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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:27 pm

-HMRC's Jon Thompson said yesterday there was one case so far from the Paradise Papers that seems new to them but would help if guardian and BBC gave them information from papers they requested

-Wilbur Ross optimistic at free trade with UK, EU are extreme protectionists

-McDonnell on tax scandal

-May wants ministerial code tightened after Patel's behaviour (which includes meeting with Israel's PM and pushing for aid money to be spent helping Israel's army), a sense Tory MP's are not behind Patel with Blunt suggesting Burt take Patel by hand and explain Middle East to her not the best idea in the circumstances.

-Parties agree new grievance procedure

-Javid slams Kensington and Chelsea Council's response in the aftermath of Grenfell as "sluggish and chaotic" with rehousing painfully slow

-Sales of non-food items grew at the slowest pace since records began (January 2011) at 0.1% in October with money going on days out

-Dr Fox saying Boris made slip of tongue is not helping Boris as that slip of tongue risks 5 years in Iranian jail. Also saying it isn't serious (I imagine it is for the person facing extended jail time), it is an attempt simply to discredit Boris by his foes (are Iran, the charity she works for and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe secret allies?), says no surprise Patel would want to talk to charities while on holiday

-Boris admits he could have been clearer but his failure to apologize seems to be compounding the damage other then he is sorry if he words have been misinterpreted and thus caused distress to family, that what he says is completely different to what everyone else who watched it, read Hansard or was actually there thinks, argues people should look at who is behind the detaining of Zaghari-Ratcliffe rather then him, Labour urges him to apologize, Iran says new charges have nothing to do with what Boris said. Tories seem only able to muster 9 MP's to give him backing

-Steve Baker says Brexit papers will go to Committee within 3 weeks but says the process is distracting them from Brexit and accuses Labour of being unpatriotic with their demands. Tories like Soubry, Sir Bone, Chope and Sir Leigh back Labour, Baker forget to mention if they are traitors to the country.

-Recently sacked Welsh minister Carl Sargeant has died

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-Sir Major wants less puerile slogans (he regrets back to basics) and more honesty about challenges ahead, special advisers need reigning in as they have become attack dogs, extreme factions are taking control of both parties, Brexit risks crowding out other major issues

-Brown says Blair promise at that infamous dinner to hand power over to him during second term

-Anna Turley will be out of Parliament till after Christmas following an operation

-Cooper on Boris "Hard to find words for how appalling this is. For him it's just another lazy, arrogant failure to check facts. For her it's incarceration"

-Soubry says in normal times Boris would have been sacked

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-Eaton on Brexit helping Corbyn with business

-James Kirkup is gobsmacked by Patel staying in post

-Toynbee looks back on Gordon Brown's time in power

-Max Hastings fears greed from the rich risks destroying capitalism

-James Frayne doubts harassment scandal won't lessen public attitude towards Westminster due to how low it already is

-Fleur Butler calls for right to reclaim feminism
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:59 am



I hadn't realised that was out! I'll look in to picking it up - I've read the rest of the groups works (Blair, Mandleson and most importantly I think, Campbell)
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:18 pm

-Heavy rumours Patel is doomed as she is summoned back from Africa after she forget to report two meetings (the one with Gilad Erdan, Israel’s public security and strategic affairs minister, raised real alarms) and number 10 makes clear she never told them she proposed aid for Israel and they found out from media. Then Israeli media declared she visited military hospital in Golan Heights which she had also failed to declare but then Jewish Chronicle (which other media seems to believe have something here) declares Number 10 told Patel to keep meeting Yuval Rotem, major Israeli foreign ministry official, and declaration to avoid embarrassing the Foreign Office, knew about her meeting with Netanyahu within hours +also knew of her Israeli aid policy idea despite denying they knew about it.

