Westminster

The Liberal Democrats are taking ITV to court over their decision to host a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on 19 November. Although Jo Swinson and other party leaders were not invited to participate in the debate, there is to be a ‘live interview-based programme’ after the event which would include representatives from the Conservatives, Labour, the...

Farage ‘bottles it’ and gifts Tories early Christmas present

Boris Johnson’s Tories have been gifted an early Christmas present by Nigel Farage as the Brexit Party leader announced hundreds of candidates won't fight the December 12 general election. Farage’s decision to withdraw 317 Brexit Party candidates from Conservative held constituencies is a major climb down for the arch-Brexiteer and a huge boost for the Tories. Farage called the move a...

Alliances, resignations, promises and an ‘actual sh*t’ – election campaign catch-up

Voters have been promised billions in extra spending whichever party wins the general election as politicians scramble to attract support before December 12’s general election. It’s only the second day...

Lindsay Hoyle elected as new Speaker

After four rounds of voting, Lindsay Hoyle was elected as Speaker of the House yesterday (04/11/19) with 325 votes. Having has served as Deputy Speaker since 2010, he had...

‘Voters beware politicians!’ says NHS boss

Voters have been warned to “beware” of politicians using the NHS as “a political weapon” by a top health service boss. Chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson writes in...

‘Whose side are you on?’

Jeremy Corbyn has kicked off Labour’s general election bid promising the “most ambitious and radical campaign the country has ever seen.” “Real change is coming,” the Labour leader told party activists gathered at London’s Battersea Arts Centre, repeatedly asking them: “Whose side are you on?” Corbyn said this is “a once in a generation opportunity” to transform the UK’s political and...

Opposition parties reject PM’s push for December election

Boris Johnson’s proposed election on the 12 December failed yesterday to gain sufficient support from MPs. The motion attracted 299 votes in favour with 70 against, and thus did not secure the two-thirds majority of the house (434 votes) required under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. While all Conservative MPs voted for the motion, it only gained the support of one...

EU grants Brexit ‘flextension’ as general election nears

The European Union has given the UK a three month Brexit “flextension” until January 31 in order to try and get a deal through parliament. The extension comes as MPs prepare to vote today on whether to back the prime minister's plans for a general election before Christmas. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council made the announcement following a 30...

PMQs – lorry deaths and Brexit timetable dominate

The bodies of 39 people found in a lorry in Essex was described as “an evil contempt for human life” at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons today. MPs were united in paying tribute to the emergency workers dealing with the gruesome discovery but clashed again over Brexit and the timetable for debating the government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). Boris Johnson’s...

Bercow blocks ‘repetitive and disorderly’ Brexit vote

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has blocked MPs voting on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, ruling “it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.” The government had sought a “yes” or “no” vote on Boris Johnson’s new deal but Bercow said doing so would break long standing parliamentary conventions given MPs had already debated the motion...