Right-wing Tory backbencher Christopher Chope is probably wishing he had chosen his words better at Business Questions this morning: Tory MP Christopher Chope let’s the cat out of the bag by referring to HoC waiters and waitresses as ‘servants!’ #HoCquestions — Angela Eagle (@angelaeagle) January 17, 2013 In contrast with Andrew Mitchell’s contested “pleb” outburst, […]

A Westminster Hall debate today on the work capability assessments conducted by ATOS was interrupted by shouts from the public gallery, as a newly-promoted Chris Grayling attempted to justify the tests. Philip Hollobone, chairing the debate, threatened to clear the public gallery as members of the public repeatedly shouted such slogans as “Shame on you!” and […]

Despite holding onto his office in the face of massive public unpopularity, George Osborne is being counted as one of the losers of the reshuffle raffle. A loser in reshuffle is Osborne. He tried to move IDS and failed plus now has Clarke as alternative economy spokesman. — Tim Montgomerie (@TimMontgomerie) September 4, 2012 A […]

As the cabinet reshuffle rolls onwards, keeping the Westminster journalist pack busy on a Tuesday morning, Paul Waugh reports an interesting tidbit from yesterday’s House of Commons sitting: Labour wag Steve Pound yday heckled Teather in Commons, singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning…” Sadly, not in Hansard — Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 4, 2012 […]

Recess has plucked David Cameron from the House of Commons — but the bullying figure of Harry Paget Flashman from Tom Brown’s Schooldays still stalks the Tory benches. The video above captures the moment when the Tories’ leader in the Lords, Tom Strathclyde, snaps with an opposition member (zoom to 1m06s). Distinguished peer Lord Barnett — who […]