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  1. September 2, 2014

    Attempt to split Commons clerk role is no ‘power grab’

    John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, has hit back in the row over his plans to appoint a “top-flight manager”...

  2. August 27, 2014

    A brouhaha in the British parliament

    John Bercow has received a mixed press since becoming Speaker of the House of Commons in 2009. To an outsider this can seem...

  1. August 27, 2014

    Westminster disorder as Bercow backs Australian for venerable job

    For more than 650 years, the post of clerk of the House of Commons has seldom entered the public consciousness, but that has...

  2. March 10, 2014

    MP Nigel Evans used role to abuse young men, court told

    Nigel Evans, a former deputy Speaker of parliament, used his senior position to abuse young men hoping for a political...

  3. February 19, 2014

    Speaker faces tough task to curb rowdy prime minister’s questions

    Once a week, the British parliament, reporters and members of the public file into the cramped surrounds of the House of...

  4. November 27, 2013

    Bercow outlines plans to allow online voting

    British voters could soon be allowed to cast their general election ballot online under plans being pushed by John Bercow,...

  5. November 14, 2013

    Twitter drives a change in libel law – and how companies engage

    Libel used to be so much simpler. Once, when a company was maligned in print or by broadcast, it was via content created by...

  6. November 12, 2013

    Libel case threatens free speech in Westminster

    John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons, has voiced “grave concerns” about a libel case being brought by an international...

  7. July 10, 2013

    Political rancour deepens over party funding

    David Cameron faced a barrage of hostile questions about the Conservative party’s reliance on donations from City hedge...

  8. June 10, 2013

    Ken Clarke denies Bilderberg is part of global conspiracy

    Ken Clarke, the UK cabinet veteran, on Monday denied that the Bilderberg Group of politicians, business leaders and opinion...

  9. May 20, 2013

    Police search office of Nigel Evans in Commons

    Police have searched the Commons office of the Tory MP and deputy speaker Nigel Evans in relation to “a serious arrestable...

  10. October 19, 2012

    Bercow sparks new row over MPs expenses

    The Speaker of the House of Commons has spurred a new row over MPs expenses after asking the independent regulator not to...

  11. October 17, 2012

    Bercow raises expenses fears

    John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, has written to the expenses watchdog to urge him not reveal the identities of MPs’...

  12. April 30, 2012

    Cameron’s Churchillian speech remains enigma

    David Cameron had hoped to rally Conservative support for this week’s local elections with a rousing speech at Bletchley...

  13. March 20, 2012

    Queen ‘rededicates’ herself to UK

    Queen Elizabeth II rededicated herself to the “service of our great country” in an address to both houses of parliament in...

  14. Westminster Blog

    October 18, 2011

    Werritty met other defence ministers UPDATED

    As Westminster waits for the publication of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s report into whether Liam Fox broke the ministerial code as a...

  15. July 19, 2011

    Commons committees return power to parliament

    The world’s mightiest media figure was bustled into parliament on Tuesday, harried by protesters and accompanied by the...

  16. May 22, 2011

    Giggs named as gag order footballer

    The professional footballer Ryan Giggs was on Monday named as the celebrity at the centre of a “super-injunction”...

  17. April 25, 2011

    City asked to fund political intern scheme

    The City is being asked to help fund a new work experience scheme at parliament aimed at tackling the growing domination of...

  18. April 6, 2011

    Speaker’s budget rise fuels MPs’ anger

    Frayed relations between John Bercow and the backbenches looked set to worsen on Thursday as it emerged that the annual...

  19. March 25, 2011

    Shake-up of MPs’ expenses to cost £4m

    Ipsa, the independent body in charge of MPs’ expenses, has bowed to pressure from politicians including David Cameron and...

  20. Westminster Blog

    February 28, 2011

    Cameron: Britain may arm the Libyan rebels

    There were some fascinating exchanges in the Commons after David Cameron’s statement on Libya. Here are some of the...

  21. Westminster Blog

    February 8, 2011

    John Bercow tries to win MPs' support over the IPSA row

    John Bercow, the Speaker, has published his submission to the review by IPSA, the parliamentary standards body. He has...

  22. November 24, 2010

    Cameron wants Laws back ‘soon’

    David Cameron has said he wants David Laws back in his cabinet “soon”, in what would be a remarkably swift rehabilitation...

  23. November 8, 2010

    Woolas to fight ruling before by-election

    Phil Woolas, the former Labour immigration minister, can challenge the legal ruling that saw him stripped of his seat before...

  24. November 5, 2010

    Woolas is stripped of parliamentary seat

    Mr Woolas said he would contest the ruling but he was immediately suspended from the Labour party. Harriet Harman, Labour’s...

  25. Westminster Blog

    November 5, 2010

    Nigel Farage returns to leadership of UKIP

    Nigel Farage, as anticipated, has become the leader of UKIP once again: He picked up 6,085 votes, far ahead of his rivals....

  26. September 7, 2010

    MPs to hold emergency debate on phone-hacking

    An emergency Commons debate has been called to examine newspaper phone hacking, it was announced on Wednesday amid fresh...

  27. Westminster Blog

    August 25, 2010

    Further reading

    George Osborne’s Budget was not progressive, says IFS – FT David Cameron is in danger of turning into a “Heathite” - Bruce...

  28. August 24, 2010

    Civil servants in plea over jobs cull

    John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, is being urged to stop ministers from rushing through legislation that will slash...

  29. Westminster Blog

    July 22, 2010

    Clegg suffers a slap on the wrist for Iraq gaffe

    Nick Clegg Ouch. After suffering a string of negative headlines for his performance at prime minister’s questions yesterday,...

  30. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2010

    Clegg v Straw: The battle of who lost more badly

    Nick Clegg and Jack Straw This blog tries not to resort to negative cynicism about politics and our politicians: other media...

  31. Westminster Blog

    July 20, 2010

    Labour uses Forgemasters as a stick to beat Cable

    Steel works at Sheffield Forgemasters The coalition is slowly learning it might be worth getting the details right when...

  32. July 8, 2010

    Gove apologises for school errors

    Michael Gove, education secretary, on Wednesday night made an “unreserved apology” to the Commons over the publication of a...

  33. Westminster Blog

    June 23, 2010

    The new boy: The hair shirt parliament

    This is the hair shirt parliament and MPs will need to lead from the front. Ministers have started the process by axing the...

  34. June 16, 2010

    Partying must stop

    Speaker John Bercow is in favour of MPs sitting in September and they will do so for a couple of weeks this year. Normally...

  35. June 11, 2010

    'Committee of chairmen' set for select role

    Margaret Hodge, a former Labour minister, and Andrew Tyrie, a Conservative economist and former Treasury adviser, yesterday...

  36. June 10, 2010

    Hodge and Tyrie triumph in Commons votes

    Margaret Hodge, a former Labour minister, and Andrew Tyrie, a Conservative economist and former Treasury adviser,emerged as...

  37. June 3, 2010

    Bercow's concerns for erstwhile foe

    Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was injured on election day in an accident involving a light aircraft ( nothing to do with...

  38. June 2, 2010

    Bercow’s concerns for erstwhile foe

    Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was injured on election day in an accident involving a light aircraft (nothing to do with EU...

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