How John Bercow keeps Keith Vaz’s secrets

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In the 17th century, England had a problem with laws on sedition. MPs could not speak freely about the king’s policies for fear of judges. To solve that problem, we adopted a special guard against tyranny: “parliamentary privilege”. Now, John … Continue reading

Labour’s Kate Green to head Commons standards committee

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A Labour MP who voted against a probe into allegations of bullying by Speaker John Bercow has been elected as chair of the Commons standards committee. Kate Green was one of three MPs to oppose an inquiry by the Parliamentary … Continue reading

MPs face sack for taking prostitutes to parliament

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MPs who bring prostitutes into parliament will face the sack under Westminster’s first code of conduct which lays down rules for politicians to follow. The behaviour guidelines, introduced after a sex harassment scandal in parliament, ban MPs from paying for … Continue reading