John Bercow

The Momentum monarch

The Insider  |  2 February 2017

Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village Something is just not working. No matter how much he tries, Jeremy Corbyn just cannot find any peace and quiet. There was only one thing that could fix this: a brief foray into the world for a relaunch. We know it was a relaunch because it was briefed as such, thus putting …

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Cameron, Clarkson and the Chipping Norton way

Jamie Reed MP  |  27 March 2015

Rightwing controversy-seeking television presenter Jeremy Clarkson was sacked by the BBC this week after an internal report undertaken by the corporation found that the self-styled warrior against political correctness physically and verbally assaulted a TV producer. Goodbye, Mr Chips The Guardian reported that ‘Clarkson was said to have been unhappy after being offered a cold …

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Books for the beach

The Progressive  |  23 July 2014

What Labour MPs should be reading this summer Along with their selections for Desert Island Discs, politicians’ declared choices of holiday reading are usually concocted to curry favour with the voters. Margaret Thatcher once claimed her choice of poolside reading was ‘the latest Jeffrey Archer’, when in reality it was more likely to be Friedrich …

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Playground politics

Sally Gimson  |  9 July 2014

History tells us the bigger the lie, the more people are inclined to believe it. David Cameron must be playing this game. He said twice at prime minister’s questions that the Tories had put more money into the NHS and that they had cut bureaucracy. These assertions will stretch the credulity of anyone who has …

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PMQs: Not setting the House on fire

Sally Gimson  |  5 March 2014

I know the Conservative party has been trying to rebrand itself the workers’ party but for the Tory prime minister David Cameron to compare himself with Nye Bevan was quite shameless. It was in answer to a question about the NHS when Cameron claimed there were now 2,000 more nurses, and more than when Bevan …

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No wonder women MPs are leaving the Tory benches

Sally Gimson  |  5 February 2014

Ed Miliband certainly won prime minister’s questions today by focusing on the Tories’ ‘women problem’. It is the political equivalent of kicking the Tories in the crotch – much worse for men than for women. David Cameron tried his old trick of reeling off statistics to refute the accusation, but he couldn’t escape the reality …

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A punctual U-turn

Angela Eagle MP  |  7 March 2013

I began Business of the House Questions this morning by reminding the Commons that tomorrow is International Women’s Day. It is disappointing that the government has chosen to celebrate this by proposing to remove the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s general equality duty from the statute book, having already slashed 70 per cent of their …

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Primetime politics

Matt Forde  |  11 February 2013

I find politics exciting most of the time. I watch prime minister’s questions like it’s a boxing match. By which I mean I find it very entertaining, not that I shadow-box throughout it wearing a dressing gown while trying to stare out my neighbours. Even diehard fans like me have to admit that in the …

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Militant moderate

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  4 February 2013

The trade unions should have less power in the Labour party, a combative Alan Johnson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell Trade unions are in danger of becoming ‘irrelevant’ and ‘cannot connect to a whole swath of the workforce that thinks they died out with the ark,’ Alan Johnson, one of the most senior figures …

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Sobering up parliament

Paul Richards  |  1 February 2013

Congratulations if you, like me, have just completed a Dry January. My feeling of smugness at having not touched a drop of alcohol since new year’s eve is diluted somewhat by the fact that I am a moderate drinker, and can go a week or two sans booze without noticing. For many more people, a …

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