He may be made to apologise to the Commons, face suspension, or even be expelled, depending how the Commons Standards Committee rules.
People cannot simply be viewed as consumers or producers – there are other dimensions to policy, including the stewardship of the countryside.
I am tabling vital amendments to the Bill. Efforts to reduce toxic pollution should not be on the backburner.
Ellwood to chair the Defence Committee. Tugendhat to chair Foreign Affairs. Hunt to chair Health and Social Care.
The Prime Minister clearly thinks she can talk her own backbenchers into supporting her deal, but could find no way of conciliating the DUP.
They already elect their chairmen and there will be fewer trips abroad – at least when the Commons is sitting. That means more scrutiny of what Ministers are up to.
The number of rebels has risen; it is concentrated among post-2005 intake Tories, and in seats that are either marginal or were until recently.
Jesse Norman wins Culture, Julian Lewis Defence…and Meg Hillier is the new Chairman of the Public Accounts Committtee.
Members of the Policy Board aren’t members of the Government.
The Telegraph’s report of his view is a sign of rising media interest in the Chairmen of the ’22’s Policy Committees. Expect to see more it.
Robert Buckland has replaced Eleanor Laing as Chairman of the the Home Affairs Committee. There could be fresh elections for all Chairman posts.
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