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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Parliament

This year
# House Of Commons
Boris Johnson tops list of UK MPs with biggest outside earnings
The former UK prime minister has earned £2.3 million (€2.6 mil) since leaving office, making him the highest-earning MP in the past year.
Last year
# France
French far-right MP suspended for 15 days after racist comment
Carlos Martens Bilongo said he was ‘deeply hurt’ by the remark.
# Paris
Uproar in French parliament after MP accused of racially abusing colleague during migration debate
In French the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘they’ are pronounced the same, suggesting that de Fournas might have been targeting Bilongo directly
# Tories
UK minister of state fired after allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour'
Burns has also had the Tory whip suspended pending an investigation
# The Queue
Queen's lying in state ends as some mourners vent frustration after being turned away from queue
There were peak wait times of 14 hours yesterday.
# royal duties
Truss and Sturgeon join King Charles III for queen's thanksgiving service
Charles will visit Northern Ireland tomorrow for a memorial service, which the Taoiseach and President will attend.
# Brexit
EU will 'respond with all measures at its disposal' if UK brings in law to change Protocol
Liz Truss addressed the House of Commons this afternoon.
Liz Truss addressed the Commons this afternoon.
"This is not about scrapping the Protocol," she told MPs.
Truss said she would prefer to do a deal with the EU instead of passing legislation.
# UK
Plans to legislate on Irish language set out in Queen’s Speech
Prince Charles read out the speech instead of his mother due to her health problems.
# Verkhovna Rada
Ukrainian MPs gather briefly in person to vote on 'critical' defence legislation
The MPs met in secret and shared photos and videos of the extraordinary gathering afterwards.
# Italy
Italian parties to beg president to stay on, leaving Draghi as PM
Italy’s presidency is largely ceremonial, but the head of state wields serious power during political crises.
# South Africa
South Africa parliament fire restarts after initially being brought under control
President Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters yesterday that a man had been held and that the building’s sprinkler systems had apparently failed.
All time
# UK Politics
Boris Johnson to face MPs following massive revolt against Covid-19 plans
The UK prime minister goes to the Commons today after dozens of Tory MPs delivered a blow to his authority.
# parliamentary tributes
Southend to be given city status in tribute to murdered MP David Amess
The killing of the veteran parliamentarian at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea has led to fresh scrutiny over the security of MPs.
# Italy
Italian president seeks non-political government to lead
Negotiations today failed to revive the collapsed coalition government.
# working from home
Argentina lawmaker suspended after kissing his partner's breasts during video conference
Juan Emilio Ameri said he did not think he was connected to the internet at that particular moment.
Opinion: The idea that the Constitution stops the Dáil from operating with video technology is a nonsense
Legal experts David Kenny and Conor Casy say there is ‘too much at stake’ to do nothing about hybrid or virtual sittings.
# it's happening
Royal assent given to Brexit deal as Johnson hails 'crossing the finish line' despite ongoing negotiations
The British Prime Minister called for the “rancour and division” to be left behind.
# westminster
Boris Johnson to legislate to prevent any further Brexit delays
The re-worked Withdrawal Agreement Bill is due to come before the Commons this week.
# Prorogation
UK govt to appeal Scottish court ruling that suspension of parliament was 'unlawful'
This case was initially brought by SNP MP Joanna Cherry.
# Prorogued
The UK Parliament has been suspended. So what happens next?
After MPs rejected an early election once again, parliament has been suspended.
# Prorogued
MPs reject Boris Johnson's second attempt to call general election
Parliament will be suspended and will resume on 14 October.
# how bojo lost his mojo
How the Tory party lost its parliamentary majority to Brexit (and other rifts)
From Nick Boles’ speech after the indicative votes, to Dr Phillip Lee crossing the chamber this week, power has been ebbing away from Boris Johnson and the Tory party.
# once more
Theresa May says she's going to make a 'bold offer' to MPs to get them to support her Brexit deal
MPs have rejected the deal May agreed with Brussels three times already.
# Deal or no deal
'It's time to take stock': Former Brexit secretary urges Theresa May to delay Brexit vote again
David Davis said that it was time for the UK “to take stock” ahead of the planned crucial vote.
# Canada
Canadian MPs vote to legalise cannabis for recreational use
Legalising weed was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
# Legislation
UK companies could have to reveal pay gaps between employees and their bosses
Following public outcry UK firms will have to reveal boss-staff pay gaps under draft law for 2019
# cyclone gita
Powerful storm levels Tonga's parliament house and heads towards Fiji
Cyclone Gita caused power outages after tearing through the island nation just south of the capital.
# Brexit
Theresa May suffers big defeat on Brexit, with own MPs rebelling against her
The defeat means MPs will have a final vote on any deal before the UK leaves the EU.
# It's a Yes
Australian MP proposes during same-sex marriage debate in House of Representatives
Tim Wilson has reportedly been engaged to Ryan Bolger for nine years.
# Disqualified
Another Australian politician has resigned from parliament over dual citizenship
Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore found out on Friday that her mother was born with a British citizenship.
# for real
Jubilant scenes as Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe
The news comes in the wake of an debate in the country’s parliament regarding the impeachment of the 93-year-old ruler.
# brexit battles
Britain's government has survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill
An amendment giving devolved legislatures – like Northern Ireland – a veto over the Brexit agreement was defeated.
# Crunch time
'Take it or leave it': MPs will get a chance to turn down Brexit deal
Brexit secretary David Davis said: “This agreement will only hold if parliament approves it.”
# Ancestry
Australia's deputy prime minister may not be eligible for parliament due to dual citizenship
Barnaby Joyce is the latest politician in Australia to fall victim of the obscure citizenship rule.
# commemoration
Turkey marks year since 'epic' defeat of anti-Erdogan coup
The authorities have declared 15 July an annual national holiday of ‘democracy and unity’.
# Gay Marriage
Malta votes to legalise same-sex marriage
Malta, the EU’s smallest nation, becomes the bloc’s 15th member to legalise same-sex unions.
# Cyber Attack
Irish government 'monitoring situation carefully' after UK Parliament cyber attack
Yesterday the House of Commons said it had discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user email accounts.
# Breastfeeding
Politician makes Australian history as she becomes the first to breastfeed in parliament
Senator Larissa Waters fed her two-month-old daughter as she returned to work for the first time since giving birth.
# Westminster
Four dead, around 40 injured: Here's what's known about today's terror attack in London
The dead include a police officer tasked with guarding the Houses of Parliament.
# put their foot down
'Outdated and sexist': MPs tell employers to stop making women wear high-heels
An online petition to prevent employers forcing female employees to wear high-heels got 150,000 signatures.