The best way to protect the small proportion who struggle is to guarantee a mature, well-regulated gaming sector.
I was a Conservative MP for the best part of ten years, and have been a political journalist for the better part of 20. But as the old song about the Pushmepullyou has it, I’ve “never seen anything like it in my life”.
We’re now on Day Four of the controversy. This list began on Day Two and continues. One Minister has resigned from the Government.
Labour councillors claim to care about the environment. But they have failed to tackle air pollution.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
All but one of the current team has been appointed since May became Prime Minister. What institutional memory are they supposed to draw on?
There’s one undeniable trend among those promoted: they backed the winning candidate.
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 Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. The Daily Mail this morning reports on the 118 Conservative MPs who have written to constituents indicating their opposition to gay marriage proposals. The Mail says "Their opposition has been expressed in letters and emails sent to constituents who have contacted them with their own concerns", and points out that […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. 4pm update: People's Pledge sources tells me that Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot has come out in support of a referendum. Mike Freer, the MP for Finchley and Golders Green, has also backed a referendum. This is significant because Freer was not one of the 81 rebels, […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire MP, has answered questions from four Tory MPs about the Government's plans to combat metal theft. Brokenshire said that "the Home Office is discussing with other Departments what legislative changes are necessary to assist enforcement agencies and deter offenders". Some of the measures […]
Andrew Percy gained Brigg and Goole at the election and made his maiden speech during Thursday’s debate on poverty: “Before becoming a Member, I was a schoolteacher, and I intend to champion the issues of school funding, deprivation and exclusions. I am delighted to have been called to speak in the debate on poverty because […]