Parliament

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…

John Bercow should have kept his trap shut about Donald Trump

7 February 2017 7:23

John Bercow is a little chap, and no harm in that, but does he really need to grandstand about his…

What the papers say: Brexit’s day of reckoning and why Trump’s critics are wrong

31 January 2017 8:34

At last, says the Guardian, MPs will finally have a proper say today on Brexit. David Davis has said the…

On Syria, it is easier for MPs to reflect on their past mistakes than confront the present

14 December 2016 11:17

Whose fault is the bloodshed in Aleppo? Yesterday the House of Commons discussed this at some length in an emergency…

What the papers say: Article 50 debate, Brexit ‘fog’ and ‘looney Labourites’

8 December 2016 8:26

After MPs voted last night to back the Government’s plan to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, the…

The unhinged backlash to the High Court’s Brexit ruling

4 November 2016 13:50

As a general rule, any day the government loses in court is a good day. So yesterday was an especially…

Theresa May will only regret it if she doesn’t call an early election

3 November 2016 14:30

Is there anything more absurd than hearing a bunch of Remainers claiming that they have achieved a great victory for…

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…

Labour MP climbs the greasy pole with Flora plug

5 September 2016 17:06

After the Government released its childhood obesity strategy last month, Theresa May stood accused of sidelining the issue. So, Mr S was…

‘Our Jo’: MPs unite in grief to pay tribute to Jo Cox in Parliament

20 June 2016 15:03

MPs from all parties have gathered in the Commons to pay tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox. Parliament was…

Parliament is becoming an easy place for ministers to calm rows

12 April 2016 9:15

The government has had a messy few weeks: that much is clear. And the latest mess, which is the row…

Listen: Justin Webb takes Amber Rudd to task on Today over her ‘plague of frogs’ Brexit claims

24 March 2016 10:24

Today Amber Rudd is doing her bit for the In campaign with a speech in which she will warn the nation that…

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…

Tories worry about plan to Short change opposition parties

21 January 2016 16:22

Labour is a very poor opposition at the moment, and no amount of money could fix that. But the government…

Why is Parliament debating a petition written by ‘total bigots’?

22 September 2015 14:55

Shortly after MPs return from the conference recess, they will debate a petition that orders the government to ‘close all…

Speaker Bercow: Corbyn will need to stick with new PMQs tone for months

22 September 2015 8:41

John Bercow has long made clear that he would like MPs to behave a little better at Prime Minister’s Questions,…