Westminster

Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first MP to test positive for the coronavirus prompting questions as to why the Commons has not closed in line with medical surgeries, businesses and schools that have all shut down premises in response to Covid-19. The health minister’s diagnosis is “prompting concerns about the potential spread of the illness at Westminster and...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80 strong majority was cut to just 24 as 38 Tory rebel MPs voted for former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith’s amendment to remove the Chinese tech-giant’s equipment from the...

PM threatens ministers and plans to move House of Lords to York

Boris Johnson has warned ministers to focus on their jobs instead of the television cameras to ‘get policy done’ - or get the sack. The PM’s threat comes as the...

NI power-sharing deal and Brexit Bill cap strong week for PM

Sinn Fein’s decision to back the deal returning power to Stormont has capped a strong week for Boris Johnson who can also celebrate the passing of his Brexit Bill. Just...

Big Ben blow for Brexiteers

Brexiteers have been dealt a big New Year blow after their campaign to get Big Ben to bong  for Brexit on January 31 has been dashed. An amendment to the...

Big Ben will bong for Brexit

The newly elected speaker of the House of Commons has given Brexiteers the Christmas gift they’ve campaigned for by announcing he will allow Big Ben to bong on January 31. Sir Lyndsay Hoyle said he was “not going to stand in the way” of MPs who want the iconic bell to chime at 11pm on Brexit Day, reversing the decision...

MPs return to parliament with BBC, Ministry of Defence and DfID...

MPs return to the Commons today (Monday) following the Conservative’s seismic election victory with a number of the country’s key institutions in the new government’s firing line for reform or facing the scrap altogether. While Boris Johnson will welcome 109 new Tory MPs, the prime minister is set to make the most of his 80 strong majority with a big...

Voters, leaders and #dogsatpollingstations – restrictions in place

Voters are finally able to cast their ballots following the most extraordinary general election campaign in history with polling stations open - and reporting restrictions in place. It is the UK’s third general election in under five years and more than 3000 candidates are fighting for 650 seats in the first December poll since 1923. Reporting restrictions – to “help secure...

Gloves are off – campaign enters ‘sleazeball country’

Labour’s shadow health secretary has tried to brush off his highly damaging comments about Jeremy Corbyn as “banter” and “joshing around” with someone he thought was his “mate”. The Tory supporting Guido Fawkes website published the leaked recording of a private conversation between Jonathan Ashworth and his long time friend Greig Baker - a Conservative party activist and former chairman of...

Johnson: Conservatives ‘certainly looking at’ scrapping BBC licence fee

Boris Johnson revealed yesterday (09/12/19) that the BBC licence fee could be called into question by a future Conservative government. In response to a question on the campaign trail in the North East, Johnson said that the current funding model “bears reflection”. Addressing a crowd of workers in a factory, he asked: “How long can you justify a system whereby everybody...