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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:37 pm

new number 10 lasts less then a day, channel 4 hustings, UK negotiator David Frost speaks
-Papers on David Frost speech or Sabisky resignation, Sun and Mail unhappy Boris hasn't visited flooded areas

-Andrew Sabisky steps down from number 10, bemoans character assassination but I'm not sure number 10 liked being asked if they agree on eugenics and the like

-Labour hustings channel 4: Not channel 4's best work, the set was a little distracting at first, their photo of Long Bailey was not the best, intro speech was too long, used the audience too much. Had some good questions but quick round went badly as Labour candidates ridiculed it and went on the attack. Media and Labour may need to have a discussion about the point of quick fire rounds. In terms of overall tone, Labour candidates tried to keep united and took more shots at media then they did at each other, each showed a sense of humour , each seemed to pull their punches on the lady who on the subject of anti-Semitism engaged in what abouttery with Palestine.

Long Bailey performed fairly well, maybe over time she can deliver her jokes a bit better and some of her readjustments didn't quite flow smoothly, talked with passion and pride but it is the message that seems the issue, talking about voters being confused due to poor messaging seems to be the exact problem of "not listening", avoided listing anybody as best post Atlee leader but it is the sort of adjustment that didn't quite seem at ease, her no such thing as Corbynisim drew applause but not sure voters will belief that, anti-Semitism issue remains a problem for her. Sir Stramer was fine, very cautious and waffled for time when asked about Corbyn, impressively handled the Flack question which made channel 4 look silly, managed to turn a fair few answers onto unity unity unity, the caution held back his performance though. Nandy was excellent, setting out what had to change, fun sense of humour, a bit of flattery for the area which she made work, excellent on being poor means your taxed more, setting out plans to change, told members what they may not like to hear like Corbyn was to blame

-UK negotiator David Frost on not allowing EU supervision “It isn’t a simple negotiating position which might move under pressure – it is the point of the whole project.”, Brexit could allow economic competition that benefits everyone, UK must be allowed to set their own laws

-Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to meet Cummings this week

-India refuse to let Debbie Abrahams enter

-Record employment at 76.5%, real term average earnings have finally finally passed the pre-finical crises peak

-Sunak confirms budget on March 11th

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-Daisy Cooper Boris and Cummings seek to break the power of the law

-Paterson concerned that Environmental Agency may "cop out" and accept flooding as part of climate change

-William Wrag "Andrew Sabisky's presence in No 10 is a poor reflection on the government... 'Weirdos' and 'misfits' are all very well, but please can they not gratuitously cause offence." and Naokes "Cannot believe No 10 has refused to comment on Andrew Sabisky. I don't know him from a bar of soap, but don't think we'd get on... must be no place in government for the views he's expressed."

-Green and Merriman urge number 10 not to seek fight with BBC

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-Sabrina Huck Labour have to adapt to Tories changing of econimic strategy

-Stephen Booth EU should accept UK "pragmatism" on Irish border

-Barbara Stronge Labour needs to treat it woman's better including having one as leader

-O'Grady Brexiteer language has changed since no deal was impossible

-James Frayne attitudes have changed towards the BBC
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:49 pm

Immigration plans, Tories uneasy about Sabisky being hired in first place
-Papers on new immigration system

-A fortnight after China let it be know they weren't happy with lack of contact, Boris phones President Xi though Chia has said they are grateful for the medical technology help

-Home Office says unskilled migrants from EU won't get visa's, responds to business/unions/NHS alarms by telling them to move away from cheap migrant labour, invest in retaining staff and tech, quadrupling of the scheme for seasonal workers in agriculture to 10,000 and 20,000 young adults will be able to come each other, carpenters, plasterers and childminders will be included as skilled occupations

-Kwarteng says number 10 need to look at their hiring practises after Sabisky, should not be hiring racists, Equalities Chair Noakes relieved he has gone and condemns failure of number 10 to distance themselves from his views, Cummings says pundits don't know what they are talking about

