Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.
Labour heaved a sigh of relief this afternoon that they avoided defeat to Ukip in the by-election to choose a new police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire. Losing the seat would have been especially embarrassing when Ed Miliband is a South Yorkshire MP.
I hate journalistic hype and exaggeration but could the EU’s sudden demand for Britain to pay an extra £1.7bn be a possible turning point in our political history?
Two of Britain’s top election lawyers say the primary the Tories are holding to pick their candidate for the Rochester by-election could open the result to a legal challenge.
The Conservatives are splashing tens of thousands on a ‘primary’ in Rochester. Good for democracy, or a wheeze for getting around spending rules?
Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell captures Ukip’s first parliamentary seat and marks an extraordinary breakthrough for Nigel Farage and his party.
By playing it low-key in various by-elections, Labour could be in danger of feeding the Ukip beast, only to find the creature turns round later and bites them too.
The first opinion in the Heywood and Middleton by-election suggests that Labour are comfortably on course to retake the seat.
Despite George Osborne’s speech, the talk of the Tory party conference is still dominated by defections. Boris Johnson said any Conservatives thinking of joining Ukip’s ranks would be
It was meant to be Mark Reckless’s triumphant return. Only local Tories – angry at what they see as Mark Reckless’s deception and treachery – fought back this morning. In