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Sebastian Whale is the Political Editor of The House. He is the author of Call to Order, a new biography of the former speaker, John Bercow
Furious at his party’s intransigence on Brexit, Nick Boles spectacularly resigned the Conservative whip earlier this month. As the dust settles from his decision, the former minister says he feels no regrets, and is prepared for his “swansong” from politics. He talks to Sebastian Whale
Chris Bryant has had quite the year. Notwithstanding taking part in the Brexit debate, the Labour MP has undergone surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his body. Despite the hurdles, the backbencher remains “chipper” as ever. And after being given the all clear, his thoughts are now turning to his parliamentary future. He talks to Sebastian Whale
Chris Heaton-Harris today became the seventh Brexit minister to resign and eighth to leave the Department for Exiting the European Union since its creation in July 2016.
Inflexibility in the Brexit debate is by no means the preserve of the hardline Brexiteers, writes Sebastian Whale.
Past and present members of the Cabinet are the only ones being talked up as likely successors to Theresa May. But the party needs a clean break with the past to unite going forward, writes Sebastian Whale.
Jake Berry believes Brexit offers the Conservative party the opportunity to refocus its efforts towards the Northern Powerhouse initiative. While forecasters warn about the impact a no deal outcome would have on the region, the minister argues the north will once more confound economists. He speaks to Sebastian Whale
A new Royal Yacht Britannia would act as a boon to the UK’s international trade and “unite” the country following the bitter divisions of the Brexit debate, a government minister has said.
To demonstrate his opposition to a no deal Brexit, Alistair Burt felt he had to leave a job he loved wholeheartedly. Well liked across the House, the former minister has acquired few if any detractors during his more than 30 years in politics. Though the latest chapter of his career has come to a close, he feels he still has more to offer. He speaks to Sebastian Whale
Esther McVey has enjoyed a successful and varied career inside and outside of parliament. With Theresa May’s future uncertain, and focus beginning to move towards what happens next, the former cabinet minister says she would run to become prime minister if people support her. But what is her pitch for No 10? Sebastian Whale finds out
MPs are under increasing pressure to come to a collective view on Brexit. As the debate wears on and the impasse remains, the stress is beginning to take its toll on some of our elected politicians. Sebastian Whale reports
A Tory backbencher has lodged a formal complaint with the party after a fellow MP suggested she had been drinking during a heated WhatsApp exchange.
MV3 will be the clear choice between her deal and no deal the Prime Minister always needed the meaningful vote to be, writes Sebastian Whale
Nearly eight years ago, Guy Opperman collapsed suddenly in Central Lobby. Rushed to hospital after being assisted by two colleagues, doctors told him he had a brain tumour. Having survived and raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity, the minister wants to prove that you can always get back on the horse. He talks to Sebastian Whale
Nigel Dodds has warned Theresa May the DUP will never “waver” on the party’s Brexit red lines as she battles to persuade them to back her deal.
As the leader of the DUP at Westminster, Nigel Dodds could hold the key to unlocking the Brexit impasse. If Theresa May can secure the support of his party for her deal, it could be enough to pass this week. With the public at large growing tired of the fractious debate, is he feeling the pressure to act? He talks to Sebastian Whale
Reappointed to the front bench in December, Chris Skidmore was thrown into the deep end. With Brexit just months away, he had his work cut out for him. But the Science Minister, who says no deal would be “very difficult” for the sector, is working hard to ensure the UK is ready for all eventualities – and to take advantage of new opportunities. He talks to Sebastian Whale
Diane Abbott has insisted she would be willing to appear on Question Time again despite the race row which erupted after she was last a panellist on the show.
From grammar school to the green benches, Diane Abbott has made a habit of proving people wrong. Along the way, she has encountered prejudice, resistance and received her fair share of criticism. But her political journey is not over yet. The Shadow Home Secretary sits down with Sebastian Whale
In this week’s The House magazine, Dame Eleanor Laing becomes the first MP to declare their intention to stand to be Speaker when John Bercow steps down. Though there is currently no vacancy, who else might be considering a go at the top job? Sebastian Whale reports
As she makes her pitch to be the next Speaker, Dame Eleanor Laing opens up to Sebastian Whale on her experience as a working mother, how a new generation is driving reform – and why we need less testosterone in Westminster
The starting gun on the race to become the next Commons Speaker has been fired as Dame Eleanor Laing confirmed she will run to replace John Bercow when he steps down.
Sixteen and 17-year-olds will be banned from purchasing scratch cards under fresh plans being considered by the Government.
Sir David Natzler has defended Speaker John Bercow against accusations of bullying, arguing “you can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers”.
After 43 years working in Parliament, and four as Clerk of the Commons, Sir David Natzler retires next week. His tenure ends at a time of upheaval for the House, as traditional party ties fray, debate rages over the relationship between government and the backbenches, and the authorities grapple with a bullying and harassment scandal. He sits down with Sebastian Whale
“Sport is everything,” according to Mims Davies. The new DCMS minister talks to Sebastian Whale about the power of sport to change lives and tackle discrimination
The Housing First principle to tackling homelessness has seen success in countries such as Finland, Canada and the United States. With three pilots being rolled out in England later this year, could this be the route to solving the country’s rough sleeping crisis? Sebastian Whale spends time with workers on the SIB project in Greater Manchester to see how it works
Melanie Onn has lived experience of being homeless from when she was in her late teens. Now a shadow minister for Housing, the Great Grimsby MP is determined to change perceptions of those without a place to call their own. She speaks to Sebastian Whale
We expect politicians to make decisions of great magnitude without complaint. But we would do well to acknowledge the task at hand for many MPs across the House, writes Sebastian Whale
Suggesting Luciana Berger is facing a no-confidence motion because of rumours she could join another party is completely disingenuous, writes Sebastian Whale
A government minister has suggested he will quit in order to vote against a no-deal Brexit.
Stephen Hammond was caught off guard when Theresa May asked him to join the government in November. Though he has undergone a remarkable transformation from Brexit “mutineer” to minister, the Tory MP has not resiled from his views on leaving the European Union. But as the man in charge of EU exit in the Department of Health, he is ensuring the UK is ready for all eventualities. He talks to Sebastian Whale
The Prime Minister appeared to rule out scrapping the controversial backstop mechanism – did that render the Malthouse compromise dead in the water?
Westminster was blind-sided last week when a new ‘plan c’ for Brexit won the backing of leading Tory Leavers and Remainers alike. But what is the Malthouse plan, and could it be the key to breaking the Brexit deadlock? Sebastian Whale reports
Chris Grayling has hit back at personal attacks on his political competence and declared: "I’m a lightning rod for the anti-Brexit brigade."
Chris Grayling has spent almost nine consecutive years on the government payroll. During that time, he has accumulated his fair share of detractors. The Transport Secretary argues much of the angst against him comes from his pro-Brexit views, and vows to do what he thinks is right for the country, not what would get him praise in the media. He sits down with Sebastian Whale
Rules underpinning referendums must be updated before a second EU vote can take place to ensure lessons are learned from the 2016 campaign, the interim head of the Electoral Commission has warned.