Tag Archives: house of commons

Upstanding Members

More than 300,000 attempts were made to access pornographic websites at the Houses of Parliament in the past year, official records suggest. It is unclear whether MPs, peers or other staff are responsible, House of Commons officials said. The figures were not all “purposeful requests” and may have been exaggerated by third-party software and websites […]

Here come the Parliament Acts, 1911 and 1949…

Well, this is is starting to get interesting. As most of you know from DEM’s posts, the Welfare Reform Bill is currently making its way through the Lords (having enjoyed easy passage through the Commons). Well, almost: The government has lost another vote in the House of Lords over its plans to reform the welfare […]

Dorries Abortion Bill in Parliamentary Smackdown

A Tory MP has said David Cameron apologised for the way he responded to a question she asked about the clout of the Lib Dems in the coalition. At PM’s Questions on Wednesday, Nadine Dorries urged Mr Cameron to show his deputy Nick Clegg “who’s the boss”. Mr Cameron said he knew she was “very […]

The Blair B*tch Project

Tony Blair today attacked claims that this summer’s riots were fuelled by “moral decline” and warned that talk of a broken society risked damaging Britain’s reputation. In a rare intervention into domestic politics, the former Prime Minister issued a stark warning that ”muddle-headed analysis” of the recent riots by left and right-wing politicians was in […]

Left Behind

Please excuse this extended exercise in textual analysis. I’m quoting from a form letter which was the response to a constituent’s enquiry by Maria Miller, the minister for disabled people: I believe that the Government owes a duty to disabled people to promote their independence and equality and I also believe that it has a […]

Widders ‘n Orfens

Downing Street has apologised to Gerry Adams after the prime minister said he had accepted a Crown title. David Cameron told the House of Commons Mr Adams had accepted the title in order to resign his Westminster seat. This was disputed by the Sinn Fein President who said he had not applied and had received […]