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Legal basis for UK military action in Syria, by Arabella Lang

Summary The House of Commons is likely to debate a Government motion on using military force against ISIS/Daesh in Syria, possibly in early December 2015. The Government's November 2015 response to the Foreign Affairs Committee report...Show More Summary

Fingers in Ears

I listened to the debate in the House of Commons yesterday on extending military action against the fascist thugs of the Islamist State by targeting its safe havens in Syria. Now whatever else you could say this was a very serious and thoughtful debate with members of all parties making valid points, from both sides of the argument. Show More Summary

U.K. Could Jump Further Ahead of U.S. on Gay Blood Ban

The United Kingdom will once again look at ending a ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood, its public health minister said today. The BBC and others report that Jane Ellison told the House of Commons today that "it is timeShow More Summary

Profiling a British Terrorist: Secret MI5 Docs Reveal the Who, How & When

British Prime Minister David Cameron has told the House of Commons that the head of MI5 and the Joint Intelligence Committee has assessed the UK as being "in the top tier of countries ISIL was targeting."

Alex Salmond had a bizarre reason for not attending the Syria debate

The House of Commons was packed on Thursday as MPs crowded into the chamber to hear Prime Minister David Cameron outline his plans to bomb Syria. There was, however, one notable absence — Alex Salmond. Instead of taking part in the debate,...Show More Summary

LIVE: Cameron is making the case for bombing Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron is presenting his case to the House of Commons for British forces to extend air strikes against ISIS into Syria. A vote on the airstrikes will be held next week. We're covering this live, so refresh this post for updates by clicking here. Show More Summary

Listen: David Cameron makes his case in the Commons for bombing Syria

David Cameron has just followed up his earlier response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee by telling the House of… The post Listen: David Cameron makes his case in the Commons for bombing Syria appeared first on Spectator Blog...

John McDonnell quotes from Mao's 'Little Red Book' and then throws a copy at George Osborne in UK House of Commons

"Lets quote from Mao, rarely done in this chamber." said British Labour Party shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, to a caucus of laughter and jeering on Wednesday afternoon in the House of Commons. [ more › ]

'Thing Explainer' - A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words)

Just one day ago, a new book came to my house: Thing Explainer by the writer of another book called What If. I've written about that other book here. This new book is an effort to help people understand all sorts of cool stuff about the world and how it works using simple words -- in fact, only a set of the ten hundred most used words. Show More Summary

Podcast special: George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review

George Osborne delivered his latest Autumn Statement and the results of the 2015 Spending Review to the House of Commons… The post Podcast special: George Osborne’s 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Shadow Chancellor just quoted one of history's most brutal dictators in the House of Commons

John McDonnell, the Labour Shadow Chancellor, just did something that doesn't happen very often in the House of Commons. He quoted former communist dictator Chairman Mao Zedong. In his response to chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement...Show More Summary


George Osborne just stood up to give the 2015 Autumn Statement in the House of Commons — it's an update to the government's tax and spending plans, and the economic projections it's relying on. The big news is that changes to tax credits...Show More Summary

Question for Jeremy (31/10/15)

Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) is on shortly in the House of Commons so I thought I would re-raise this topical point for the Labour leader to raise with David Cameron. Jeremy Corbyn is persisting with his tactic of asking questions at Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQs) which are sent to him by 'ordinary' voters. Show More Summary

House names

Naming houses is a tradition which a long history, from Roman villas, to the castles and manor houses of the nobility. In the days before street numbers were common, many more humble abodes received names.I have been walking my local area collecting names. Show More Summary

Senior Opposition Lawmakers Look Set to Vote for Cameron’s Syria Plan

Several senior Labour lawmakers in the UK House of Commons have indicated they could be swayed to vote for Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to extend military campaign to Syria, local media said late Monday.

Transgender Prisoner’s Death in Jail Prompts Urgent Debate in House of Commons – VIDEO

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Lawmakers in the UK are to reexamine policies on transgender prisoners following the death of Vicky Thompson in a male prison last week. Thompson had told friends she would kill herself if she was sent to a prison for men. According to the Ministry f… Read The post Transgender Prisoner’s Death in Jail Prompts Urgent Debate in House of Commons – VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.

47 Democrats Join with House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

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By Jon Queally / Common Dreams “Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Should public housing be totally smoke-free?

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is working on new regulations that would bar people living in public housing from smoking tobacco not only in the buildings' indoor common areas and administrative offices, and not only within 25 feet of the buildings, but also in their own...

After China trip, U.S. lawmakers see hope for common ground on Tibet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday an opportunity exists to find "common ground" with Chinese authorities on Tibet, which it has ruled since 1950.

Labour MPs just staged a full-scale mutiny against Jeremy Corbyn

Prime Minister David Cameron criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's response to the Paris terrorist attacks in the House of Commons today, and loads of Labour MPs agreed with him. It all started when Angela Watkison, the Conservative...Show More Summary

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