Sebastian Payne writes about politics for the FT. He was previously a reporter and editor at The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph.
He also presents a weekly podcast, FT Politics and authors the daily FT Opinion email.
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Rather than spread professionalism, bankers have scrambled for deals they should have avoided
PM must first persuade cabinet and then the Commons
Those yearning for a return to American-led multilateralism will need to think again
The post-election challenges for Democrats will mirror those facing big corporations
The era of austerity is drawing to a close but the spectre of Brexit hangs over the UK’s economy
The UK chancellor offers a bit more public spending but little vision
The allegations against Sir Philip Green were thrown into the public thanks to Lord Hain's use of parliamentary privilege. Was the businessman wrong to try and gag the press?
Theresa May did not achieve a breakthrough in this week’s Brussels summit of EU leaders. So where do the Brexit talks now stand?
US-based companies find willing recruits in figures such as Nick Clegg
More than two years since the vote, the only certain thing is the lack of certainty
Sebastian Payne looks at the likely impact on a divided Tory party's plans
The journalist’s disappearance is a significant blow to US strategy in the Middle East
Negotiations between the UK and the EU are hotting up. A deal might be in sight, but can Theresa May sell it to her sceptical cabinet and party?
Few think there is now anyway back to multilateralism and a new approach is in order
Conservatives are increasingly confident of winning the ‘meaningful vote’ next month
The Conservative party gathered in Birmingham this week for a broadly successful if uneventful conference. But is Theresa May safe as leader for the duration?
There is scepticism over the former foreign secretary’s optimism and zeal for Brexit
Debates over capitalism and corporatism betray fear Jeremy Corbyn poised to seize power
There is a long list of candidates ready to lead the Conservatives into the future
The opposition party's conference was a success, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell delivering speeches that continued the party in its radical direction.
The UK Labour leader’s populist policies and rhetoric chime with a mood for change
Hard-left group has become just another competing faction within the party
The British prime minister's hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at a summit this week were dealt a heavy blow. Where does this leave negotiations with the EU and the prospects for a deal this autumn?
Britain's opposition Labour party has captured the political mood of our times
London’s focus is shifting from promoting liberal democracy to Brexit