Parliament

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…

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…