Downing Street denies their story (though later says they knoew of Rotem but thought Patel would have it on the list) and says they should have asked for comment so they could have told them it was bull

-Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, wants to meet Boris which he has agreed to

-Finical Times says City of London heads told Wilbur Ross they are facing the point where they have to move people due to potential for Hard Brexit

-NHS head Simon Stevens says NHS should get the sum promises on buses otherwise people will lose trust

-Anger in Welsh Parliament over how Labour treated the late and well liked Carl Sargeant including the sense he had no idea what he was accused even on the morning of the day he took his life

-Wishart makes formal complaint of contempt of parliament over Brexit papers

-ONS says there has been a small but notable rise in wellbeing since Brexit

-Treasury Committee looking at debt levels in UK

-Sky threatening to shut down sky News to ease Fox takeover

-Boris goes to USA to try to rally support for Iran deal

-Trickett on Patel situation

-Labour calls for Patel to go

-More then 22,000 people tracked Patel's flight back to Heathrow while journalists were excited when she appeared on Tory whatsapp group, BBC gets out the helicopter

-Tussauds unveil May waxwork

-Mark Garnier apologizes to his constituents for his behaviour

-Canary Islands seeking special deal with UK after Brexit of free movement, trade, services and capital

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-Sir Leigh warns the fight to get Brexit papers may, judging by his past experience, be more exciting then said papers

-Blunt says Patel might have been naive or overenthusiastic

-Lord Falconer says Patel has to go

-Zahwai says Patel is being attacked for being pro-Brexit by Remaoners seeking revenge and Labour acting as stooges for Iran hardliners with their comments on Boris. Ignoring she is being attacked by pro-Brexit press, Boris refused to lie and say she did tell him and things like lying about foreign trips is breaching several rules

-Bryant warns if Patel survives today then she will face Commons as soon as it returns and she won't survive that

-Sky's Adam Bolton put Sir Alan Duncan or Alistair Birt for Patel replacement, Ladbrookes went for Mordant as fav with Duncan and Rory Stewart joint second, Forsyth suspects Nicky Morgan

-Bernard Jenkin says Patel seriously breached protocol but feels it just a mistake by an inexperienced figure

-Soubry says she would have sacked Boris a month ago while she and Creagh both suspect Patel has already been sacked, Soubry wants wider reshuffle to follow with promotion for Birt

-Guido Fawkes "Priti about to cross into Belgium, which already has its fair share of exiled rebel leaders"

-James Duddridge says Patel has done a good job at Dfid and hope she only gets a reprimand

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-Hardman on Boris and Patel not being sacked is damning of May government and legal ruling puts social care in real trouble

-Anoosh Chakelian suggests May's style may have led to the Boris/Patel problem

-Paul Mason (long) says neo-liberalism is dead so Europe's left should follow Corbyn

-Rafael Behr on powerless May

-Donald Macintyre unhappy with Patel's general attitude in Israel

-Guardian with social media reaction to Patel's flight back
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:03 pm

-Pritti Patel has resigned , May giving her the small mercy of jumping rather then further humiliation of the sack, her letter says she had good intentions but her actions fell below the transparency and standards expected of her post. May praises Patel's record and accepts her reasoning. Patel was a controversial appointment to Dfid, a competent junior minister and good media performer, her hard line right-wing views and her call for Dfid to be merged into Foreign Office did not endear her to aid groups. However May perhaps keeping with her Brexit "you broke it, you own it" policy and Patel became first British Indian to be in cabinet, she would prove a competent minister. Had eye on the finances where she was seen as doing a good job, her former opposition made her a credible spokesperson to argue for aid policies though tshe never quite convinced others she was a convert, when she saw the need for something (particularly in wartorn areas) she was seen as good at delivery, hard-working, she had just secured reform so we could spend aid on hurricane hit islands. However what she did at the end, though a few will go "punished for being pro-Brexit/Israel" broke all sorts of rules and where she seems to have let her ideology breach common sense, she has put another wrecking ball in the government credibility and the awful judgement means she will be in exile for quite some time.

For May, the scandal itself needn't have been too damaging but she has messed up. She either had to axe Patel from the moment the story leaked out or have cabinet office investigate to get all the facts (though frankly May lacks the skill to pull off the second one) out there, by giving Patel a (however humiliating it was for Patel) reprimand, it made May's weakness crystal clear. It was an easy sacking yet May shirked it to the disbelief of everyone, Patel broke the rules so very clearly and so very badly so Patel's wing of party could not raise any objections (though they do seem to be trying to launch a conspiracy theory). Now of course, questions have been raised about what May knew and this speculation is further damaging and will run and run and run.

