John Bercow

'Politics Is Neither Above Us Or Beneath Us. It Is Integral To All Of Us'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK

Aung San Suu Kyi appealed to Britain "as friend and an equal" to support the people of Burma in their drive for democracy, as she spoke before both Ho...

People Are 'Suspicious And Despairing' Of The Political System

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Politics

Commons Speaker John Bercow delivered a stinging verdict on the coalition in an interview for Sky News, suggesting that the reason why the local elect...

MPs To Get 'Fewer Wine Top Ups' In House Of Commons

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics

Politicians and their guests in parliament will have their glasses of wine "topped up less frequently" as part of measures designed to crack down on t...

John Bercow Praises Gay Rights Progress At Queen's Speech

Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow has used a speech introducing the Queen to praise the progress made in equal rights for women, ethnic minorities and gay people over the c...

If Looks Could Kill: Cameron Captured Shooting Daggers At Bercow (Picture)

Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow's decision to dub Her Majesty the "Kaleidoscope Queen" as he introduced her to Parliament on Monday appeared to draw the scorn of the prim...

Diamond Jubilee: Queen Visits Parliament For Westminster Hall Speech

PA | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Queen will give a speech to both Houses of Parliament today as MPs and peers honour the monarch with the presentation of a Diamond Jubilee Window....

MPs To Pay More Towards Their Pensions

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics

MPs will have to pay more towards their pensions, it emerged on Monday, when The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) announced the 1....

John Bercow 'Should Rent Out Taxpayer-Funded Mansion During The Olympics'

Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow should rent his taxpayer-funded flat in the Houses of Parliament to tourists during the Olympic Games, a Tory MP has said. Conservative...

Gay Marriage: Denying Civil Partnerships To Straight Couples 'Perverse', Says Tory

Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Heterosexual couples should be allowed to have civil partnerships now that the government plans to introduce gay marriage, a Tory MP has said. Spea...

'Humph!' - Sally Bercow Loses Newspaper Column

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK Politics

Sally Bercow appears to be slightly annoyed at reports that her column in the Daily Star Sunday has been shelved. The controversial Labour campai...

Parliamentary Sketch: The Jewel and Anchor

Richard Marsh | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Marsh

It is, perhaps, a somewhat uncharitable thing to say of the House of Commons that the mood which descended upon it at Prime Minister's Questions, as it contemplated the likelihood that six British soldiers had been killed in an apparent landmine explosion in Afghanistan, seemed rather stifling.

PM Dragged Back To His Seat After PMQs Complaint

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Politics

Prime Minister David Cameron was made to explain himself in the Commons on Wednesday after PMQs, because of a complaint from a Labour MP. Bolton ...

How Much Should It Cost To Visit Big Ben?

The Huffington Post UK\ | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics

Tory MP Robert Halfon has questioned the practice of charging people to climb the clock tower at Westminster to see Big Ben. Raising the issue as a...

Downing Street Twigs to Bercow's Fig Idea

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK Politics

Downing Street has backed Commons Speaker John Bercow over calls to end the £30,000-a-year cost to the taxpayer of renting 12 fig trees to decorate a...

Taxpayers' 'Fleeced' Over £30,000-A-Year Bill To Rent Fig Trees For MPs

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2012 | UK Politics

The £30,000-a-year bill for renting a dozen fig trees for an MPs' office block has "horrified" Commons Speaker John Bercow. Bercow accepted the ta...

PMQs Liveblog - Any MPs Giving Up Rudeness For Lent?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress & Ned Simons | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband appeared to be having fun at prime minister's questions today, having found an issue to beat David Cameron with. The Labour leader used...

Bercow 'Not Worried' About Parliament Sinking Into Thames

Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow has reassured MPs that he is "not worried" by reports that Parliament is slowly slipping into the river Thames. Subsidence caused by wo...

VIDEO: Questions Surround Police Officers Conduct After 'Assault' Outside Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Politics

Footage showing police officers pinning a Labour MP's researcher to the ground outside the Houses of Parliament - in what the researcher says was an ...

John Bercow Attacks 'Appalling' Treatment Of Homosexuals Worldwide

Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Politics

John Bercow has attacked regimes around the world for persecution of homosexuals, in a New Year message to the gay rights campaign group the Kaleidosc...

Are the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan Still Relevant?

Paul Guest | Posted 20.02.2012 | Home
Paul Guest

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of WS Gilbert one half of the Victorian-era composer-librettist duo Gilbert and Sullivan and after Opera North's production of Ruddigore, only my second outing to a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, well, guess what? I've got a little list.

Ministers Who Leak Statements Will Be Punished With Detention!

PA | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne was forced to face a marathon grilling by MPs as "punishment' for media leaks of the contents of his Autumn Statement, Commons Speaker ...

Bercow's Big Bill: Just How Much Of Your Cash Did The Speaker Spend On Flights?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Politics

Speaker John Bercow has raised eyebrows after spending £30,000 on overseas travel in two years. The figures were revealed in a freedom of informat...

John Bercow's Portrait 'Cost £7,000 More' Than First Acknowledged

PA | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK Politics

A portrait of Commons Speaker John Bercow cost the taxpayer £7,000 more than previously announced, his office has said. The painting, complete ...

Who Has More Sex Appeal? Speaker John Bercow V His £37,000 'Vanity' Portrait

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Politics

John Bercow caused a stir this week when his £37,000 "vanity portrait" and coat of arms were unveiled. The official painting, by British artist Br...

The Autumn Statement Brings More Austerity for Britain - but Osborne Gets Marks for Style

Alexander Walters | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Politics
Alexander Walters

George Osborne's autumn statement brought with it lashings of pain sweetened by some business-friendly platitudes and the odd bit of Thatcherite rhetoric for the Tory old boys.