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Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:420
Posts / Week:2.4
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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

Can Carswell kipper the Commons?

The King of Clacton is now the Keir Hardie of the 'kippers. Douglas Carswell will re-join the House of Commons next week, and add to its small band of one person parties (alongside Dr Caroline Lucas for the Greens, Naomi Long for the...Show More Summary

Devolution dished up

I'm having my anorak dry-cleaned specially. There's a whole lot of devolution going on when Parliament reconvenes next week. Driven by the Scottish referendum and its continuing aftershocks, there is suddenly a huge amount of energyShow More Summary

What is today's timetable?

Here's the timetable for today's sitting of Parliament: In the Commons MPs start with prayers at 10.30am, followed by a short business statement from the Leader of the House, William Hague. It is theoretically possible, but highly unlikely,...Show More Summary

Total recall

Just over a year ago, Parliament was recalled to approve UK military intervention in the civil war in Syria - and despite a progressive watering-down of the proposition put before MPs, to the point where it became a kind of paving motion,...Show More Summary

Election fever

Forget Heywood and Middleton. Forget Clacton. The most entertaining by-election under way at the moment is for one of the seats reserved in the House of Lords for an elected hereditary peer. The contest follows the death, in July, of Lord Methuen, a Lib Dem. Show More Summary

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

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