Plus: How many letters has Brady had? The tragedy of the death of Carl Sargeant. And: introducing my new podcast with Jacqui Smith.
Posts Tagged: House of Commons (general)
No, the Government is not on the verge of collapse. Only Tory MPs can currently force its demise. Which they shouldn’t.
Its poll rating is 40 per cent or so, the economy is growing, and an election isn’t due until 2022. A sense of perspective is essential – for all the Government’s weaknesses.
The Foreign Secretary seeks to clarify his remarks.
Nicky Morgan: Not appointing the first woman Chief Whip last week was a missed opportunity to demonstrate change
This means not bullying people into voting for the Government, and not making grown men and women cry.
Most Tory MPs are male. Some don’t want a new complaints procedure – let alone two. Many feel vulnerable. This initiative brings new perils for the Prime Minister.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
If Fallon’s account of why he quit is right, his exit is a mistake – and May has set a precedent she may come to regret
If a Minister is guilty of bullying, harrassment or abuse, he should go. But behaviour that falls short of these should not require resignation.
Bullying, harassment and abuse at Westminster. How the Speaker and the party leaders can get a grip.
The Prime Minister has floated what the Speaker has called “a corporate scheme”. He and the Commons Commission must make it happen – fast.
Bernard Jenkin: The MPs’ Code of Conduct. We need clearer principles, and more discussion about values. Not just more rules.
There are slender means for discussion, coaching and mentoring us about the particular dangers and pressures of public life.
“All of us in this House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people.”
Fewer women. The same ethnic minority share. More people educated at state schools. The Tory intake of 2017.
On the usual form of general elections, it shouldn’t be there at all – and is more shaped by the Party’s leadership than any of its predecessors.
The negotiations are complicated and deeply technical, but in the end they are about people – and I am determine that we will put people first.”
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Philip Davies asked her about Corbyn’s policy of ruling out no-deal.
Christopher Howarth: The flurry of Withdrawal Bill amendments range from pointless to legally illiterate
Parliament authorised Brexit through Article 50, but now risks refusing the Government the chance to guarantee legal continuity.