House of Commons

Chancellor George Osborne departs Downing Street on October 28, 2015 in London, England.

What can George Osborne do to fix the tax credits mess?

29 October 2015 18:50

The government needs to get thinking quickly about a new tax credits proposal that is acceptable to the Commons and…

Andrea Jenkyns with Lady and Godiva. Image: PA

A coalition victory at Westminster Dog of the Year

29 October 2015 18:19

As stormclouds gathered over London, the most politically connected pooches in the country assembled by the House of Lords for the…

Chris Grayling at the Conservative party conference on September 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

A demonstrator from 38 Degrees stands outside the Houses of Parliament holding a box with the slogan "270,000 say House of Lords: Protect tax credits" on October 26, 2015 in London, England.

Going to war with the Lords over tax credits would retoxify the Conservatives

26 October 2015 21:09

With a gossamer Tory majority in the Commons and no majority at all in the Lords, confrontation between the two chambers…

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Heidi Allen’s criticism of the Commons upsets fellow MPs

21 October 2015 14:45

There has been an interesting response in the Tory party to Heidi Allen’s speech in which she criticised the tax…

John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry and explains the panel's approach to its work during a news conference in London, on July 30, 2009.

Chilcot resists pressure from MPs to speed up the Iraq Inquiry

26 August 2015 16:06

Sir John Chilcot doesn’t seem all that bothered by the threats of censure from politicians over his lengthy Iraq Inquiry.…

Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Lembit Öpik comes to Lord Sewel’s defence: ‘He can help to clean up Parliament’

29 July 2015 14:09

Yesterday Lord Sewel stepped down from the Lords after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the former deputy speaker snorting…

Lionel Ritchie attended a Jewish Care dinner with Lord Levy and Prince William

Lionel Richie is an unusual ‘Face in the Crowd’ on Parliament visit

15 June 2015 17:16

You might expect to see Lionel Richie pass outside your door, if you were in the Ivy last night, or…


Revealed: the lords who haven’t paid their bar tabs

11 June 2015 14:49

Members of the House of Commons were reprimanded in the media for splashing out £11,000 in just one week in…

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RIP Charles Kennedy, but did we really need 27 tributes in the House of Commons?

4 June 2015 14:45

Is it too cynical to say that the tributes paid to Charles Kennedy in the House of Commons yesterday were…


Ed Miliband returns to the Commons as Osborne announces £3bn of more cuts

4 June 2015 13:53

Ed Miliband has wasted little time in returning to speaking duties in the House of Commons. George Osborne came to…

SNP MP's Pose In Front Of Parliament Following Election Success

The SNP packs the House of Commons Chamber to send a powerful message

1 June 2015 15:18

As the new SNP MPs settle in to their new life in the House of Commons, a picture is doing…

Ian Fleming

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…


Revealed: Julian Lewis’ email on the ‘unworthy manoeuvre’ against John Bercow

26 March 2015 9:02

William Hague has given today’s vote that will set up a secret ballot on the re-election of the Speaker as…

First day of new Parliament

Twitter causes problems for Tory whips ahead of the dissolution of Parliament

25 March 2015 12:34

Next week will see the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the election campaign. With some MPs destined…

Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks as Prime Minister David Cameron is questioned by MPs in the House of Commons.

Today could be the last time David Cameron and Ed Miliband ever go head to head

25 March 2015 9:10

PMQs at midday today essentially marks the end of this Parliament. Although Parliament won’t formally dissolve until Monday, very little of consequence…

Margaret Hodge at the Debrett's 500 party in January 2015. The event was sponsored by HSBC (Photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

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Commons sexism row: Barry Sheerman calls Esther McVey a ‘hard-hearted Hannah’

9 March 2015 17:07

Things became heated in the commons today after Barry Sheerman told Esther McVey to stop being a ‘hard-hearted Hannah’ during a Department for…


MPs take the vape fight outside

2 February 2015 13:00

Reports have emerged of a new row that has engulfed parliament: where and where not to vape? After complaints of…

First day of new Parliament

Tory MP ‘plotted to knock over’ BBC cameraman

29 January 2015 11:34

Michael Cockerell’s new documentary series inside the House of Commons saw the reporter gain unprecedented access to parliament. However, while many…

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Do Theresa May and Mr Henry Bellingham think we were born yesterday?

16 January 2015 12:57

On Wednesday the Home Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons about the terrorist attacks last week in…


John Bercow loses his battle to appoint Carol Mills as Commons clerk

17 December 2014 12:24

John Bercow has lost his biggest attempt at a power grab after MPs recommended that the appointment process for the…


Tory MPs have new nickname for Carswell and Reckless

2 December 2014 9:33

There is no love lost between UKIP defectors Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless and their old Tory colleagues. Catty Conservative…

Penny Mordaunt at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards 2014.

Oo-err! Top five gags from Penny Mordaunt, minister for innuendo

30 November 2014 16:07

Tory MP Penny Mourdant has caused a stir in Sunday’s papers over her confession at our Parliamentarian of the Year…


Commons uproar: European arrest warrant debate in a ‘total mess’

10 November 2014 17:22

The government is in a total mess this afternoon. The whole house of Commons has turned on Theresa May and…