Archive: Parliament

No prime minister since WW2 has had to put up with such a rebellious bunch

Analysis: Just one more hellish year to go for the government whips

Not once since the Second World War has any other parliament seen a more rebellious bunch of MPs sitting on the government benches

  • Nelson Mandela dies

    The Political Week Online: A Week in December

    What a week. It started off with a young swimming star coming out, and ended up with an old civil rights icon reaching the end of his life. Somewhere in the middle, an editor was forced to defend his patriotism to a select committee. And the chancellor delivered his autumn statement.

  • Robert Rogers is the Commons' chief executive (but they've been calling the job 'clerk' for the last 650 years)

    Commons clerk breaks silence over abandoned reform

    The Commons' leading civil servant has sent a clear signal he backs abortive plans to give more power to backbench MPs, in an unusual break from his silence on the issue.

  • Nigel Evans' exit from the deputy Speaker job left MPs uncertain how to react

    Sketch: Downfall of a deputy

    The discomfort in the Commons chamber was palpable. MPs just didn't know how to respond to the dramatic, emotionally-laden resignation speech from deputy Speaker Nigel Evans.

  • How can you not trust me? Look at my eyebrows, man

    The Political Week Online: Back to school

    The post-summer political world resumes unchanged. Arguments kick off about Labour's relationship with trade unions. Iain Duncan Smith is accused of being crap. Tony Blair advocates war.

  • Oiling the wheels of British politics since... the dawn of time

    Talking politics needs booze - and plenty of it

    Let's face it: If you were forced into a building filled with as many politicians as the Palace of Westminster contains you'd probably need a drink or two to get by, too.

  • If all EDMs were actually graffiti, they would probably look something like this

    How 'parliamentary graffiti' costs you £360 a pop

    In the post-expenses age when everything about MPs' spending is scrutinised closely, it seems extraordinary these motions survive. Still, this week it has emerged that under existing parliamentary rules they can spend hundreds of pounds of taxpayers' money simply by tabling an increasingly obscure bit of parliamentary procedure.

  • MPs are finding news ways of making parliament work for them

    Carswell and co: Parliament's liberated revolutionaries

    Douglas Carswell is the MP's jury of experts has declared to be parliament's 'most liberated' from the shackles of the party system.

  • Phil Cowley: "It is striking that none of the top five Conservative rebels made the shortlist."

    Analysis: You don't have to be a rebel, but it helps

    Prof Cowley was one of the seven members of's jury of experts which sought to answer the question: which MP is most effective at breaking free of the constraints of the party system? Now the process is complete, he offers his take on the final results, which you can read about more in full here.

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