Westminster

The 'No' Campaign Has Sunk Further Than the Jeremy Kyle Show

Will Black | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Thus far the 'No' campaign has been rather more Jeremy Kyle than Made in Chelsea. It has been so shamelessly threatening that at times I have wondered if it is part of a covert plot to drive Scotland away. As we have got closer to the September vote, the arguments against independence have got more desperate and apocalyptic.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Politician, Heal Thyself

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I have a very simple message for MPs after the events of the past few days: if you want to be respected, behave respectably. If you don't want us to have contempt for you, don't behave contemptibly. I mean, how difficult is it to behave like decent, law-abiding human beings? No cheating, no lying, no stealing from taxpayers... Too few MPs, it seems, have bothered to remember the old adage: Be nice to people on your way up, because you'll need them on your way down.

The Brilliance of Boris: From a Labour Supporter

Michael Simpson | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Simpson

Our increasing distance from politicians is justified because true vulnerability, the very emotion that makes us human, is so lacking in political discourse. It's no wonder that we are charmed by BoJo's blundering candour. He's the only person in political office who has taken the risk of revealing his weird self.

Want To Attend Tony Benn's Funeral? Here's How To Do It

PA | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

Details have been released of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn's funeral. The service will take place at St Margaret's Church in Westminste...

About Soho

Tom Harvey | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Tom Harvey

From the early Huguenot crafts people to the celluloid film industry to today's global successes in digital effects, fashion, music and theatre, Soho remains an extraordinary place to live and work. If you're at all creative, then it's probably the best place to work in the world.

PMQs 'Incredibly Hard To Change,' Admits Milband

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has suggested his attempts to strike a less confrontational tone at Prime Minister's Questions have been hampered by the oppositional "cau...

People, Power, Politics

Dan Gregory | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

With our new electoral cycle in place, the Scottish referendum looming and politicians now realising photo opportunities to stand in waders and point at floods are now within 30 minutes of the capital, Westminster seems to be in pre-election mode 18 months early.

To Pay Interns in Parliament, We Must Change Attitudes on Expenses

Bart Williams | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Unpaid internships, especially those in Westminster, have been the focus of much attention over recent years. The image of MPs enjoying huge expenses allowances while their office interns sweat it out for their lunch is one banded around by some areas of the media and campaign groups alike.

Asa Bennett

Guess How Many Drugs Police Seized In Parliament?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Police have seized drugs just once in the last year on the Parliamentary estate after someone was caught in possession of cannabis, a Freedom of Infor...

Gender Segregation and Our Anti-Islamist Norm

Alastair Sloan | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Sloan

Is gender equality an issue that can be assigned to the conventional notions of left and right? Undoubtedly, it stretches across the political pantheon. But more importantly - is anti-Islamism now a stance the left and right can unite over? This is a discussion that needs to take place outside Westminster.

Farewell London, We Will Take the Kid and Go, but Who Is Taking Our Place ... and Why?

Laura Evans Vogel | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Evans Vogel

London, wave good-by to normal families who care passionately about you and give a nod to anonymous, super-rich people who don't vote, don't use the library, likely won't go to the local shops, don't use the NHS (and protest when you sell it off) and certainly would never would allow their children to attend a state school.

Are Ed and David Miliband Really 'Best Friends'?

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Kallenbach

The most interesting aspect for me in Ed Miliband's appearance last Sunday on Desert Island Discs was the clearly uncomfortable discussion between him and Kirsty Young, the very excellent presenter of the programme, about his relationship with his brother David...

'Westminster Sources'

Robert Hutton | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Hutton

I've spent the last year collecting Journalese, the language of news, and have just published a book that offers to explain what it all means. The thorny issue of sourcing has got its own chapter, and when it came out, I was taken to task over two entries..

Is the Age of the Spin-Doctor Over?

Hugo Winn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hugo Winn

Shadowy spin doctors twisting the will of power and structuring the media debate are a popular character with journalists. Of course the reality of news-management and political spin is decidedly different, but this has not prohibited journalistic concentration.

Chris York

The Rise Of the Special Adviser

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris York | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

Much has been made this week of John Major's comments on the dominance of the upper echelons of power in Britain by the privately educated and affluen...

Did Russell Brand Really Mean That We Should Govern With Facebook?

Mark Hillary | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

It's been two weeks since Russell Brand was on the BBC Newsnight programme telling Jeremy Paxman that voting is a waste of time. Since then, it feels a little like democracy itself has been drowned in a political cacophony as Brand lovers and haters debate his prediction of revolution in the UK.

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...

Was Russell Brand Right?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Is this a pre-revolutionary state? Perhaps. If you look across Europe, people are certainly turning to non-mainstream parties, even if they are some way from Brand's socialist utopia. Sometimes that takes the form of right wing populists... Sometimes they are of the left: witness George Galloway, or Melanchon in France.

Still a Backbencher? Life Is Good

John Lehal | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK Politics
John Lehal

There are plenty of MPs who will be glad to see the back of this week. For many, Sunday and Monday nights were spent sleepless, waiting by the phone for that call from Number 10 rewarding them for their obedience to the whips and flattering questions during PMQs, only to discover that they are still backbenchers, without so much as a PPS role...

Measured or Makeshift? Parliamentary Scrutiny of the European Union

Ruth Fox | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Fox

The European Union is a hot political topic and there are plenty of politicians willing to debate whether the UK should be 'in' or 'out', the future of the eurozone, or the repatriation of powers. Yet, although our membership of the EU affects almost every aspect of national life, not enough of them take a proactive interest in the issues beyond populist headlines...

Are These Britain's Most Ridiculous Double Yellow Lines?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Westminster Council has somewhat sheepishly admitted they're not very happy about the city's latest double-yellow line addition. The council admitt...

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

Ones To Watch

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Politics

The last parliamentary session saw a number of politicians rise up the ranks and enter the public conscience. Some for good reasons - think Adam A...

How Much Have Taxpayers Spent Subsiding Parliament Boozers?

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Taxpayers coughed up more than £7m last year helping to subsidise Parliament's bars and restaurants, a Freedom of Information request has found. B...