Technically, May still has time to avoid European elections. Politically, it is very hard indeed to see how she now can.
Posts by Chris White
Chris White was Special Advisor to Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP 2009-2012, to Rt Hon Andrew Lansley 2012-14 and to Rt Hon William Hague 2014-15. He is now Associate Director at Bellenden Public Affairs.Follow @
Their latest plan is to push through in a single day legislation which would involve major constitutional changes.
Chris White: A guide to today’s indicative votes – and their significance, as the legislature seizes power from the executive
This week has seen Parliament grab control, and this has serious implications for the practices of responsible government.
There’s little that Conservative MPs can do to stop the Speaker – they don’t have the votes to depose him.
With 45 days left, unless workarounds or extra time can be found, uncomfortable decisions may have to be made on which Brexit Bills to prioritise.
Chris White: The Cooper amendment threatens to damage the constitution in ways that would be very hard to repair
The constitutional crisis MPs are threatening to bring down on all our heads will have wide-ranging and severe consequences.
Even opposition parties and Bercow’s traditional supporters were taken aback by his “ridiculous” ruling. It will have serious repercussions.
Chris White: A guide to what could happen in the Commons this week as tomorrow’s vote on May’s deal looms
I set out the various permutations – and translate what the amendments to the Government’s motion mean.
Chris White: May faces a huge task – and she has made it harder for herself by neglecting the Whips’ Office
It is an extraordinarly inexperienced team. None of the four senior whips were appointed before July 2016, and no junior whip before June 2017.
In the wake of the row over an anti-upskirting bill and Chris Chope’s objection, we re-run the author’s 2016 piece calling on the Government to act.
Downing Street in its new incarnation will value his ability to build bridges with a Parliamentary Party still reeling from the shock election result.
The current procedures are unsustainable, unbalanced and undemocratic.
On English-only consent votes, the Conservative majority will leap to a whopping 104.
Chris White: There may be trouble ahead – with a slim majority, unity is the only way to avoid disaster
It only takes nine rebel Conservative MPs to defeat the Government. If that became a regular occurrence, voters would not forgive us.