MPs’ expenses

MP recall is a populist gesture that cheapens our democracy

5 June 2014 10:58

Anger is a bad counsellor. A lot of voters are angry with MPs and want to punish them. They believe…

Downing Street has forgotten that its business is politics

13 April 2014 11:03

The Sunday papers resound with the sound of Tory MPs thinking aloud about how to deal with ill-discipline: principally expenses…

Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew…

Miliband’s moment of decision, does he call for Maria Miller to go?

8 April 2014 19:03

Ed Miliband faces a big decision tonight, does he use PMQs tomorrow to call for Maria Miller’s resignation. So far,…

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their…

Maria Miller, a political zombie

5 April 2014 11:20

Talking to Tory ministers in the last 24 hours, one of the things I’ve been struck by is the level…

Briefing: a pay rise for MPs?

9 December 2013 15:30

What’s happening? The rage continues today in advance of Ipsa’s expected recommendation that MPs should get a 11 per cent…

Denis MacShane pleads guilty to expenses fraud

18 November 2013 13:23

The expenses continues to cast a long shadow. Denis MacShane entered a guilty plea at the Old Bailey this morning. As the…

MPs don’t deserve a punishment beating over pay

14 July 2013 12:05

Four years ago I was in a windowless room within the parliamentary estate. I was working in David Cameron’s opposition…

Five things you need to know about the MPs’ pay rise

11 July 2013 13:27

Today’s recommendations from IPSA on MPs pay have been with met the condemnation we’ve come to expect regarding our politicians — snouts…

Do MPs deserve a pay rise?

1 July 2013 11:09

A small group of MPs have put their heads above the parapet in a brave and commendable fashion by demanding…

Jim Sheridan MP and those “parasites” in parliament

19 March 2013 15:14

Labour MP Jim Sheridan covered himself in glory this morning by asking why the ‘parasitical press’ is ‘even allowed to…

MPs: We’re underpaid and worried about Christmas

10 January 2013 19:42

Are MPs paid too little? Quite a few of them seem to think so. Parliamentary expenses watchdog IPSA released the…

Maria Miller survives £90,000 expenses claims, for now

17 December 2012 9:19

Both the former Labour MP Tony McNulty and the present Culture Secretary Maria Miller claimed parliamentary second home expenses for…

Margaret Moran: an MP too depressed for prison

15 November 2012 14:50

Are you happy that the former Labour MP Margaret Moran, who swindled more than £50,000 from the taxpayer in rogue…

A black, bloody insurrection of the hard-working, over-taxed and unbenefited

13 November 2012 10:24

If you want to understand the mood of modern Britain, James Hawes’s novels of middle class fury are not a…

Two different Laws

1 October 2012 9:12

Among the vast number of British people who are somewhat surprised to see the disgraced MP David Laws back in…

Warsi hauled up – but why not Hunt?

4 June 2012 19:00

It turns out that there is a minister in the Cameron cabinet who can say sorry. Following the second week…

Getting over the expenses scandal

28 September 2011 17:16

Parliament’s reputation seems to have recovered from its nadir during the expenses scandal. According to the government’s “citizenship survey”, the…

The danger to a free press

27 September 2011 13:09

“In Britain, a free press is non-negotiable,” Ivan Lewis has just said – before suggesting ways that Government might, ahem,…

IDS and the renewal of society

15 August 2011 17:15

Iain Duncan Smith has made two notable media appearances today and his comments will reveal how the government’s plan to fight gangs…

Miliband the hero

17 July 2011 9:50

Garlands go to the conqueror. The Observer has interviewed Ed Miliband about his response to the News International crisis, and it’s as…

Thieves of Westminster becoming more brazen

9 June 2011 16:15

Yesterday, Keith Vaz received a response to a written question he filed to John Thurso regarding thefts on the parliamentary estate.…

Laws calls for unity — but faces trouble

18 May 2011 17:24

The personal and the political. They mesh to readable effect in David Laws’ interview with the Times (£) this morning,…

Remaking Laws

12 May 2011 13:39

David Laws has just apologised to the House of Commons in a short statement listened to in sombre silence. Laws…