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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:04 pm

-MP's pay tribute to Baroness Jowell who was watching their debate on cancer, Speaker Bercow also making a speech of how much Jowell is loved by MP's. She is the first person to to donate her medical information to a Universal Cancer Bank

-HMRC denying they rejected French request for help in probe as target was a Tory donor, says there wasn't enough data for a warrant but were willing to help French in other ways

-Sturgeon admits an SNP consultant met Cambridge Analytica, Blackford says he was never told of this and it would have been helpful earlier (a whistle-blower told before committee in answer to Brendan O'Hara's question, by all accounts he was shocked), Davidson demanding more information.

-Apparently EU and UK officials met to discuss UK's proposals for Irish border and they were torn apart by EU so Barnier has ended internal scoping till better sense of what UK proposal actually is

-Rumours pro-Brexit cabinet members are pushing Rudd to bring out details of post-Brexit immigration system, partly due to fears government is about to negotiate immigration system with EU. Rudd may be in trouble however over allegations she boasted to May she could clamp down on migrants which really damages the image of her as a more liberal Home Secretary

-National Audit Office says government's suggested Brexit bill of £35bn-£39bn is a reasonable estimate but hard to calculate

-Truss says government is sympathetic to compensation for Windrush

-Queen makes open bid to have Prince Charles as next head of Commonwealth

-Gove says the Windrush scandal has damaged relations with Caribbean and Latin America

-Boris says they need to counter-act the "myth" that Brexit was for clamp down on immigration, urges Zimbabwe to hold free and fair elections

-Carney plays down chances of May rate rise

-Tugendhat says select committee chairs have formed a group to coordinate on Russia issues and pool information

-Barnier says Brexit talks could still collapse as 25% still not agreed

-Lavrov saying Russia has plenty of evidence UK staged the Syrian chemical attack

-Lord Sacks says he feel ashamed at how many good people are doing nothing to combat rising anti-Semitism here and in Europe

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-Time's 100 most influential people includes Ruth Davidson and Khan

-Nick Timothy's claim that the Go Home vans were blocked by May then introduced while she was on holiday has got a lot attention, now seeming like he wasn't accurate and seems to have withdrawn from twitter.

-Commons catering staff want an apology from Dorries over her recent comments about poor quality of food

-Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen describes Davies as very right-wing who has never shown interest in Ireland pre-Brexit

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-D'Arcy on Lords defeat and Brexit battle to come

-Bush on Nick Timothy's claims

-Gary Younge attacks government attitude on migrants
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:25 pm

-Number 10 can't outright deny that EU tore it's Irish solution apart or that EU says to prevent border UK has to agree to all the rules on goods and agriculture, but still confident of a deal, will publish post-brexit immigration plans in a few months

-Coveney says both sides agree on a series of commitments on border but is challenging turning this into a workable deal

-Ofcom wants to halt roll out of local channels since the 30 they have created have struggled for finances

-May confirms compensation for Windrush scandal, Lammy wants more detail

-Guardian says it has a leaked memo of Rudd to May claiming she will get more migrants deported then May

-Hammond says transitional deal has stopped jobs leaving the City of London but they must ensure final deal doesn't see them flee

-Suspect May will be pleased with Commonwealth (Windrush aside) as agrees Prince Charles to be next head, pollution plan and cyber crime plan, agreements on gender equality, getting trade up, halve malaria, education

-Frustration that Sergant inquiry hasn't started

-D'Arcy on busy week ahead

-Thornberry says delays in investigating chemical attacks in Syria are due to UN red tape rather then the inspectors being shot at

-Alan Johnson says Border Force decided to destroy landing cards under Labour but he had been unaware of it at the time

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-Nick Servini on Welsh Labour conference tensions

-Forsyth (sun) opposes customs union, Rudd needs to make Home Officer her own, Noakes is doomed and other things
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:17 pm

-Carwyn Jones says he will resign in Autumn from being Welsh Labour leade rand First Minister, posts he has held since 2009. Had not been expected at all, had been well regarded as he kept Labour in power and seen as managing Welsh affairs well, was respected by other figures but has been under a cloud after Sergent's suicide.