As quickly became expected today, welfare minister and Brexit backer Penny Mordaunt promoted to Dfid (Ladbrokes had her 2/1 yesterday) in afternoon with train delays meaning people knew way before the announcement. Many will be pleased for her (bar some Remainers unhappy with her lies about Turkey in EU referendum), a respectable and liked figure who had been heavily linked to other recent posts, tends to be able to push well on issues within her brief, confident with a colourful turn of phrase. Her Loyal Address provided great amusement and I expect that and her bathing suit in Splash TV show to come up. Seen as a sign of May's weakness 1) in fairness promoting three males in a row would have just been a bad bad image, 2) there is always balancing factions, in this case three Remainers in three and titling balance onto Remainers would have been toxic so sympathetic there. 3) That May is unable to do a full reshuffle is just weak, she is literally just plugging holes and maintaining balance for as long as possible, she dare not make a stand. 4) Her moving Williamson to defence has meant natural fits have been blocked. Mordaunt has little history of international aid (not always an issue, Gove and Greening took it well) bar a gap year working in Romania but she would have been suited to defence which would have freed up room for some very able Tory MP's who love Dfid (Birt, Stewart, maybe Duncan) but now get past over

Mordaunt move from DWP required some more reshuffling, the quietly competent home office junior Sarah Newton gets disabled post which is promotion but concern that this is 7th disabled minister in 7 years, backbencher Victoria Atkins gets Newton's home office role of crime. Atkins comment about her constituents describing Trump as wazcock has been well noted, she is a May loyalist with a strong accent and a quite forceful delivery, is a lawyer who has served on Home Select Committee

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-Tom Watson pushing for clarity about events in Israel and what exactly May knew

-Dfid Minister Rory Stewart tweeting about his work in Africa quickly after Patel was sacked couldn't possibly be read as making a play for the vacancy... Neither is Birt mentioning how touched he is by messages of support (and he has quite a few)

-Patel going may turn attention full blast onto Boris

-Good headline from Sun when Fallon resigned “Fallon his sword”, best managed so far is "Priti Shambolic" by Mirror and Metro

-Sargeant family says he was denied natural justice with AM's and MP's complaining he was not given due process. Carwyn Jones giving TV interviews about the situation has gone down really really really badly, the Welsh Labour leader now saying he did everything by the book but he will be subject to the inquest and any further inquiries

-US Lt-Gen Hodges says UK's position in Nato and with US could be at risk if there are further defence cuts

-European Commission cuts UK forecast to Europe low of 1.5% this year. 1.3% next year and 1.1% year after

-Rumours Brussels is preparing for May to fall before end of year

-Sandro Gozi, the Italian Europe minister, believes we can arrange trade deal next year

-Corbyn wants a billion spent on sprinklers for tower blocks, condemns fire service cuts, won't comment on Carwyn Jones should stay or go till inquiries and inquests are done

-Germany's Council of Experts want Brexit pushed back two years for fear it will otherwise collapse

-Barnier again calls for clarity from UK, wonders if we will move away from European model

-Boris on Trump "I think you’ve got to realise that the American president is just one of the huge, great global brands, and he is penetrating corners of the global consciousness that I think few other presidents have ever done. So his method of tweeting earlier in the morning, no matter how rambunctious those tweets may be, they are communicating with people. And, yes, a lot of people don’t like it. But a lot of people relate to it. And in an age when people have been turned off politics, it is more direct and it’s more communicative than a lot of previous presidents have managed"

-Iran TV is using Boris comment as proof

-Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee says we need transitional deal before end of year or jobs will be lost

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-Sir Pickles complaint Patel wouldn't have been sacked if she met with leaders of a country other then Israel may well be a view taken up by a few

-Rees-Mogg says leaks that did for Patel was likely from embittered Remainers, replacement should be Brexiteer

-Farage sorry to see Patel go

-Corbyn aide David Prescott suspended for unknown reasons

-IDS says cabinet balance between Remain and Brexit should be unchanged, EU in no position to lecture UK on government stability, hints FCO leaked against Patel, welcomes Morduant, feels reshuffle should wait till not been forced by scandal

