• June 22, 2011

    A permanent memorial in Parliament Square is among the ideas to celebrate the life of anti-war activist Brian Haw, who died of cancer at the weekend.

  • May 31, 2011

    The political reform group Unlock Democracy is maintaining grassroots pressure for thoroughgoing second chamber reform at Westminster.

  • May 6, 2011

    Will the five different polls that took place on 5 May 2011 prove to be a watershed for politics in Britain? It depends where you see the axis for change and the key tipping points, says Simon Barrow. There are at least two distinct ways of narrating differential outcomes.

  • April 8, 2011

    The Christian charity Housing Justice have said that Westminster Council are pushing ahead with preparing a by-law to ban rough sleeping and soup runs.

  • March 22, 2011

    The engagement of UK forces in Libya without prior agreement from MPs has again raised the question of the need for parliamentary approval of military action.

  • March 22, 2011

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

  • November 27, 2010

    Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP has published a new report outlining a vision for a more efficient, cost-effective and user-friendly Parliament.

  • March 13, 2010

    The tit-for-tat pre-election game of ‘what’s your poison?’ has got off to a rattling start, says Simon Barrow. From the lobby correspondent system to the domination of the big parties, politics needs fixing - not yet another 'fix'.

  • 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

  • November 5, 2009

    Bonfire Night is coming home to Parliament again this year, with a special floating effigy heading down river to remind MPs not to "duck the challenge" of political reform.