-Welsh Labour select deputy Carolyn Harris despite members voting for Julie Morgan, the AM's and MP's backed MP Harris, is leading to calls to change the Welsh Labour voting system

-Hunt accuses social media of turning a blind eye to child abuse and warns of new laws being prepared

-Brexiteers worrying May is about to cede on custom's union

-Bernard Jenkin (sun) not happy with Lords vote and says any MP thinking to vote for similar is voting against the people

-Berger on health reform

-Thornberry sticks by red tape stopping weapon inspectors, good on anti-Semitism being wrong but weak on Labour's attitude to Russia (seems like she wasn't expecting the question)

-Gauke says he is ashamed of what happened to Windrush generation

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-Nick Cohen warns justice may soon only be for the rich

-Derek Laud doesn't like May's attitude on immigration

-Daniel Davies on Carwyn Jones

-Reality Check addresses claims by Russian media about Skirpal case
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:26 pm

-Lords vote by 71 to keep charter of human rights in British law, by 50 and then 57 they oppose plans for giving ministers the power to make regulations specifying in what circumstances retained EU law can be challenged in court

-Brexiteers really pushing May to keep promise to not stay in customs union and not have a "customs partnership". Number 10 denying they have plans to stay, sending Javid and Gove to twitter to back that up, Truss warns parliament not to bind May's hands in negotiation, Gauke says ministers have to make case to public for why leaving customs union won't put up barriers. Rumours of customs union vote would become a confidence vote left Labour MP's very confused as they don't think confidence votes, due to fixed term act, have any real power now. Downing Street then indicates they are still looking on if customs partnership could be route forward or if no customs partnership is best

-Government announces 6million funding for children of alcoholic parents with public health minister Steve Brine given charge of the issue

-Corbyn thanks Carwyn Jones for his tireless work and his time isn't done yet, says government is dodging responsibility for Windrush scandal and their hostile attitude has led to Britons being treated as second class citizens while May had created an impossible burden of proof for migrants, won't interfere in what election system is used for Welsh leader, would renationalize Royal Mail as the money given to shareholders could have gone to public purse

-Rudd promises no citizen or naturalisation fee for any of the Windrush generation or their descendants, they don't have to pass the test, as yet found nobody wrongly deported but more cases still to look through as this being done manually, independently run compensation scheme. Abbott says some of the immigration act should be repealed, Lammy says Rudd's offer ignores they are citizens already

-May declares April 22nd will be annual Stephen Lawrence day

-Truss says she locks her family phones away

-Dawn Butler says May's immigration acts were racist

-Business Committee says a lack of trade deal post-Brexit would be catastrophic for food and drinks industry

-Labour proposes film tax relief be depended on diversity and bank holidays for each national saints day

-Corbyn's meeting with Jewish leaders postponed as the biggest groups (board of deputies and Jewish leadership council) were going to boycott that due to Jewish Voice for Labour (who organized the counter protest) being invited. Corbyn will meet all groups in private meeting as I understand it

-Welsh Tories fear a vacuum in months ahead as they wait for new First Minister

-Bercow delayed start of defence questions remarking "Colleagues needn’t worry. Their questions will be reached. But the chair has to react to the development of events, to which I and some colleagues are privy, and others are not. And if you weren’t already confused, you will now be.". Some speculation Cat Smith was running late for her Urgent Question and Bercow was trying to delay things

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-Nicky Morgan says Tory Brexiteers should stop sabre rattling on customs union and stop hinting May's job is under threat if she goes against them, Commons needs to consider calmly what is best for trade

-Bernard Jenkin argues against customs union or partnership

-Lisa Nandy on those promoting tolerance and healing need to build a narrative

-Owen Smith says Labour should have done more to oppose the 2014 immigration act (Ed Miliband's Labour abstained though leading Corbynites opposed)

-Baroness Warsi says immigration target is unreasonable and causing a lot of damage so should be dropped

-David Jones says customs partnership would be unacceptable

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-Isabel Hardman says Tories have only themselves to blame for Windrush

