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The former Speaker’s autobiography is a disappointment. He writes as he talks – and after a time this becomes wearisome.
“I know that Christianity and the western past are badly stained by violence and injustice, but I am not sure that we should so casually throw away the inheritance of our culture.”
I’m looking forward to helping put some local and national issues on the table when I make mine later today.
We suggest that the state coach wends its way from Buckingham Palace to York along the slow lane of the A1 – via Finchley Road, Brent Cross and the Doncaster by-pass.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on a particular end. Will it succeed where others have failed?
If you agree, then I urge you to write to your MP and ask them to sign Early Day Motion No. 2 as well.
There is a separate-but-related debate on whether the number of seats should also be reduced.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government.
He will remember Lady Hale and her swipe at him over “girly swots”. More pertinently, he will have in mind the court’s constitutionally illterate decision over prorogation.
In 2010, Eric Pickles gave my intake the benefit of his experience. Now, in turn, I offer a few lessons I’ve picked up.
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.