UK Westminster

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?

How the Internet is Destroying Politics

Stuart Thomson | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Thomson

Part of the challenge also lies in where people get their politics from. They no longer exclusively rely on politicians and just as with music, books, cooking and a whole range of other areas they take recommendations from their friends.

Ex-MP Just Gave An Extraordinary Interview About Child Abuse Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

A former Conservative MP has denied being a member of "any rent boy ring" in a extraordinary interview, given as police searched his home over the all...

Housing Crisis Goes to the Heart of Westminster

David Orr | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.

Time to Change the Rules on Second Jobs for MPs

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

So far all this scandal has done is reinforce the perception that many politicians are more interested in making money that representing their constituents. There needs to be fundamental change. At the very least, if second jobs are to be allowed then the taxpayer should not be expected to subsidise them as well.

New Awards Celebrate the Best and Worst of MPs on Twitter

Mike Williams | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Williams

The awards will celebrate those MPs who engage local people best, those whose Tweets have driven the news agenda and of course we'll poke a bit of fun at those who managed to get it oh so wrong as well.

UK General Election 2015: The Outlook for SMEs

Juan Lobato | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Juan Lobato

With just 96 days (at the time of writing) until Britain heads to the polls, the general election campaigns have kicked off in earnest. Mainstream political parties are scrambling over each other to demonstrate their credentials in the hope of standing out...

Highs and Lows in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The FAC report and Boris in Erbil are substantial gains for the burgeoning Anglo-Kurdish relationship, which is greatly assisted by a growing global realisation that the Kurds are a vital ally. On balance, last week in Westminster was good for the Kurds and their friends, and made much sweeter by the defeat of Daish in Kobane.

It Might Not Be Sexy, But Ownership Matters

Ed Mayo | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Co-operative ownership might just be the best kept secret in the business world. A co-operative is a business, but a different kind of business: one which shares ownership among the people closest to it...

People Are Furious The Government Wants Flags Flown At Half-Mast For Saudi King

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

In a gesture which could not be more emblematic of the economic importance of Saudi Arabia, the British government has declared all UK flags should be...

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

As the Establishment Struggles Through Filth, Tony Blair and Nigel Farage Come Out Grinning

Will Black | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Politics
Will Black

Given how bizarre 2014 was, it's hard to predict what will happen in 2015. But my money is on Katie Hopkins becoming UN Ambassador, Dapper Laughs becoming NATO Special Representative for Women and Rolf Harris playing Glastonbury via a satellite link from his Category C prison, with Max Clifford working as his PR.

Eviction Threatened for 17 Creative Businesses in London's Soho to Make Way For Nine Luxury Flats

Tom Harvey | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

The latest figures reveal that office space is being converted to residential in Central London at a terrifying and unsustainable rate. Of particular concern to the creative community of London's Soho, is that a quarter of that lose is on our doorstep.

Autumn Statement: We Need a Social Security System That Invests in People

Geraldine Blake | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

While within Westminster the debate continues to go round and round, here in Newham the urgency for Government action is clear. Tomorrow, the Chancellor should start to reframe social security as a long-term investment rather than a bill in which to find politically easy yet socially damaging short-term.

Carry on Westminster - The Top Trumps of British Democracy

Ian Middleton | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

I recently became a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. After years of railing against politicians, the irony, and perhaps the hypocrisy, of becoming one myself has not been lost on me...

A Night on the Stump in Westminster and Harrow

Christian Wolmar | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

I have now got round nearly half the CLPs in London and spoken in all at around 70 meetings. It is evenings like this that show there is a thirst for debate and a desire to see people who are not career politicians enter the fray. And it is evenings like this which make all the hard work worthwhile..

How The Westminster Paedophile Ring Murder Could Have Been 'Covered Up'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

A father's claims his young son may have been murdered at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring could be correct and possibly even "covered up" b...

The Rise and Rise of the SNP

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If the end of the referendum on Scottish independence was expected to bring a sense of closure and the resumption of normal service, the outcome has thrown up more questions than it has put to rest...

Calls For National Inquiry After Tory MP 'Strangling' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

An alleged victim of the Westminster "paedophile ring" currently being investigated by police has told officers he saw a Conservative MP murder a youn...

Devolution the Way Forward for Britain

Kamran Hussain | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

There is a general consensus that politics needs to have more transparency, integrity and accountability. Further devolution will be welcomed as regions would be able to allocate money where they think it is most needed. There will also be opportunities for more people to get involved in politics at a local level.

Plenty of Pledges But Small on the Specifics: What the Party Conferences Told Us (And Didn't) About the Future of the NHS

Jennifer Dixon | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Dixon

The elephant in the room is that none of the funding pledges are nearly enough to meet current demand, and the NHS is heading for a financial crisis and soon. On this the politicians were silent, as well as on how the productivity of NHS staff could be increased to offset budget shortfalls...

What Jeremy Browne's Retirement Tells Us About Life After Politics

John Lehal | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Lehal

These retiring MPs will be inspired by the likes of Ruth Kelly and James Purnell before them. All stepped down while still relatively young, having recognised that political comebacks here are few and far between. But what the likes of Kelly and Purnell have also shown is there is life away from the public eye, the media spotlight and well beyond the ruthless world of politics.

I've Never Been Sexually Harassed Less Than in Parliament

Mhairi Fraser | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mhairi Fraser

I'm disgusted. But I'm not disgusted at Newmark, whose behaviour with supposedly consenting adults is his business, and does not merit being splashed across red tops. I'm disgusted at the despicable 'journalism' that was carried out in my supposed interest... Because the truth is, I have never experienced less harassment than I have in Parliament.

Welcome to the One MP Club

Ian Middleton | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Sound the trumpets! Bang the drums! Put the puncture repair kit on standby and reserve a place in Valhalla! UKIP have finally won that coveted Westminster pass and achieved a backside on the hallowed timbers of the House Of Commons.

Why Aren't More People Going Green?

Joel Durston | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The Scottish independence debate prompted numerous claims from the left of the Scots actually having a chance to decide their own future. This isn't a new complaint - many groups, Occupy and the People's Assembly among others, have been posing it, especially since the economic collapse.