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.
The first piece of a series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
The best epitaph on his Speakership is provided in this series of interventions by the former Leader of the House.
The speeding up of turnover rates has almost nothing to do with shifts to the right or left, and much more to do with wider cultural change in Parliament.
The result of a general election next month would by no means be a foregone conclusion.
I fear that we would lose too many good colleagues to a Remain coalition in the south, and would not pick up enough Leave-voting seats in the midlands and the north.
This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
The Prime Minister, though brought to a standstill by the loss of the second vote, continues to convey a sense of direction.
The Prime Minister falls 14 votes short – and says that the Bill will be paused while he speaks to EU leaders.
It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
“The extension letter was sent because Parliament required it to be sent, but Parliament can’t change the PM’s mind or the Government’s policy.”
On a straight up, straight down vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
Of course, the amendment must be selected by the Speaker in order to be debated at all. But there’s little doubt that he will do so.
“We may only be a few weeks away from the first Queen’s Speech of a Labour Government…the most radical programme in modern times.”
“His policy on cake is neither having it nor eating it, and frankly I fear for this political health.”
Since Parliament is unlikely to consider many of the measures proposed today, they should be put to the people as soon as possible.
If it happens, he must not just win but keep the backing of the DUP, Spartans, Labour rebels and as many of the whipless 21 as he can – and stave off a referendum too.
It’s time to grasp the real message of the 2016 referendum: that universal suffrage has been a mistake of historic proportions.
MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
There is a sense with all Johnson speeches that he is somehow parodying a politician making a one – that the whole thing is done tongue-in-cheek.
The key test seems to be whether or not an MP is prepared to pledge their full support to the Conservative manifesto at the next election.
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, from whom the whip has also been removed, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.
Would we deploy the phrase in a similar way to the Prime Minister yesterday? The answer is that we wouldn’t. Here’s why.
Its verdict fundamentally misunderstands Parliamentary Sovereignty – thus raising big questions about the future of the judiciary and the stability of our constitution.
The Attorney General takes every opportunity offered to pour fire onto the Opposition.
Plus: We Conservatives have a chance to unite, but don’t take an election win for granted. And: the radicalism of Gavin Williamson.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling, he still has a fighting chance of gaining an election – and then winning it.
The Speaker has manipulated of the rules for a political objective, but the Government has been denied the opportunity to respond proportionately in kind.