Internet Down on Parliamentary Estate

MPs and staff are unable to get online on their first day back at work as an internet outage appears to be affecting the Parliamentary Estate. One bag carrier moaned:

“Can’t get online at all, should have worked from home.”

Not much work getting done this morning…

UPDATE: Relieved staffers get in touch to say their connections are now restored. Back to work…

UPDATE II: The fall out continued this lunchtime in the Portcullis House canteen. The tills and card readers have been struggling to get online all day, which when coupled with the cafeteria serving up Jerk Chicken – a favourite dish among MPs and staffers alike – as a back-to-school treat, led to long delays and queues flowing out the door. One old hand, fresh back from their summer holidays, comments: “It’s like Heathrow passport control down here”.




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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