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Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:440
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Whips primed for election aftermath

It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it's probably going to be to govern after the next election. The polls suggest a second, rather messier, hung parliament, in which forming a majority government looks tricky...Show More Summary

Long time, no See...

It turns out to be rather bad career news for a number of Reverend Prelates. The Church of England has long planned to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords, so the announcement that the Rev Libby Lane is to be consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport raises the prospect of the first ever female presence on the Lords Bishops' Bench. Show More Summary

Close shave?

The Speaker has just had not one, but two near-death experiences. That's one analysis of the new report on the special Commons committee set up in the wake of the summer fiasco over the attempted appointment of Carol Mills as the next...Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's the last parliamentary week of 2014, with 12 or so sitting weeks after that, before the next election. Parliament's due to be dissolved on 30 March - but may actually cease operations a bit before, perhaps as early as 19 March....triggering,...Show More Summary

What will be the fate of Lord Saatchi's bill?

Today's main event in the House of Lords is the final helping of detailed consideration of Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill, which would give medical practitioners more flexibility to try new treatments on seriously ill patients. His...Show More Summary

100 not out...

This week the House of Lords scored its ton - 100 government defeats since the start of the Parliament. And it's no empty landmarkā€¦peers have forced ministers to think again, water down or drop controversial proposals on all kinds of...Show More Summary

Of mice and (gentle)men

Forget EU referenda or the Autumn Statement. The really titanic struggle being fought out in Westminster at the moment is over the future management of the Commons. Ever since the fiasco over the attempted appointment of Australian Parliament...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Fracking, anti-terrorism powers and a battle between the Commons and the Lords over restrictions on judicial review are next week's main (scheduled) Westminster events. And for all the moaning about a "zombie Parliament" with nothing...Show More Summary

Frustrating Fridays?

Another Friday, another Commons delaying action; there's been a lot of this lately and tempers have started to fray. I was once reproved by Tory awkward squaddie Philip Davies for using the words "on and on he droned" to describe one...Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's a big week in the Commons with MPs debating the government's latest anti-terrorism bill and the Chancellor delivering his Autumn Statement, jousting with the Lords over judicial review and debating whether to set a target for development...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Further attempts to beef up the voters' rights to sack their MP between elections (Monday) and the possibility of detailed allegations about historic child abuse (Thursday) supply the main possibilities for parliamentary drama next week. One...Show More Summary

The saga continues

The summer controversy over the appointment (or, rather, non-appointment) of a new Clerk of the Commons has not gone away; but the poison is being dripped and the daggers inserted in the relative privacy of Jack Straw's special select...Show More Summary

Week ahead

We could see not one, but two parliamentary votes on the controversial European Arrest Warrant next week. Not only have Labour promised to use their Opposition Day debate on Wednesday to force the Commons vote that, er, didn't quiteShow More Summary

What happened?

"An Olympic gold-winning, FDA-approved prime fillet of cock-up!" was one Tory MP's verdict on last night's Commons meltdown over the non-vote on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). The essence of what happened is simple; MPs thought they'd...Show More Summary

BOOKtalk: a Great War special

This weekend, on a special edition of BBC Parliament's BOOKtalk, I talk to three eminent MPs about books covering the grand strategy of the Great War, the behind-the-scenes battles as Parliament voted to join, and at the very personal...Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's half-term in Westminster this week, with Hon Members and Noble Lords sitting only on Monday and Tuesday - but the business before them includes a crucial vote on opting Britain into a series of shared EU justice and policing powers,...Show More Summary

Amendments slow bill's progress

Is the Assisted Dying Bill about to be smothered under a cascade of amendments? Last week, when there were 40 amendments down on his bill to allow terminally-ill people to end their own lives, the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, told me he wasn't shouting "Filibuster!" He might be now. Show More Summary

Boat-rocking postponed until further notice

This week's interesting Westminster mood swing is that the predicted Tory rebellion over the European Arrest Warrant - and the other justice and home affairs powers the government wants Britain to opt back into - seems to be dissipating. The...Show More Summary

Changing the law - and society

Two Westminster events today - and one on Friday - can be seen as preliminary skirmishes for some of the big social/criminal policy battles of the next Parliament. Today's events are the departure of Lib Dem Home Office Minister Norman...Show More Summary

Week ahead

This is a week for detailed law-making, with issues ranging from slavery abroad, to prostitution, to forestry privatisation, to recall of MPs, to FGM and under consideration in different bills in different houses, But beyond the usual...Show More Summary

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