-John Harris on UKIP influence till being felt

-Marie Le Conte on likely Tory contenders for London Mayor race

-David Torrance on tribalism and identity polices

-Aditya Chakrabortty on councils outsourcing

-Kuessenberg on custom union/confidence vote confusion

-Bush on Labour's failure to vet candidates
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:24 pm

-Statue of suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett revealed outside Parliament, first female statue in Parliament square

-Environment Audit Committee looking into hand-wash car services including treatment of workforce

-While I was expecting the "oh look at this party's dodgy council candidate" being exchanged, I wasn't expecting one for a general election. Labour's candidate for gettable seat Worcester Mandy Richards, questions who killed Jo Cox and whether the Manchester bombings ever happened, claims security services have been checking her correspondence as they fear her views, the former teacher and youth worker has two "extended civil restraint orders" for needlessly taking government organizations to court. She has also said anyone who calls her a fantasist is a racist, Worcester Labour is investigating while there are calls for Richards to step down, few expect her to be the candidate for the election.

-Barnier wants more clarity from UK, EU will offer more flexibility if UK relaxes redlines, companies need to keep preparing for a disorderly Brexit, integrity of single market more important then trade with UK

-European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis, in charge of financial stability, warns companies need to prepare for all posibilities, EU would need to be able to supervise UK systems if UK want market access and that equivalency is important

-Cambridge Anylatica says claims are conspiracies theories and unfounded, they followed data rules and did what Facebook asked when Facebook had concerns including deleting data, electorally the data was useless. Damian Collins indicates he is sceptical of their inquiry

-Morgan has written to TSB over it's online banking meltdown and will bring in the watchdogs

-Sturgeon rejects Westminster's devolved powers offer but Carwyn Jones has accepted it, rumours SNP's negotiators led by Mike Russell were happy to agree to Westminster offer but Sturgeon vetoed

-Greg Clark refuses to block takeover of GNK

-Corbyn says Labour structures were clearly unfit for purpose and they have to confront that a number of Labour members hold anti-Semitic views

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-Ellmann says Corbyn has allowed anti-Semitism to fester in the party, actions matter rather then words

-Lord Ashdown bemoans no breakthrough by a leader in centre when right and left torn by scandal and cruelty, will be read as accusing Sir Cable of failure to make an impact

-Lord Scriven leaving TSB

-Rees-Mogg says UK should use 42 billion bill and the devastation no deal would cause Ireland to put pressure on, conceding on fishing for better deal overall would be socialist and that Home Office soclaist attitudes was behind Windrush crises

-Lammy warns Windrush generation still fear being deported despite Rudd's words

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-Kuessenberg on backbench crossparty work on NHS funding

-Eaton says Windrush scandal shows how left can win immigration debate
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:58 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn would have been wise to use Lawrence part of opening to include his own parties problems and pre-empt any possible attack. Corbyn presses on Windrush compensation lack of detail and saying Home Office isn't trusted so needs to make clear it will be full compensation, May repeats citizenship offer and detail will come for compensation will come in due course which feels an insufficient response. Corbyn says waving citizenship fees is not generous, raises Home Office memo that warn hostile environment would hinder Windrush generation so why was it ignored, May says it is hostile for illegal migrants as Labour shadow minister said when in office, Corbyn says he is talking about the legal Windrush generation and brings up Pickles warning so why was that ignored. May says they have been clear Widnrush are here legally and are British but has been a documenting issue, hostile environment is about illegal migration and is an idea support by successive governments and cites past Labour measures, illegal immigrants getting same access is not fair to legal migrants. Corbyn says May is trying to avoid talking about injustice to Windrush, talks about warning from equalities commission that warned immigration acts could cause destitution so May should review her 2014 and 16 Immigration Acts to ensure this won't happen again. May says Labour seems to be ignoring some of the facts, government set up a team to activity help Windrush victims and problem is they should have been documents back in 1973 but will get them now. Corbyn on May creating a hostile environment that then ignored issue till strong campaign and Labour efforts, cutting to legal aid made it harder for them to launch legal challenges, time to scrap the bogus immigration target and immigration hostile environment (it got a bit chaotic near end). May says they need to keep pressing on illegal immigration (again quotes Labour MP who called for stronger action in 2013) but it shouldn't hit Windrush generation but Corbyn is trying to widen it to illegal immigration. Corbyn says the environment she created would hurt Windrush generation and she knew of the problem, talks of Rudd's memo to harden the hostile environment policy and that Home Office warned it wasn't working so Rudd should resign. May says people are concerned at illegal immgration and that is unfair on legal migrants when illegal immigration is allowed, government is seeking to address that concern, Windrush is British and asks how kind/fair Labour is if it would wreck our economy and pile on the debt to future generations (weak end).

