Hoyle Pushing for Much Faster Commons Covid Roadmap

The previously dovish Speaker of the Commons Lindsay Hoyle has announced he will now move to massively speed up the previously-announced roadmap for returning the Commons to ‘normal’ post-Covid. A new message sent to MPs says he will now encourage the Commons Commission on Monday to implement “all changes possible” under the current government guidance, due to the reduction in the Covid-19 alert level. Previously he was dragging his feet…

The changes he wants:

  • The Chamber: Subject to final public health advice the chamber should consider moving from 2m social distancing to 1m+
  • Catering: Introduction of rule of 6 – up from the current situation of tables with just one chair
    • Terrace Pavillion to open indoor and outdoor
    • Smoking room to be opened
    • Bellamy’s to be opened subject to demand
    • Members’ Dining Room and Adjournment to offer at-table service dining options
    • Additional chairs in Members’ Tea Room
    • Additional chairs in PCH
  • Non-passholders: It is hoped the Commission will be able to support a limited return of access for non-passholders for a greater variety of business reasons
  • Resuming of overseas committee visits

A rocket-boosted acceleration…

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Cameron Takes Hammering From Labour MPs Over Greensill Lobbying

Siobahn McDonagh and Angela Eagle hardly pulled their punches in their interrogation of David Cameron during today’s committee hearing. McDonagh in particular left Cameron looking pretty uncomfortable…

A few highlights include McDonagh asking if Cameron believed Greensill ‘was a ponzi scheme’, and Eagle claiming the 56 messages Cameron had sent looked ‘more like stalking than lobbying’. A few red-faced moments for Dave, to say the least.

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WATCH: Cameron Explains Why He Signs Off Text Messages with “Love DC”

“I mean anyone I know even at all well I tend to sign off text messages with ‘love DC’, I don’t know why, I just do. My children tell me that you don’t even need to sign off text messages at all, and that it’s very old-fashioned and odd…but anyway that’s what I do.”

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WATCH: David Cameron’s Opening Statement to Treasury Committee on Lobbying Scandal

“This is a painful day…I abided by all the rules that were in place.”

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WATCH: Douglas Ross Calls Pete Wishart “Inept & Poor” During Furious Committee Exchange

Certainly no love lost between Douglas Ross and SNP Scottish Affairs Committee chair Pete Wishart this morning, with both at each other’s throats in the middle of the committee session.

Ross took the first swing in deriding Wishart’s chairing of the committee as ‘quite frankly inept and poor‘, with Wishart hitting back by saying ‘there’s no need at all to make attacks on the chair of this committee…I’m just trying to get on with doing my job without any personal attacks like that‘. Still seeing red, Ross then insisted “when you’re so poor at your job, I will personally attack you…it’s not erroneous if you’re so poor at your job.” Luckily the exchange was held virtually…

The fight came to an end as a furious Wishart insisted that Ross “get on with his poor an inept questions”, with Ross sneaking in the last word to say “hopefully you can calm down now, chair…”. Probably the most entertaining thing to ever come out of a Scottish Affairs Committee session of late

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Boris Announces Full, Independent, Public Covid Inquiry with Legal Powers

Boris has confirmed to the Commons that a full, independent, public Covid inquiry – with Legal Powers – will be established. The remaining question the press were wondering – the start date – has also been set out by the PM, with the inquiry set to begin in Spring 2022. This means there will be almost no chance of the potentially politically damaging inquiry concluding before the next election…

Boris also announced he will support plans for a Covid memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral which will be a “fitting place of reflection in the heart of the Capital.”

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