-Butler says she gets mistaken for other black MP's at least once a week

-Barnier says UK can't have same deal as Canada due to how close the countries borders are but willing to offer an ambitious partnership

-Plaid Cymru has been fined £29,000 for failing (36 times over two years) to report cash it received from Short Money worth nearly £500,000. No hit at dishonesty, just failing to ensure they knew the reporting rules and got confused

-CPI up in January to more then expected 1.8%

-IDS calls for Sunak to help encourage saving

-Credit to Virginia Crosbie who drove home stranded in storm constituent who has slagged off the MP repeatedly. The constituent has held her hand up and apologized for her past actions

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-Henry Hill Boris needs to get his act together fast
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:25 pm

some pressure building on Boris failure to visit flooded areas, Scottish changes
-Papers on the immigration reforms (particularly concerns about social care sector) and floods with increasing frustration at Boris failure to react, Brexiteers papers furious that EU aren't treating as like Canada, budget

-Patel admits her own family would not have been allowed under new immigration laws

-Seems EU are bringing up the issue of Elgin Marbles

-Andrew Stephenson is put in charge of HS2

-Plaid wondering why Cobra hasn't been activated, Corbyn says Boris is showing true colours in not visiting flooded area "If the Prime Minister is not campaigning for votes in a general election he simply does not care about helping communities affected by flooding."

-Julian Smith says Boris read and approved the Stormont agreement

-Jackson Carlaw axes leadership rival Michelle Ballantyne from his front bench, race became bad tempered but not a good look while Sturgeon has pointed out 75% of the Scottish Tory frontbench is now male.

-Kate Forbes becomes Scotland's Finance Minister, a rising star in the SNP who delivered the Scottish budget in emergency circumstances and impressed, an accountant who has been in SNP econimic team

-SNP to back Labour MSP Monica Lennon private members bill to make period products free on prescription but they have concerns so will seek to heavily amend it as concerned about costs

-Sunak to skip G20 meeting

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-Whittaker says he has been hammering on Whitehall doors to get emergency funding triggered (it took government nine days)

-Blair says Labour need a born again head to tail reform, need radical new policies and it needs to be based around the way technology is changing everything, accepts his advice isn't welcome but points out "But then it occurred to me that there are only two people born in the last 120 years who have actually won an election for Labour - and alas Harold Wilson is long gone"

-Caroline Lucas under investigation for a possible breach of parliamentary rules for offering a tour of the Commons in exchange for £150 (she was fundraising), Caroline Lucas denies any wrongdoing

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-Laura Parker, once of Corbyn and Momentum backing Sir Stramer

-Andrew Haldenby public spending waste needs to be tackled

-Kettle immigration plan is a political rather then econimic move

-Will Tanner defends lowering migration
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:47 pm

Labour jobs, Patel in row
-Papers on government crackdown of woodburners and the attacks in Germany

-Georgina Bailey interviews transport committee chair Merriman

-D'Arcy Week Ahead and Why Select Committee's aren't up and running

-McDonnell visits Assange and says it is the Dreyfuss case of our age (bit tactless)

-Long Bailey would scrap Prevent

-Long Bailey says she would offer Corbyn a job, Burgeon says this is not the end of Corbyn, the biggest Tory asset in history Corbyn has indicated a willingness to stay on depending on the role offered

-Nandy says she would be willing to serve either rival as good mates with both, Sir Stramer says he salutes them but won't give that pledge

-Believed Patel has fallen out with Home Office's chief civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam and tried to move him but allegations of bullying have been firmly denied

-Nandy says New Labour was game changing but they must be honest about it's failings

-Burgeon attacks Blair's attitude to the membership

-Holyrood's public audit committee says urgent action needed on overcrowded prison system and concerned the largest prison could become uninhabitable

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-Moran Blair is right, Labour need to work together

-Blair says he wouldn't have signed that trans pledge

-Some MP's like Halfon campaigning against rumoured rise in fuel duty. Yes it the signal that a budget is coming up

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-Labour PCC Kim McGuinness Labour need to convince on crime with local elections coming up

-Phibbs Tories should note Blair's speech

-Owen Jones Labour must recognize Tory have changed their tunes

-Rob Powell the Patel row
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:22 pm

Brexit, stuff
-Our British Blue passports to be made in Poland by a French/Dutch company

-Corbyn tweets "Where is Boris Johnson", Osborne tweets back "In Downing Street - where you put him .."