Blackford says people and Commons want customs union so why is May backing cynical Brexiteers advancing their own careers, May says people voted for leaving EU fully and wants to trade with world and frictionless trade with EU. Blackford says answer wasn't good enough and custom union wasn't on ballot paper, government's own research shows everybody gets hurt by leaving customs union, talks at standstill as government out of ideas on Ireland then goes for weak attack about sacrificing everything to their own ambitions. May says he was wrong about everything and he should consider business saying they benefit from aces to UK market.

Corbyn strategy was to tie May's wider attitudes to immigration led to Windrush and she had been warned but ignored it, asking about all the warnings to build case. May's strategy was to ignore the questions or not really answer them but paint Corbyn as being against clampdowns on illegal migrant, that it shouldn't have hit Windrush (and mention they are British umpteen times), quote Labour attitudes on immigration and their past policies. Probably both will feel they both managed that but I feel Corbyn had the edge as May never really addressed the issues raised and will be damaged by the sense she knew of the potential issues and ignored them, that she still has nothing to say on compensation. Cooper put May into rather more awkward position.

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-Government loses, by 128, wording of when government can use secondary legislation to amend rules coming from EU

-Rumoured Boris has proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants with no criminal record, May did not take it well and remarked he has done this before.

-Rumours Greg Clark is seeking money back from Galileo project and seeking to create our own space navigation system after EU shut us out of theirs

-Labour pledges to have dealt with vast majority of anti-Semitism cases by end of July but believed Corbyn unwilling to pledge further then that for legal reasons. Talks with Board of Deputies and Jewish leadership Council end badly with the Jewish groups feeling Corbyn refused any plan of action proposed and that all he has to offer is words (though they welcome his words have changed), Labour calls it constructive and positive.

-Rees-Mogg calls customs agreement plan as "completely cretinous" and a betrayal of common sense, May lacks enthusiasm for Brexi, Lords playing with fire

-Petition to abolish the Lords hits "has to be debated" mark

-Lidington thanks officials on all sides for their work on trying to get agreement on devolution

-Finance minister Mark Drakeford first to throw hat into ring for Welsh Labour leadership, paints himself as continuing in the Jones tradition and being of centre-left

-Brexit Committee annoyed as Davies dictates timing of session due to other meetings. Davies says most details of Brexit deal will be known well before vote which he wants before EU parliament votes on it, admits MP's could put amendments to deal vote, trade agreement would be politically binding rather then legally and wants it finished before Brexit day, EU may change stance on customs partnership, more opportunities for trade when outside EU. Article 50 could be extended but he doubts the whole of EU would agree to it, doubts there will be no deal but is possible for a barebones deal, hopes to sign trade deals on day one of leaving EU, extending transition would be a failure in his eyes, EU deadline on Ireland solution is artificial, questions how well a government defeated on EU deal vote can hope to get a better deal, describes himself as a fifth columnist within government on promoting devolution, Brexit vote wasn't about economics but about control

-Sam Gyimah says he would have been thrown out of university if Oxford hadn't changed his rent debts to a loan, wants more transparency from universities and feels their outreach isn't working

-Robert Halfon says university access for poor and disabled remains a social injustice

-Commissioner Phil Hogen on Rees-Mogg's suggestion we play halbard by threatening 70% tariff on Irish beef "‘That’s why we’re very pleased in the European Union that we’re dealing with the prime minister of the United Kingdom, not with Mr. Rees-Mogg.’" That may not help May...

