House of Commons

Can the next Speaker put parliament back together again?

16 September 2019 13:32

MPs who aren’t in the process of defecting to the Liberal Democrats are using their conference recess to phone around…

John Bercow picks his favourite parliamentarian of all time: himself

14 August 2019 10:12

John Bercow addressed a packed crowd at the Edinburgh festival yesterday. He was gently quizzed by Susan Morrison who hailed…

Why a leaky Commons and a Brexit crisis are symptoms of the same problem

4 April 2019 18:24

Oh look, there’s water coming through the roof of the House of Commons! What a gift to those starved of…

The unbearable pointlessness of Parliament

28 December 2018 14:05

Christmas books pages usually invite columnists to nominate their publishing event of the year. Well, here’s a corker: The Ties…

Focusing on Bercow won’t change the ‘toxic culture’ of bullying in the Commons

17 October 2018 16:56

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a little shorter than usual. This was partly because, as James says, John Bercow spoke…

Motion of no confidence in Bercow tabled

9 February 2017 18:24

The Tory backbencher James Duddridge has formally tabled a motion of no confidence in the Speaker John Bercow. Duddridge’s attempt…

Coffee House shots: David Cameron quits backbenches and Witney

12 September 2016 17:49

David Cameron chose a rather blustery Oxfordshire afternoon to announce that he was stepping down as MP for Witney with…

Watch: John Bercow takes Bernard Jenkin to task in the Commons

23 May 2016 15:40

Although Bernard Jenkin tabled an urgent question today, the Conservative politician didn’t seem to feel any sense of urgency when it came…

How MPs waste time in the House of Commons

9 May 2016 17:27

There are strict rules governing the language that MPs can use in the House of Commons. Words like ‘guttersnipe’, ‘stoolpigeon’…

Watch: Norman Smith’s live BBC broadcast interrupted by Parliament security

23 March 2016 15:02

While PMQs took place in the Commons this lunchtime, outside in the Central Lobby a protest could be heard. Disability campaigners…

Parliament mystery: late night break-in at journalists’ bar

22 February 2016 12:34

This weekend saw a host of EU drama unfold, as a number of Cabinet Ministers rebelled against David Cameron on…

Is a three-hour debate on Donald Trump the best use of MPs’ time?

18 January 2016 15:17

Should Donald Trump be banned from visiting the UK? The candidate for the Republican presidential nomination hasn’t actually booked a…

Podcast special: Syria airstrikes and Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech

2 December 2015 23:57

The House of Commons has voted to carry out airstrikes in Syria this evening by a majority of 174, but…

Full text of Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech in favour of Syria airstrikes

2 December 2015 22:57

Thank you very much Mr Speaker. Before I respond to the debate, I would like to say this directly to…

The best speeches from the Syria airstrikes debate

2 December 2015 14:00

Welcome to Coffee House’s coverage of the Syria debate in the House of Commons yesterday. Here are the best speeches…

Hilary Benn on Labour’s Syria split: ‘People of principle can reach different decisions’

1 December 2015 9:00

Tomorrow, Labour will try out something curious during the Commons debate on airstrikes in Syria. The opposition side of the…

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…

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: 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…

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…