This Commons has been excoriated over Brexit, but nothing becomes it like its ending. By putting Hoyle and Bryant in the final, it turned its back on the Bercow era.
But Laing’s 127 votes have to divide roughly five to one if he is to beat Hoyle – who therefore remains favourite.
Laing has 122 votes, Bryant 120. Unless the candidates who withdraw transfer disproportionately to one of them, Hoyle seems to be home and dry.
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The Fixed Terms Parliament Act may pave the way to delivering Brexit by October 31. And for that, we can thank…
Nor could the Attorney General provide anything for his colleagues to cheer.
Although Brexit has not yet taken place, it has already had an admirably invigorating effect on Parliament.
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Ministers were concerned that the Nationalists’ version granted pardons for acts which are still crimes.
But he is actually a traditional Tory leader who wants to show he will not give in to foreigners, even if they are children.
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They could at once increase viewer engagement, diminish the Corporation’s monopoly power, and reduce political involvement in its funding.
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Aladdin: Gloria de Piero. Widow Twanky: Chris Bryant. Abananzer: Peter Mandelson. Genie of the Lamp, Michael Gove. Princess Lotus Blossom: Gavin Williamson…
Labour could not break down Cameron’s defence, and ignored past crooks in Downing Street.