Security decisions are taken by professionals not politicians. But that doesn't mean there isn't a political context.
Labour are the favourites, but they could fall victim to a shock in the Midlands constituency.
Process, and a desire to say "I told you so" will be the real battle lines.
The links between economic growth of the country and that of the people, families and towns have broken. The state can fix them again.
The government has tried to halt the Dubs Amendment, a scheme designed to save thousands of vulnerable child refugees.
Now that Brexit has been achieved, the party of protest is focused on a by-election.
The new Ukip leader found his audience when he promised "Brexit means exit".
The message, which has been sent to all staff, has been interpreted as a veiled critique of the leadership's recent direction.
The former Ukip leader was responding to Tony Blair's attack on Brexit.
Organisational victory for Karie Murphy means strategic victory for Seumas Milne.
Voters in Stoke-on-Trent Central will choose their replacement for Tristram Hunt next week. Can Ukip's Paul Nuttall usurp Labour?
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