Blog Profile / Mark D'Arcy

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Archived Since:July 6, 2011

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Look ahead

There will be some pretty meaty legislating this week, on serious crime and modern slavery, with amendments on issues like leaking information to child abuse investigations and the protection of journalists' sources likely to provoke...Show More Summary

Week ahead

There's a bitty, humdrum flavour to the coming week's parliamentary business - with MPs and peers finishing off assorted bills, processing assorted statutory instruments and looking forward to their half term, which begins at the close...Show More Summary

What happened to the snoopers' charter?

What just happened? What was yesterday's Lords debate on adding data retention powers - the so-called "snoopers' charter" - to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill supposed to achieve? After all, the Gang of Four senior peers behind...Show More Summary

Week ahead

Not much zombieness here. Both MPs and peers have some big issues to deal with in a busy parliamentary week, which ranges across the eternal tension between civil liberties and security, and the astonishing possibilities raised by scientific...Show More Summary

Week ahead

It's back! What critics have dubbed the "snoopers' charter" will be debated again in the House of Lords on Monday. The "Gang of Four" Lords King (Conservative ex-defence Secretary) Carlile (Lib Dem former independent reviewer of anti-terror...Show More Summary

Week ahead

There may well be appearances by exotic species like the Eurasian Beaver, or even defenders of Tony Blair, but overall, this is a week that sags in the middle. You never know what events might force a ministerial statement or urgentShow More Summary

Week ahead

There is a certain Marie Celeste quality about Westminster at the moment. Even when MPs are present in body - and many are staying in their constituencies on Monday and returning to them on Thursday, or even Wednesday afternoon - you...Show More Summary

Commons to debate Iraq war inquiry

It looks as if the Commons will have its debate on the Iraq war inquiry on 29 January. Uber-awkward squaddie David Davis had a very warm reception from the Commons Backbench Business Committee, today, when he appeared before them toShow More Summary

Week ahead

We're getting into the end of Parliament season, when debates and even legislation target hot button electoral issues. Hence Labour's opposition day on Wednesday on energy prices - a theme Ed Miliband returned to over the weekend - and...Show More Summary

Building for the future

It's not often I find myself disagreeing with Matt Flinders, the formidable chair of the Political Studies Association, but when he writes that Parliament should abandon the Palace of Westminster and move to a new purpose-built home,...Show More Summary

Week ahead

What's happening for the rest of the week ahead in Westminster? Wednesday's proceedings kick off at 11.30am in the Commons and there are questions to the Cabinet Office team before the weekly bunfight between David Cameron and Ed Miliband at 12 noon. Show More Summary

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

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