Gavin Williamson

119: Shut up and go Huawei

Usually, the sacking of a Cabinet minister on suspicion of leaking from a top secret meeting would be the biggest crisis for a government in any given week. But this is Theresa May’s government, so she follows it up with a catastrophic kicking in the local elections, and the certainty of it getting even worse in the EU elections later this month

Labour had a poor night too — but other sides say it means voters want them to get a deal done on Brexit. Are they right? We work through the results.

Gavin Williamson, meanwhile, leaves the MoD to spend more time with his instagram feed. But is he the victim of a miscarriage of justice? And what will he do next?

All this, and the first ever case of an MP being sacked by their own voters, triggering a very interesting by-election.


92 Brave Boris Ran Away

The Foreign Secretary, who promised to lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop a third runway being built at Heathrow, instead runs away to the comfort of war-torn Afghanistan, rather than be in Parliament for the crucial vote.

But Boris Johnson still managed to offend the business community, and half his Cabinet colleagues through his interventions on Brexit, as well as admitting to a growing admiration for “child catcher” Donald Trump.

We explore the continuing collapse of discipline inside Theresa May’s warring cabinet, as Gavin “Who He?” Williamson pushes once again for the top job.

Plus, how should the UK handle the impending Trump visit? Given the Prime Minister’s past contact with demagogues and dictators, it probably won’t go well.

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89: You're (not) fired

Has any senior minister ever been so openly defiant of their boss, and not been sacked? We ask how Boris Johnson’s managed to cling on as Foreign Secretary, and wonder when Theresa May will bow to the inevitable and fire him.

Meanwhile, the Tories try to engage with the young folk on instagram, with varying levels of success. We assess their tech-savvy, and wonder who on earth ever talks about a “doggo”.

Plus another Labour MP departs the Commons, as the party’s big outdoor festival heads towards apparent failure.

And could Nigel Farage really be about to join the DUP? 

81: Should I stay or should I go?

Theresa May stumbles into another leadership crisis, with MPs on all sides wondering if they might be better off without her. Paul Osbourne & Robert Meakin look at the Conservative forces lining up against the Prime Minister.

One minister on the move is Gavin Williamson, but is the Defence Secretary’s ambition going to prove his undoing?

More trauma in north London Labour, as the controversial leader of Haringey Council gives up and announces she’ll quit. What does it mean for Labour councils up and down the country?

Plus, UKIP’s spin doctor has finally had enough — what proved the tipping point?

And, 100 years after women first won the vote, how much progress have they made at Westminster.

75: The Zombie Government

Another week, another resignation from Theresa May’s chaotic government. We explore how Priti Patel made so many catastrophic decisions, and ask how much longer this can go on. Plus, how should harassment claims be investigated after Carl Sargeant’s death, and Rupert Murdoch’s obvious bluff as he tries to take over the whole of Sky TV.