-Lord Storey on cyber bullying

-Alec Shelbrooke notes Garnier allegations have made assistants grateful to only be sent for coffee

-Redwood says Patel fell victim to Whitehall campaign

-Nick Boles says Tories have to accept age of austerity is over, happy with 2.6% deficit

-Bernard Jenkin welcomes Morduant appointment

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-Kuessenberg on the challenge for May by Patel's departure

-Julia Rampen at concerns about tone of Scottish labour contest

-Diego Zuluaga warns there is a contradiction between regional policy and productivity

-Jennifer Rankin at state of Brexit talks

-Bush has head in hands with May's choices

-Charles Grant on what he expects from EU talks
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:06 pm

-May says Brexit will happen 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019 and won't tolerate any attempt to block it but will listen to MP's on all sides if they try to help

-Leaked European Commission documents indicate Northern Ireland may have to abide by the EU's rules on the customs union and single market after Brexit to avoid hard border

-The writer of article 50 Lord Kerr says we can change our mind at any time

-Bercow thinks fewer people will be caught in sexual harassment scandal then were caught in expenses

-Charlie Elphicke says he still has no idea what he is accused of, says party's handling of allegations has been flawed

-UKIP Wales to call motion of no confidence in Carwyn Jones

-Aid groups welcome Morduant, BBC profiles the new cabinet member

-Anoosh Chakelian on what happens MP's are under investigation

-D'Arcy on a Busy Week Ahead

-Kevin Schofield interviews Thornberry

-Trap gap narrows to a better then expected £2.75bn, manufacturing output also exceeded exceptions at a rise of 0.7% over the month however construction slid 1.6%

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-Gordon Brown predicts Brexit crises point next summer as public realize government can't get the 4 Brexit redlines and that perhaps Remainers/EU can offer something to tempt people to stay in EU, fears Scotland could become the next Catalonia so wants full federalism, political leaders have a shelf life of six years

-Salmond says Trump hasn't kept promises made with his golf course, joins Russia Today to the despair of figures in the SNP

-Jess Philips on parties needing better process for sexual harassment

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-Katya Adler on agitated mood in EU

-Kuessenberg on the reshuffle

-George Eaton on three dangerous moments coming up for May

-Bush wishes May had handled the cabinet changes better and says there are no real candidates to replace her

-Gabby Hinsliff on damaging loss of sense of competence for May

-Simon Jenkins on May should pay EU what it wants

-Alex Massie saddened by Salmond's disgraceful decline
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:22 pm

-Salmond accused of trying to take control of Johnston Press, owners of The Scotsman newspaper. On Russia Today program, he suggests people watch it first before calling it propaganda and points out Labour and SNP have been on the channel quite a few times

-Sturgeon says she would have advised Salmond to not put his show on Russia Today, Ruth Davidson feels sorry for Sturgeon. Scotland's First Minister bemoans being kept in dark on Brexit talks, questions if Mark McDonald had really done enough to have to resign

-Barnier says UK has two weeks to clarify or come to came to agreement if it wants to make December deadline (UK was expecting that), some progress has been made on citizens rights

-Davies says both sides need to work on deal, progress has been made, the leaked EU plan on Ireland will not be allowed to happen, willing to have more talks

-Kerry McCarthy to give Labour letters that she says show unwanted attention from Hopkins. He says why didn't she talk to him or use the usual channels to raise complaint over 20 years rather then go to press

-Nigel Dodds rejects leaked Ireland solution but encouraged as it shows EU taking the matter seriously

-Former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern warns hard border would be a setback for peace process in Ireland and encourage those with ill-intent

-Inquiry will be held into how Welsh Labour and First Minister handled Carl Sargeant's sacking

-Boris accused of saying bullfighting ban is political correctness gone mad

-Ruth Davidson to address 1922 Committee

-I'm noting Hunt is having a bit of a write-up in Tory press

-Yesterday was half-way to Brexit day

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-Claire Short and Jack Straw suggest 0.7% target for Dfid may need to be dropped to ensure real reform

-Chris Chope calls for no deal

-Lord Kerr warns referendums in the EU could block trade deal, fears May triggered article 50 too soon, a rejoining UK would lose rebate

