UK Mps

Why MPs Aren't Doing What They're Told - And Why That Might Be a Good Thing

Jack Butler | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Party leaders will no doubt be wary of MPs who choose to ignore the orders that come down from the central office. Despite that, it seems they're here to stay. And after all, don't we all want politicians who represent the people that elected them, rather than being slavishly devoted to party interest?

MPs Demand More Apprenticeships As Numbers Are 'Too Low'

PA | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The Government has been urged to increase apprenticeships after MPs warned the number of youngsters involved remained too low. Despite "significant...

Inaccessible Buildings Is Not Necessarily Discrimination

Simon Stevens | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Rebuilding inaccessible infrastructure that has existed for hundreds of years in some cases takes time and money. I believe the moral argument has been won, and it is now about letting the slow wheels of progress turn.

Five Reasons I Should Never Be a Politician

Serena Cowdy | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

Since I started writing about politics, a few people have asked me whether I'd ever consider standing as an MP myself. The answer is a very definite no. And actually, it's nothing to do with the money. I'd almost certainly be a terrible politician, and here are five of the many reasons why...

One In Three Key Candidates Standing In General Election Is Privately Schooled

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly a third of candidates standing for parliament at the next general election has been privately schooled - compared to 7% of the UK population. ...

Is This The Most Puerile Thing To Nearly Happen At PMQs?

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics

A group of Tory MPs tried to knock over a cameraman filming Prime Minister's Question Time so that the crew would be blamed for the disturbance and be...

MPs Admit 'We Literally Don't Understand Facebook'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Tech

MPs have admitted they don't understand Facebook. Their solution? Facebook has to change. (It couldn't possibly be up to them to do the legwork,...

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

Ian Lavery | Posted 14.09.2014 | 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 18.08.2014 | 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? | 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.