Thoughts on British politics, economics, foreign affairs and feminism


Rapid responses and targeted messaging: Matthew McGregor. Photo: Micha Theiner/Eyevine
Labour’s most powerful weapon: its digital campaign
By Lucy Fisher - 21 August 15:45

Cooler, younger and tech savvy – meet the team led by Obama’s former digital strategist which Labour hopes will win it the election. 

Female professionals earn 35% less than male colleagues
By Lucy Fisher - 19 August 10:00

Women now face worse gender pay discrimination during the second half of their careers.

Many Iraqis fled from Mosul when Isis swept in, but why have some supported the group?
Why is there Sunni Arab support for Isis in Iraq?
By Lucy Fisher - 15 August 11:30

Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.

Junior Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned.
Second Foreign Office Minister resigns in a week
By Lucy Fisher - 11 August 12:36

Mark Simmonds leaves the Government.

"We are legislation junkies!" says Charles Walker, arguing that Government should pass fewer laws.
Charles Walker MP: "We’re not there to serve the public, we’re representatives of our communities"
By Lucy Fisher - 08 August 17:52

The champion of the backbenches talks to the New Statesman about idealism, democracy, and the need for "injury time" in Commons debates.

More than 70 per cent of MPs use Twitter.
To watch the political elite debate, head to Twitter, not Westminster
By Lucy Fisher - 06 August 15:55

Twitter, once the preserve of teens and techies, is now the medium of choice for the political establishment too. 

The Good Country Index scores nations on their contribution to the rest of the world.
Does your nation free-ride on the planet or benefit humanity?
By Lucy Fisher - 05 August 12:50

The Good Country Index scores nations on their beneficent contributions to the world. Its creator hopes it will encourage governments to think globally rather than nationally.

Could political party youth wings galvanise young Brits to vote?
By Lucy Fisher - 01 August 17:33

As interest in Ukip's Young Independence surges, youth wings of political parties may be the best hope of staving off apathy in the young.

Cameron's crackdown on migrant benefits is too little, too late to help him
By Lucy Fisher - 31 July 16:38

Has the government's series of changes to European rules been too slow, and too limited, to convince the public that Britain should remain in the EU?

The Conservative MP Tracey Crouch.
Tracey Crouch: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to be promoted”
By Lucy Fisher - 29 July 14:34

The Conservative MP talks to Lucy Fisher about rebelling against the government, mindfulness and football.

Former shadow policing minister David Ruffley was cautioned for domestic assault on his former partner in March this year.
Tories investigate MP over domestic assault caution
By Lucy Fisher - 24 July 16:29

Michael Gove has launched a probe into Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, after he was issued with a domestic assault caution earlier this year.

A man stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011.
Teens fleeing warzones are fuelling violent crime in London, youth crime summit warned
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 16:12

The risk posed by traumatised asylum seekers was one of many themes identified at Labour's Youth Crime Summit in London today. 

135,000 FGM survivors in the UK, says new study
By Lucy Fisher - 22 July 10:45

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Pro-Russia rebels driving a tank through Donetsk today as international tensions increase over access to the MH17 crash site.
David Cameron: Russia faces tougher sanctions for MH17 crash
By Lucy Fisher - 21 July 16:24

The Prime Minister warned President Putin to stop aiding separatists in Ukraine, as responsibility for the MH17 crash was laid at Russia's feet.

Helen Goodman MP.
Labour MP slammed for "sexist" Tweet about female Tory ministers
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 16:49

Helen Goodman upbraided for declaring Tory women promoted to the government this week "puppets".

Sarah Wollaston: “People are very abusive to MPs… undermining, throwing insults at you”
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 12:44

The newly elected chair of the Health Committee and Conservative MP for Totnes talks to the New Statesman.

Evidence gathering: shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper at the 2013 Labour Party conference, Brighton. Photo: Getty
Yvette Cooper: “We can’t just turn our backs on women who are becoming victims of crime”
By Lucy Fisher - 17 July 10:00

Labour’s shadow home secretary on online misogyny, workplace discrimination and tackling domestic violence. 

Harsher penalties for drivers who use mobiles at the wheel under consideration
By Lucy Fisher - 15 July 16:05

The number of penalty points awarded could be doubled to six, as the Transport Secretary says he wants to address the "appalling" number of road casualties caused by drivers using phones.

Charles Clarke: Tories set to win general election and Kinnock a better leader than Miliband
By Lucy Fisher - 14 July 16:29

The former Labour cabinet minister launched a vicious attack on Ed Miliband and his party.

"I am one of thousands of women to have suffered – widows, orphans, victims of sexual abuse and rape".
“My son was killed... but it strengthened my commitment”
By Lucy Fisher - 11 July 11:36

Despite tragedy, two Afghan women explain how they refuse to be cowed by militants from carrying out their work.

Female MPs photographed outside Parliament in May to campaign for the return of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Female MPs in the press: slated or ignored
By Lucy Fisher - 10 July 15:36

A new study hints at sexism in the press.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was forced to explain Treasury approval for Universal Credit today.
Treasury backing for Universal Credit scrutinised
By Lucy Fisher - 09 July 15:40

Iain Duncan Smith said that the business case for universal credit has been approved by the Treasury, but only up to 2015.

What is united about our kingdom? Is it the economy, governance or identity?
What is United about our Kingdom?
By Lucy Fisher - 07 July 16:30

A professor, a pollster and a journalist hashed out the question at Chatham House last week.

Conservative MP for The Wrekin Mark Pritchard.
Can Cameron bring back powers from EU? "I'm cautiously pessimistic", says Mark Pritchard MP
By Lucy Fisher - 04 July 12:55

The senior Conservative MP and Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard discusses the EU, secret societies, adoption and animal welfare.

Statue of Justice at the Old Bailey.
Failure to protect girls from FGM is a "national scandal", say MPs
By Lucy Fisher - 03 July 8:16

A hard-hitting report today from the Home Affairs Committee blasts the authorities for failing to eliminate cutting in the UK and calls for new laws.

Private sector job creation in London versus the rest of the UK: confusion over the facts
Sorting fact from fiction: jobs in London vs. rest of UK
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 13:18

Labour is claiming today that 8 out of 10 new private sector jobs created since 2010 have been in London; the Tories say 3 out of 4 of them have been created outside the capital. Which is it?

Nick Clegg's party could lose 17 seats to Labour.
Ashcroft polls: Lib Dems could lose 17 seats to Labour
By Lucy Fisher - 01 July 11:54

The latest polling by Lord Ashcroft offers a snapshot of the wipe out facing Lib Dems in battleground seats against Labour.

Are more women to join the green benches of the House of Commons after next year's general election?
Two thirds of parliamentary candidates in party-held seats are women
By Lucy Fisher - 30 June 15:28

Given that only 23 per cent of MPs are women at present, the high number of female parliamentary candidates selected for party-incumbent seats is a small, but important triumph.

David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions last Wednesday.
Mumsnet petitions to overhaul PMQs
By Lucy Fisher - 30 June 12:42

More than 46,000 signatures and counting.