Mark D'Arcy Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing With the storms beating around the prime minister, the formal agenda of Parliament next week seems a little bit of a sideshow. And the arrival of the long awaited report from the civil service enforcer Sue Gray could mean a revision of it anyway, with a major debate perhaps being scheduled at short notice, displacing some long-scheduled event. But there is plenty of significant action going on - not so much in the Commons, where the legislation is mostly fairly routine - but certainly on the Committee Corridor and particularly in the Lords. Fresh from their monstering of the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill (14 government defeats in a single night is a new Lords record) peers have their preliminary detailed debates (committee stage) on two more contentious bills. Ministers suffer defeats in … [Read more...] about Parliament: What’s coming up in next week?
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Tory rebels plotting to oust Boris Johnson on Thursday claimed the police should be brought in to deal with allegations that party whips tried to "blackmail" critical MPs . With civil servant Sue Gray's report into "partygate" not expected until next week, rebels on Thursday turned their anger on the Tory whipping operation. Rebels accused whips of threatening to withhold funds from their constituencies and release compromising material on them. But Mr Johnson denied knowledge of bullying tactics and whip sources accused the rebels of lying, demanding they provide proof. It formed a fightback from the "pork pie plotters" - so named because a critical MP represents the area of Melton Mowbray - aimed at damaging the whips, who oversee party discipline. A group of eight MP critics met on Thursday to compare hardline messages from the whips, The Telegraph can reveal. Some are threatening to release a dossier of evidence. "We want the chief whip's head on a spike," said … [Read more...] about War on the whips as Tory rebels threaten police action amid blackmail claims
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