Lindsay Hoyle Elected as New Speaker

Lindsay Hoyle has been selected by MPs as the new Speaker of the House of Commons, following four ballots. Hoyle, who was previously the Deputy Speaker, won the final ballot against Chris Bryant by 325 votes to 215 votes.

Other candidates who took part in the ballot were Meg Hillier, Edward Leigh, Rosie Winterton, Harriet Harman and Eleanor Laing.

Jeremy Corbyn Conducts Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle with Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary


Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has reshuffled some members of the Shadow Cabinet, with further announcements expected later on.

Rosie Winterton has been sacked as the party’s chief whip after six years and will be replaced by Nick Brown, who held the role during Gordon Brown’s premiership. Diane Abbott has become the Shadow Home Secretary, replacing Andy Burnham who is running to become the Mayor of Manchester.

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti  becomes the Shadow Attorney General and Sir Keir Starmer becomes the new Shadow Brexit Secretary, despite Emily Thornberry trying to retain that as part of her role.

Sarah Champion becomes the Shadow Woman and Equalities Minister, Jo Stevens the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Jonathan Reynolds the Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Clive Lewis moves to become the Shadow Business Secretary, with his former role of Shadow Defence Secretary being taken by Nia Griffith.

Jeremy Corbyn Suggests Labour MPs will Face Mandatory Reselection


Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has suggested that all Labour MPs will need to face reselection due to the boundary review which will take place before the 2020 General Election.

Corbyn said:

“There would be a full selection process in every constituency but the sitting MP would have an opportunity to put their name forward.┬áSo there will be a full and open selection process for every constituency Labour Party through the whole of the UK”.

Owen Smith, Corbyn’s rival for the leadership of the party, said:

“It’s not much of an employer that says, you know, work for me and work harder or I’m going to sack you all – which is effectively what he’s doing today”.

The Guardian newspaper has said that Rosie Winterton, the party’s chief whip, has written to Labour MPs following Corbyn’s comments. Winterton said in her letter:

“Colleagues will be aware that I was appointed to lead on the boundary review and that the national executive committee has already agreed the existing rules and procedure for the selection of MPs in the event of boundary changes”.

Rosie Winterton, Labour’s Chief Whip, in Dispute with Jeremy Corbyn


Rosie Winterton, Labour’s Chief Whip, has reportedly complained to Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, about a document from his office which listed MPs by how loyal they were to the leader.

Winterton was rated as “hostile” by the internal list which she said was “divisive” and “unacceptable” according to the Guardian article. It also mentions senior party sources who said that the list was drawn up by Corbyn’s team, although the Leader of the Opposition has denied this.

The list was used by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, at Prime Minister’s Question Time, at a time when the Leader of the Opposition was expected to be on the attack over the budget u-turn and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions Secretary.

2016 New Year’s Honours List Unveiled


The 2016 New Year’s Honours List has been released and contains many awards related to political service.

Henry Bellingham, the Conservative MP for North West Norfolk, is knighted.

Lynton Crosby, the Conservative election strategist, is knighted.

Ed Davey, the former Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister, is knighted.

Rosie Winterton, the Labour MP for Doncaster Central, receives a damehood.

The full list is available here.