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-Chris Deerin pleads that despairs that we don't demand better from public servants like Boris and Salmond

-Spectator on state of the government

-Fraser Nelson on Whitehall's hopes for Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

-D'Arcy's six non-front benchers to watch during Brexit bill

-Jonathan Freedland says Trump and Brexit won't be defeated till the anger behind them is dealt with

-Forsyth (sun) on state of May government, Davidson and Hunt's leadership hopes, Hammond/May tensions

-Peter Oborne May should lead a moral crusade, Hunt, Cameron should not become a Blair
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:26 pm

-Gove wants a new watchdog charged to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air, would be independent and given statuary footing. Says blaming Boris is playing the game of Iranian extremists

-Corbyn calls for Boris to go

-Sunday Times saying 40 Tory MP's have said they will no confidence May if she doesn't settle Brexit divorce bill soon (not enough to trigger contest but only would need 8 more), Mail on Sunday say Gove and Boris have allied to make demands of May on Brexit

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-Patel says she is overwhelmed by support (she should ask where they were on Tuesday)

-Blair says Labour should be 20 points ahead. Wrong messenger and that is quite a high number but it is being noted that Labour haven't pulled ahead in polls despite everything going wrong with government

-Scottish Lib Dems and Jo Swinson want gender neutral uniforms

-Mayor Khan wants Boris to go

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-Mathew O'Toole on DUP's Brexit problem

-Fintan O'Toole on chaotic foreign policy as Britain struggles to find a new place in the world

-Karen Brady (Sun) on Patel

-Steve Bloomfield (long read) on state of Dfid
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Re: UK Politics

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This is an awesome article for anyone who follows this thread!
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:07 pm

-Gove saying he has no idea what Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing in Iran has not got down well, wants to increase farmland birds and plant 11 million trees over the next decade, quality of British food will see demand for it grow worldwide, wants to give May flexibility on Brexit.

-BBC does video showing Iran reaction to Boris comments

-Barnier preparing for talks to collapse, German Deputy Finance Minister Thomas Steffen says they must prepare

-New York Times Steven Erlanger article on Britain's Identity Crises has got a lot of attention

-Richard Ratclifff, husband of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, says Boris made no apology when they met other then sorry for what his wife had been through, was angry with Gove but thinks Gove was just clumsy in trying to defend Boris, wants to go to Iran with Boris to have better chance of seeing his wife. but doesn't want Boris sacked

-Sir Stramer doubts government can survive if it tries to go for no deal Brexit

-Mark McDonald says he must change his behaviour if his apology for explicit text is to mean anything

-Government looking to cover Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe under diplomatic protection as husband wants

-Number 10 considers what is happening to Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar as ethnic cleansing but won't say genocide

-Government adding Brexit date to EU withdrawal bill has angered figures like Morgan and Sir Greive while Sir Cable seeking a mass alliance of parties against the amendment

-Boris made a shock return from Brussels to personally handled Thornberry's urgent question about Zaghari-Ratcliffe, he apologises and says his should have been clearer, he gave people the wrong impression and it was a mistake by him, he was wrong and he has caused the family further suffering.

-IMF warns Hard Brexit would hurt both sides though UK would be hit more

-EU Withdrawal Bill amendments up to 471

-David Davies says Brexit will be delivered via a government bill which means Parliament will have a vote but there is disagreement on how much if a offer this is (Sir Stramer delighted, Lib Dems and Umunna+Chris Leslie sceptical) while Davies has said an amedment to that bill would mean he would go back to Brussels but he doesn't seem convinced EU would listen

-Irish Foreign minister Simon Coveney says Ireland issue can not just be nudged back to phase 2

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-Nicky Morgan calls for Boris to consider his position, no idea why he won't apologize and why Gove made his comments

-Tulip Siddiq, the MP for Zaghari-Ratcliffe, says Boris should resign if she spends one extra day in jail

-IDS suspects Labour's Brexit stance is shifting

-John Redwood getting flak for his advice to invest abroad due to “could be better put to work in places where the authorities are allowing credit to expand a bit, to permit faster growth”.

