Parliament

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…

Why has coronavirus not closed parliament?

12 March 2020 9:34 am

Why hasn’t parliament been closed after Health minister Nadine Dorries contracted coronavirus? Why isn’t the government demanding the cancellation of…

MPs need an alternative career path to just becoming a minister

17 January 2020 5:53 am

Parliament feels rather quiet at the moment, and it’s not just because there are no longer constant knife-edge votes on…

Judgment day: the danger of courts taking over politics

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Who runs Britain? When Boris Johnson’s lawyers made their case in front of the Supreme Court this week, defending his…

Word of the week: ‘prorogue’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It was most unlooked-for that a king should ally with Whig politicians to seek parliamentary reform, but that was what…

Why October 10th is Boris Johnson’s best bet for a snap election

15 August 2019 4:00 pm

Boris Johnson thrives on risk. His political life so far has consisted of a succession of gambles that have paid…

Portrait of the week: Brexit flextension, the demise of Debenhams and a real shower in the Commons

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for an extension…

Westminster’s splitting headache: who will quit next?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The first thing to note about the ‘South Bank seven’ is that they are nothing like the four former Labour…