Parliament

The divide over the Guantanamo settlements

16 November 2010 19:10

After being pre-empted by the morning newspapers, Ken Clarke’s statement this afternoon contained nothing that was unexpected. “We’ve paid the…

PMQs live blog

10 November 2010 11:49

VERDICT: Earlier today, I wrote that the coalition “has few better defenders of its cause than Nick Clegg”. You wouldn’t…

Europe hasn’t gone away

4 November 2010 16:37

The Tory party’s acceptance of a 2.9 percent increase in the EU budget has persuaded Steve Richards that ‘Europe has…

PMQs live blog

3 November 2010 11:52

VERDICT: Perhaps the snappiest exchange between Cameron and Miliband so far, with both men on combative form. Miliband’s charge was…

Prisoner voting rights are undemocratic

2 November 2010 18:20

It was unlikely that the Coalition could have played for any more time before lifting the ban on prisoner voting. …

PMQs live blog

27 October 2010 11:45

VERDICT: The housing benefit cuts inspired Ed Miliband’s chosen attack – and he deployed it quite effectively, with none of…

Too many of today’s MPs would have been on the wrong side at Marston-Moor

25 October 2010 20:06

We are about to find out how many coalition MPs are lobby fodder. In half-an-hour or so, the House of…

PMQs live blog

20 October 2010 11:56

QUICK VERDICT: More heat than light today, but Cameron easily got the better of Ed Miliband. Now to the Spending…

A test of Cameron’s commitment to the new politics

18 October 2010 12:28

In opposition, nearly every politician talks about the dangers of an over-mighty executive. But office has a habit of changing…

PMQs live blog

13 October 2010 11:47

VERDICT: Well, who would have thought it? In his first PMQs performance, Ed Miliband not only put in a solid…

The Pope: moderation is Britain’s national instinct

17 September 2010 18:22

Another good speech from Pope Benedict XVI, grand in historical sweep and intellectual clarity. His softly spoken, yet heavily-accented, English…

Best seating plan ever

17 September 2010 16:56

The images from inside Westminster Hall right now: Captions please…

PMQs live blog

15 September 2010 11:47

Stay tuned for live coverage of today’s Cameron vs Harman clash from 1200. 1200: A prompt start. Cameron begins with…

Labour get the inquiry they wanted

9 September 2010 14:15

To these eyes, this afternoon’s phone hacking debate was a surprisingly sedate affair. Chris Bryant – proposing a motion to…

PMQs live blog

8 September 2010 11:50

Stay tuned for live coverage of Clegg vs Straw from 1200. 1201: And here we go. Clegg begins by passing…

Rebels ‘owe’ David Cameron their support

6 September 2010 11:20

I bumped into a Tory MP earlier who one might have expected to be rebelling tonight. But he told me…

Cameron and Clegg’s message to Tory AV rebels

5 September 2010 12:18

So, Cameron and Clegg end the summer break much as they started it: with a public statement on the aims…

Who governs Britain?

28 August 2010 10:31

CoffeeHousers may like to see the full leaked letter (pasted below) to which I referred in The Spectator’s cover story…

Obama defeats our shameful libel laws

11 August 2010 16:17

Here’s one divergence between the US and the UK where we can all get behind our American brethren. Yesterday, Barack…

The battle over IPSA enters a new phase

5 August 2010 9:36

MPs have never really got along with the new expenses body, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. But now their mood…