Of course our efforts at Rochester weren’t helped by the glitches in the new CCHQ computer “Darth Vader”.
The Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee on the effects of ring-fencing; his opposition to HS2, and why the Scots should keep the proceeds of North Sea Oil.
The case for Bercow as a great reformer tends to be obscured by his astonishingly bad manners.
While new women smiled on the Treasury Bench, scattered about the Chamber were ex-ministers who imagined they could afford to think for themselves.
The Deputy Mayor of London was picked last night to succeed Sir George Young.
Plus: The shuffle I want. Brown flops. Why on earth do Conservative Governments pour millions into Liverpool? And: In memory of Andy Wilson.
As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Mansion House speech, here are the people who have stood by him ever since 2005
Applications are now open to succeed Anne McIntosh and Sir George Young.
Also: Could Mitchell return as Chief Whip? Why I despair of the Party’s internet strategy. How to write CVs. Why I must be mad. And finally: don’t say “If you like”.
The Deputy Chief Whip is a former PPS to George Osborne, and previously served as a member of his front bench team.
By Mark WallaceFollow Mark on Twitter. It's a measure of how uncertain politics can be that on my grid of events likely to dominate the news on a particular day, today's date has the words "RESHUFFLE SPECULATION" scrawled next to it. For obvious reasons, the news agenda today is dominated by Syria instead. As it was written […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. Conservative MPs I spoke to yesterday were excoriating about the shambles of the recall of Parliament and the whipping of yesterday's vote. One told me that the first he heard of the decision to recall was a message from EasyJet offering him a flight back. "Perhaps the Whips Office […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. The combination of Eastleigh and Italy have between them unleashed a tidal wave of commentary about the drawbacks of being governed by the professional politics. Consider Charles Moore's column in today's Daily Telegraph: "Eastleigh brings out something which more and more voters feel. A quarter of a century ago, […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Below are the winners of the different categories of the Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year awards, which were held this afternoon. Newcomer of the Year – Andrea Leadsom MP (Con) Backbencher of the Year – Alistair Darling MP (Lab) Campaigner of the Year – Andy Burnham MP (Lab) Inquisitor of the Year – […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Parliament is properly back, and Conservative MPs can now get used to Andrew Lansley, the new Leader of the House of Commons, and Sir George Young, the new Chief Whip. Sir George was a fine Leader of the House, and managed to fit plenty of opposition and backbench debates […]