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The week ahead

After Andy Murray was reduced to tears in SW19 yesterday, the drama switches firmly back to SW1 this week with a plethora of parliamentary battles over Lords reform, the EU and the future of British banking. First up is...

A week of banker-bashing

The press is awash with banker-bashing this morning as news filtered through late last night that the Barclays chairman, Marcus Agius, had announced his resignation. In a sombre statement on the beleaguered bank’s...

A nod and a wink

We are out of the euro, in the financial and footballing sense, and there was a certain inevitability about the latter. Away from the dreary scenes in Kiev last night, Westminster shifts back into gear this week where...

The enemy is opposite

In the cacophony of the House of Commons it was once said that a wise old sage of an MP was counselling a young upstart who, disgruntled at the green benches opposite, was railing at what he called ‘the enemy’. No, the...

Leveson’s heavyweight line-up

The press is awash with reports this morning that the Camerons accidentally left their eight-year-old daughter in a Buckinghamshire pub. The story could be somewhat more embarrassing for the prime minister, coming on...

Boy George and the governor

It seems as if our MPs have only just come back – but at the end of this week they’re off again for their Whitsun recess and won’t be back until June 11. Before they no doubt put up the bunting for the forthcoming...

Flogging the proverbial dead horse

Amid the pomp and the catcalls from Dennis Skinner, last week’s Queen’s speech offered a defensive government a rare chance to gain political momentum. It is a statement on the coalition’s serial dysfunctionality that...

Just another week in politics

With election season upon us, the Easter parliamentary session is due to come to a close on Tuesday afternoon with the 17th century ceremony to prorogue the current parliament. This is the formal name given to the end...

Select committee glamour

On Tuesday afternoon the parliamentary estate will be beholden to a Hollywood star, admittedly in the-less-than salubrious surroundings of the home affairs select committee. The former drug addict, and all-round funny...

Mastering opposition

Refreshed by their short break, MPs and peers return to the fray this week. It’s rather a slow week in the Commons with MPs seemingly easing themselves back in to work. The Commons has sent most of its significant bills...

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