Posts Tagged ‘House of Commons’

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash at PMQs – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and May’s evidence to the Commons liaison committee

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Wesminster, used his two questions to ask about Brexit. Here is an account of the exchanges from the PoliticsHome live blog.

SNP Westminster boss Ian Blackford says the PM caved into her Brexiteer MPs on Monday - while the PM tries to laugh it off.

He says the PM has put her party interest before those of the country and ask if the events this week make a no deal more likely.

Harriet Harman, the Labour MP, says last night’s shambles should make it clear pairing is not the answer for MPs having babies. Will May let MPs vote on the proxy voting proposals.

May says the breaking of a pair last night “was done in error and was not good enough”. She say Brandon Lewis and Julian Smith, the chief whip, have both apologised. The government is looking carefully at the procedure committee’s report, she says.

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Tory Anna Soubry calls for unity government to manage Brexit

MP attacks party whips’ threats against Theresa May and says PM has lost control

Conservative party whips threatened rebels with a vote of no confidence in the prime minister and a general election in order to push through a vital bill, a Tory MP has claimed, as she called for a cross-party “government of national unity” to be brought in to handle Brexit.

Anna Soubry said the whipping operation during Brexit votes in the Commons on Tuesday evening was an “appalling spectacle” and Theresa May had lost control of the party.

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May sees off rebellion on customs union as amendment is defeated

Narrow Commons win for government follows earlier loss on medicines regulation

Theresa May saw off a damaging Commons rebellion on Tuesday as Conservative remainers lost a high-stakes vote on the customs union, giving the prime minister some much-needed breathing space on Brexit before the summer break.

She avoided all-out Tory civil war and the wrath of the Eurosceptic wing of her party, which had threatened to launch a leadership challenge, when MPs defeated the proposal by six votes.

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The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: she is failing to govern | Editorial

The prime minister no longer controls the House of Commons on the biggest issue facing Britain. Something has to give

Theresa May’s weakening grip on parliament over Brexit has been humiliatingly exposed over the past 10 days. Her Chequers deal and the Brexit white paper, which were intended to unite the Conservative party behind a compromise negotiating position, have succeeded only in dividing it more than before. On Monday on the customs bill, in which she capitulated to the leavers, and again on Tuesday on the trade bill, when she squeaked home against the remainers by 307-301, a political life-saver, while losing a separate vote to them, Mrs May was the plaything of the Tory factions. Her initial response, a now abandoned attempt to cut the parliamentary session short, was close to admitting that, on the most important issue facing Britain, Mrs May is barely capable of governing.

Her wider failure has two deep underlying causes. The first was the referendum vote of 2016 to leave the European Union, which she is committed to implementing. The second, and equally potent, cause was the loss of her parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election, which makes implementation even more difficult. It is not possible to understand the crisis that is battering Mrs May’s government this week without appreciating the very particular toxicity of the combination of the two together.

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MPs don’t need an early holiday. They should be fixing the country’s crisis | Andrew Adonis

Theresa May’s plan for an early break for parliament is ludicrous. Here are 10 bills it could be working on, instead of having 10 weeks off

This is the moment when Theresa May really lost it: her crass decision to try to send MPs away early for their summer holidays, when they were soon to leave Westminster for 10 weeks anyway. Even normally loyal Tories are appalled. It sums her up. The control freak who can’t handle debate and dissent. The tin ear for the public mood. Above all, the “do nothing” approach to the state of the nation.

Related: Sending MPs on early holiday could make all the difference for May

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‘Complete madness’: Anna Soubry on the government accepting amendments to customs bill – video

The pro-European Conservative MP opened debate by saying the government’s decision to accept the European Research Group's amendments was 'complete madness'

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Sending MPs on early holiday could make all the difference for May

While Tories remain so febrile over Brexit, there is little point keeping them at Westminster

Few people have the power to bring forward their summer holiday. But for Theresa May, bringing forward the summer recess could make all the difference. So when rumours circulated that the government would propose that the break begin as early as this Thursday they were immediately believed. Far more importantly, No 10 did not deny them.

The prime minister’s grip on the premiership has been precarious since she announced the Chequers compromise a week and a half ago but, however unhappy hardline Tories have been with her softer Brexit proposals, they have not yet been able to muster the 48 MPs who are willing to send in letters to the chair of the backbench 1922 committee to hold a vote of no confidence in her.

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