-Sir Stramer says Labour have to unite to avoid being out of power for a generation, Boris is dangerous and that gets lost when left paint him as a clown

-Baroness Morgan says BBC reform is unavoidable

-Downing Street briefing that EU is divided about Brexit and failure to agree budget shows the chaos they are in compared to UK

-Macron doubts deal can be done by end of year

-UK expected to publish it's trading demands on Thursday

-Nandy media reform

-Davies on Huawei

-Cherry and Angus Robertson to fight to be candidate for Ruth Davidson's old MSP seat

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-Goodman on reasons why Boris not visiting flood victims

-Matthew Elliot (sun) budget wishlist
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:17 pm

Labour, Patel vs civil service row, Brexit
-Papers on boxing or coronavirus

-Sturgeon says she intends to stay in post, could take right to hold referendum to court but not her preferred option, backs Scottish visa as fears UK government immigration plans are so restrictive they would damage Scotland's economy so seeking a meeting with Boris to discuss it

-Abbott wants an end to online anonymity and, like McDonnell showing more tact and sense then the worst election leader in British history Corbyn, says she won't seek cabinet post and give new leader a free hand to select a new team.

-Government denies MI5 is holding back information from Patel as they consider her a security threat while Home Office takes rare step to deny rift between Patel and her permanent secretary and MI5 have denied the claims they see her as a security problem, Patel is said to be furious at the allegations and recent leaking to newspapers. It does seem like there is a push against her somewhere given the stories of late and wouldn't be the first time factions in the Home Office moved against their boss (Rudd coming to mind), number 10 has refused to give backing to permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam

-Cabinet Office seeking an HR adviser to handle treatment of special advisers, seen as a move by Whitehall against Cummings though government claiming this was long planned. Cummings is alleged to say anyone with personal issues like bereavement should immediately resign

-Labour leadership voting starts (closes on 2nd April), all three candidates pledge to serve each other and give their rivals a place in cabinet

-Government launches consultation on security for public events like concerts

-Amélie de Montchalin, the French Europe minister. says they wont sign a bad deal just to meet Boris deadline

-Sir Stramer (bar the Long Bailey+Nandy thing) refusing to say who will get in shadow cabinet with his refusal to say yes to Corbyn getting the focus (he also refused on Miliband and Cooper so wouldn't read too much into it), salary threshold is wrong for immigration, how deals with trans groups matters hugely. Outriders rather then leaders of rival campaigns are the ones making accusations about who his donors are, was a mistake to abstain on welfare cap in 2015 but was a new MP going with the party line, denies trying to bring down Corbyn in 2016 and remains a friend to Corbyn.

-Number 10 says Boris going to flooded areas would distract from relief efforts, no inquiry on Patel leaks, UK will comply with it's Brexit obligations, confirms plans for EU talks on Thursday then US next week

-Sunak poses with huge bag of Yorkshire tea

-After reports in Sunday Times that Boris plans to get around border requirements (number 10 has denied this), Vadaker says there can no backsliding on border checks and EU Commission says this becomes an issue of trust

-Lewis says they won't impose customs border down Irish Sea

-Long Bailey says big idea's are vital to winning election and on anti-Semitism "there were many members using conspiracy theories and tropes...Many didn’t realise they were doing it and would be horrified if they realised they were. We need to educate our members and I’ll do that as leader.”

-Sir Mark Sedwill posts on civil service website bemoaning the “unattributable briefings and leaks to the media” which “besmirches this country’s hard-won reputation for good governance”, emphasis "Candour, confidentiality and courtesy between ministers, special advisers and civil servants are crucial to the trust and confidence on which good governance depends. Civil servants should at all times be confident that they can give the honest, impartial and objective advice on which ministers can rely. Both should be confident that this advice, and any debate that surrounds it, will remain private.".

