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What is a ‘menopause-friendly’ employer?
Mariella Frostrup, MP Carolyn Harris, Penny Lancaster and Davina McCall
Getting to grips with . . .

What is a ‘menopause-friendly’ employer?

Speaker of the House of Commons signs pledge as awareness of the issue grows
15 Jun 2022
Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?
Today’s big question

Does Westminster have an alcohol problem?

Research showing MPs more likely to drink excessively has fuelled concern about Parliament’s ‘poisonous’ drinking dens
12 May 2022
Black Rod, the crown and a hostage: the strangest traditions of the Queen’s Speech
The Yeomen of the Guard
In Depth

Black Rod, the crown and a hostage: the strangest traditions of the Queen’s Speech

Rituals surrounding State Opening of Parliament are among the most unusual UK customs
10 May 2022
How MPs’ pay is decided
Big Ben, Houses of Parliament
Behind the scenes

How MPs’ pay is decided

Pay increase for parliamentarians comes as millions face tax hikes and rising energy costs
2 Mar 2022
The strangest rules MPs have to follow
The Palace of Westminster
Between the lines

The strangest rules MPs have to follow

One of the oldest assemblies in the world, parliament has many bizarre regulations and conventions
28 Jan 2022
PM launches ten-year drugs plan amid cocaine in Commons claims
A young man sniffs cocaine
Why we’re talking about . . .

PM launches ten-year drugs plan amid cocaine in Commons claims

Government to target ‘casual’ middle-class users along with addicts and dealers
6 Dec 2021
Geoffrey Cox and the BVI: the backstory
Geoffrey Cox
Profile

Geoffrey Cox and the BVI: the backstory

Tory MP accused of ‘brazen breach of the rules’ after new video footage emerges
10 Nov 2021

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A timeline of the Tory sleaze allegations
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

A timeline of the Tory sleaze allegations

Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by standards committee for ‘over-casual attitude’ to parliamentary rules
9 Nov 2021
Should MPs have second jobs?
Boris Johnson
Pros and cons

Should MPs have second jobs?

Owen Paterson case shines light on financial activities outside Westminster
8 Nov 2021
‘Resign!’: what are the rules on leaking government budgets?
Rishi Sunak
Today’s big question

‘Resign!’: what are the rules on leaking government budgets?

Deputy speaker suggests Rishi Sunak has breached ministerial code
26 Oct 2021
Will MPs’ pay rise outstrip public sector workers’?
An NHS nurse
Today’s big question

Will MPs’ pay rise outstrip public sector workers’?

Parliamentary pay watchdog requests power to ‘vary the award below or above’ public sector pay
23 Jul 2021
Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?
Michael Gove arrives at No. 10 Downing Street
Today’s big question

Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?

Major constitutional reform planned in bid to ‘save the union’
16 Jun 2021
Parliament U-turns on exemption from nationwide 10pm curfew
Boris Johnson
In Brief

Parliament U-turns on exemption from nationwide 10pm curfew

Watering holes on the parliamentary estate will be forced to shut after MPs blast ‘tone deaf’ decision
28 Sep 2020
Conservative MPs to ‘refuse’ racial bias training
European Research Group
In Brief

Conservative MPs to ‘refuse’ racial bias training

Dozens of Tories to shun course designed to tackle racism as Commons authorities accused of ‘pandering to the woke agenda’
21 Sep 2020
What is waiting for Boris Johnson on his return to work?
Boris Johnson
In Depth

What is waiting for Boris Johnson on his return to work?

Packed agenda includes tackling fallout from Covid, Brexit and reopening of schools
1 Sep 2020
Tory MP accused of rape agrees to steer clear of Parliament
westminster
In Brief

Tory MP accused of rape agrees to steer clear of Parliament

Conservative Party says the unnamed politician has agreed to steer clear of Commons when summer recess ends
17 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: MPs ‘just saved’ from reputational disaster
House of Commons debate
In Depth

Instant Opinion: MPs ‘just saved’ from reputational disaster

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 24 June
24 Jun 2020
Rees-Mogg loses vote on Westminster bullying debates
Jacob Rees-Mogg
In Brief

Rees-Mogg loses vote on Westminster bullying debates

Critics said proposal would undermine new independent panel and ‘re-victimise’ victims
24 Jun 2020
Virtual parliament: MPs warned flouting Commons rules
Virtual parliament
In Depth

Virtual parliament: MPs warned flouting Commons rules

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle says standards must not be allowed to slip
21 Apr 2020
How virtual Parliament might work
commons virtual
In Depth

How virtual Parliament might work

MPs set to vote on new arrangements including PMQs by video conferencing
14 Apr 2020
What happens if Parliament shuts for five months?
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In Depth

What happens if Parliament shuts for five months?

Chief medical officer and Commons speaker consider suspension over coronavirus
5 Mar 2020
Tracy Brabin: what are the conduct rules in the Commons?
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In Depth

Tracy Brabin: what are the conduct rules in the Commons?

Labour MP triggers online row by wearing off-the-shoulder dress at parliamentary debate
5 Feb 2020
John Bercow bullying claims: what we know so far
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In Depth

John Bercow bullying claims: what we know so far

The former Commons speaker’s hopes of a peerage could be dashed by fresh allegations about his treatment of staff
23 Jan 2020
House of Lords to move to the North
Peers in House of Lords
In Brief

House of Lords to move to the North

Plans to move peers permanently to York part of government pitch to consolidate gains in former Labour heartlands
20 Jan 2020
Who is new Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle?
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In Brief

Who is new Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle?

Labour MP is described as ‘avuncular’ and an ‘embodiment of the British constitution’
5 Nov 2019
Tory MP to quit after ‘fondling’ claim by Labour MP
Tory MP Ross Thomson
In Brief

Tory MP to quit after ‘fondling’ claim by Labour MP

Ross Thomson accused of ‘sexual touching’ of multiple men
4 Nov 2019
Keith Vaz: how the sex and drug saga unfolded
Keith Vaz
In Depth

Keith Vaz: how the sex and drug saga unfolded

Controversial Labour MP faces six-month parliamentary ban over 2016 scandal
29 Oct 2019
Homeopathy treatment: what the science says
Staff making up the controversial homeopathic remedies
In Depth

Homeopathy treatment: what the science says

Head of NHS urges medical watchdog to blacklist the ‘fundamentally flawed’ treatments
28 Oct 2019
What powers does the House of Commons speaker have?
John Bercow
In Depth

What powers does the House of Commons speaker have?

John Bercow angers Brexiteers by rejecting Boris Johnson’s request for simple vote on deal
22 Oct 2019
Johnson says he was ‘model of restraint’ in language row
Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street
In Brief

Johnson says he was ‘model of restraint’ in language row

Prime minister rejects accusations he was dismissive of MP abuse
30 Sep 2019
Parliament prorogued as Johnson fails in snap election bid
House of Commons
In Brief

Parliament prorogued as Johnson fails in snap election bid

There were ‘chaotic scenes’ as the Commons was suspended until 14 October
10 Sep 2019
The legislation threatened by prorogation
An anti-Brexit demonstrator in front of Parliament
In Depth

The legislation threatened by prorogation

Government shutdown could halt 17 bills currently before Parliament
9 Sep 2019
How MPs are planning to block a no-deal Brexit
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In Depth

How MPs are planning to block a no-deal Brexit

Labour leads attempt to introduce legislation to prevent EU exit without trade agreement
12 Jun 2019
MPs back Brexit delay bill by one vote
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In Brief

MPs back Brexit delay bill by one vote

Yvette Cooper's bill comes as talks continue between May and Corbyn
4 Apr 2019
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