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Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:430
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

Another election in the offing...

Further to my post about the Asquiths in the Lords, this rather interesting note popped up on the Order Paper today: Viscountcy of Stansgate in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Stephen Michael Wedgwood Benn claimingShow More Summary

Week ahead

The Parliamentary week will open with what promises to be a major helping of euro-angst in the Commons, as the prime minister reports back from the latest EU summit. The EU Commission's demand for extra money from Britain is bound to...Show More Summary

A sackable offence?

Will it rebuild trust or force MPs to keep their heads down? Next week the Commons debates the detail of a proposed system of "Recall" for members of parliament, allowing voters to sack their elected representatives between elections. Not surprisingly, honourable members are taking a lively interest - this could be the way their careers end. Show More Summary

An honourable mention

Everyone, Andy Warhol said, is supposed to be famous for 15 minutes. And I've just had mine. There I was, in a humdrum committee room, watching the behind-the-scenes movers and shakers of the Commons talking about whether the Clerk of...Show More Summary

Three Asquiths - and maybe a Benn?

Yesterday's by-election for a hereditary peer, to fill the seat of the late Lord Methuen has put a third descendent of the Liberal Prime Minister H H Asquith into the Upper House. The Earl of Oxford and Asquith, elected yesterday with...Show More Summary

Week ahead

After a week of referendum and by-election aftershocks, it's a bit more like business as usual in Parliament - with the postponed debate on the Recall Bill the main highlight. In the Lords, Labour are sharpening the knives for Lord Freud,...Show More Summary

How today will unfold

It's the second coming of the EU Referendum Bill today - so here's how I expect the morning to unfold. Tory MPs have been entertained with bacon butties in No 10, to fortify them for the debate ahead. I'm told John Redwood, Michael Fallon...Show More Summary

Unfixed term

A small bet: if there's a majority government after the next election, be it Labour or Conservative, the ensuing Queen's Speech will include the Fixed Term Parliaments (Repeal) Bill. The current guarantee of a five year parliament was...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Expect a heavy constitutional week. I've blogged separately on the cornucopia of devolutionary delights awaiting us when Parliament returns - and one of the consequences of the referendum aftershocks seems likely to be the postponement...Show More Summary

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