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Polling booth: Euro election results do little to predict general election performance

By election

An overview of by elections: what causes them, how often are they held, and details of those that have occured during this parliament.Read More

Brabin, Tracy

Tracy Brabin is the Labour Metro Mayor of West Yorkshire. She is the first woman to hold a role as a UK Metro mayor. Formerly the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, she previously starred in Coronation Street.Read More
Suella Fernandes MP

Braverman, Suella

Conservative MP for Fareham. Attorney General. Came 5th in the 2022 Conservative leadership election. First Cabinet Minister ever to take maternity leave. Former Chair of the European Research Group of MPs. Barrister. Read More
Monetary Policy Committee

Bank of England Independence

An overview of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, how it works, its history, and the debate around whether it should be independent of politics.Read More
Business rates

Business rates

An overview of UK business rates, how they operate, what they raise, the different aspects of business rate relief, arguments around the system, and suggestions for reform.Read More

BBC Bias

An overview of the various accusations of political bias made against the BBC, including the history of the claims, and the various different forms they take.Read More
Boris Johnson calls for a 'Tory' London mayor - "no mucking about"

How old is Boris Johnson?

How old is Boris Johnson? How does this compare with other political figures and previous prime ministers.Read More
John Bercow

Bercow, John

John Bercow was the Commons Speaker through one of British politics most turbulent decades.  Depending on whom you ask, he is either a national icon, or simply the worst Speaker in modern British history.Read More

British Summer Time

An overview of the arrangements for British Summer Time, the main proposals for reform, and the arguments made for and against a change in the clocks. Read More

Begging

An overview of the legal position surrounding begging in the United Kingdom, and of the current political debate that accompanies it.Read More
Gordon Brown is MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Labour

Brown, Gordon

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister between 2007 and 2010. He was previously the longest serving Chancellor since Gladstone. As a boy, he used to sell the programmes for his local football team, Raith Rovers. Read More
Andy Burnham

Burnham, Andy

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, is the self styled 'King of the North'. The bookies favourite to be the next Labour leader, he has twice stood for the position before. In his 2010 bid, he received a £10,000 donation from footballer, Jamie Carragher.Read More
Yvette Cooper

Balls, Ed

The long time advisor to Gordon Brown sat in the last Labour Cabinet. He was Shadow Chancellor between 2010 and 2015. Now a broadcaster, he is married to Yvette Cooper MP, and enjoys baking. He has famously overcome a stammer.Read More
Boris front runner as Tory candidate

Boris Johnson Salary

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is entitled to an annual salary of £161,401. All of his recent predecessors as Prime Minister have been able to command substantial earnings and fees on leaving office.Read More

Browne, Anthony

Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire. Former political journalist with the Times. One time economic advisor to Boris Johnson when London Mayor, and former CEO of the British Bankers Association.Read More

Britcliffe, Sara

Conservative MP for Hyndburn. Elected in 2019 at the age of 24. Youngest Conservative MP. Formerly ran a sandwich shop and was a Hyndburn councillor.Read More
Paul Bloomfield MP

Blomfield, Paul

Labour MP for Sheffield Central. Former manager of Sheffield University Students Union. Recovered from a brain tumour in 2011. Married to a former Labour MEP.Read More
Richard Bacon MP

Bacon, Richard

Conservative MP for South Norfolk. Formerly worked in PR with Brunswick. One of the few Conservative MP to vote against the second Gulf War. Previous 'Backbencher of the Year'. Enjoys playing the bongos.Read More
Mole Valley, Conservative

Beresford, Sir Paul

Conservative MP for Mole Valley. Veteran MP, who was a Minister in the Major government. Former Leader of Wandsworth Council. Dentist, who still works as a part time dental surgeon.Read More