House of Commons Serving Alcohol Again Today

Excited MPs get in touch to tell Guido that alcohol is finally being served again on the parliamentary estate – albeit with a snag. Stranger’s Bar is now not going to open until September due to difficulties with providing table service. A source close to the decision making on the matter said there just wasn’t the will to get it open before the Summer recess, which starts in a fortnight.

Thankfully from today, MPs will be able to relieve their thirst with taxpayer-subsidised booze from a number of parliamentary venues, including the Pugin Room, Strangers Dining Room, Adjournment and the smoking room. All is not lost…

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Crumbling Parliament Closes Off Entrances

Swathes of Parliament were closed off to entry and exit last night as once again crumbling masonry forced authorities to put up police tape, cutting off access to the south side of the palace. This comes just a week after a fire sprang to life in the basement of the building. Yesterday evening Tory MPs received a message from whips informing them that:

“Please note that, owing to falling masonry, Black Rods Garden Entrance and St. Stephens Entrance have had to close.

There are also issues with the scaffolding at Cromwell Green Entrance and this will also be closing soon.”

In 2018 MPs voted for a “full and timely decant” of Parliament in order to carry out substantive repair work and end the era of patching the building which, despite constant work, is falling into a state of disrepair. Whilst this is set to begin in 2025, a large chunk of Tory MPs are not at all keen on moving…

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Parliament’s Socially Distanced Voting Farce

This morning new plans have been unveiled detailing Parliament’s new voting procedure as MPs return to work following the abolition of the virtual parliament. The principle of MPs having to lead the way by showing its safe to return to work is sensible. Guido fears plans may not have been thought through when it comes to getting MPs through the voting lobbies.

Whilst The TImes suggests as many as 250 MPs may stay away due to being more vulnerable, the remaining 400 MPs will need 800 metres of space to line up in. A map is circulating showing one proposed route, which stretches from Westminster Hall, past Members’ Cloakroom, up two flights of stairs, through even more corridors and then into the chamber. To put the route into more context for those familiar with SW1, MPs could snake through Central Lobby, St Stephen’s Hall, Westminster Hall, through the underpass and do two and a half laps of the PCH’s office corridors to ensure social distancing…

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Parliament Realises it Needs Coronavirus Experts

54 days since Coronavirus arrived in Britain, and 435 deaths later, the House of Lords and Commons have started recruiting for “Biological Science and Health Advisers”.

The roles will provide “independent and balanced analyses to both Houses of Parliament on public policy issues with a basis in science and technology” and require graduates with a 2:2 degree or above, coupled with “relevant work experience”. Better late than never…

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Parliamentary Votes to be Cancelled This Week

It’s not just members of the public that may miss the chance to vote soon. Senior parliamentary sources tell Guido it is thought the Government has been considering agreements to avoid Parliamentary votes in the coming week, with both budget-related legislation and coronavirus measures potentially just being nodded through without the need for MPs to go into the voting lobbies. Guido also hears that hundreds of MPs have chosen to stay in their constituencies today, avoiding Parliament…

Tory MPs’ 1922 drinks reception tonight night has been cancelled, while one MP tells Guido that “diaries are draining” of events, with scheduled meetings turning into phone conversations and others kicked into the long grass. Friday’s Parliamentary restrictions banned most visitors to the estate, however allowed the public in to watch debates. It’s now expected that too will end shortly…

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MPs Stage Fight Against Parliamentary Staff’s Library Takeover

Sir Edward Leigh is leading a charge of MPs against parliamentary authorities over the seizure of Library rooms C and D for parliamentary office space. Guido noted disquiet from MPs over the move last year which is coming as the Norman Shaw North office building effectively shuts down for renovation in six months’ time.

In a letter to Speaker Lindsay Hoyle, Sir Edward has appealed to protect the ‘rich cultural heritage’ of the Library rooms and keep them for MPs. Expect more fuss in the run up to the change…

Read the letter in full below:

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