Introducing Sociology

Families and Households

Sociology of Education

Differentiation and Stratification

Crime and Deviance

Power and Politics

AS Government and Politics

A2 Government and Politics


Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative Party


Links to full coverage of the Premiership of Theresa May on  the BBC, ITV ,Guardian, Independent and Telegraph sites.,  I have to say that am finding the ITV coverage most accessible and it also has vey useful video clips.

Links to full coverage of 2017 General Election General Election Coverage [Guardian] and General Election Coverage [BBC]

Click here for a selection of links on the General Election of 2017 and its aftermath including negotiations with DUP and Mrs May's new Cabinet

Links to EU Referendum and Brexit Negotiations

Click here for my assessment of Theresa May and Ideology [written late 2017]

Theresa May Chronology  July 21st 2016 onwards

August 2018

Theresa May in Southern  Africa   [See 5 minutes in for Mrs May and Nelson Mandela]

T.M: "No deal Brexit wouldn't be the end of the world"

Theresa May: the next 6 months

Jacob Rees- Mogg and the Northern Ireland Border

The problems of the Tory Party

Tory leadership poll

Tory Party Entryism

Continuous Brexit Talk

Legal challenge to EU Referendum

Rejection by EU of direct negotiation with individual states

Tories and Islamophobia

Tories and Islamophobia

CBI and Immigration  Targets

T. May seeks support of grassroots Tories

T May-Macron Brexit talks 

T. May and Brexit gridlock

Jeremy Hunt and No Deal Brexit

NIESR call for softer Brexit

Brexit and Northern Ireland Border

July 2018

Olly Robbins

Where do the Brexit negotiations stand?

Michel Barnier dismisses Theresa May proposals

Brexit: What happens next?

Divided Tories

T. May and Dominic Raab

Brexit and Parliament

T. May and DUP

Escape from Brexit deadlock?

Barnier dismisses May Whitepaper

Breaking vote pairs

Anna Soubry and the Tories

Irish Border and the Tories

Irish Border and the Tories

Boris Johnson condemns Brexit plan

Liaison Committee questions Theresa May re Brexit Plan

Brexit Factions after Customs Bill vote

T. May, Brexit and PMQTs

Anna Soubry class for Unity Government

Amendment on Customs Union defeated

T. May: Failing to govern?

Will Tories be defeated on Customs Union?

Theresa May wins Customs Union Vote

Justine Greening endorses Second Referendum

What are the Customs and Trade Bills?

Theresa May and Political Crisis

Theresa May and Cross -Border trade bill

How much worse can it get for Theresa May?

Liam Fox and trade with USA  


D. Trump visit

Brexit Whitepaper

New Conservative Cabinet

Brexit and Northern Ireland Border backstop

May, Gove and Rees-Mogg

Resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis

Chequers Plan

Chequers Plan

Chequers Plans

Chequers Plan and M.Gove

Chequers Plan

B. Johnson and D. Cameron

Chequers Plan

David Davis and Chsquers Plan

Hammond and Brexit

Chequers Plan



Divided Tories

JUNE 2018

Gavin Williamson

Tories and NHS

T. May, M. Thatcher and NHS


Meaningful vote compromise

Meaningful vote: T. May wins

Meaningful vote



Survival Of Theresa May

MAY 2018

Theresa May should take back control

Theresa May and Northern Ireland Abortion Law

Theresa May and "revised customs proposals

Theresa May and Brexit Hardliners

Theresa May and Education

Theresa May, Brexit and Scotland

Theresa May and British prisoners in Iran

Theresa May splits Cabinet to consider Customs Options


Theresa May on Local Election Results

Local Election Results

Response to Lords Defeat






April 2018

Windrush Crisis

Click here for BBC coverage of appointment of Sajid Javid as new Home Secretary

Brexit Defeat in Lords

Click here and here and here and here for BBC coverage of Amber Rudd's resignation

Click here and here and here, and here and here for Guardian coverage of Amber Rudd's resignation

Brexit: It's not a done deal

Windrush Crisis

Downing Street rules out U turn on Customs Union Pledge

Government insists UK will leave  Customs Union

Possibility of U Turn on Customs Union Pledge

What is a Customs Union?

Free Trade Area, Single Market, Customs Union: what's the difference?

Pressure grows on May and Rudd over Windrush Scandal

Click here for Andrew Rawnsley Windrush Deportation article... so why has no-one resigned? 