-Federation of German Industries (their CBI) says two year transition period won't be enough

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-Fraser Nelson argues "no parliamentary majority for no deal Brexit" doesn't matter as no deal is the legal default option of Brexit

-d’Ancona despairs at doomed May and state of Tory party

-Jonathan Powell says we have become an irrelevance abroad

-Andrew Peirce on the Gove, Boris alliance

-Peter Forster on Brexit bill row

-Daniel Huggins says UK has stronger hand then EU
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:13 pm

-May accuses Russia of cyber sabotage, violating airspace and election interference, Russia could be a valuable ally if it played by rules

-TV producer Daisy Goodwin was groped when visiting Cameron's number 10

-Rumours Julian Smith has had difficult time with potential Tory rebels over David Davies concession

-Boris says UK support of EU's agreement on cooperation and coordination of defence forces

-Brokenshire publishes potential N.Ireland budget, not willing to appoint ministers yet, SDLP call it direct rule (though blame N.Ireland parties for it) but other parties of N.Ireland seem to consider it differently. Sinn Feinn blames government, saying they are backing DUP refusal to honour past commitments

-Emma Dent Coad accused of describing Tory London assembly member Shaun Bailey as "token ghetto boy" in 2010 blog which he feels is racist, she says she was using his own description which she felt stigmatised the area then later says she was repeating what others have said but shouldn't have done it as people have taken it wrong way. The relevant quote is "Who can say where this man will ever fit in, however hard he tries? One day he is the 'token ghetto boy' standing behind D Cameron, the next 'looking interested' beside G Osborne. Ever felt used?,"

-Inflation remains at 3.0% with food rises of 4.1% in a year a problem as is electricity rises, economists had predicted a small rise

-Commons public accounts committee warns failure to get customs system in place by Brexit would be catastrophic

-Cooper's amendment to have MP's set Brexit date has been noted

-Trade Department retweets Mail article attacking Treasury and OBR forecasts then deleted said retweet

- Manfred Weber, the German MEP and head of the European People’s party (EPP), warns we are unlikely to hit stage 2 this year

-Labour want May to drop date amendment

-Ken Clarke remark that Brexiteers often can't name a law they want repealed while complaining about EU regulation nicely met by Steve Baker citing one (on ports) he wants axed

-Some confusion on whether amendment 383 (seemingly including ability to change Brexit date), laid by the government, contradicts 383 also laid by government (Brexit date)

-Sturgeon says Hollyrood can't back Brexit bill in current form but talks with May were constructive
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-Ben Bradshaw wonders why May brings up Russia interference now

-Soubry says there could be first time rebels on Brexit bill

-Lord Hague says UK should offer more money to EU, IDS disagrees and questions if Hague ha ever been in a serious negotiation

-Reese-Mogg says forecasts based on false Treasury assumptions and outlook for public finances more optimistic then ONS thinks

-George Freeman warns UK could take path of real decline after Brexit

-Nick Timothy (sun) lays into Hammond (put this up here because this may have impact given how close he is to May)

-Caroline Lucas on sexual harassment reform

-Hodge says Paradise Papers show an international disgrace, international tax laws are so weak they are broken with impunity

-Field wants cross party war cabinet for Brexit, Lords will ensure their own doom if they mess with Brexit bill. Forced to apologize to Hilary Benn when he tries to make cheapshot that Benn has never had to buy his own house, Benn points out he had to as never inherited a property

-Ken Clarke describes Farage as most successful politician of his generation given his ability to sell his message, his speech on the dream of deregulation never happening, leavers had no plan and the spell Farage cast, got applause from Commons

-Sir Grieve calls Brexit a historic error and act of self-mutilation, is not sure if clerks inserted 383 to counter 381 or government is being deceitful, some Tories delusional about how easy it will be to get trade deals

-Farage and Hope Not Hate disputing who won libel battle, however given Farage has had to make statement saying it does not support violence and wasn't willing to back his case in court, think most will see him as losing it.

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-Pauline Bock accuses government of ignoring advice about EU citizens rights

-Kuessenberg on David Davies concession

-Aditya Chakrabortty blames austerity for Tory problems

-Malcolm Rifkind says Boris error could yet help Zaghari-Ratcliffe

-Sue Fearns on EU migration, or potential lack of, concerns

-Hardman senses May showing confidence again
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