Parliament

Rory Stewart elected Chairman of the Defence Select Committee

14 May 2014 15:53

Rory Stewart, the colourful and interesting Tory MP, has been elected as chairman of the Defence Select Committee. Stewart is…

When is a party not a celebration?

15 April 2014 12:12

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans stood on the steps of Preston Crown Court last week and said: ‘This isn’t a…

Keith Vaz on the smarm offensive

14 April 2014 15:52

Keith Vaz was in full oil slick mode on Friday night when he found himself as the only Labour MP…

Why Maria Miller should not have resigned

10 April 2014 12:39

Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive…

PMQs needs reforming but it shouldn’t be toned down

11 February 2014 21:57

To anyone in Westminster, Prime Minister’s Questions is terrific fun and a good measurement of how the leaders are doing…

Vaz and Ellis Pt. II

6 February 2014 15:03

Mr S has been keeping a beady eye on the Home Affairs Select Committee, after tensions between Chairman Vaz and…

Parliament itself shouldn’t drag MPs down

24 January 2014 14:56

The conventional image of Parliament is of a grand, imposing building packed with ancient traditions. The reality for those who…

John Bercow is his own worst enemy

14 November 2013 18:20

John Bercow has done many good things as Speaker. But he’s in danger of being the second Speaker in a…

Are Parliament’s select committees working? – I say no

5 November 2013 18:57

Our parliamentary select committees need to be taken seriously. Yet, for them to be so, we need to clarify their…

Farewell Jack Straw

25 October 2013 23:14

It is a shame that we will be losing Jack Straw at the next election. He has just announced his…

William Hague tells the 1922 that ‘lessons will be learned’ from Syria vote

4 September 2013 18:28

William Hague’s appearance at the 1922 Committee has underlined the fact that the Tory party is now split on foreign…

George Osborne: There’ll be no second Commons vote on Syria

1 September 2013 10:39

There’ll be no second parliamentary vote on Syria, George Osborne stressed this morning. There had been speculation that following President…

John Bercow reinvents being Speaker of the House of Commons

9 August 2013 16:39

If only he’d read the job description a little bit more closely, we might have avoided all these rows. Unfortunately…

Sarah Wollaston

Sarah Wollaston: Tories are ‘pandering to election strategists’ on plain packaging

12 July 2013 15:10

Sarah Wollaston is angry. Again. This time it’s about plain packaging on cigarettes. She told the World at One that…

IPSA brings MPs into disrepute once again, without saving a penny or solving the problem

2 July 2013 12:03

IPSA’s proposed increase in MPs’ salary is another example of how it continues to undermine the standing of parliament whilst…

Do MPs deserve a pay rise?

1 July 2013 11:09

A small group of MPs have put their heads above the parapet in a brave and commendable fashion by demanding…

MPs pulling strings

12 June 2013 17:01

The SNP was out in force at the annual Macmillan Lords Vs Commons tug-of-war in Westminster last night. Pete Wishart,…

Yeo steps aside: how Parliament could improve its reputation with a simple rule change

10 June 2013 22:44

As Fraser reported earlier, Tim Yeo has stepped aside from the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee chairmanship following the…

Primaries and recall elections may be nice ideas, but they won’t transform British politics

3 June 2013 13:14

Say at least this for those twin gadflies Douglas Carswell MP and Daniel Hannan MEP, they are optimists in a…

Reform human rights to save human rights

3 April 2013 17:31

The European Convention of Human Rights is developed and interpreted as times change; but is there a democratic imbalance when…