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A lesser role in the EU for national parliaments is bad news for Cameron’s renegotiation

2 July 2014 17:06

David Cameron may have got away with his failure to block Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, but that doesn’t mean that his MPs aren’t agitated about the… Continue reading

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Rory Stewart elected Chairman of the Defence Select Committee

14 May 2014 15:53

Rory Stewart, the colourful and interesting Tory MP, has been elected as chairman of the Defence Select Committee. Stewart is a formidable appointment. He is knowledgeable on defence and foreign… Continue reading

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David Cameron is dangerously complacent on shale gas regulation

16 January 2014 11:13

Late on Tuesday afternoon, and within minutes of each other, two separate hearings in the Palace of Westminster examined the prospects for shale gas in the UK. In the upper… Continue reading

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Alan Rusbridger arriving for his select committee hearing. Photo: Getty Images.

Sketch: Alan Rusbridger’s select committee interrogation

3 December 2013 18:28

Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, was quizzed about the Snowden leaks in select committee today. The chair was amply filled by Keith Vaz who always comes across as well-fed, well-meaning and… Continue reading

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Spies’ evidence sketch: Greek weddings and theatrical nonsense

7 November 2013 20:57

The nation was agog today as Britain’s spymasters were summoned to parliament. The heads of MI5 and MI6, along with the boss of GCHQ, were grilled about the ethics and… Continue reading

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Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Are Parliament’s select committees working? – I say no

5 November 2013 18:57

Our parliamentary select committees need to be taken seriously. Yet, for them to be so, we need to clarify their legal powers, use wider expertise and practice what we preach.… Continue reading

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It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013 18:22

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in front of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee today.… Continue reading

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Judges Procession To Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The Legal Year

Sir Brian’s PR offensive continues

22 October 2013 17:24

Sir Brian Leveson, who has ascended from his inquiry podium to President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Chairman of the Sentencing Council, seems to be getting a taste for… Continue reading

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Robert Chote (L) of the OBR.

We’ve shown forecasts are unreliable, jokes OBR chief

11 December 2012 13:34

‘We’ve done quite a good job at demonstrating the limitations of economic forecasting,’ half-joked Office for Budget Responsibility Chairman Robert Chote at the start of his Treasury Select Committee appearance… Continue reading

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Michael Gove rebuffs calls for a GCSE remark

12 September 2012 12:44

Michael Gove faced a tough grilling from MPs on the Education Select Committee this morning about the row over GCSE English results. But the Education Secretary gave as good as… Continue reading

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The political effects of all this hacking talk

1 May 2012 20:35

I doubt that many votes will be moved by the split report on hacking of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee. This is not a subject that sets the… Continue reading

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MPs squabble over their own phone hacking report

1 May 2012 12:48

The education select committee reported earlier, but it is the report of another select committee that will get all the attention today. The culture, media and sport select committee has… Continue reading

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Gove gets covering fire

1 May 2012 9:54

Good teaching matters; that’s something we don’t need to be taught. But how much does it matter? What are its measurable benefits? Today’s education select committee report collects some striking,… Continue reading

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What good would an annual National Strategy do?

24 April 2012 9:31

Another set of bad notices for Cameron & Co. this morning, chief among them the Public Administration Select Committee’s report into government strategy. It basically says that there is none:… Continue reading

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QE comes to the fore

18 April 2012 9:16

It’s roughly seven months until George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, so no better time to consider which political issues will come to the boil ahead of it. Fuel costs, I’m sure,… Continue reading

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The depressing appointment of Les Ebdon

20 February 2012 14:37

Today brings confirmation that No.10 has not stood in the way of Vince Cable appointing Les Ebdon as the new director of fair access. Ebdon’s appointment is depressing for several… Continue reading

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The BIS select committee makes its presence felt

8 February 2012 18:48

We will soon find out whether the coalition meant what it said about empowering parliament. The BIS select committee has rejected the government’s preferred candidate for the post of the… Continue reading

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Lansley’s headache becomes a migraine

22 January 2012 11:06

Now that the three party leaders have each pronounced on capitalism, domestic politics is returning to its familiar battlegrounds. And there are few more familiar battlegrounds, for this government, than… Continue reading

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Another fine mess at HMRC

20 December 2011 11:41

Today’s report by the Public Accounts Committee hasn’t so much been released as detonated onto the Westminster scene. The Exchequer is owed around £25 billion, it suggests, from major companies… Continue reading

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James Murdoch recalled by parliament

13 September 2011 12:52

The Culture, Media and Sport committee has recalled James Murdoch to give further evidence into phone hacking and James Murdoch’s people are briefing journalists that he is happy to appear.… Continue reading

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More questions for UKBA

29 August 2011 10:53

The Home Office and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) completed the review into the asylum seekers legacy backlog ahead of schedule at the end of last month. 450,000 case files… Continue reading

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Gaddafi in Tripoli as the entente cordiale flourishes

23 August 2011 15:39

The imminent success of the Libya intervention was, to a remarkable degree, down to Anglo-French cooperation. Though the media has been keen to play up, and even conjure up, rifts… Continue reading

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The phone hacking saga bursts back to life

16 August 2011 13:36

The phone hacking saga has burst back to life this afternoon, with the publication of a letter by Clive Goodman that contradicts much of the evidence given by News International… Continue reading

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Bitter Turkish delights

1 August 2011 9:13

Turkish accession to the EU is apparently no more than a dream of those who desire it at present, but it remains a point of contention across Europe. The British… Continue reading

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Rengotiating the loan with Ireland

27 July 2011 9:35

All eyes were on Greece at last week’s crisis summit in Brussels, but other indebted countries took advantage of Angela Merkel’s generous mood. In line with concessions made to Greece,… Continue reading

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