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Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:406
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Devolutionary deals?

Bids for more devolved powers are flooding in from the English regions. Here's a guest post from my colleague, Tim Donovan, the BBC's political editor in London. "London's mayor Boris Johnson seized on the prime minister's remarks that details about a new devolutionary deal for cities will be revealed soon. He had just the plan, he said. Show More Summary

Aftershocks and apprehension

The aftershocks of the referendum will dominate the next parliament. Here's why. The best way of dealing with the "West Lothian Question", the former Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine once remarked, is not to ask it. There was a time when...Show More Summary

Week ahead in the European Parliament

MEPs return to Strasbourg for the first time since the summer recess, and for only the second plenary session since May's European Parliament elections. My colleague Alasdair Rendall has been having a look at what's happening this week...Show More Summary

Why benefit bill may become law

A glimpse of the coalition yet to come? A Lib-Lab alliance has just voted Andrew George's Affordable Housing Bill through second reading and registered a considerable parliamentary/political coup in the process. Mr George's Bill would...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Next week offers a blend of solemn world affairs and feverish internal politicking, as Westminster debates crises across the world and attempts to solve its internal battle over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. Meanwhile,...Show More Summary

Clerk row rumbles on

Mr Speaker Bercow is now on an ASBO - an Amiable Speaker Behaviour Order. His retreat from appointing the Australian Parliament's Carol Mills as the successor to Sir Robert Rogers as Clerk of the Commons should - just - be enough toShow More Summary

Private members games

Two layers of parliamentary game-playing should make Friday's sitting of the Commons an interesting affair. It's the start of the private members bill season, with the first measure in the queue the Lib Dem Andrew George's Affordable...Show More Summary

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

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