Guardian/Observer coverage of Windrush Deportation Crisis : here and here and here  and here

BBC coverage of Windrush Deportation Crisis  here and   here and here and here  

Theresa May and HMRC

Government wins Commons vote over Syria military action

Syria military action: a decision for Parliament

Syria: the key players in the conflict

The Salisbury Poisonings

The Good Friday Agreement

Polly Toynbee on Brexit

March 2018

Cambridge Analytica

Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Brexit

11 Brexit promises leavers quietly dropped

Theresa May Pledge on NHS Funding

Britain is  heading for Norway

Fishing and Brexit

Theresa May and Police Funding Claims

Where do the Brexit negotiations stand

Theresa May and Cherry Picking on Brexit

Arlene Foster and Hard Irish Border

Irish PM dismisses Theresa May Border idea

Matthew d'Ancona on Brexit

Andrew Rawnsley on Brexit

Observer view of Theresa May Brexit Speech

February 2018

Concession on EU migrants rights during transition

Theresa May and Irish Border One   Two   Three

The day after the Chequers Meeting

The Brexit walls are closing in on Theresa May

What happened at Chequers?

Brexit Briefing

Corbyn and Brexit : One;

Labour shifts on Brexit

Ireland :One; Two; Three

Tories' Hard Brexit letter to Theresa May

Angela Merkel on Theresa May

Boris Johnson Speech


Parliament must take charge of Brexit [Andrew Rawnsley]

No 10 Downing Street and "the road to Brexit"

Brexit problems for the PM

Theresa May and Brexit [Observer editorial]

Conservative Party donors' apprehension

Theresa May and Brexit [BBC John Pienaar]

Theresa May and "Brexit War Cabinet"

Public Accounts Committee critical of Government slow preparations for Brexit

The British Chambers of Commerce view

Anna Soubry threatens to quit

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Brexit Ultras versus Tory Realists

Commons arithmetic and Brexit

No 10 rules out Customs Union

Matthew D'Ancona on Theresa May

Andrew Rawnsley on Theresa May

Criticism of Civil Service re Brexit

January 2018

Leaked Brexit Impact Report

More ongoing difficulties for Theresa May here and here and here and here

Conservative Ex-Ministers charge for Brexit- related advice

Theresa May [Article by Anne McElvoy]

Theresa Villiers, Jacob Rees- Mogg and Philip Hammond    and here

Ongoing leadership difficulties for Theresa May here and here  and here

Philip Hammond ,Theresa May and Brexit

Philip Hammond and Brexit

Unemployment data Autumn 217

Theresa May, Boris Johnson and The NHS

A critical assessment of PFI

The Conservative European Research Group

Carillion and Public sector outsourcing : article by Professor Simon Wren Lewis

Guardian/Observer coverage of Carillion

Private Finance Initiatives: Guardian view

Theresa May and the Private Sector

Theresa May and Pension Schemes

Capitalism and Carillion

Nick Boles' criticism of Theresa May

Guardian coverage of Cabinet Reshuffle: One; Two;  Three; Four ; Five ;  Six ; Seven

BBC coverage of Cabinet Reshuffle : OneTwo; Three; Four


December 2017

Lord Adonis Interview

Resignation of Lord Adonis

Resignation of Lord Adonis

Click here and here for articles on Lord Heseltine Lord Heseltine: calls for withdrawal of Conservative Party Whip

Anne McElvoy article on Theresa May

BrexitOne Year On ; Lecture by Professor Vernon Bogdanor   [June 2017]

How much influence will UK Parliament have over EU withdrawal?

Brexit and the financial sector

Theresa May and “War Cabinet” Meeting

Next Brexit Fault Line: the Transition

Andrew Rawnsley

Now where for defeated Brexiters?

Compromise on date

Whips’ Behaviour

On to Stage 2

Government defeat: newspaper reactions

Government defeat on Brexit

Click here for the resignations of Sir Michael Fallon, Priti Patel and Damian Green

David Davis an “statement of intent”

Andrew Rawnsley

Gove: Voters can change EU Deal

Media: joy and jitters

Conservative goodwill

Gove and Johnson congratulate May

Theresa May’s Red Lines

Sufficient Progress

The early morning dash to Brussels

David Davis and Impact assessments

Irish Border Issues

Irish Border Issues

Brexit Talks

Green Toryism

Alan Milburn Resignation

Damian Green Case

November 2017

Grenfell Inquiry

Donald Trump

Tax Avoidance

Philip Hammond Budget

Philip Hammond Budget

Johnson/Gove secret letter to May

Priti Patel Resignation [Guardian]

Priti Patel Resignation  [BBC]

Theresa May and Westminster Scandals

Sir Michael Fallon Resignation

October 2017

Business lobby groups and Brexit

The Conservatives , Housing and much more...

