Andrea Leadsom is proposing modest changes to how Parliament deals with bullying and harassment. The fact that only this baby step forward is possible highlights the problems with that culture – and may entrench it further, argues Dr Hannah White.
Setting aside a telling-off by the National Audit Office and a stunt from Labour, Esther McVey has escaped unscathed from the Universal Credit row. Effectively she has not been held to account, says Benoit Guerin.
A joint report from two select committees has called for a cross-party parliamentary inquiry to reform social care funding. Lucy Campbell says this approach is the best chance to break the current political deadlock.
The EU Withdrawal Bill finally finished its parliamentary journey last week. Dr Alice Lilly looks at what else has been happening in Parliament in the past year, and finds the Government’s status as a minority—and Brexit—has significantly curtailed its legislative programme.
On Monday the House of Lords will consider the Commons’ verdict on the amendments it made to the EU Withdrawal Bill. Maddy Thimont Jack says that this will inevitably lead to a second showdown on a ‘meaningful vote’ in the Commons later in the week.
Amber Rudd had to stand down, but the case raises questions about the quality of advice to ministers at the Home Office as well as the coherence of immigration policy. Benoit Guerin and Bronwen Maddox say her successor must sort these out.