Seen as doing enough that ministers can be pleased while having a shot at certain special advisers who have been briefing against civil servants.

-Patel says immigration system would be revised and adjusted to needs of the time

-Villiers says there is a pattern of spiteful briefing against female politicians

-Bit of a discussion on if Sir Stramer would dare antagonise the left by using the respected Rachel Reeves and Yvette Cooper

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-Kavanagh (sun) wants radical budget

-James Harris Labour needs to keep it simple

-Tom Blackford not impressed how the Labour right (which apparently now includes Nandy) is using period of reflection

-Simon Jenkins Patel row reveals Boris weaknesses as PM
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:44 pm

EU toughens up it's mandate while seemingly wary of UK, lots of other Brexit
-Irish government trying to ensure EU ensures UK sticks fully to border agreements, Coveney warns there will be serious consequences if UK doesn't hold up it's end of agreement and must start implementing agreed border controls within months, Germany's Michael Roth has felt need to remind UK to keep their promises, EU figures saying offer will be fair and a good one for UK, Barnier says joint comitee will be set up to ensure Irish border protocols are following. EU's published trading mandate has toughened up language on level playing field and fishing

-Anneliese Dodds tax avoidance

-Waugh with interview with Sir Stramer

-Some sad sad sad people have called for a boycott of Yorkshire Tea because Sunak posed with a packet and apparently staff have been abused

-Lords approve the emergency legislation to prevent automatic early releases

-The chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Professor Carrie MacEwan says doctors must take the funding and implement NHS plans rather then blame everything on government

-Environment Agency asks for houses to stop being built in flood plains and warns in years to come some community may have to be relocated

-Been noted government's inner Brexit committee has got a lot more Brexity with reshuffle with Javid and Cox replaced by Sunak and Braverman

-Steve Baker resigns as chair of the ERG, praising Boris having got Brexit done and now having mandate to make a success of it. Not clear why he is stepping down

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-Angus Robertson plants his flag firmly as a Sturgeon loyalist against Cherry

-Blair, Brown, Baroness Smith (wife of John Smith), Darling and Hattersley backs Ian Murray

-Davies says France has a myth of UK has the wild west of deregulation, EU will shift position (this time, unlike the last 100 times he has said it) as we are too valuable a market for many interest groups

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-Ian Acheson condemns attacks on Patel

-Mark Wallace EU's problems just beginning

-Frances Coppola wonders if "get on your bike" needs to be revived for the blue wall

-Georgina Wright differences between draft EU mandate and confirmed one
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:06 pm

Labour leadership, Lord Steel leaves Lib Dems in disgrace, Javid makes statement in Commons
-Papers on coronavirus. Finical Times says a lot of decisions will be delayed by Sunak this budget as they wait to see impact of Coronavirus

-Nandy warns they have a narrow opportunity to get things right and can't offer the same again, regrets failing to make the case for refugee's in public when at the Children's Society and Remain made that same mistake, mentioning Thatcher in election campaign is not relevant to people. Brexit was straw that broke camel's back with Labour seeming tone deaf, Labour didn't try to find a compromise on Brexit and she was threatened with expulsion when she suggested a softer Brexit, in 2016 she sought to find a route to unity but both sides seemed keen on a fight.

Open selections will see BME and females MP's pushed out, move HQ to Warrington, health inequalities should be seen as corporate manslaughter. Local enterprise partnerships are a failure so should go, mayors need to be more accountable, “from each according to his abilities to each according to his needs” is the best political organising principle, didn't win the argument as didn't make the argument.

-Sir Stramer says Labour lost support in summer of 2015 and a lot of decisions were made that had lasting impact, rightly or wrongly leadership was a problem for Labour going into election so blaming Brexit alone is not correct but it was a problem along with manifesto overload and anti-Semitism so it wouldn't be honest to pretend if there hadn't been Brexit issue everything would have been fine. Must accept Brexit is happening.

