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The Tavistock: What happens now?

Join us as we investigate the unanswered questions from our podcast series The Tavistock: Inside the Gender Clinic.


The Zahawi affair shows that Sunak is in the wrong line of work

The prime minister lacks the instincts, guile and character of of a true political leader, writes Matthew d’Ancona.

the westminster accounts

How much does your MP earn?

Together with Sky News, we’ve created the first searchable database of outside funds in Westminster.

editor’s letter

This week in Tortoise

A note from our editor for members: what to book, read and listen to this week.

new podcast series

Real Money

The world of crypto could be just one domino-fall away from a complete crash, and that domino has a name: Tether.

Search for your MP to see what donations they’ve received.

sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters

No red lines

30 January 2022
  • At least 28 people were killed and 150 injured in an explosion in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Novak Djokovic equalled Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles after winning his tenth Australian Open. 
  • Mining giant Rio Tinto apologised after losing a highly radioactive capsule in Western Australia. 

Last week Ukraine was promised the tank coalition it had been begging for for months. This week it’s asking for fighter jets, only to be told by Germany’s Chancellor Scholz that such requests are “frivolous”.


The Slow Newscast

Our biggest stories given voice


30 January 2023
46 minutes

What do you do when your children are taken away by your ex-partner? Who do you call for help? And how do you get them back?

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Who chooses the prime minister?

Liz Truss was elected prime minister by a handful of the population – Conservative party members. Her successor was almost chosen this way as well. But nobody knows exactly who these people are – or how secure the process is. So we’ve asked the Conservative Party to tell us.

On 10 October 2022, Tortoise submitted an application for Judicial Review of the Conservative party’s refusal to disclose information about the way it chose Britain’s new prime minister.


Sensemaker Daily

One story every day to make sense of the world.


Matthew d’Ancona

Every Monday, Tortoise editor and award-winning commentator Matthew d’Ancona picks apart the political stories that matter with wit, flair and insider knowledge in his weekly column.

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