Boris Johnson ‘demanding safe seat’, fears loss of 5k 2017 majority

Johnson: casting anxious electoral glances at Corbyn? A number of parliamentary sources report that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – currently in Afghanistan to ‘duck’ today’s vote on the expansion of Heathrow Airport, according to even mainstream media – has been frantically demanding a move to a safe seat at the next general election. The reports […]

Tory ‘rebels’ sided with govt – for a ‘concession’ the govt had to do anyway

The Tory so-called ‘rebels’ – again – accepted a government compromise or concession today and decided – again – not to actually rebel, handing Theresa May a free pass to make any deal with the EU without MPs having a vote on it. So much for ‘taking back control’. So much for months of centrist […]

Govt desperation shows in cruelty as well as cowardice as Tory rebels again fail to actually rebel

The Tories’ desperation has shown in weakness and cowardice, with the government again making any promise it has to in order to give its supposed ‘rebels’ the excuse they need not to actually rebel. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reported on the Daily Politics programme that the government and the never-quite-rebels had reached yet another compromise […]

Today, Labour MPs have a chance to put UK people ahead of narrow factional interests

This afternoon, members of Parliament of all parties vote again on the issue of a ‘meaningful vote’ for Parliament on any deal between the UK and the EU when this country leaves the EU next spring. The amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill today presents an opportunity to fight for a workers’ Brexit instead of […]

Shadow Women’s Sec Butler tears into May over upskirting failure

As the SKWAWKBOX covered on Friday, Tory MPs blocked legislation to outlaw ‘upskirting’ by talking non-stop for hours until deadlines for it to proceed further through the legislative process. Philip Davies has angrily denied that his intention was to block the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill, but the effect of his droning helped to ensure its failure – […]

Spellar’s share in company paid by taxpayer for his office rental

Warley MP John Spellar (image: Jon Tandy, Creative Commons Licence John Spellar, the anti-Momentum Labour MP for Warley in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell, is a key figure in the Labour right – and has been at the centre of controversy after complaints from Labour members that the Brandhall Labour Club, from which he […]

Two Tory MPs BLOCK legislation to make upskirting illegal

Tory MPs Philip Davies, left, and Christopher Chope Tory MP Philip Davies has a reputation for filibustering – talking interminably – to try to block legislation intended to help or protect women. He has twice done so – unsuccessfully – to block legislation against domestic violence. Davies was also accused of ‘shameful and appalling behaviour’ […]

Breaking: Govia Thameslink boss quits – day before parliamentary enquiry into Thameslink fiasco

A GTR group train Charles Horton, CEO of the Govia Thameslink rail company, has announced his resignation moments ago, citing ‘hugely frustrating’ rail delays. The operator’s services have been in chaos after recent timetable changes. The news comes one working day before a parliamentary enquiry scheduled for Monday: The disaster of rail privatisation continues to […]

Vid: (T)ouch(é) – May’s, Johnson’s #PMQS faces after Corbyn’s Trump question are a must-see

‘The eyes have it’ – May’s stony gaze at today’s PMQs Jeremy Corbyn touched a deep, deep nerve today in Theresa May when he humorously exposed the Prime Minister’s lack of competence – and apparently confidence – in the Brexit negotiations by asking her whether she had asked Donald Trump to take over Britain’s part […]

Today will expose those using Brexit merely as a political stick

  Who’s cynically using Brexit as a political baseball bat? Yesterday was a disastrous and humiliating day for Labour back-bench agitators and FBPE-hashtaggers, as the Tory ‘rebels’ on whom they publicly pinned their hopes accepted a transparently-false compromise from the government. Theresa May promised things she knows she can’t deliver – and the ‘rebels’ have […]