Change is coming to the Lords. While others are losing their heads, the prospect doesn't faze Helene Hayman.
The Palace of Westminster is like a hotel - some rooms are better than others. The lowliest of MPs settle for a back room somewhere in its intricate corridors. The hacks, myself included, work in shared offices close to the Commons' press gallery. Ministers have grander offices; the more senior the post, the more impressive the office.
The Lord Speaker has a staggering office, all wooden panels and graceful oil paintings. It is like being in - well, a Palace. It's easy to get blasé about working in parliament, but, as I sit down to interview her, the extraordinary grandeur is impossible not to notice. Hundreds of years of history have ensured the person responsible for sitting on the woolsack in parliament's upper House - the equivalent role to Speaker John Bercow in the Commons - gets one of the best offices in the place.
Yet that's not quite right, is it? TheRead More »from Can the Lords keep their head when change comes?