Has to show they have changed from day one particularly on anti-Semitism, have to be open that if one wants change then one has to pay for it, open to PR system but wants constituency link to remain, devolution is a mess, affordable housing should be seen as a human right so suggests a licensing scheme for private builders. Lost argument at election and nothing good came from that defeat "This mindset about having won something ... is complete nonsense as far as I’m concerned."

Gives passionately scathing answer to the question that has dogged him about most exciting thing he has ever done (said first time about playing football) "These questions are supposed to be the measure of us and they are so ridiculous. In the last four weeks my wife's mum has died, we'd been in intensive care with her before she died for 17 days. I had been trying to be the best husband I could be to my wife, the best dad I could be to my grieving children. Then I am asked "what is the most exciting thing you've ever done? And I am judged on that. I know who I am."

-Long Bailey's regret is the Brexit position, should have been clearer about difference between firm policy and long term ambition, Brexit trigger by distrust of Brussels and Westminster politicians, has a friend who is a Tory and her comment on friends not telling her was a joke. Open selections could bring equivalents of Ocasia-Cortez to party, HS2 should start in the north, need to talk about what regional offices would actually do, slogan would be "You deserve the best"

-Eustice booed and laughed at at NFU, says Boris went to flooded area's during the elections as civil service were being hampered by purdah rules

-IFS says to keep within own rules government will have to raise taxes in first budget, day-to-day non-NHS public spending per head is 26% lower than it was at its peak in 2010

-Government launching a defence and foreign policy review to challenge Whitehall thinking

-Mayor Khan backs Sir Stramer

-Burgeon would create a Tony Benn school for Political Education, tells Blair (three election victories) to be quiet as an ordinary member would be facing suspension for things Blair is saying

-Lord Steel, with not much grace and playing something of the victim card, resigns from Lib Dems after inquiry slams his conduct over Cyril Smith ""an example of a highly placed politician turning a blind eye to something that was potentially troublesome to his party, with no apparent regard for criminal acts which might have occurred or for any victims, past or future".

-Rayner says Corbyn did not command respect of party and compared to him she is "more bombastic, more focused and more sharp".

-Malthouse says he hasn't witnessed bullying from Patel and plays down rift stories

-Healey asking UK Statistics Authority to investigate claims homeless is five times higher then official statistics

-Javid makes personal statement after resignation (resigned ministers are allowed to do so in Commons), wanted to be in government longer but will champion his causes from outside, learnt from each department he served in and hopes he has more to give in public life. Country is strong due to it's national institutions, no one model for relationship between number 10 and 11 but has to "It has always been the case that advisers advise, minsters decide and minsters decide on their advisers. I couldn’t see why the Treasury, with the vital role that it plays, should be the exception to that." while needs to be mutual trust.

Chancellor needs to be able to give candid advice and speak truth to power but conditions that were to be imposed on him made that impossible, Sunak can rise to the challenge. Tax burden highest in 50 years and not everyone in government is committed to getting tax burden down with only Treasury a department willing to cut taxes, lack of reserve currency means he backs fiscal rules to get debt down by end of parliament. Boris faces major challenges and a chance for major renewal but he backs Boris to meet them

Boris promptly thanks Javid, McDonnell says Javid seeking to become leader of low tax Thatcherite faction within Tories

-Barnier says not even Farage has been able to show him any bonus of Brexit, believes Boris about higher standards, repeats his recent point that UK being off EU's border means it can not be a Canada, EU respects UK sovereignty but Brexit has practical consequences including leaving 600 international deals. Concerned at UK ministers sounding as if they are backing off from Withdrawal Agreement and must be followed to the letter.