Proposed changes to Constituency Boundaries    and here

Theresa May Brussels Trip

PM faces rebellion over Brexit

Growing Parliamentary opposition to No Deal Brexit

"This Dangerous Deadlock..."

Debate on next stage of EU Withdrawal Bill postponed

Brexit Talks ; More Obstacles

"Now They have To  Pay"

Philip Hammond and "The Enemy"

Tory Right call for sacking of P. Hammond

The Speaker and Commons Brexit Vote

Theresa May and Party Conference

Theresa May and Secret Legal Advice re Halting Brexit

Theresa May and Political Courage

Will Theresa demote Boris?

The Next PM?

Theresa May Speech: Guardian View

Theresa May Conference Speech : Key Points

Theresa May and Tuition Fees

Theresa May and Party Conference

Theresa May and Party Conference

September 2017

Boris Johnson and Brexit

The Travails of the Tory Cabinet [Matthew d'Ancona : Guardian]

Boris Johnson , Theresa May and the Florence Speech

The Florence Speech and Tory Brexit divisions [Observer]

The Florence Speech: Guardian editorial

The Florence Speech ; detailed BBC coverage

Boris Johnson , Theresa May and Brexit

The Prime Minister is in denial

DUP backs Labour on NHS pay and tuition fees 

Public sector pay cap to be lifted

Government wins committee change vote

What next for EU Withdrawal Bill?

Government wins EU Withdrawal Bill vote

Very useful article on EU Withdrawal Bill [Prof. Mark Elliot]

EU Withdrawal Bill Guardian view

EU Withdrawal Bill

EU Withdrawal Bill: Pressure on Theresa May

UK Government willing to make concessions on EU Withdrawal Bill

How much Law comes from theEU?

Theresa May and EU immigration rules

Theresa May and public sector pay cap

Theresa May refuses to address European Parliament in public

Theresa May and the "Just About Managing"

Theresa May and Standing Committees

How long can Theresa May last?


August 2017

Theresa May and the long term

Theresa May and the long term

Critical assessment from Polly Toynbee

On the limitations of political leaders' power

Theresa May U Turn on Executive Pay

Theresa May and the European Court of Justice

PM May critical of Trump comments on Far Right

PM critical of Far Right views but doesn't explicitly criticise  Trump

The Tories need fresh ideas    {Matthew d'Ancona}

Click here and here for new policy directions

Time for a Tory Glastonbury?

July 2017

No. 10 contradicts Hammond over off the shelf Brexit transition deal

Cabinet tensions over Post- Brexit free movement

Philip Hammond and Soft Brexit

Leadership Challenge ?

Leadership Challenge ?

Autumn Coup Attempt?

Chlorinated Chicken

Chlorinated Chicken

Theresa May's prospects

Theresa May, Michael Gove and Rupert Murdoch?

Sack Disloyal Ministers?

Theresa May: Cabinet Leaks

Theresa May Relaunch

Theresa May Relaunch

Critical assessment of Theresa May's first year

Critical assessment of Theresa May's first year

Unpopularity of Theresa May among Conservative Party Members

Click here for news that  BBC editor of The Daily Politics Robbie Gibb has been appointed

Who will become Theresa May's Director of Communications ?

David Cameron on public sector pay

Guardian editorial on public sector pay

Tories and negotiations with the Liberal Democrats

Whatever happened to fixed term Parliaments?

A critical assessment of Welfare Reform

Theresa May and Saudi Arabia

Top Tories rebel on public spending

Deteriorating opinion poll

Damian Green and review of tuition fees

June 2017

Confusion on Public Sector pay cap

Conservative-DUP Agreement

Brexit : What is UK offering EU citizens?

The Queen's Speech : Guardian editorial

Brexit Negotiations BBC

Threats of leadership challenge

Threats of a "Stalking Horse" Challenge

Queen's Speech 2018 dropped

Queen's Speech : Election Pledges dropped

Queen's Speech : Overhauled Priorities

Conservatives and the Brexit Battle

Theresa May and Conservative Party Factions

Theresa May and response to Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster

Click here for Guardian/Observer coverage of Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster

Click here for a selection of links on the General Election and its aftermath including negotiations with DUP and Mrs May's new Cabinet

Theresa May and report on funding of Jihadi groups

Theresa May and declining popularity

Theresa May and responses to terrorism

Theresa May and British values

May 2017


Theresa May interviewed on Manifesto U Turn

Theresa May and Social Care

A critical assessment of Tory Economic Policies [Prof. Simon Wren Lewis]

Theresa May appears on Facebook

Theresa May and Disability Benefit Cuts

Theresa May and Workers' Rights [Guardian editorial]

Theresa May and Workers' Rights [Polly Toynbee]

Theresa May and Ideology [Phillip Blond]

Theresa May's Cabinet  [Guardian]

April 2017

Click here for Andrew Rawnsley's Observer article on Theresa May [April 30th ]

Click here for Observer editorial on Theresa May's "lack of a credible programme" [April 30th]

Click here for the  IFS publication on impact of Coalition and Conservative Tax and Benefit Changes to 2020 April 27th .

