Parliament

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…

Can Parliament really end its toxic culture of bullying and harassment?

15 October 2018 14:52

How could the sort of bullying and sexual harassment detailed in Dame Laura Cox’s report on the treatment of House…

How ordinary people are priced out of Parliament by the most expensive job interview on earth

3 September 2018 13:39

Could you afford to go into politics? Chances are that the answer is no, unless you’ve got a spare £10,000…

The Tories only have themselves to blame for the ‘upskirting’ row

15 June 2018 18:25

How embarrassing for Tory MPs: one of their own has managed to block the unblockable: a bill creating a new…

MPs in mess over new data protection laws

14 May 2018 17:31

MPs are frantically deleting casework emails after being mistakenly advised that new regulations mean they have to clear the data…

MPs are making the refit of Parliament all about them. It isn’t.

27 January 2018 16:07

Theresa May likes to avoid awkward rows at all costs: that much we already know. Today’s papers carry two stories…

A guide to Parliament’s Brexit tribes

8 December 2017 15:08

There’s relief in No 10 today after Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker finally reached deal on the Irish border,…

Twenty years on, Brass Eye is still the best – as this film of unreleased material proves

3 November 2017 18:10

‘Drug use among children has for many an education and with obvious alarm for both parents on the increase almost…

These late night sittings will make Parliament much less productive

13 September 2017 16:12

One of the most noticeable things about MPs as they amble around Westminster today is how tired so many of…

Parliament needs to do far more than just stand up to the latest government power grab

8 September 2017 19:19

What a surprise: a government trying to make it easier to get legislation through the House of Commons. Today’s Huffington…

Tina Stowell is right – going tieless could magnify class division in parliament 

7 August 2017 11:58

John Bercow’s decision to allow MPs in the House of Commons to dispense with ties has been hailed by some as a…

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 8:30

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

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…

Was this Tory MP watching a racy clip in the Commons?

13 June 2017 15:40

Parliament is back – but already some MPs are bored. One Tory backbencher was snapped glancing at his phone during…

MPs should practice what they preach – and have a shorter summer holiday

19 April 2017 12:24

One of the consequences of the early election is that Britain will find itself without a functioning parliament for six…

When our armed police open fire have we got their backs?

1 April 2017 14:00

I walked past Parliament, five days after Khalid Masood’s fatal attack. I looked at all the armed policemen on all…

The response to the Westminster attack has been predictably farcical

29 March 2017 20:31

Since last week’s attack in Westminster, various readers have asked whether my list of ‘standard responses to terrorism’ has held…

Of course we’re not cowed by terrorism – what other choice do we have?

27 March 2017 10:24

Stay safe, London. Stay safe, everyone. It’s nice, isn’t it, as a sentiment, which is just as well because it…

Westminster attack: Terrorist named by police

23 March 2017 15:20

A terrorist who killed four people and injured forty others in yesterday’s ‘depraved’ attack in Westminster has been named by police. Khalid…

Westminster terror attack: Theresa May’s statement to the Commons

23 March 2017 11:41

Mr Speaker, yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy. But today we meet as normal – as…

Westminster terror attack: Today’s newspaper front pages

23 March 2017 9:01

Five people are now confirmed to have died in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster and police have arrested seven people…

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…

What the papers say: Would the Lords dare block Brexit?

9 February 2017 8:30

Theresa May’s Brexit timetable is on track after MPs overwhelming backed the Government’s Article 50 bill in the Commons last…

John Bercow was right to criticise Donald Trump

7 February 2017 8:49

John Bercow has taken a lot of flak for his comments about Donald Trump. The Speaker has been accused of…

What the papers say: Why Bercow was wrong – or right – to speak out about Trump

7 February 2017 8:30

John Bercow has grabbed the headlines this morning with his pronouncement on Donald Trump’s state visit. But was he right…