Ashley Cowburn, The Independent

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Past articles by Ashley:

Liz Truss accused of attempting to erode workers’ rights with plans to raise ballot thresholds for strikes

Angela Rayner says plans will ‘inflame industrial relations at a critical time’ → Read More

Rishi Sunak says Liz Truss risks tipping millions into ‘economic misery’ in acrimonious head-to-head debate

Foreign secretary hits back accusing ex-chancellor of ‘Project Fear’ → Read More

Boris Johnson ‘does not want to resign’ and ‘wished he could carry on’ as PM, Tory peer says

Lord Cruddas says PM told him: ‘I would wipe away everything that stops me being PM in a second’ → Read More

What is the Northern Ireland protocol?

Boris Johnson plans to override contentious element of Brexit deal that he himself agreed just three years ago but EU and Tory MPs strongly opposed → Read More

Rishi Sunak vows to bring back Lord Geidt ethics adviser post if he wins race to No 10

‘It’ll be one of the first things I’ll do,’ former chancellor says → Read More

Liz Truss extends lead over Rishi Sunak in contest for next prime minister, according to Tory members’ poll

Foreign secretary also leads ex-chancellor on key metrics such as trustworthiness → Read More

What is the Northern Ireland protocol?

Boris Johnson plans to override contentious element of Brexit deal that he himself agreed just three years ago but EU and Tory MPs strongly opposed → Read More

Sky News cancel Tory leadership debate after Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss pull out

Pair clashed in second debate of the contest on Sunday evening → Read More

Tory leadership contender Liz Truss announces she would axe planned hike in corporation tax

Scrapping planned hike could cost around £16 billion → Read More

Partygate: Committee of MPs investigating Boris Johnson demand photographs and PM’s diaries

Committee of privileges also requests electronic invites and No 10 entry logs → Read More

Lord Frost calls on Kemi Badenoch to withdraw from Tory leadership race and back Liz Truss

Former Brexit minister suggests Badnoch will be given ‘a serious job in a Truss administration’ → Read More

Liz Truss accused of ‘black-ops’ as desperate fight to stay in Tory leadership race begins

Allies brand Penny Mordaunt unfit to be prime minister and hit out at MPs who have broken pledges to vote for foreign secretary → Read More

Tory vice-chair resigns to publicly campaign for leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt

Remarks follow YouGov poll showing clear support for minister among Conservative members → Read More

Penny Mordaunt claims she’s the Tory candidate Labour ‘fears the most’

Leadership hopeful tells colleagues she’s the party’s ‘best shot’ at winning next election → Read More

Major blasts cabinet ministers including Tory leadership contenders for sticking by Johnson for so long

‘They were silent when they should have spoken out and then spoke out only when their silence became self-damaging’ → Read More

Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg announce who they are backing to be the next PM

Rees-Mogg says foreign secretary was ‘always opposed to Rishi’s higher taxes’ → Read More

Nadhim Zahawi insists cutting taxes ‘isn’t a fairytale’ in swipe at Rishi Sunak

Sunak has called for ‘honest and responsibility, not fairytales.” → Read More

Labour to table motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government today

Sir Keir Starmer will table a no confidence motion in Boris Johnson’s government today in an attempt to oust him from office before the conclusion of the Tories’ leadership contest on 5 September. With the prime minister now set to remain in No 10 for the next eight weeks, Labour will force Tory MPs and the 11 leadership hopefuls to vote on whether or not to support Mr Johnson’s government. The… → Read More

Tory leadership contest: Which candidates have pledged to publish tax returns?

Pledges come amid scrutiny on candidates’ financial affairs → Read More

Nadhim Zahawi sparks backlash after appearing to propose 20% cuts to department budgets to fund tax slashing measures

Chancellor has previously suggested reversing planned hike in corporation tax → Read More