IPSOS MORI Political Monitor

General Election Prospects [Robert Ford: Guardian]

General Election Coverage [BBC]

General Election Coverage [Guardian]

Theresa May's Election U Turn [BBC}

Theresa May and Trade with India   [Guardian]

Theresa May and Trade with Saudi Arabia  [Guardian]

Information on the Benefit Cap [BBC]

Sure Start [Guardian]

Freedom of Movement [Guardian]

Theresa May and Gibraltar [BBC]

Theresa May and Brexit Negotiation Issues [BBC]

March 2017

The Great Repeal Bill [BBC]

The Great Repeal Bill [Guardian]

Click here for recent welfare changes March 2017

Click here and here and here and here for more recent coverage March 2017

Theresa May's difficult week [Guardian]  [U turn, electoral expenses scandal, Scotland]

U Turn over planned National Insurance increase for self- employed [BBC}

Budget 2017: Key points

Will the PM allow indyref2 ?

Dismissal of Lord Heseltine

Health, Social Care and Education

Parliament defeat Dubs amendment

Leaked tape of Surrey's council tax government deal

More information on Surrey's council tax government deal

Plans  for more Grammar Schools

Second Brexit defeat for Government in Lords

IFS predicts very slow UK economic growth and increased income inequality[Guardian]

Government pledge to reverse Lords defeat [Guardian]

Government pledge to reverse Lords Defeat  on EU residents of UK[BBC]

February 2017

Stoke Central By-election result [Guardian]

Copeland By-election result [BBC]

NHS Difficulties [Guardian]

Domestic Violence [Guardian]

Dangers of Continued Austerity[Observer]

Brexit [Guardian]

Government White Paper on Brexit plan. [BBC]

House of Commons vote on Article 50 [BBC]


January 2017

Donald Trump and State visit to the UK

Theresa May and USA visit [BBC]

Supreme Court Decision on Parliament and Article 50 [BBC]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech [You Tube]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech Transcript [The Independent]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech Coverage [BBC]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech [Guardian]

EU Referendum and Brexit Coverage [Guardian]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech [Daily Mail]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech [Telegraph]

Theresa May's Brexit Speech :An Interpretation [The Conversation]

Theresa May and The Shared Society [Full Speech]

Theresa May and the Shared Society [via Facebook]

Sunday Telegraph article on Theresa May

Theresa May and The Shared Society [Telegraph]

Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph Coverage of Theresa May [many articles]

Theresa May and the NHS  : One; Two [The Observer]

Theresa May article by Andrew Rawnsley

Theresa May's future speech on Brexit [The Guardian]

Theresa Maybe; Britain's Indecisive Prime Minister [The Economist]

Briefing on Theresa May's Premiership [The Economist]

Appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as new UK Ambassador to the EU [BBC coverage]

Appointment of Sir Tim Barrow as new UK Ambassador to the EU [Guardian coverage]

Resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers UK Ambassador to the EU [Guardian Editorial]

Resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers [Guardian coverage]

Resignation of UK Ambassador to the BBC [BBC]

December 2016

Theresa May, Brexit and the Civil Service [Guardian]

European Court of Justice rules Investigatory Powers Act Illegal [Guardian]

Embarrassment over Brexit leaks [Guardian]

Impact of Richmond Park By-Election [Observer]

Impact of Richmond Park By-Election [Observer]

Impact of Richmond Park By-Election [Observer]

Richmond Park By-Election: Result and Analysis [BBC]

The Tories and Hard Brexit [BBC]

10 Lessons from Richmond Park By-Election [Guardian]

Richmond Park and the Liberal Democrats [Prof. John Curtice: Guardian]

Richmond Park By-Election [Guardian]




Autumn Statement [BBC Coverage]

Autumn Statement [Guardian coverage]

The Investigatory Powers Act [BBC Radio 4 30 minutes]

