As you may have possibly heard, the @FinancialTimes paywall is down so it's #FTfreetoday! Here's some top political reads:

- @PickardJE and yours truly on Hartlepool and whether Labour can win back its lost heartlands (with some stunning photography)

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- Inside Boris Johnson's money network. @GeorgeWParker and our crack investigative network take you into how the Tory party transformed its fundraising operation

www-ft-com.ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/content/8c6041…
- The new north: my essay from Consett on Labour's lost northern heartlands and how England has changed since the age of deindustrialisation

ft.com/content/929022…
- The truth about sexual harassment in Westminster. @Laura_K_Hughes on how parliament has (and still does) struggle with abuses of power

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- The smashing of the British state. My magazine read on how the Johnson government wants to shake up Whitehall and reform how the permanent structures of power

ft.com/content/75ed27…
- The rise of Rishi Sunak. @GeorgeWParker and I profiled the chancellor last April as he took a commanding position in British politics

ft.com/content/b465a3…
- Where does Britain go after Brexit? In 2019, I interviewed all of Britain's living foreign secretaries to try and figure out what is Global Britain. All of them had excellent ideas.

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- The award-winning Corbyn revolution series exploring how Labour took a radical turn leftward

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- How the campaign for a second Brexit referendum failed: @henrymance’s superb read on the People’s Vote campaign

ft.com/content/e02992…
- Inside the 2019 campaign: my read on how the Tories reshaped British politics

ft.com/content/ab3692…
And some of the best political Lunches with the FT. Possibly one of my all time favourites was @henrymance’s masterpiece with Nigel Farage.

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- @GeorgeWParker had a very rare dinner with the FT with George Osborne soon after he left government.

ft.com/content/264830…
- Then there was the time @PickardJE went to Rules with Bob Crow

ft.com/content/759857…
- Finally one of the favourite afternoons of my life: lunch with Ken Clarke

ft.com/content/adfc76…

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29 Oct
💥 FT Exclusive: @EmmanuelMacron warns Boris Johnson the UK’s international “credibility” is on the line in the Brexit disputes over fishing rights and Northern Ireland.

“Make no mistake, it is not just for the Europeans but all of their partners.”

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Macron tells @labboudles he was sure of “goodwill” but:

“When you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility.”

ft.com/content/0409d7…
Macron said there had been “no provocation, no tension” over fishing rights, but added “we need to respect each other and respect the word that has been given”.

The president said he had “never created pointless controversy” with post-Brexit disputes.

ft.com/content/0409d7…
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26 Oct
‘Levelling up’ 🤝 'science superpower'

These two policy goals naturally chime together, which shouldn't be forgotten in tomorrow's Budget. Without Dominic Cummings, No10 shouldn't resile from a bold R&D spending strategy.

M'latest @FinancialTimes column ft.com/content/d35851…
@FinancialTimes “Go and do something that will actually get you a job,” my school tutor advised me before university. I duly went off to gain a BSc in Computer Science,

Although I displayed limited scientific aptitude, CompSci was one of the best decisions of my life.

ft.com/content/d35851…
Our leaders have strained relations with science. Wilson embraced “the white heat” of change, but failed to see it through. Thatcher sounded the alarm on climate change but didn't act. Now Boris Johnson now wants to follow the success of the AZ vaccine.

ft.com/content/d35851…
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22 Sep
I'm perplexed as to why so many in Westminster (especially in Labour) think Boris Johnson will call an early election.

#1: The Tories' polling lead is quite soft, as seen in the dip over the NI tax rises. It would be very May '17/Trudeau to go to the polls in such circumstances
#2: Things are about to get dicey for Johnson. A difficult winter for the NHS lies ahead with flu and Covid. Plus energy quandaries. Plus inflation and cost of living.

In the words one of former Tory cabinet ministers, "this is about as good as its gets for Boris"
#3: Johnson has done very little on Levelling Up, in part due to the pandemic. The formation of @luhcgovuk last week is an attempt to resolve.

As the PM told me in #brokenheartlands, he needs as much time as possible to fulfil pledges to 2019 first time Tory voters.
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21 Sep
🗳 Levelling Up shouldn’t just be about rebalancing England’s economy, it’s about the big democratic deficit too.

So Boris Johnson should replace the House of Lords with a chamber of mayors and reps from devolved parliaments.

@FinancialTimes column ft.com/content/269eb4…
@FinancialTimes The departure of @DanJarvisMP from South Yorkshire shows why mayors need and deserve a national platform. Our most compelling politicians are now found outside on Westminster, yet they lack influence in power and policy.

ft.com/content/269eb4…
Robert Jenrick pledged more devolution and mayors to fulfill Levelling Up, all eyes are on whether Michael Gove will do the same.

One MP who knows him well thinks so. "Michael is a big believer in localism, even when it’s uncomfortable for Whitehall"

ft.com/content/269eb4…
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8 Sep
NEW: Ministers and officials are braced for ‘catastrophic’ end to Universal Credit uplift next month.

Government’s internal analysis suggests homelessness and poverty will rise and food bank use will soar. But insiders say no U-turn.

ft.com/content/ea096a… via @financialtimes
One well-placed Whitehall official on ending the £20 a week uplift:

“The internal modelling of ending the UC uplift is catastrophic. Homelessness and poverty are likely to rise, and food banks usage will soar. It could be the real disaster of the autumn”

ft.com/content/ea096a…
One minister agrees: “There’s no doubt that this is going to have a serious impact on thousands of people and colleagues are really worried, I think it will definitely eclipse social care as a political problem. It’s not just red wall MPs.”

ft.com/content/ea096a…
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7 Sep
🦠 Britain’s approach to the pandemic has become see no Covid, hear no Covid, speak no Covid.

Boris Johnson hopes to avoid further measures with vaccine passports but can he win the argument with the Tory party and beyond?

Latest @FinancialTimes column ft.com/content/f82929…
@FinancialTimes Whitehall is focused on how to get through the winter, but there's "almost zero chance" of October lockdown.

If the situation worsens, Johnson would first try everything else: mandatory masks, then social distancing, then limits on indoor gatherings.

ft.com/content/f82929…
Vaccine passports are the govt's most immediate tool, deemed discriminatory by some, common sense by others. They clash with conceived notions most Britons hold about their relationship with the state, but Johnson is still pushing ahead regardless.

ft.com/content/f82929…
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