Why is Parliament debating a petition written by ‘total bigots’?

22 September 2015 14:55

Shortly after MPs return from the conference recess, they will debate a petition that orders the government to ‘close all…

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

22 September 2015 8:41

John Bercow has long made clear that he would like MPs to behave a little better at Prime Minister’s Questions,…


PMQs sketch: Jeremy Corbyn’s master plan

16 September 2015 17:13

Jezza! What a genius. The master plan is clear at last. You spend four days plumbing new depths of political…

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PMQs: Corbyn’s defensive performance gets him through unscathed

16 September 2015 13:29

After the 72 hours that he has had, I suspect that Jeremy Corbyn is quite relieved to have got through…

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The best arguments from the assisted dying debate

11 September 2015 13:11

The debate currently taking place on the second reading of the Assisted Dying Bill in the Commons is one of…


Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy…

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Jeremy Corbyn reunites with his old ‘comrade’ Gerry Adams in Parliament

21 July 2015 18:04

Jeremy Corbyn just can’t help making friends wherever he goes. He previously described Hamas operatives as ‘friends’ and now he…


Philip Davies moves on from Esther McVey

8 July 2015 9:30

When Esther McVey moved into Philip Davies’ flat in 2013, the pair were quick to dispel rumours that they were…

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…

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Introducing David ‘London’ Lammy and John ‘Flashy’ Whittingdale

20 May 2015 13:50

Given that a horde of new MPs have recently descended on Parliament, it’s understandable that staff may have some difficulty remembering…

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A very modern Parliament causes problems for the Tories

15 May 2015 11:56

With 190 women elected last week and the number of ethnic minority MPs hitting record levels, Parliament is slowly beginning…


The one thing sadder than an ex-MP

14 May 2015 16:21

Tonight at midnight, something will change in Parliament. All the MPs who lost their seats in last week’s elections will…

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Which arguments about government legitimacy are legitimate?

4 May 2015 16:40

Well, Labour has started on its own mission of framing the post-election legitimacy debate. Responding to the Tory operation to…

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Parliament is weak and ineffective — it needs to change

20 March 2015 17:10

Only a third of the public think Parliament is effective in holding government to account: two thirds want improvement of our…


Cathy Newman cancels charity appearance following mosque incident

17 February 2015 11:41

After Cathy Newman falsely tweeted that she had been ‘ushered’ out of a mosque on an open day, she made a public…

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An idiotic guide to politics

14 February 2015 13:19

What’s wrong with our politics? Now that more and people are turning to ‘anti-politics’ parties, this question is becoming steadily…


Confirmed: Inside the Commons will reveal ‘rift’ between John Bercow and Robert Rogers

12 February 2015 16:24

Speculation has been rife that John Bercow’s decision to let cameras into the commons for a BBC documentary will backfire on…

The Residents Of New Era Estate Protest Against Their Eviction

Why Russell Brand isn’t wrong to fear entering Parliament

12 December 2014 15:31

Oh look, Russell Brand doesn’t want to stand for Parliament even though he moans about it! You can watch the…

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The menace of memes: how pictures can paint a thousand lies

29 November 2014 12:14

It’s very fashionable these days to be despondent about the quality of our politicians. They’re all lazy liars who look…

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The Spectator at war: Standing on ceremony

6 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: On Wednesday next the King will open Parliament in state, the only alteration in…

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An NHS stale-mate and squirms for John Bercow, in today’s PMQs

22 October 2014 13:11

Today’s PMQs was an NHS stale-mate. David Cameron went after Labour on the NHS in Wales, demanding that Labour agree…


Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too.

19 August 2014 16:10

Cynics have long suspected that Britain’s foreign policy is as independent as its nuclear deterrent. Cynics have a point. Perhaps,…