Donald Macintyre

Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt.

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The Mayor of London didn't show his face at PMQs on Wednesday

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Minus Boris Johnson, MPs aligned according to flight paths

Boris was lucky to miss PMQs as the debate over Heathrow expansion raged

Sajid Javid, the new Business Secretary, is a Thatcher fan – but vague on policy so far

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Commons breeding in the summer sunshine

Business Questions failed to really elaborate on anything

Prime Minister David Cameron issues a statement in the House of Commons on the terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: We need sympathy for Tunisia victims before the shaming begins

What struck home in the Commons was the MPs from across the country naming constituents who were killed or injured in the attack

Nick Clegg extended and received forgiveness on LBC on Thursday

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: All bets are off as Nick Clegg bamboozles Nick Ferrari with charm and innocence

How a pre-election bet left Clegg looking like the honourable man

Amal Clooney, pictured outside the Supreme Court in London this week

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Amal Clooney drops in to chamber but wheelchairs are not welcome

Boris Johnson seemed less riveted than Mrs Clooney during a visit to PMQs

Michael Gove, the new Justice Secretary

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Michael Gove whips up plenty of bonhomie for debut

Gove has been released from the Trappist silence of his role as Chief Whip

Iain Duncan Smith says the onus is on companies to pay staff better to compensate for tax credit cuts

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Iain Duncan Smith plays cards close to chest on welfare plan

His response to questions on the cuts was of the 'that’s for me to know and you to find out' variety

Jesse Norman is the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: It’s fantastic to blow your own trumpet

Humphrey Lyttelton can play wind instruments, but will he be helpful as chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee?

Chancellor George Osborne during Prime Minister's Questions

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: George Osborne suffers attack of the Bennites in PMQs audition

He’s still intact – even if like all auditions this one ended with a: 'Don’t call us, we’ll call you'

Alex Salmond argued that any decision to leave the EU should be endorsed by all four 'constituent nations'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Six hours to discuss how to run a referendum

Heaven help us when we actually get to the referendum itself

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