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John Bercow under pressure to step down following dramatic scenes in the Commons

The ramifications from the independent report overseen by Dame Laura Cox were felt in the heart of Westminster today as members of parliament both attacked and defended the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, with equal vitriol.

Pepper the robot appears in front of parliamentary select committee

Pepper the robot, the resident robot at The University of Middlesex, answered questions in front of the Education Committee in parliament today. Chaired by Robert Halfon, the committee asked Pepper to tell them more about the artificial intelligence Careses project. The project is currently being undertaken at Middlesex University, and aims to utilise robots in order to reduce the pressure placed on elderly care services.

Bullying in the House of Commons “concealed”, says report

A report published today has claimed that the extent of the bullying within the House of Commons is “disturbing”, with the report also arguing that information has been concealed in order to prevent the full story coming out. Dame Laure Cox QC, who conducted the inquiry, said that the lack of appropriate channels to report bullying, sexual harassment and other forms of abuse have “exacerbated” the problems.

May tells the Commons that UK can still achieve a deal

In a speech to the House of Commons today, the prime minister has reiterated her and the government’s desire to pursue a deal that works in the interests of both the UK and the EU. She remarked that the EU “responded positively” to the prospect of a deal that applied uniformly to the entire UK, but that Brussels has yet to jettison a specific arrangement for Northern Ireland as a possible negotiating position.

A week in review (9th October - 11th October)

A rundown of the week's parliamentary business, 9th October - 11th October

Andrew Neil: Politics has been turned on its head

Political journalist and commentator Andrew Neil gave a detailed and expansive speech at the recent Parliamentary Review gala, spanning the worlds of politics and economics

Blair praises "remarkable" Parliamentary Review

Following an introduction from the owner and executive director of The Parliamentary Review, Daniel Yossman, former prime minister Tony Blair delivered a wide-ranging and humorous speech about his time in politics and the current state of government.

Tony Blair says chances of a second Brexit referendum are “50-50”

The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has today argued that there remains a distinct chance that there will a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Following research recently published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Blair explained that Brexit will impact long term economic growth and productivity.

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