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  1. Westminster Blog

    January 24, 2013

    Will the Lib Dems back an EU referendum?

    Nick Clegg. Getty Images The Tories are having great fun mocking Nick Clegg’s opposition to an EU referendum, pointing out...

  2. November 18, 2011

    Irish angry over budget leak to Germany

    Irish political leaders expressed outrage on Friday that confidential details of Ireland’s next budget were given to the...

  1. 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...

  2. Westminster Blog

    November 30, 2009

    Speaker compares himself to a latterday Guy Fawkes

    The mistake of the last Speaker, Michael Martin, was to refuse to recognise the head of steam building up over MPs...

  3. November 13, 2009

    Labour claims victory in Glasgow election

    Labour last night claimed victory in the Glasgow North East by-election in a result that will be a boost to Gordon Brown....

  4. November 11, 2009

    Loyalty collides with disgust in Glasgow poll

    Labour is hoping that loyalty – however faded – will be enough to see off a strong challenge from the Scottish National...

  5. November 11, 2009

    Loyalty collides with mood of disgust in Glasgow poll

    Labour is hoping that loyalty - however sorely tested - will be enough to see off a strong challenge from the Scottish...

  6. October 18, 2009

    Scotland’s nationalists face by-election battle

    Scottish nationalists were cautiously confident yesterday at the end of their annual conference that was dubbed a launching...

  7. October 15, 2009

    Salmond hopes to hold balance of power

    The Scottish National party hopes to return 20 MPs at the next general election – enough to hold the balance of power if...

  8. October 8, 2009

    Labour sets date for Glasgow by-election

    The countdown has begun for a Scottish by-election where Labour is at risk of losing yet another seat with less than seven...

  9. September 26, 2009

    Airport hero to stand as MP

    A former baggage handler who helped to foil a terrorist attack on Glasgow airport is to stand as an independent candidate...

  10. September 25, 2009

    Terror attack hero fights Glasgow by-election

    A former baggage handler who helped to foil a terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport is to stand as an independent candidate in...

  11. June 24, 2009

    UK parliament ushers in new Tory Speaker

    The British parliament yesterday swore in an avowed reformer as its Speaker, hoping to draw a line under a scandal over...

  12. June 23, 2009

    Parliament swears in new Speaker

    The British parliament swore in an avowed reformer as its Speaker on Tuesday, hoping to draw a line under a scandal over...

  13. June 23, 2009

    Expectation of reforming role outstrips reality

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  14. June 22, 2009

    Bercow pledges ‘clean break’ as Speaker

    John Bercow was elected as Commons Speaker on Monday night, the first Conservative to hold the role for 17 years. The...

  15. June 22, 2009

    New Speaker might have hands tied

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  16. June 20, 2009

    Bercow's baggage threatens his chances to be Speaker

    John Bercow's campaign to be Commons Speaker showed the first signs of stalling last night as it emerged that he and four...

  17. June 19, 2009

    Bercow’s baggage threatens Speaker chances

    John Bercow’s campaign to be Commons Speaker showed the first signs of stalling on Friday night as it emerged that he and...

  18. Westminster Blog

    June 17, 2009

    Speaker's parting shot at the prime minister

    He had been ridiculed and forced from his grandiose office. Not surprisingly, Michael Martin wanted to send a message to...

  19. May 29, 2009

    Brown faces tough Glasgow dilemma

    Gordon Brown faces a nightmarish choice over when to hold a by-election in Glasgow North East, the seat that will be...

  20. May 28, 2009

    Brown faces tough Glasgow dilemma

    Gordon Brown faces a nightmarish choice over when to hold a by-election in Glasgow North East, the seat that will be vacated...

  21. May 21, 2009

    Not quite a revolution but, with luck, the end of an era

    England likes to think of itself as the mother of parliaments, the cradle of modern democracy. Never mind the minor...

  22. May 21, 2009

    Labour braced for tough by-election

    Michael Martin confirmed on Wednesday night that he would stand down as an MP when he resigns as Speaker next month, ending...

  23. May 21, 2009

    Party braced for tough by-election as Martin quits

    Michael Martin last night confirmed he was standing down as an MP when he resigns as Speaker next month, ending a day of...

  24. May 20, 2009

    Choosing a successor

    Michael Martin's successor will be selected using as-yet-untested rules drawn up in 2001 to allow MPs to keep their...

  25. May 20, 2009

    Bribing Mr Speaker

    It is not surprising Michael Martin finally decided to step down voluntarily rather than risk the humiliation endured by...

  26. May 20, 2009

    Expenses scandal in UK claims senior scalp

    Michael Martin yesterday became the first Commons Speaker - the member of parliament who presides over the UK's lower house...

  27. May 20, 2009

    Martin gives best speech of his career

    He had looked fragile for nine years, ever since he was elected Speaker. On Monday, when he made his stumbling, pathetic...

  28. May 20, 2009

    Brown vows to end 'gentlemen's club' system

    Gordon Brown set out plans to replace the centuries-old "gentlemen's club" of parliamentary self-regulation with...

  29. May 20, 2009

    UK Speaker a man of few words as 300 years of tradition ends

    Michael Martin, the UK Speaker, smiled wanly as he led his entourage of officials and followers into the House of Commons...

  30. May 20, 2009

    Denizen of the gothic tower brought to earth

    Gordon Brown delivered the final blow to Michael Martin personally. On Monday afternoon the prime minister made the lonely...

  31. May 20, 2009

    Denizen of the gothic tower brought to earth

    Gordon Brown delivered the final blow to Michael Martin personally. On Monday afternoon the prime minister made the lonely...

  32. May 19, 2009

    Speaker quits to protect ‘unity’

    Michael Martin smiled wanly as he led his entourage of officials and followers into the House of Commons chamber. A small...

  33. May 19, 2009

    Speaker gives best speech of his career

    He had looked fragile for nine years, ever since he was elected Speaker. On Monday, when he made his stumbling, pathetic...

  34. May 19, 2009

    Reshuffle threat to Post Office reform

    While all eyes at Westminster are on the change of Speaker, I learn that Whitehall’s top people have been told to prepare...

  35. May 19, 2009

    Westminster starts on path to reform

    The procedures may be abstruse but the political reality is brutally clear: Michael Martin said on Tuesday that he would...

  36. May 19, 2009

    Brown vows to end ‘gentlemen’s club’ system

    Gordon Brown set out plans to replace the centuries-old “gentleman’s club” of parliamentary self-regulation with independent...

  37. May 19, 2009

    Will parliamentary regicide do the trick?

    It is not often that the House of Commons defenestrates its Speaker. The last time was 300-odd years ago. So the toppling of...

  38. Westminster Blog

    May 19, 2009

    Who will be the next Speaker?

    We’ve split the field of runners and riders to be Speaker into four main categories: grandees, mavericks, big-hitters and...

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