Parliament

Labour must stop feeling repulsed by the idea of Englishness

21 May 2016 9:00 am

My party needs to stop being scared of patriotism

Life inside Jeremy Corbyn’s crazy party

5 December 2015 9:00 am

What life is like inside the Labour party right now

Portrait of the week

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Home After it was twice defeated in the Lords on its plans to reduce working tax credits, the government announced…

Charles Moore’s Notes: what the Labour party needs is a parliamentary representation committee

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When the Labour party began, its purpose was the representation of labour (i.e. workers) in the House of Commons. Indeed,…

How Labour can depose Jeremy Corbyn

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Labour’s centrist forces could take years to recover. Or forever

Spectator letters: Cutting the Lords, and a defence of Edwin Lutyens

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Trimming the ermine Sir: I am a new boy in the House of Lords compared with Viscount Astor — though…

Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It is the duty of MPs to resist Twitter storms and online petitions

Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one…

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his…

The last Europe vote, 40 years on

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Forty years on The forthcoming EU referendum has rekindled memories of the in-out Common Market referendum of 1975. But it…

Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad…

The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names…

Five more MPs making Malcolm Rifkind’s day rate

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Golden league Some MPs who earn Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s rate of £5,000 a day: — Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury): £3,333…

If you think Britain’s corrupt now, watch what happens if we ban second jobs for MPs

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last year, I had an exchange with Hugo Rifkind on Twitter in which I bet him dinner at Clarke’s that…

Want more diversity? Hire groups, not individuals

28 February 2015 9:00 am

If I were to give you a budget to choose your perfect house, you would quickly have a clear idea…

What MPs need is an oath with consequences

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Before taking their seats in Parliament, all MPs must swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Mark Durkan, MP…

Why no one will win on 7 May 2015

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happens on 7 May, both main party leaders face disaster

What’s behind the Boris Johnson show?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

To interview the Mayor of London is to witness an extraordinary performance

What Aristotle would have made of Brooks Newmark's selfies

11 October 2014 9:00 am

News that the soon-to-be-ex-Tory MP Brooks Newmark has sent pictures of his genitals to a second (presumed female) contact has centred…

Spectator letters: St Augustine and Louise Mensch, war votes and flannel

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire…

Must MPs always vote before we go to war?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jesse Norman was permitted three minutes for his speech to the Commons in last Friday’s debate. But the contribution from…

Doctor Scroggy’s War (Photo: Mark Douet)

Charles III is made for numbskulls by numbskulls

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Suppose Charles were to reign as a meddlesome, self-pitying, indecisive plonker. It’s a thought. It’s now a play, too, by…

It costs £34,000 to become an MP. No wonder they expect higher pay

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Mark Simmonds has been in politics long enough to know not to expect much sympathy from his constituents. He resigned…

Mark Simmonds was just saying what a lot of MPs think

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I feel some sympathy for Mark Simmonds, the Conservative MP who’s resigned as a minister and is stepping down at…

Which party has the most MPs’ children in Parliament?

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Commons inheritance Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony and niece of Hilary, has won the right to stand for Labour in…