• 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.

  • September 30, 2008

    Two Christian campaigners from Manchester have begun a 2-week protest camp outside the Houses of Parliament to call on MPs to help change UK policies that are making refused asylum seekers destitute.

  • September 12, 2008

    In the early hours of Tuesday 9 September 2008, volunteers from Christian charity Housing Justice counted 206 people sleeping rough in the London Borough of Westminster - highlighting the continuing seriousness of the problem.

  • February 28, 2008

    The annual Channel 4 Political Awards offer an entertaining entree to the world of parliamentary politics, says Simon Barrow. But an award to a controversial lobby group raises questions about how politics is conducted - not least by Christians.

  • January 1, 2008

    Westminster easily gets mired in posturing and trading for influence, says Simon Barrow. But there are glimmers of redemption and genuine conviction in the political vocation too - even if we need to go well beyond politics to realise them.