PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions
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  2. Nusrat Ghani (Con) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό
  3. Robbie Moore (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  4. Liz Saville Roberts (PC) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό
  5. Caroline Ansell (Con) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό
  6. Jessica Morden (Lab)Β πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»
  7. Aaron Bell (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  8. Philippa Whitford (SNP) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»
  9. Alberto Costa (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  10. Mohammad Yasin (Lab) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»
  11. Rob Butler (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  12. John Spellar (Lab) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  13. Ruth Edwards (Con) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό
  14. Sammy Wilson (DUP) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  15. Stephen Crabb (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  16. Janet Daby (Lab) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»
  17. Ian Levy (Con) πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό
  18. Emma Lewell-Buck (Lab) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό
  19. Flick Drummond (Con) πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό

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Mogg Concedes as MPs Reject Government-Proposed Complaints Process

Relative drama from the Commons last night as MPs voted to reject a government proposal that would have seen MPs debate serious behaviour breaches on the floor of the house.

The core proposals will see a panel of independent experts consider complaints against MPs, before issuing their recommendations; less serious sanctions would be imposed directly by the panel, however more serious punishments – such as expulsion or suspension – would have to be approved by a vote in the Commons. Finally ending the historic process of MPs adjudicating on their own behaviour…

Jacob Rees-Mogg had tacked on an extra proposal, allowing MPs to debate the most serious cases before a vote.Β Mogg’s proposals were rejected by 243 to 238.

Parliamentary staffers had spent the day heavily lobbying their bosses to oppose Rees-Mogg’s proposal, over fears that despite the limited rules of any debate – including a ban on naming the alleged victims and discussion of specific details of the case – MPs would, in the words of Meg Hillier MP, use the debate as a “bully pulpit”, using “gossip”Β and “innuendo” to get around the rules. Fury turned to jubilation among staffers and after the defeat there was “sheer joy” in their Whatsapp groups…

The vote in favour of Chris Bryant’s wrecking amendment cannot technically be chalked down as a Government defeat, nevertheless, the Tory whips tried their hardest to persuade MPs into the voting lobbies with them to support Rees-Mogg’s motion, including a dig-in-the-ribs email setting out how the Chief and Deputy Chief Whip were intending to vote. 45 Tory MPs ended up backing Bryant’s amendment, including Theresa May and serving Minister Penny Mordaunt.

Following his defeat, Rees-Mogg responded via an article inΒ The House Magazine, conceding:

“If this means more complainants will feel confident in the system, then so much the better. Of greatest importance is the fact that the independent panel has been established.”

Magnanimous as ever, Jacob…

In Case You Missed It:Β Parliament Begins Formal Investigation into Rob Roberts*

*Rob voted against Chris Bryant’s amendment…

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MPs Pressure Speaker to Re-Open Stranger’s

Soon after Boris announced that pubs would be able to open yesterday, MPs turned to thinking what this could mean for Parliament’s watering holes – not least Stranger’s Bar.Β A source close to the speaker tells Guido that the bar was initially closed by Lindsay Hoyle pre-lockdown in order for Parliament to not look out of touch with the rest of the country. Now restrictions are being lifted multiple MPs are in contact with the speaker’s office to get it back up and running from Monday 6th July…

MPs concern for Stranger’s to re-openΒ is not unfounded. One MP listed to Guido the number of pubs and bars in Parliament that had been closed down or stripped of their character in recent years, expressing worry that Stranger’s could be next, under the guise of Covid. Another told Guido it would be easy to open the bar al fresco onto the terrace. Guido hears that idea might be a goer…

UPDATE: Guido can now confirm Stranger’s will be reopening on 6 July.

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Parliament Begins Formal Investigation into Rob Roberts

On the day MPs take to the Commons to debate the new proposed complaints system for MPs accused of harassment and other misconduct, Guido understands Parliament’s Complaints and Standards body have take the decisive step to instigate a formal investigation into the behaviour of Rob Roberts.

A month ago Guido revealed that one serious incident with a parliamentary staffer had resulted in the Chief Whip intervening with Roberts, and that the incident had been raised with Parliament’s Independent Complaints body. After a consultation by the Standards Commissioner, the ombudsman has concluded a formal investigation will go ahead, and has set the wheels in motion.Β Guido understands Parliament’s top brass have been appalled by the allegations piling up against mid-life crisis Bob…

Guido also learns Tory staffers are lobbying their bosses behind the scenes to back Andrea Leadsom’s amendment to tonight’s complaints reform debate; which wouldΒ scrap the planned debates of complaints in the Commons chamber to “ensure confidentiality” and prevent victimisation.Β The current plans include a ban on MPs speaking the name of their complainant on the floor of the house, however staffers are fearful that parliamentary privilege would supersede this rule…

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Boris Cuts 2 Metre Advice to 1 Metre Plus

Boris also announced:

  • From 4th of July, two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting, either inside or out
    • Does not have to be the same two households every time
  • Restaurants and pubs re-opening
    • Limited to table service
  • Hairdressers re-opening
    • With use of visors
  • Campsites reopening
    • Provided shared facilities are kept clean
  • Outdoor gyms, playgrounds, cinemas, libraries and other community centres also re-opening
  • Places of worship will re-open for prayer and services
    • Including weddings, with maximum 30 people in attendance

However:

  • Close-contact venues such as gyms, bowling alleys and nightclubs will remain closed
  • Close-contact team sports are still only permitted between members of the same household

Boris warns there will be local “flare-ups”, and the government will “not hesitate to apply the brakes” even at a national level at required…

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Fire in the Commons Basement Yesterday

MPs were surprised to hear a warning ringing through some offices yesterday from Commons authorities alerting them to a fire in the basement. Whilst not an everyday occurrence, fires are not hugely rare in the creaking building these days. This website’s inspiration may yet have the last laugh…

“Attention please, attention please, fire has been reported in the basement. Please leave the basement immediately by the nearest exit.”

There were four fires last year, and eight in 2018. The more MPs put off more comprehensive restoration and renewal, the more likely the palace is to go the way of Notre Dame

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