Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: government defeat, the spring statement and a fatal airplane crash

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Home The government was defeated by 149 votes — 391 to 242 — on the EU withdrawal agreement presented by…

Portrait of the week: Britain’s knife crime epidemic, a trip to Brussels and Emmanuel Macron’s EU plea

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Home Two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death in London and Manchester, bringing the number of teenagers killed in knife crime…

Portrait of the week: More Brexit discussions, Trump meets Kim Jong-un and India launches strikes on Pakistan

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May said in the Commons that if MPs voted on 12 March against her draft withdrawal agreement with…

Portrait of the week: Resignations galore, Honda’s announcement and Islamic State’s brides

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Seven MPs resigned from the Labour party and sat in the Commons (next to the DUP) as the Independent…

Portrait of the week: More Brexit talks, more French protests and less horse racing

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned from a trip to Brussels and Dublin and hurried to the Commons to…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May goes to Brussels and Donald Trump to hold North Korea summit

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, went off to Brussels again to talk about ‘alternative arrangements’, for which parliament had…

Portrait of the Week: Brexit rumbles on, a panda escapes and Denmark builds a fence

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, set off to seek a change to the Irish backstop of the EU withdrawal…

Portrait of the week: May’s Brexit Plan B, IRA bombs and no one goes to Davos

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, having survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, came to the Commons with an…

Portrait of the week: May’s historic loss, Brexit chaos and the US shutdown

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit threw politics into unpredictable chaos. The government was defeated by an unparalleled majority of 230 — 432 to…

Portrait of the week: a government defeat, the harassment of Anna Soubry and Trump’s wall crisis

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The government drifted towards a vote by the Commons, which it had cancelled in December, on its withdrawal agreement…

Portrait of the week: A migrant ‘crisis’, Gatwick drone awards and Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The number of would-be migrants known to have reached England in small boats from France in the last two…

Portrait of the year: from the collapse of Carillion to the sacking of John Kelly

15 December 2018 9:00 am

January Four young men were stabbed to death in London as the New Year began. The Crown Prosecution Service was…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s double defeat on Brexit

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Home Political hobbyists speculated on the future of Brexit if the government fell, if a new Conservative leader was chosen,…

Portrait of the week: the Brexit world, the non-Brexit world and Mars

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Brexit Theresa May, the Prime Minister, seemed to succeed in uniting the country in opposition to the withdrawal agreement to…

Portrait of the Week: May’s deal, water cannon, John Worboys and Interpol

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Five pizza-eating cabinet ministers — Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, Liam Fox, Michael Gove and Chris Grayling — put it…

Portrait of the week: Moment of truth for Theresa May’s Brexit deal

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, defended a 500-page technical draft of the agreement on withdrawal from the European Union.…

Portrait of the week: The US midterms, Theresa May’s Brexit plan and London’s murder rate

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, set off for St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, from which she was to…

Portrait of the week: Hammond ‘ends austerity’, Angela Merkel resigns and Leicester City’s owner killed in helicopter crash

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Austerity was ‘finally coming to an end’, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in the Budget. He…

Portrait of the Week: the Brexit march, Nick Clegg’s new job and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, found herself in another crisis over Brexit. Backbenchers whispered that 48 letters were being…

Portrait of the week: Crisis talks and pizza in Andrea Leadsom’s office

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Home Brexit was in crisis as the European Council (of heads of state or government) met. Theresa May, the Prime…

Portrait of the Week: EU mandarins are suspiciously cheerful about Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Home EU officials were suspiciously cheerful over the prospects of Brexit negotiations running up to the next summit on 18…

Portrait of the Week: Boris mocks May and Hammond mocks Boris

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, played a well-nourished Banquo’s Ghost at the Conservative party conference, where Theresa May,…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s fury at the EU and Labour’s Brexit chaos

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, held a special cabinet to retrieve something from the wreckage of the Brexit policy…

Portrait of the Week: Brexitry, Jaguar and the Lib-Dems’ non-leader

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Britain was overwhelmed by Brexitry. Before flying off to an EU summit in Salzburg, Theresa May, the Prime Minister,…

Portrait of the week: Tories against Brexit, the Salisbury poisoning and Sweden’s election

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Home Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, was said to want to throw a lifeline to Theresa May, the…