MPs

The Spectator Podcast: where did things go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

12 April 2019 12:59

While Friday may mean the end of the working week for most of us, for many in France, it means…

MP’s best friendship lies lost in the Commons

14 January 2019 14:45

As the Brexit vote looms closer, the whips are on a hunt for MPs. Not so much to discover how…

Why aren’t there more women MPs?

21 November 2018 15:17

It’s 100 years today since women were able to stand for Parliament, and the Women and Equalities Committee marked it…

If you want to get ahead in politics, wear a tie

30 June 2017 8:20

O tempora, o mores! The Speaker yesterday announced that men no longer have to wear ties in the House of…

Parliamentarians vs Corbynistas – two tribes at war in the Labour Party conference

27 September 2016 12:35

Quite extraordinary scenes here at the Labour Party conference. I’m typing this in the main conference hall and have just…

A rent boy’s guide to politicians and other clients

7 September 2016 17:24

This article is an excerpt from the latest issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow. I am not surprised that Keith…

Jeremy Corbyn is going to fight to the bitter end

27 June 2016 15:05

Despite the rolling programme of frontbench resignations in the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn is clearly planning to fight to the…

Worried MPs call for expenses watchdog to be stripped of security role

21 June 2016 17:29

Exasperated MPs have called for their security to be taken out of the hands of their expenses watchdog Ipsa after…

Coffee Shots: Merry Christmas from Nigel Evans, the deep-thinker

9 December 2015 11:41

Although Diane Abbott’s Christmas card efforts have been well-documented this year — with the Labour MP even finding time to…

How Labour’s left can push out centrist MPs without mandatory reselection

11 September 2015 17:17

A number of backroom staff in the Labour party have been in touch today to say goodbye ahead of an…

There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park

1 July 2015 11:35

The Houses of Parliament are falling down. According to the Independent Options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and…

Can MPs really refuse a pay rise anyway?

3 June 2015 11:34

If you’re a Labour leadership contender, or keen for other reasons to look in touch with people – or perhaps…

No, MPs are not ‘giving themselves a pay rise’

2 June 2015 14:43

So MPs are now set for a 10 per cent pay rise, taking their basic salaries to £74,000. Cue fury…

Dance has never addressed whether making money is a good or bad thing. It’s time to do so

1 April 2015 16:45

A couple of weeks ago some dance instructors went to Westminster to coach MPs to shake their tushes for the…

You can tell a lot from watching how MPs act

25 February 2015 16:17

One thing worth noting from today’s PMQs – and indeed from all the sessions since the start if the year…

PMQs: Second jobs, lobbying and ‘obsessive crackpots’

25 February 2015 13:13

Ed Miliband boxed cleverer than David Cameron at PMQs today and came out with a comprehensive points victory. Miliband went,…

Recognising a Palestinian ‘state’ in Parliament is not only pointless, it’s dangerous

13 October 2014 17:36

Today in Parliament, MPs are voting on a backbench motion (supported by a one-line whip from the Labour party) proposing that…

After Mercer, Hancock, Miller and now Ruffley, we need a proper MPs Recall Bill

29 July 2014 10:30

There seem to have been few people who did not offer their two cents on David Ruffley. From domestic violence…

Podcast: the next financial disaster, MPs quitting and sinister men in sunglasses

24 July 2014 9:15

Think we’ve done enough to avoid another financial crisis? Think again, says Liam Halligan. Sure, there’s no shortage of commentators…

Why do so many of our MPs feel the need to write books?

10 June 2014 17:39

It sometimes feels like there is a never-ending flood of books written by politicians delivered to the Spectator offices. Almost…