The Prime Minister appears to have done nothing wrong, though he has mishandled the Blairmore Holdings allegations. Here’s how Downing Street could do better.
Recent ConservativeHome authors James Wharton and Guto Bebb are present. Both expressed concern about the consequences for their areas of the offer to Scotland.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday in Parliament, Richard Bacon, a Conservative backbencher, tried to introduce a Bill which would repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. One of Mr Bacon's lines of argument was that the legal requirement for Ministers to amend legislation – without a vote in Parliament – in order to comply with European […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter 8.45pm Update by Matthew Barrett: I have now learned which candidates are being backed by the traditional organisations on the right of the Conservative Party, such as the No Turning Back group. I have highlighted these in purple. *** The following have been returned unopposed:- Chairman: GRAHAM BRADY Vice-Chairman: CHARLES […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter In a backbench debate on the European Council yesterday, veteran Eurosceptic MP Bill Cash warned that a proposed fiscal union would be both undemocratic as a whole, and damage the national interests of the UK. The Liberal Democrats, he said were currently an "obstruction to our vital national interests", and […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday afternoon, David Cameron made a statement to the House on his recent G20 meetings. Given that the Prime Minister described the main topic of debate as "instability in the eurozone", one could have predicted Eurosceptic members would turn up in force – as indeed they did. Douglas Carswell, […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. This evening's backbench debate and vote on the possibility of a referendum on the European Union has dominated today's political news. Conservative MPs, from both sides of the referendum argument, have been appearing in the media, and their words provide an insight into the possible themes of this evening's […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Grovelling? Yes, let's face it: it happens. But not yesterday when the Prime Minister was questioned after his statement on Libya. Read Patrick Mercer on Islamism, Andrew Tyrie on torture, Peter Lilley on getting Libya to pay, Baron on intervention, Chisti on Syria. Plenty of pertinent questions Also follow […]
by Paul Goodman So much happens in the Commons that isn't picked up by the media. If you want the core of the Government's view of the present position in Afghanistan, here it is – as presented to the House yesterday by Liam Fox, in the latest of the regular and very welcome quarter reports. […]
by Paul Goodman It's worth keeping an eye on the progress of the NAME bill – the measure that paves the way for a referendum on AV and a reduction in the number of Commons seats. On Tuesday evening, Bernard Jenkin argued that the May 5 poll date should be moved – because some parts […]