Friday 26 February 2010, 10:16
Monday 7 December 2009, 09:04
Talk of a possible hung parliament is back on the Westminster agenda as an increasing number of commentators and politicians predict that no party will have an overall majority of MPs after the general election in 2010.
The shadow Business Secretary, and former Chancellor, Ken Clarke provoked consternation...
Wednesday 11 November 2009, 08:42
At least someone in the Westminster village has a sense of humour.
Sir Christopher Kelly, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, chose to publish his report on MPs' expenses on the eve of Bonfire Night.
So he lit the blue touchpaper and stood well back - and the explosion of anger among...
Monday 12 October 2009, 11:49
The audit of MPs' expenses by Sir Thomas Legg, little mentioned over the past few months, turned out to be a massive parliamentary time-bomb just waiting to explode at Westminster.
Monday 12 October 2009, 11:25
An inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, John Lyon, upheld two complaints against Jacqui Smith - that she'd wrongly designated her sister's London property as her main home and that she'd claimed for pay-per-view adult films on her second homes allowance.
The Commissioner, in a report...
Monday 7 September 2009, 17:04
There's nothing like a bit of bad news to concentrate the mind.
And in June 2009, Gordon Brown had bad news by the bucketful.
There was uproar over MPs' expenses. Labour had done disastrously in the local and European elections, with the BNP winning its first seats in Europe. And yet another attempt...
Monday 7 September 2009, 17:03
Gordon Brown announced in June 2009 the creation of a new parliamentary committee - headed by the senior Labour MP Tony Wright - to look at further ways to modernise the Commons. This Select Committee on Commons Reform reported back in November 2009 with a series of proposals designed to give more...
Monday 7 September 2009, 17:02
A White Paper published in 2008 proposed that MPs should be given the final say on whether British troops should be sent to war - stripping the Prime Minister of his war-making powers under the so-called Royal Prerogative.
This has been a running sore within the Labour Party since Britain went to war...
Monday 7 September 2009, 17:01
A 2007 Green Paper suggested that the power to dissolve Parliament and call a general election should be removed from the Prime Minister and given instead to MPs. It also proposed that the Speaker should be able to recall the Commons to sit during a parliamentary recess if a majority of MPs requested...
Monday 7 September 2009, 17:00
One of the eye-catching ideas in Gordon Brown's Labour Conference speech in September 2009 was the suggestion that voters should be given the power, in effect, to sack any sitting MP found guilty of gross financial misconduct.
If more than a quarter of voters in a constituency demanded the "recall"...
Monday 7 September 2009, 16:59
The Conservative leader David Cameron says that a Tory government would cut the number of MPs by nearly 10%, from 646 to 585, saving about Â£15 million a year.
He's also threatening a 5% reduction in ministerial salaries and - possibly the unkindest cut of all for many at Westminster - the abolition...
Monday 7 September 2009, 16:58
The new Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has been quick to make changes.
He is introducing elections for his three Deputies who, up to now, have been appointed following agreement between the "usual channels" - the Government and Opposition whips.
And Mr Bercow told the Hansard Society in September 2009...
Tuesday 7 July 2009, 16:22
The scandal over MPs' second home allowances has been followed by a series of Sunday Times articles alleging that some peers have been abusing their own expenses system - an affair that's still rumbling on.
The newspaper has named more than a dozen peers. It accused some of pocketing tens of thousands...
Tuesday 7 July 2009, 15:42
Adult films, moat cleaning, floating duck islands, silk cushions - flippin' heck ... was there anything that MPs weren't claiming for in the great expenses scandal of 2009?
It all began in the New Year when the Commons authorities announced that Parliament would be publishing details of MPs' expenses...
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