One of an occasional series of articles that ConservativeHome is publishing in advance of the Budget.
And Bercow, bad-mannered to the end, announces that he at least will leave on 31st October
If I didn’t work full-time in politics, I wouldn’t know that this Police Commissioner poll is taking place.
Graham Stuart is the MP for Beverley and Holderness, and the Chairman of the Education Select Committee. Follow Graham on Twitter. Today, north-west England is being hit by a teaching strike called by Britain’s two largest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT. Over 2500 schools will be affected in 22 local […]
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. Paul Goodman and Harry Phibbs have already covered this strange case of UKIP-supporting foster parents having children taken away from them by the council in Rotherham. Such a breach of political freedom and liberty has been greeted with concern by a number of Tory MPs – including the Education […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter My series profiling the backbench groups of Tory MPs has so far mainly featured groups founded or mostly composed of 2010 intake MPs. Last time, I looked at the Thatcherite No Turning Back group, founded in the 1980s. This week's group is somewhere between the two. The Cornerstone Group is […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter. Last night at least 32 Tory MPs (listed below) voted with Labour against an 88% hike in Britain's contribution to the IMF. The hike is to partly fund the IMF's ability to fund bailouts. I write "at least" because I've only quickly scanned the voting list. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org […]
by Paul Goodman ConservativeHome recently asked Tory MPs to tip us off if they believed a colleague to have made a particularly good speech in the Chamber. I won't slip to Graham Stuart, the Education Select Committee Chairman, which Conservative MP tipped us off about his defence of home education – and attack on local […]
By Jonathan Isaby Yesterday saw the Second Reading of the Academies Bill, which has already gone through the House of Lords. During the debate, Graham Stuart, the elected chairman of the Education Select Committee, expressed his concern with the speed at which the legislation is being taken through the Commons: "I am concerned by the […]
I wondered earlier this week here whether Labour MPs would use the Select Committee elections to make life difficult for David Cameron. They didn't. Instead, they lined up behind the Conservative establishment candidates. Andrew Tyrie took the Treasury Select Committee; Richard Ottaway, Foreign Affairs (a big, big consolation prize, after his defeat in the 1922 […]
As most readers know, the Select Committee Chairmanships have been carved out among the parties, and tomorrow's elections for the posts will be cross-party. So Conservative MPs, for example, can vote for Labour candidates, and vice-versa. Jonathan has a list of those standing here. A question follows: on what basis will Labour MPs vote for […]
The Children, Schools and Families Select Committee has published a report today on the National Curriculum. Three Conservative members of the Committee – Graham Stuart, Edward Timpson and Douglas Carswell – have published a minority report. They argue that that the National Curriculum has failed, and that "a major rethink is needed". They say that "the […]
Beverley and Holdness MP Graham Stuart secured a debate on the flood risk to the River Hull and River Humber. Herewith some extracts: "In 2005, the “Planning for the Rising Tides” document was published and in March 2007 funding for the first 25 years of work, estimated at about £323 million, was approved by the […]