In Q&A he says he once asked Farage what post-Brexit vision was and Farage says that the EU will be destroyed, EU must listen to the reasons of the anger that led to Brexit as many exist within EU that have those same problems and anger, EU budget debate is always hard and Brexit has made it harder, EU will enforce rules of origin strictly whatever deal there is

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-Halfon should consult regular people and other idea's

-Jardine wants EU citizens rights should be protected

-Passageway between Commons and Westminster Hall created by Charles II and blocked up in Victorian times has been discovered

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-Zoe Williams Labour suffering from guilt and despair

-O'Grady ] Sir Stramer faces challenges when he wins

-Behr Labour's unity without clarity is a trap
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:15 pm

Brexit tensions rise, Labour
-Papers on coronavirus and Boris failure to go to flooded areas

-Ellwood says 2% of GDP is not enough for defence give cyber and space warfare, armed forces overstretched and funding needs to go to 3%, we have lost sight of our values and what we stand for when it comes to defence policy, generals and admirals shouldn't be cut.

-Rayner says employers should pay for time off doing public duties

-Youguv poll puts Stramer at 53% of first preference votes, Long Bailey 31%, Nandy 16%

-Universities Minister Michelle Donelan backs review of university applications system

-With concerns at how badly official figures may be underestimating rough sleeping, government orders urgent review and pledges an extra £236m for the issue while Adam Holloway made minister for rough sleeping

-Patel says there must be no excuses on cutting crime and will bring back national targets, vows to support police but will hold police to account. Pledges £41.5m of funding for forces in 18 areas worst affected by serious violence, an eight-week consultation on plans to enshrine a police covenant in law.

-Government won't appeal court blocking Heathrow expansion. A sense Boris is secretly happy at the ruling

-Braverman taking back control from judges

-Government saying they will walk away in June if Brexit talks aren't getting anywhere (EU says that would be a good point to take stock and was roughly planned as a date for considerations anyway), will consult on any economic impact assessment of trade deal but won't promise to publish one before end of year, no to any obligation to be aligned to EU rules or any ECJ oversight, not seeking to take part in European Arrest Warrant, Erasmus+student exchange program to be time limited

-Gove says they won't link fishing with finical services access, will be safer after Brexit as control borders, will implement N.Ireland protocol, will get border force ready in time

-Long term non-EU migration at a record high of 379,000, EU migration up a bit at 64,000

-Truss met US trade representative Robert Lighthizer

-A sense that chances of no deal have increased, that EU is alarmed at the idea UK won't carry out it's commitments but a feeling among the press that this could backfire with other countries if we aren't seen as trustworthy

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-Caroline Lucas worried by environment bill

-Spellar Labour should not ally with Lib Dems and seems deeply disappointed with Blair for suggesting it

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-Charlotte Henry route forward for Lib Dems and why they lost so badly

-Garvan Walshe Brexit will give Boris hard decisions on how to protect his red wall

-David Allen Green breaking political declaration will have costs abroad

-Peter Foster government playing with fire

-Mujtaba Rahman views from within EU
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Re: UK Poltics 2020-Boris Reshuffle Not Quite To Plan

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:55 pm

Brexit, committee chairs
-Papers mostly on coronavirus

-Nokes says Boris letter box comments were really ill-judged, parliament is very male prep school and has turned her further into feminism, needs to be more tolerance in society

-£113m total of large donations to parties in Britain last year was a record. In the months leading up to election Tories pulled in £40 million which was three times Labour

-Whips ask Tory MP's not to use terms like deal or no deal, Jenkyns promptly celebrates government willingness to use no deal to pay hard ball with EU

-Wales' Brexit minister Jeremy Miles asks for clarity and commitment on replacing EU funding

-Crabb says EU funds to Wales were often spent badly, businesses need to be more involved and more go to strategic infrastructure

-Pollard wants no public money to those found to have hosted fox hunts

-Eustice says Boris keeps informed about floods, steps in to visit flooded areas when Pow falls sick but doesn't meet residents as changes seem to have kept being made to schedule.

-O'Grady says if Boris avoids telling the unions and country what is going on with Brexit, TUC will just get information from Europe's unions, urges Boris not to make EU talks a virility test, not yet got meeting with Boris


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-Henry Hill Heathrow failure due to use of legally binding commitments

-Jack Blanchard profiles Mayor Khan
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