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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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