0 Have your say Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh and Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock had a kickabout in the House of Commons and speaker John Bercow is not impressed. The Speaker said the "historic" chamber should not be used for a kickabout, adding he had received "fulsome" letters of apology from three of the MPs involved. The SNP's Hannah Bardell was filmed playing keepy-uppy with a football in the chamber and posing for photos with other MPs, including making use of the despatch boxes and Speaker's chair, after the sitting had been adjourned on Tuesday.They had been due to play for the UK Women's Parliamentary Football Club but had to cancel their first game as it was expected to clash with votes.Conservative former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Labour's Alison McGovern, Louise Haigh and Stephanie Peacock were the other MPs kitted out in the Commons, with Mr Bercow said to have given his permission.But Mr Bercow made a statement to the Commons on … [Read more...] about Yorkshire MPs reprimanded by speaker John Bercow after playing football in the House of Commons
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News / UK and world by Press Association November 20, 2018, 8:51 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter An MP played keepy-uppy in the House of Commons chamber after the women’s parliamentary football team were forced to cancel their first game. The SNP’s Hannah Bardell stood in the centre of the empty chamber and demonstrated her football skills while wearing her green UK Women’s Parliamentary Football Club shirt. Conservative former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Labour’s Alison McGovern, Louise Haigh and Stephanie Peacock were also kitted out for the kickabout and posed for photos, including making use of the despatch boxes and Speaker’s chair. The group were expecting votes on the Finance (No. 3) Bill, which enacts Budget measures, at around 7pm. But these did not take place after the Government decided to accept opposition party amendments rather than risk potential defeat. Once the sitting was … [Read more...] about MPs kick-off in the House of Commons chamber as they unite over football
For Theresa May getting her Brexit deal through the Cabinet is the relatively easy part of the journey towards leaving the European Union compared to the challenge presented by Parliament. MPs in the House of Commons – which will have a vote on the deal next month – might be nominally divided into the major parties sitting on opposing green benches. But behind the tribal colours is a web of different factions, all of whom will be looking for different priorities in the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. Name: European Research Group MPs: 60 (estd) Led by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and former Brexit minister Steve Baker, this Tory group combined with the Democratic Unionist Party to force the Government to... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Analysis: the 10 groups of MPs in the House of Commons with the final say over Britain’s exit from the EU
WESTMINSTER is awash with rumours that the Common's Speaker could be stepping down from his role. Here's what we know about the calls for John Bercow to resign - and who would succeed him if he went. Who will be the next Speaker of the House of Commons? John Bercow has held the post since 2009, making him the longest-running Speaker since World War Two. He has reportedly told friends he aims to step down in June or July 2019 - but there are calls for him to leave sooner. A damning report published in October 2018 highlighted how high profile figures in Westminster were failing to do enough to stop the bullying of staff. It found "a culture, cascading from the top down, of deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence, in which bullying, harassment and sexual harassment have been able to thrive and have long been tolerated and concealed". Dame Laura Cox's investigation states Bercow should be investigated after he was accused of mistreating two of private secretaries earlier this … [Read more...] about Who will be the next Speaker of the House of Commons and how is the role elected?
0 Have your say The House of Commons has allowed a culture to develop of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence” in which the bullying and harassment of staff has been able to thrive, an official report has found. Dame Laura Cox QC, who was appointed by the House authorities to investigate claims of bullying and harassment of staff, said there were “urgent and serious problems” in the procedures for dealing with such issues.However, in a damning report she said it was “difficult to envisage” how solutions could be delivered under the current senior House administration.“Amongst current and former staff alike there is an obvious pride and affection for the House and its status. Working there is, for many, a privilege - whether as a member of House staff or as an elected Member of Parliament - and there is an expectation of loyalty to the institution they serve,” she said.“But that sense of loyalty … [Read more...] about The House of Commons has allowed a ‘culture of bullying’ to develop