House of Commons

There’s nothing wrong with Jacob Rees-Mogg lying down in the Commons

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If you are a journalist covering politics this year, every moment is a bad moment to take a holiday. I…

Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Big defeats Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons? Aside…

Is ‘woman’ now an offensive word?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Speaker of the House of Commons called the present Leader of the House a…

Order, order! In the Commons, you are where you sit

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Diet nannies will spend Christmas telling us ‘you are what you eat’ but in the House of Commons ‘you are…

This really isn’t how Robert Mugabe would run a referendum

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It is not what Robert Mugabe would do. Calm down. These are ‘spiv Robert Mugabe antics’, said the Tory backbencher…

Harriet Harman’s diary: the joys of being a ‘former’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

One of my constituents has been in an Indonesian prison since May. Journalist Rebecca Prosser was arrested with her colleague…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

How Labour can depose Jeremy Corbyn

5 September 2015 9:00 am

How long does it take to rebuild a political machine? Twelve months? Two years? Three years? Maybe it can’t be…

Spectator letters: Cutting the Lords, and a defence of Edwin Lutyens

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Trimming the ermine Sir: I am a new boy in the House of Lords compared with Viscount Astor — though…

Cunard – a triumph of steam-age privatisation

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Steam privatisation Cunard celebrated its 175th birthday by sailing three liners down the Mersey. The formation of the Cunard Line…

Cicero’s advice for Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In responding as they did to the Daily Telegraph ‘sting’, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind may well have done…

The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names…

Five more MPs making Malcolm Rifkind’s day rate

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Golden league Some MPs who earn Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s rate of £5,000 a day: — Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury): £3,333…

If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that…

It costs £34,000 to become an MP. No wonder they expect higher pay

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Mark Simmonds has been in politics long enough to know not to expect much sympathy from his constituents. He resigned…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

So Boris has made his great leap. The blond king over the water has revealed his plans to cross the…

For Boris, choosing the right seat will only be half the battle

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is to stand as an MP in 2015 — but where? In the next few weeks, his secret…

Parliament's next crisis: a dangerous shortage of middle-aged men

26 July 2014 9:00 am

The House of Commons is off for the summer. But few MPs and ministers expect to make it through to…

Origins of the toe-rag

19 July 2014 9:00 am

‘I am glad to say that I have never seen a toe-rag,’ said my husband, assuming, as unconvincingly as one…

The spy who came in from le Carré

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The single most terrifying moment of my adult life occurred at 8.55 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday 5 August…

John Bercow must rein it in — Parliament can't afford to depose two Speakers in a row

16 November 2013 9:00 am

John Bercow could go down as a great reforming Speaker of the House of Commons. It’s thanks to him, in…

Letters: The Syria debate, plus Giles Milton on Andro Linklater

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Syrian matters Sir: Though Syria (Leading article, 31 August) is certainly no laughing matter, the turmoil prevailing over a ‘punitive…