Who has the worst voice in parliament?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

For the first time in more than two decades we are dog-less, and the house feels horribly empty. Our Patterdale…

Confessions of a catnapper

18 May 2024 9:00 am

As Christopher Snowdon recently pointed out, the past few governments have had a habit of passing laws that are either…

What makes MPs special

18 May 2024 9:00 am

On Monday, the House of Commons passed, by one vote, a motion to allow MPs to be suspended from parliament…

Portrait of the Week

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Daily life at the 18th-century Bank of England

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Anne L. Murphy provides a vivid picture of clients, clerks and couriers, pay and perks, cases of fraud and incompetence and the underappreciated threat of fire and violence

Parliament's poignant tributes to the Queen

10 September 2022 12:11 am

That so many people have wanted to say something about how the Queen touched their lives, whether or not they…

Boris’s desperate tearoom tour

6 July 2022 2:05 am

This afternoon, a text message went out to certain Tory MPs telling them that the Prime Minister was going to…

Zelensky's address was strange, but sensational

9 March 2022 6:28 am

This afternoon, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the House of Commons. A single flat-screen TV broadcast his speech to…

Boris is about to give Silicon Valley censors more power than ever

19 February 2022 4:54 am

Four years in the making, the Online Safety Bill has now been sent to senior ministers for review — a…

Mob hound Starmer outside parliament

8 February 2022 6:40 am

An uneventful Monday was enlivened this evening by some rather unappealing scenes outside parliament. Walking back from a Ministry of…

A rather pointless PMQs lets Boris off the hook

27 January 2022 12:09 am

Given the extraordinarily low expectations, Prime Minister’s Questions went reasonably well for Boris Johnson today. That is partly because it…

Fresh fears over parliamentary police

15 January 2022 10:25 pm

It’s been a pretty dreadful week for security at the Palace of Westminster. First, there was the admission that a…

Chinese spy suspect infiltrates parliament

14 January 2022 12:40 am

As if there wasn’t enough drama in parliament today. Peers and MPs have just been warned that a suspected agent working for the…

Parliament, not judges, should decide our laws

8 December 2021 2:40 am

The British commentariat has not covered itself in glory in its reaction to Dominic Raab’s proposed reforms to judicial review.…

Boris Johnson will struggle to contain this sleaze row

10 November 2021 9:52 pm

A week ago today, Tory MPs were getting increasingly nervous about Downing Street’s plan to stay the guilty verdict against…

Abolish the Lords!

10 November 2021 5:00 pm

So three million quid gets you a seat in the House of Lords? That’s according to the latest revelations about…

Parliament hit by food shortages

12 October 2021 8:30 pm

What with an energy crisis, a fuel crisis and a food crisis, you would think MPs have enough on their plates.…

Now I’m a backbencher, I’m free to speak my mind

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Politicians are supposed to have a survival instinct. Mine didn’t kick in last week, so I had no idea that…

Mr Speaker is right to give scruffy MPs a dressing down

8 September 2021 5:12 pm

MPs are making their way back to Parliament with an order from Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle ringing in their ears.…

Covid collapse fails to revive MPs' bars

31 August 2021 5:15 pm

The bars at Parliament have played host to many scenes over the years – plots, arguments, merriment and even fisticuffs –…

British MPs are finally engaging with the gender identity debate

18 May 2021 9:02 pm

I used to write a lot about sex and gender here. I don’t do so quite as much these days…

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

13 March 2021 9:00 am

The dangers of televising lobby briefings

The truth about the new BBC chairman? He won't make much difference

20 January 2021 12:59 am

The ‘pre-appointment hearings’ system overseen by parliament’s select committees doesn’t exactly set the heart racing; a pale imitation of the…

How Boris should pick his peers

1 August 2020 9:00 am

It is no credit to British democracy that we have the second largest legislative chamber in the world. The only…

Will all roads soon lead to York?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Should the PM move parliament to York? There is, of course, historical precedent for such a move, as he very…