The Investigatory Powers Act [BBC]

The Investigatory Powers Act [Guardian]

The Investigatory Powers Act [New Statesman]

Theresa May ,CBI Speech, Brexit  and Workers on Boards [BBC]

Theresa May and Workers on Boards [Guardian]

60 Conservative MPs back call  to leave Single Market [BBC]

Senior Tories urge Theresa May to drop Brexit Supreme Court Appeal [BBC]

Theresa May and Party Management [BBC]

Theresa May and the House of Lords [BBC]

Theresa May and the House of Lords [Guardian]

Theresa May and the House of Lords [Guardian]

Theresa May and India [Guardian]

Theresa May and relations with India [BBC]

Impact of Judicial Decision [Guardian: Heather Stewart and others]

Impact of Judicial Decision [Guardian Panel]

Impact of Judicial decision [Guardian: Polly Toynbee]

Impact Of Judicial decision [Guardian; Rowena Mason and others ]

Brexit , the Judiciary and Liz Truss [Guardian]

Brexit , the Judiciary and the Rule of Law [The Conversation]

Tory MP Stephen Phillips Resigns [BBC]

Tory MP Stephen Phillips Resigns {Guardian]

Theresa May , Judiciary  and Brexit [BBC

The Judiciary and Brexit [BBC]

The Judiciary and Brexit[BBC]




Zac Goldsmith resignation as Conservative MP over Heathrow decision [BBC]

Theresa May and One Nation Conservatism {Conservative Home: Tim Bale]

Third Runway at Heathrow approved [BBC}

Theresa May and Divisions in Cabinet [Andrew Rawnsley Observer]

Theresa May and Cabinet [Mark Mardell : BBC]

Theresa May and Philip Hammond[ Guardian]

On Mark Carney[Guardian]

Social Security Benefits [Report of IFS data]

The Conservative Government , Parliament and Brexit [Observer]

The State of British Politics [Observer]

Michael Wilshaw on Grammar Schools [Observer]

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit [BBC]

 MPs demand vote on Brexit Terms [Guardian]

Give Public a vote on Brexit Terms [Senior diplomat: Guardian]

British Politics and Big Money [Guardian]

Immigration and the UK Economy [The Independent]

The Conservative Party Conference [Owen Jones Guardian]

Theresa May and Brexit [Polly Toynbee Guardian]

Leaving the EU [BBC Information]


Theresa May, Populism and  and Grammar Schools [Gaby Hinchcliffe Guardian]

Theresa May and Hinckley Point

Theresa May [Polly Toynbee Guardian]


Theresa May and the next stages of Brexit {The Guardian]

The World according to Theresa May [The Conversation]

Theresa May must now define herself [Matthew d'Ancona Guardian] 

Theresa May , Obesity and Poverty [Guardian H. Siddique and R. Syal]

George Osborne and Hinckley Point [Guardian]


Theresa May, Hinckley Point and related matters [Andrew Rawnsley]

Cabinet Dissension over Europe Independent  

Theresa May and PMQT Guardian

Theresa May and PMQT Guardian

Theresa May and Poverty Polly Toynbee Guardian

Theresa May in France Guardian

Theresa May in France BBC

Theresa May in France BBC  

Theresa May in Germany BBC July



The First Week

Who is Theresa May? BBC

Theresa May : One Nation Conservative BBC

Theresa May: New Prime Minister Guardian

Theresa May's Speech ; an interpretation Guardian

George Osborne; An Ex-Chancellor Guardian

George Osborne : a critical assessment [Aditya Chakrabortty: Guardian]

Philip Hammond : New Chancellor BBC

The new Cabinet [BBC]

The new Cabinet {BBC]

The new Cabinet [Polly Toynbee Guardian]

Gender  diversity in the first  May Government [LSE]

Government axes Department of Energy and Climate Change [BBC]

Government axes Department of Energy and Climate Change [Guardian]

The new Cabinet {Guardian]

New Cabinet Personnel {Guardian]

Junior ministerial appointments [Guardian]

The new Government [Guardian editorial]

Theresa May to visit Scotland [Guardian]

Theresa May [Martin Kettle Guardian]

Boris Johnson [The Guardian Page: several articles]

A progressive's guide to Theresa May  [The New Statesman]

Theresa May and Policy [The New Statesman]

Michael Gove: from hero to zero in 3 weeks [The Huffington Post]

Liam Fox [The Independent]

Theresa May [Observer Editorial]

Theresa May and the Conservative Party [Professor Tim Bale Observer]

Theresa May [Andrew Rawnsley Observer]