The former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party abused his parliamentary privileges. Holding the powerful to account means blocking his peerage.
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An estuary airport was touted as his big idea on flight capacity during his time as Mayor of London. There’s nobody to stop him now.
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It really depends on what meaning the Government ends up giving to “approved sponsor”, “appropriate skill level”, and “shortage occupation”.
The Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been rightly criticised, but the Government needs to set timorous senior officers on firmer legal ground.
The shock departure of Sajid Javid obscures the fact that there was much less churn than one might expect, especially at the lower levels.
Latest ministerial appointments: Badenoch, Ford, Malthouse, and Whittingdale amongst those taking up new posts
The Prime Minister has also chosen not to tinker with the whips, in contrast to the habit of both his predecessors.
Grasping this nettle will involve appointing someone prepared to be considerably less popular with sections of the gallery than was their predecessor.
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These bodies will play an important role in holding this majority Government to account. What will Downing Street make of the results?
It is past time that Westminster overcame its queasiness about pressing the devolved administrations on their dire performance.
The month-on-month stability in our rankings highlights against just how much an overall majority has calmed British politics.
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More women. Fewer minorities. Lots of councillors and former candidates. And fewer married people. Our complete guide to the new intake of Tory MPs.
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