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Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:399
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Week ahead

It was supposed to be a quiet uncontroversial couple of weeks, with the Commons September sitting observing pre-referendum purdah, in much the same way as MPs avoid controversial business in the run-up to local and euro-elections. But...Show More Summary

BBC Parliament - To War!

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I'm presenting a night of special programmes on Sunday on BBC Parliament. Here's what we have in store: 20:00 To War, documentary presented by Mark D'Arcy 20:50 BOOKtalk:Show More Summary

Parliamentarians of the year

It is quite easy for the backbenchers, the parliamentary rank and file, who're not holders of grand office as ministers or party spokespersons, to fall into thinking of themselves as pondlife, but the last parliamentary year has provided an object lesson on what an individual MP or peer can achieve. Show More Summary

Week ahead

With the Commons long gone, the final three days of parliamentary action before the Lords followed them into the summer holidays looked pretty humdrum - until the controversy over the reshuffle flared up and motion was put down for peers to debate on Monday evening. Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's the final lazy hazy crazy days before the Commons Summer Recess, always assuming that none of the several international crises under way at the moment force a postponement. But there's still time for two new Cabinet ministers to...Show More Summary

Assisted dying bill: What next?

What happens next? As I write, the Lords are still debating the Second Reading of Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, and it is one of the best, and most moving, parliamentary debates I've ever reported. I very much doubt that the Bill...Show More Summary

An update on the clerks

No winner has yet emerged from the interview process for a new Clerk of the Commons. I gather a third round of interviews will now be held on July 30, for the three remaining candidates surviving from the original shortlist of eight. Quite...Show More Summary

Reshuffle thoughts

The Tory torch has been passed to a younger generation; or to put it another way, if you're a middle aged, white male Conservative MP, who arrived in Westminster before 2010, and you're not already in the government, your chances ofShow More Summary

Week ahead

There is some very interesting legislative action in prospect next week, as DRIP - the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill - is rushed through both Houses, while Peers gear up for a marathon debate on assisted dying. It is also...Show More Summary

Private members bill games

Ho, ho ho! Some amusing Private Members Bill japes in prospect when the Commons Friday sittings resume in September. I wrote last week about the dilemmas created for some Tory backbenchers, by Lib Dem Mike Moore's Bill on setting a legal...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Next week's edgiest parliamentary event will be the debate on Thursday on the government's approach to opting in and out of an assortment of EU cooperative arrangements on justice and home affairs. Although this is only a general debate...Show More Summary

The future of committee selection

More than two years ago, an ugly row shook the Scottish Affairs select committee. Its SNP member Dr Eilidh Whiteford had a row with the Chair, Labour MP Ian Davidson, claiming he had told her he would give her "a doing" if she leaked...Show More Summary

Private members bill chicken

What's more important to Conservative backbenchers? Getting their referendum on Britain's EU membership or stopping a bill which would enshrine in law a commitment for the UK to devote 0.7 per cent of its national income to international...Show More Summary

Week ahead

There's some genuine legislative meat for both houses to chew on this week, but there's no doubt that the toughest political battle will come when the Prime Minister reports back on this week's EU summit - and the battle may not be between...Show More Summary

Week ahead

There is quite a lot of heavy legislative lifting this week, as MPs deal with the leftovers from the last Parliamentary session, but I suspect the main political excitement may come more from ministerial statements about the situation...Show More Summary

Chair's election shows ambitions

Farewell to Buggin's turn. The election of Dr Sarah Woolaston to the Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee provides more evidence of the reach and ambition of the Conservatives' glittering 2010 intake of MPs. In previous parliaments...Show More Summary

Conservative backbench election

Small election; not many dead. There was little excitement to be had from the elections to the executive of the Conservatives' backbench 1922 Committee, which saw all its previous membership returned unopposed, with the sole change coming...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Next week's most intriguing parliamentary event looks set to be the report stage debate on Conservative backbencher Nick de Bois' amendments for mandatory sentences for repeat possession of a knife, by over and under 18s, in the Criminal...Show More Summary

Week ahead

After its May hiatus, Parliament returns to a curious kind of half-life, with the debates in both chambers centred on the Queen's Speech - there will be a different theme in each House on each day. At the moment it looks as if there will only be the normal pro-forma votes at the end. Show More Summary

Another committee vacancy

Here we go again. The Speaker has just announced the arrangements for the election of a new Chair of the Health Select Committee - nominations will close on June 17th and MPs will vote on the 18th. The sudden departure of Stephen Dorrell...Show More Summary

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