‘common’ names?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Sharon and Tracy MP Darren Jones, the new Labour MP for Bristol North West, says he is proud to be…

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24 June 2017 9:00 am

A mountain to climb Brexit secretary David Davis gave the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, a copy of Regards vers l’Annapurna…

How the election was stacked against Labour for a change

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Keep walking George Osborne called Theresa May a ‘dead woman walking’. The expression ‘dead man walking’ was called out by…

Banksy’s anti-Tory election stunt backfired – but how else might you risk breaking bribery laws?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

X offenders The artist Banksy had to withdraw an offer of a free print to people voting against the Conservatives…

High voter turnout? It was actually the 5th lowest on record

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Turnout was up, with a widespread belief that young people voted en masse. But actually, turnout was the 5th lowest…

Blair’s poll dip before his 1997 landslide is reassuring for the Tories

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Afrodisiac Diane Abbott likened her rejection of earlier pro-terror sympathies to losing her afro hairstyle. To African-Americans in the 1960s,…

Where do the blooms in British flower shops come from

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Sloganeering Do snappy manifesto titles help win elections? Some which led to victory: ‘Let Us Face the Future’ — Labour…

Just 3.7 per cent of top company directors are part of an ethnic minority

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Veggie skills Forest Green Rovers, described as the world’s first vegan football club, was promoted to the Football League. Some…

Who were the 2 per cent of Ukip supporters who did not vote Leave?

13 May 2017 9:00 am

God forbid Irish police investigated Stephen Fry over a complaint of blasphemy, which is no longer a criminal offence in…

Sitting down in shop doorways and failing to control your sheep – have you committed a ‘new’ crime?

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Spend, spend, spend London mayor Sadiq Khan ended support for the Garden Bridge, probably killing it off. How are other…

Why Pippa Middleton’s wedding must be public

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Pippa goes public Church of England lawyers ruled that the public must be allowed to attend the wedding of Pippa…

Just how bad was Labour’s drubbing under Michael Foot in 1983?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Back to the Foot year This year’s election has been likened to that of 1983 when, under Michael Foot’s leadership,…

How many chemical weapons does the world have left?

15 April 2017 8:00 am

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What forces could North Korea range against sabre-rattling Donald Trump?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Nice littler earners Cressida Dick, the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, will take a voluntary pay cut from £270,000…

Three other countries that left the EU

1 April 2017 9:00 am

First through the exit Is Britain the first country to leave the EU? — As a full part of France,…

The men who declare themselves princes

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Princes among men British DJ Mark Dezzani was hoping to be elected prince of Seborga, a self-proclaimed independent state in…

The first recorded woman golfer (clue: it wasn’t Mary Queen of Scots)

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Mary Queen of Golf? The vote by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers to admit women as members has reawakened…

How did we end up naming storms?

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Naming the weather Former BBC weatherman Bill Giles has said he’s fed up with storms being named. — The practice…

Three mistakes to match the great Oscars mix-up

4 March 2017 9:00 am

And the losers are… La La Land was mistakenly announced as winner of the Oscar for best picture before the…

The footballing giant killers of 1914

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Big league Lincoln City became the first non-league club since Queens Park Rangers in 1914 to win a place in…

As lettuce grows scarce, who’s growing our fruit and veg

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Special forces Cathedral constables at York Minister got back their powers of arrest, which they had held from the 13th…

How many goals must an England footballer score to be knighted?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Match of the knights Emails emerged suggesting David Beckham would rather appreciate a knighthood. How many goals do you have…

Trump’s rivals in the British petition game

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump’s rivals More than 1.7m people signed a petition on Parliament’s website demanding that Donald Trump’s state visit be cancelled,…