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Hoyle Promises to Rip Up Bercow’s Remainer Reforms

New Speaker Sir Lindsay has confirmed he will ban MPs trying to tear up the Commons rule book in future, and reverse Bercow’s reforms that allowed Remain MPs to block Brexit. Against the advice of constitutional experts at the time…

Speaking on Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking Podcast, Hoyle said his approach will make it much harder for a future House of Commons to resist the government of the day; specifically around whether MPs can amend business motions that set the way in which the Commons structures its debates.

Looking to restore public trust in the role of the Speaker, he has promised to tidy up, clarify and close the loopholes of the Commons rulebook, so “nobody could accuse the Speaker” of anything. Is it any wonder remainers wanted Harriet ‘continuity Bercow’ Harman to win on Monday…

Commons Broke Tradition to Deny Bercow Automatic Peerage

The first thing the Commons did after John Bercow’s speakership appointment in June 2009 was agree that a humble address be presented to the Queen, asking for a peerage for the previous speaker Michael Martin. As is tradition…

This time around, however, no such humble address was called for with regards to John Bercow either on Monday or Tuesday night. Could it be that Bercow will become the first speaker in modern times to not receive ennoblement..?

Parliament is Dissolved

Parliament dissolved at 00:01 am this morning, meaning there are no longer any MPs; the ‘zombie parliament’ is finally dead. Unfortunately, MPs avoided being sacked on Guy Fawkes Night by two minutes…

Stephen Pound’s Barnstorming Final Speech in Parliament

One of the nicest men in Parliament. Guido is sad to see him go…

Kate Hoey’s Emotional Goodbye: ‘My Country Still Comes Before My Party’

A touching curtain call…

Hoyle Will Bring Back Speaker’s Wig

New speaker Lindsay Hoyle told the Today Programme this morning that he will be bringing back the Speaker’s wig and assorted regalia on big parliamentary occasions.

“On traditional days, of course. You have to wear dress that is suitable for that day.”

Bercow’s legacy being unwound piece by piece…

Speaker Election Highlight Reel

An interesting insight into how each candidate’s tenure will look and feel…

ERG Brokering Brexit Party Stand Down Terms with Downing Street

Guido understands despite Farage’s public offer of an electoral pact being rejected by Boris, behind the scenes the ERG is trying to broker an understanding. Farage told an ERG MP yesterday he would be “looking very closely” at the Tory manifesto, as the pair discussed the ERG’s demands that Boris makes an explicit commitment to keep ‘No Deal’ on the table during the future relationship negotiations. This morning Andrew Bridgen spoke with Downing Street and CCHQ, Farage’s hint that he would stand down candidates if the ERG’s demands were met was reportedly “well-received”. Is Farage looking to dig out of his hole?

Several ERG MPs also met with Boris this morning in CCHQ, where Tory candidates and MPs were taking photos with the PM for election literature. The ERG want the Tory manifesto to include an explicit reference that the aim of the next phase of negotiations with the EU is for a simple FTA and that if no agreement is made by the end of 2020, Britain will leave on WTO terms. Last week The Times reported that Boris will remove the threat of ‘No Deal’ from the Conservative manifesto, however, several ERG MPs have told Guido this would be akin to “surrender”. Steve Baker tells Guido: Having condemned the Surrender Act it would totally bizarre to enter FTA negotiations and rule out leaving with No Deal.”

Downing Street seems to agree, this morning the PM’s spokesman categorically ruled out extending the transition beyond 2020, “the government will not be extending the transition period”. Which means there will be a year to hammer out and finalise a free trade agreement. Easily doable given the UK-EU’s existing total regulatory alignment…

Shailesh Vara Drops Out of Speakership Race

Shailesh Vara has dropped out the speakership election just hours before MPs are expected to start voting.

In a Tweet confirming the move, Vara said he didn’t want to split the vote and would be backing Lindsay Hoyle.

Following Vara’s pulling out, and Sir Henry Bellingham withdrawing on Friday, there are 7 candidates remaining on the ballot paper this afternoon:

  • Chris Bryant
  • Harriet Harman
  • Meg Hillier
  • Lindsay Hoyle
  • Eleanor Laing
  • Edward Leigh
  • Rosie Winterton

We should know by 8pm tonight…

Who is on Question Time Tonight?

Ken Clarke’s Send-Off

 

Jess Phillips’ Boris Children Jibe

Boris’s Hilarious Bercow Send-Off Speech

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PMQs: Who’s Asking The Questions?

Q1 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test) (Lab)
Q2 Jess Phillips (Birmingham, Yardley) (Lab)
Q3 Simon Hoare (North Dorset) (Con)
Q4 Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde) (SNP)
Q5 Ms Karen Buck (Westminster North) (Lab)
Q6 Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con)
Q7 Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley) (Con)
Q8 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (Lab)
Q9 John Lamont (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk) (Con)
Q10 Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con)
Q11 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) (Lab)
Q12 Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) (Lab)
Q13 Mr William Wragg (Hazel Grove) (Con)
Q14 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) (SNP)
Q15 Angus Brendan MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP)[…] Read the rest

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December 12 Election Passes Vote

438 v 20. Landslide.[…] Read the rest

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Government Fails to Get 2⁄3 Majority for Election 299 v 70

Needed 434 votes…[…] Read the rest

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John Mann No Longer an MP

John Mann has been appointed as Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and is therefore no longer an MP. One less vote for any Brexit deal…[…] Read the rest

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Government to Introduce Lib Dem Election Bill Replica Tomorrow if Today’s Vote Fails

The government has announced that if today’s election motion fails it will introduce an “almost identical” bill to that which the Lib Dems and SNP were proposing over the weekend for a December 9 election. Awkward for Cleverly and NiMo who were sent onto the Sunday shows to dismiss their idea as an anti-Brexit plot…

The news gives hope to a new path to a pre-January election, as it looks tonight’s vote – under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliament Act and therefore requiring a 2/3rds majority – will fail, with Labour set to vote against it.[…] Read the rest

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Mogg Shows Off Poetic Flair

For the purpose of clarity, this is Jacob explaining the WAB isn’t returning to the Commons next week…[…] Read the rest

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Expelled Tory MP, Richard Benyon, on the short three-day Programme Motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill:

“Whether you had three days, three weeks or three months debating this, you would not hear one original argument that we hadn’t otherwise heard in this process…”

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