Events then hold some uncomfortable echoes of today’s politics. What, if anything, can we learn?
Plus: Two funerals and me. My life as an Agony Uncle. Why Grayling is wrong about prison books. Sympathy for Mark Menzies. And finally: My mother’s pride.
We are making a rod for our own backs. The Commons is set to become the preserve of the fanatical, the rich and the union-funded.
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter It might be assumed that the overwhelming majority of Tory MPs are adamantly opposed to prisoners voting. Not so – at least, if yesterday's Commons statement is anything to go by. By my count, David Davis, Gerald Howarth, Nick de Bois, Eleanor Laing, Peter Bone, James Clappison, Christopher Chope, […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Robert Halfon, the Member of Parliament for Harlow, and one of the most successful campaigning MPs in Parliament, has organised a motion, backed by 60 MPs from all parties, and including 41 Tories, calling for the Office of Fair Trading to investigate allegations of price-fixing by British oil companies. […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter Earlier this week I covered some of the Budget debate contributions from backbenchers. On Thursday, other Tory MPs gave their verdicts on the Chancellor's financial plans. I have compiled the best speeches below. David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford) was pleased the Chancellor had partially retreated from his earlier Child Benefit […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter Yesterday, a Private Member's Bill by Rebecca Harris, the Member for Castle Point, which sought to move British clocks forward by an hour all year round, was brought before the House. The Government was supportive of the Bill, and there was a strong turnout with wide cross-party support for […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday in the Commons, the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 was debated. The 2009 Act created IPSA, the body responsible for regulating the current expenses regime for MPs. Its workings are deeply resented by many MPs – some of whom dislike it in principle. Adam Afriyie, the Chair of the Members' Expenses […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter Proposals to give Parliament the power to take action on ministers who leak announcements to the media, before informing the Commons, have failed. The motion tabled by Phillip Hollobone MP (Kettering), aimed to be as "non-partisan as possible", was defeated by 228 votes to 119. Hollobone accused all three major parties of […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter In an over-subscribed Urgent Question debate in the Commons yesterday, on the Palestinian statehood bid, foreign office minister Alistair Burt (standing in for Hague who was in Libya) refused to be drawn on whether the government would officially support a Palestinian bid for UN membership. On Tuesday, ConservativeHome reported that […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter Nicholas Soames and Sir Peter Bottomley are the only Tory MPs who have signed an Early Day Motion supporting Palestinian membership of the United Nations. The EDM, tabled by Labour MP Ann Clywd on 5th September, has gained 79 signatures, mostly from within the Labour Party. The premise of the […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. In February, Kris Hopkins and Lord Janner, the co-Chairman of the putative group, resigned in protest at the proposed engagement of IEngage as its secretariat. A few days later, a motion proposed at a meeting of the group to drop IEngage failed by a single vote. Instead, its co-Chairmen […]
By Jonathan IsabyFollow Jonathan on Twitter Sir Peter Bottomley has a thing about Early Day Motions – the virtually never debated motions which are akin to petitions which MPs sign to make their feelings know about all kinds of issues. Whilst some dismiss them as “parliamentary grafitti” and don’t bother signing them and others do […]
By Jonathan Isaby In advance of yesterday's debate on votes for prisoners, the man moving the motion, David Davis, made his case on ConHome here. So below are some of the highlights from the contributions of other Conservatives during the debate. NB A full breakdown of how all MPs voted is here. South West Devon […]
by Paul Goodman That, in effect, is the question being put to Parliament by Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow. Last week, I reported Halfon's Commons exchanges with Sir George Young, the Leader of the Commons, about Engage – the proposed secretariat to an All-Party Group on Islamophobia. Sir George told Halfon that he'd have […]