UK politics

Margaret Beckett puts her foot in it

16 October 2018 18:05

It’s been a curious day in Parliament after Labour MPs en masse came to John Bercow’s defence amid a damning…

The problem with hate crime

16 October 2018 15:14

It always amazes me that people think it is normal and acceptable to have hate-crime legislation. To have laws which allow…

Labour chooses party political interest over tackling Commons bullying

16 October 2018 14:06

Why has Labour decided to give John Bercow at least a stay of execution as Speaker? Emily Thornberry was asked…

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Delays to Universal Credit won’t fix its fundamental flaw

16 October 2018 12:00

It’s rare that a government pauses the implementation of a flagship policy. There’s so much ego involved in these matters…

Revealed: the truth about the People’s Vote’s Leave voter

16 October 2018 11:29

Last week, Mr S pointed out that many (possibly all) of the celebrities who featured on a People’s Vote video…

MPs from across the House turn on Theresa May

15 October 2018 17:17

In the Prime Minister’s statement to the House, Theresa May did her best to insist that despite an impasse in…

Crisis, what crisis? Theresa May keeps calm and carries on

15 October 2018 16:34

With the government on the brink of a full blown crisis, there was speculation that Theresa May would use today’s…

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…

Brexit is the only thing keeping John Bercow in the Speaker’s chair

15 October 2018 14:21

John Bercow’s job is being saved by Brexit. Not just because the Brexit drama means that Dame Laura Cox QC’s…

Caption contest: Jeremy Hunt and the Brexit maze

15 October 2018 13:53

Will Theresa May’s government find a way out of the Brexit maze? As the Prime Minister’s backstop plans are deemed…

The Chief Whip can’t take your call right now, please leave a message after the tone

14 October 2018 22:17

No one has their finger on the pulse in the House of Commons like the government’s chief whip. To make…

Hell week 2.0: can Theresa May cling on?

14 October 2018 17:51

If last week was ‘hell week’ for Theresa May, the next few days could be classed as the Prime Minister’s…

Sunday shows round-up: Emily Thornberry defends Labour’s Brexit tests

14 October 2018 17:28

Iain Duncan Smith – The PM should put £2-3 billion of extra funding back into Universal Credit Sophy Ridge was…

Are we heading for a Salzburg-style smash?

13 October 2018 10:34

Sunday night was when the deal on the Irish backstop was meant to be done. But, as I say in…

Will the Tories have the wit to save Universal Credit – and themselves?

12 October 2018 14:32

The row over Universal Credit is a reminder that reforming welfare is the toughest job in politics. The question, right…

Has Princess Eugenie actually read the Great Gatsby?

12 October 2018 13:08

Today marks the marriage of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. Although the BBC didn’t jump at the chance to air…

People’s Vote celebrity ad: I voted Remain… and I still want to Remain

11 October 2018 13:19

With Theresa May’s Brexit proposals looking increasingly difficult to get through Parliament, the so-called ‘People’s Vote’ campaign has stepped up…

Why Emmanuel Macron should fear a no-deal Brexit

11 October 2018 11:59

Last month I made my annual pilgrimage to the battlefields of the Somme, something I’ve been doing for 27 years.…

The DUP is showing that its Brexit threats aren’t a bluff

11 October 2018 11:29

Things are escalating fast in the row between the government and the DUP. Yesterday’s threat to vote against the Budget…

Is World Mental Health Day just tokenist rubbish?

10 October 2018 18:00

What is the point of a Minister for Suicide Prevention? That Jackie Doyle-Price is taking on the role as part…

Will Theresa May call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

10 October 2018 15:47

The threat that the DUP might vote against the Budget if it isn’t happy with where the Irish border backstop…

Theresa May reveals her plan to bring Chequers back from the dead

10 October 2018 15:21

Golden sunshine streamed across Westminster at noon. And Jeremy Corbyn wiped away the cheer as soon as he stood up…

Corbyn makes May pay the price for her austerity pledge

10 October 2018 14:26

Jeremy Corbyn had the easiest lead into Prime Minister’s Questions today, and he didn’t squander it. He’d had a week…

Theresa May’s Brexit backstop breakthrough

10 October 2018 11:21

I am hearing that the PM’s Brexit advisor Olly Robbins has made meaningful progress in talks with the EU’s negotiator…

Why Chris Williamson really is happy about facing deselection

9 October 2018 22:15

Oh, what a delicious twist in the internal bickering of the Labour party. Chris Williamson, an MP who has spent…