UK Mps

Working People Need a Strong Voice in the Very Place that Excludes Them

Ian Lavery | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

It is now more important than ever to ensure that there are representatives in Parliament who speak in the trade union interest. It is crucial that working people have a strong voice in the place that excludes, amongst others, that very group of people.

MPs 'Need To Be Trained In Being Honest'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics

All MPs should be expected to attend ethical training, a standards watchdog has said, after finding evidence the House of Commons was lagging behind o...

It's Time to Stop Playing Politics With Mental Health

Hilary Wardle | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wardle

It's great that some politicians have spoken out in an attempt to dispel some of the stigma around mental ill health, but it is deeply unethical to pretend to champion mental health care while simultaneously backing swingeing cuts to both the welfare safety blanket and NHS mental health services.

Think You're Getting The Right To Sack Your MP? Think Again

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

New plans to allow voters to 'sack' their MPs have been branded "meaningless" because critics fear the criteria is so tight they will never be used. ...

You'll Never Guess How Much Westminster Has Spent On Booze In Two Years...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

The House of Commons spent more than £1.4 million on alcohol to sell in Palace of Westminster bars in 2012 and 2013, according to reports. As the ...

Asa Bennett

House Of Lords Bought HOW Many Thousands Of Champagne Bottles?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

The House of Lords has bought in over 17,000 bottles of champagne since the coalition began, enough to give each peer just over five bottles of bubbly...

Don't Say Sorry, Charlotte: Why Parliament Is a Textbook Neuropsychological Nightmare for any MP

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

As Charlotte says herself, there's a very good reason for the delay and that's because she suffers from dyslexia, which makes reading paperwork difficult. But as a qualified coach, I believe the fact that Charlotte was prepared to put off the paperwork is a sign of her EXCELLENT sense of priority, NOT a sign of poor personal performance.

'The Stoning of Maria M': The Urgent Requirement for Internal Systems Innovation in Parliament

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

I have to say that I felt dreadfully sorry for Maria Miller during the recent vicious public 'stoning' over her expenses.

Parliament Has Spent Over £100,000 Fighting Employment Tribunals

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics

Update: The House of Commons said it had records of 8 employment tribunal causes involving MPs' staff since May 2010, but refused to disclose any mor...

The Palace Of Sexminster: Drunken Sexual Harassment 'Rife In Commons'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

A third of young aides claim to have been victims of drunken MPs, it can be revealed following the conclusion of the Nigel Evans trial. A shocking ...

MPs' Champagne Bill Soars Under The Coalition

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics

MPs' appetite for champagne has not been affected by the coalition's austerity programme, as parliamentary officials bought in increasingly larger num...

Cars, Fags and Politicians - What a Drag!

Alan Jackson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Jackson

My message to the politicians as a father and founder of an organisation dedicated to healthy lifestyle choices for all, is to put your personal agendas to one side and stop hiding behind the facade of personal choice and liberty and act now to protect those least able to protect themselves.

Honourable Members or a Dishonourable Rabble

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

If MPs can't be trusted to behave like adults, maybe we should take a leaf out of Supernanny's book. Giving MPs a time out for bad behaviour might just be the only way we can get them to play nicely, and learn to respect others.

MPs Complain Offices Are Being Over-Run With Rodents

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

In a complaint that is almost asking for insults from the general public, MPs have said their offices are being over-run with rodents. But it is mi...

Why I Gave Up My Job as a Director to Become a Dominatrix

Jacky Donovan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacky Donovan

As I indulge in this farcical cream cake throwing session with a well-known MP - a client with a choux fetish? - I reflect on what possessed me to leave my highly successful career as operations director to enjoy life as a dominatrix in charge of my very own London dungeon.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Speak English Or Lose Benefits'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 13 December 2013... 1) SPEAK ENGLISH OR LOSE BENEFITS This government enjoys nothing more than cracki...

Damned if They Do...

Gavin Devine | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

On this subject, as on so many, MPs are damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they say they will take the pay rise they are greedy; if they claim they won't they are not believed. When trust is so low, and respect for their leadership is so lacking, it is hard to persuade anyone that you are sincere. Effective communication becomes impossible.

Be a Better MP and You Can Have Your Money

Richard Wilson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Wilson

I am happy to pay an extra £7,600 to our politicians, indeed I would jump at the chance, but only on the condition that MPs double their efforts to enter the twenty first century and inject new life into our local democracies.

Lucy Sherriff

Lib Dem MEP Advertises Up To Six MONTHS Unpaid Internship

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Correction: The headline of this article has been changed to clarify the internship is for up to six months. A Lib Dem MEP is advertising an intern...

Lucy Sherriff

Lib Dem MP Advertises For 3-12 Months Unpaid Intern, No Expenses Paid

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A Liberal Democrat MP is advertising an unpaid internship for up to 12 months despite the party's campaign to pay interns the national minimum wage. ...

Party Leaders Have No Right To Block MPs' Pay Rise, Deputy Speaker Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

MPs should be allowed to accept an 11% pay rise and party leaders have no right to block it, the deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has said. F...

Paying MPs More Just Risks More Corruption

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

We could reduce this risk by creating a basic income for all citizens and then not paying politicians anything. Or alternatively we could demand that politicians don't set their own salary. We, the people should set their salaries, by plebiscite.

Should The Taxpayer Foot Bill For MP Gym Upgrade?

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics

Taxpayers will be landed with a bill of up to £250,000 to upgrade a gym for MPs, peers and Parliament staff, new documents show. Works to Westmins...

Mehdi Hasan

'I Would Have Put A Woman In The Cabinet'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg should have appointed a Lib Dem woman to the cabinet in the recent government reshuffle, the party's president Tim Farron has said. Spea...

MPs On Twitter

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

It's party conference season and the lovely folks at Politics.co.uk have been hard at work to produce this tremendous infographic detailing the best a...