Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: Harry and Meghan quit, America avoids war and the Labour leadership race begins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Home The Queen agreed to ‘a period of transition’ during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would spend time…

Portrait of the week: Crisis in Iran, fires in Australia and Manchester rapist jailed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who had not been told in advance of America’s killing in Iraq of Qassem…

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

Portrait of the week: Trains stop, a volcano erupts and the nation goes to the polls

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Home The nation went to the polls. Engineering works compounded the misery of passengers on the South Western Railway where…

Portrait of the week: Terror in London, Trump in London and a resignation in Malta

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Home Usman Khan, aged 28, out of prison on licence after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for preparing…

Portrait of the week: Chief Rabbi speaks out, Uber loses its licence and police draw tasers at the cinema

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Home The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, intervened in the election campaign by declaring that anti-Semitism was a ‘poison — sanctioned…

Portrait of the week: The leaders’ debate, the Duke’s interview and the gilet jaunes’ birthday

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Home In a television debate Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, was jeered by the studio audience when he was asked…

Portrait of the week: Farage’s climbdown, Yorkshire’s floods and Australia’s fires

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit party, climbed down from his resolution to field 600 candidates in the…

Portrait of the week: Bercow steps down, Hoyle steps up and an election begins

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and deputy Speaker since 2010, was elected Speaker by the Commons.…

Portrait of the week: An election date is set, al-Baghdadi dies and a row over gay giraffes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, having shelved his Brexit Bill in the face of parliamentary opposition, persuaded the Commons…

Portrait of the week: More Brexit chaos, royal complaints and Syrian fighting

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 329 to 299 for a Brexit Withdrawal Bill but then stymied progress by defeating a…

Portrait of the week: Brexit uncertainty, Turkey in Syria and a Chinese threat

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit teetered from uncertainty to uncertainty. Parliament had been summoned to sit on Saturday 19 October to debate what…

Portrait of the week: Brexit approaches, Extinction Rebellion protests and Donald Trump tweets

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Home After a telephone conversation between Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a Downing Street…

Portrait of the week: Tory conference, John Lewis cuts jobs and Duchess of Sussex sues

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, presented the EU with a proposed withdrawal agreement. It entailed Northern Ireland remaining for…

Portrait of the week: A Supreme Court ruling, Labour’s messy conference and Donald Trump’s ‘impeachment’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Home Eleven justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in advising the Queen to prorogue parliament ‘the Prime Minister’s…

Portrait of the week: EU negotiations, genderless babies and Brexit in court

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Home ‘I will uphold the constitution, I will obey the law, but we will come out on 31 October,’ Boris…

Portrait of the week: The Speaker resigns, BA pilots strike and Mugabe dies

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Home A bill sponsored by Hilary Benn and supported by Alistair Burt and other dissident Tories was passed — becoming…

Portrait of the week: Brexit gets complicated

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Home The government was defeated by 328 to 301 on a motion to take over the business of the House,…

Portrait of the week: Prorogation fury, cricketing glory and the PM’s pork pie

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Home The government sought to prorogue parliament on 10 September and have the Queen’s Speech opening the new session of…

Portrait of the week: back to the backstop, PC Harper’s death and the wrong kind of lightning

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, saying: ‘The backstop cannot…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

Portrait of the week: US shootings, a dam emergency and a rubbish straw policy at McDonald’s

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Home If the government lost a confidence motion when parliament sits again in September, it could call an election for…

Portrait of the week: Britain meets its new cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Home  The Conservatives’ poll ratings went up and the pound went down after a week of the prime ministership of…

Portrait of the week: The top job for Boris, gifts for Theresa and Carl Beech’s conviction

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being elected the leader of the Conservative party by its members, with 92,153…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s new role, England’s cricket victory and the world's steepest street

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Home In a televised debate between the rivals for election by members of the Conservative party as their new leader…