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Labour to try to force Commons vote on North Sea windfall tax

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Labour aims to put ministers on the spot over the cost of living by forcing a Commons vote on a windfall tax for North Sea energy profits, amid some signs of increasing support for the policy on Conservative benches. ...

Cleaning up a Commons culture that’s rotten to the core

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Two women MPs saw Neil Parish looking at porn on his mobile phone and reported him to the whips (‘Some bad apples’: senior Tory minister denies institutional misogyny, 1 May). I wonder how many male Tory MPs also saw ...

Tory failure to act has made Commons misogyny worse, says Keir Starmer

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A culture of misogyny and harassment in parliament has been worsened by the government’s repeated attempts to delay disciplinary action against misbehaving Tory MPs, Keir Starmer has argued, saying that “a fish rots f...

Disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish ‘broke law’ by watching porn in Commons

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Disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish, who resigned his seat on Saturday after admitting he had twice watched pornography in the House of Commons chamber, appeared to have committed a criminal offence which carried a maximum ...

The Tory Commons menagerie – cartoon

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From typing monkeys to crocodile tears, all Conservative animal life is here

Tories hit by another scandal after MP accused of watching porn in Commons

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The Conservatives have been hit by yet another House of Commons sex scandal after a female minister reported seeing a male colleague watching porn on a mobile phone in parliament. A string of the party’s female MPs ha...

‘A nursery of the Commons’: how the Oxford Union created today’s ruling political class

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When I arrived at Oxford in 1988 to study history and German, it was still a very British and quite amateurish university, shot through with sexual harassment, dilettantism and sherry. Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and ...

Commons Speaker calls for ‘nicer and kinder’ politics after David Amess murder

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The Commons Speaker has called for a “nicer and kinder politics within the chamber” in the wake of the conviction of Sir David Amess’s murderer. Lindsay Hoyle told BBC Radio 4: “I want a nicer politics. If we haven’t ...

UK set to criminalise illicit refugee crossings after ministers avoid Commons rebellion

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The UK appears set to criminalise illicit refugee crossings and could ship asylum seekers for processing in other countries after ministers easily saw off a potential rebellion in the Commons over the controversial bo...

John Bercow is rightly damned as a bully and liar. But he was not alone in the Commons

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One of John Bercow’s unfortunate subordinates, recalling how “spectacularly” the former Commons Speaker lost his temper, compared the transformation to “Jekyll and Hyde”. Although Bercow has objected to her account (“...

‘We will fight until the end’: how the papers covered Zelenskiy’s Commons speech

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s invoking of the Churchillian legend to appeal for British help in repelling the Russian invasion of Ukraine was irresistible for most of the front pages on Wednesday. The Ukrainian president’s un...

Tory MP accuses Priti Patel of misleading Commons about visa facilities for Ukrainians in Calais – politics live

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Latest updates: Sir Roger Gale says home secretary’s comments about application centre in Calais is ‘untrue’ as Liz Truss says site is in Lille

Why is the Commons Speaker silent on the prime minister’s statistics lies?

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Why has Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the house, thus far refused to demand a correction from the prime minister for seriously misleading the Commons about unemployment and crime figures, not just once or twice, but r...

PM criticised for making Mark Spencer leader of the Commons

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Boris Johnson was criticised for making arch-loyalist Mark Spencer leader of the House of Commons on Tuesday, despite claims he told former minister Nusrat Ghani her “Muslimness” had contributed to her sacking. Spence...

Commons backs suspension for MP who ‘undermined’ own apology for bullying

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MPs have voted to approve a one-day suspension for the Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski after he “undermined” an apology he gave in the Commons for bullying staff. The standards watchdog found that the Shrewsbury MP ...

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