house of commons

  • January 31, 2012

    Lobbying of MPs is set to intensify in the next 18 hours, after the government suffered a seventh humiliating defeat on its controversial Welfare Reform Bill.

  • January 30, 2012

    Charities, NGOs, poverty, disability and faith groups across Britain are lobbying MPs to vote for significant changes to the Welfare Reform Bill

  • March 22, 2011

    British parliamentarians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government's military action in Iraq, but with many expressing serious misgivings.

  • February 6, 2011

    Photographs taken by Palestinian children have brought the reality of life under Israeli occupation to the House of Commons this week.

  • March 19, 2010

    Sixty-five British MPs have condemned the arrest and trial of a same-sex couple in Malawi. They have signed an Early Day Motion calling for their release.

  • November 8, 2009

    These days it isn’t just anxious looking MPs and peers, lobbyists, civil servants, journalists and security officials you’ll find wandering near Westminster, says Simon Barrow. Among other unexpected visitors have been Batman, a troupe of clowns, Basil Brush and his foxy friends, a group of zombies and a super-sized duck home

  • May 13, 2009

    The furore about MP’s expenses has temporarily overshadowed all other political issues, says Simon Barrow. But it is perhaps better seen as a symptom of a much wider disconnect between governors and governed.

  • May 11, 2009

    As the controversy over MPs' expenses continues, with fresh revelations in the press and a row over the Speaker's recent intervention, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has weighed into the argument accusing parliamentarians of “clawing greed”.

  • March 1, 2008

    Leading British Methodist Ruby Beech's "day job" is a position that dates back to at least the 15th century, reports Kathleen LaCamera. As an assistant sergeant at arms in the UK Parliament, she helps look after the security and administration of the House of Commons.

  • February 27, 2008

    Protesters from the campaigning group Plane Stupid have today mounted a hight profile protest against the proposed Heathrow third runway by waving banners from the roof the the parliament building, in a major breach of security.