-Tories launch local election campaign saying they offer cheaper and better services

-Regular rules Times was misleading about Christian girl given Muslim foster care

-Government day to day spending in surplus for first time in 16 years

-40 Labour MP's and peers accompanied Ruth Smeeth when she gave evidence about anti-Semitism from Labour activist since Labour wouldn't provide her security against the protestors.

-Labour NEC says they will refuse approval of Mandy Richards which will allow local party to rerun selection process

-Cooper says her committee has been told by Commonwealth heads they were raising concerns in 2016

-SNP now trying to claim Cambridge Analticya is lying about their connection to SNP

-Hammond quips "I haven’t set a date for the autumn budget yet, but I can reveal it will be in the Autumn.", hints sanctions to hit Kremlin oligarchs are being blocked by some in EU

-Rudd tells Home Affairs Select Committee that nearly all of the Windrush cases (7,000 out of 8,000) have been checked and no deportations have been found, doesn't know yet how many have been wrongfully detained as her focus was on deportations, thought it was a few individual cases rather then systemic problem till a few months ago as they get a lot of media reports but she should have realized, putting Home Office on a more personal proactive footing. Denies there are targets for deporting illegal migrants (immigration officers union says there is), immigration target is not the problem, they need parliament to agree to waive citizenship fees, looking at reducing fees for migrants who came after 1973 up to 1988. Anyone using helpline won't have information used against them by immigration, considering a "minded to refuse" stage in applications, hostile environment not reason for Windrush issue.

-McCluskey says there are a few anti-Semites in Labour, only a few but he condemns them, says some of Corbyn's critics record on the matter can't compare to McCluskey's, Chris Leslie, Neil Coyle, John Woodcock, Wes Streeting, Ian Austin and others are driving the claims of anti-Semitism and then mentions mandotry reselection would be a good thing as it would deal with them

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-Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan condemns Leeds pre-season tour of Myanmar

-Fabian Hamilton on anti-Semitism

-Sir Ed Davey says data protection bill risks another Windrush

-Berger says impact on health should be in all policy

-Plaid accuses Welsh Labour of selling Wales down the river by agreeing Brexit devolution deal, Scottish Tories and Scottish Labour accusing SNP of playing politics on the issue and isolated by Welsh decision

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-Iain Watson on anti-Semitism meeting

-Eaton on austerity been a failure

-Hugh Muir on May has helped make Tories toxic to BME vote again and her government has shown it's chaos

-Brendan O'Neill (sun) says Windrush shows Brexiteers aren't racist and value migrants

-Ian Saville Jewish Voice for Labour

-Freedland cynical about Boris amnesty plan
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:45 pm

-McCluskey (long read) controversial article, Corbyn's team are saying this wasn't cleared by them

-Express rages that Corbyn didn't respond within three hours to Royal Birth. Express needs to get a grip

-Jonathan Goldstein, of the Jewish Leadership Council, says Corbyn engages till asked to do anything, seems reluctant to condemn people he knows

-BBC claiming Barbados government warned Home Office and Downing Street of Windrush problems in 2016 while Hammond was told by Caribbean leaders

-Davies warns the Irish backstop would start breakup of UK

-Momentum says it will back all Labour council candidates

-Facebook says it will have to authorize political ads for next general election before they can appear

-Rudd summoned again by parliament and left badly damaged as she now admits to deportation targets but says she wasn't aware of them however there doesn't seem a mood against her for Tory MP's so resignation not expected (partly because Tory MP's know Rudd can't simply go "this is the fault of my predecessor"). Rudd also hints she may be willing to drop migration target but then in Press Gallary inufrities Tories by refusing to confirm we are leaving customs union, later backtracks but still gets a slapdown from May

-Sir Stramer accuses McCluskey of playing down Labour's anti-Semitism problem (there is a sense the union leader has been extremely unhelpful)

-ONS says knife crime up 22%

-A few asking why Corbyn is making no stand against Williamson sharing platform with the suspended Jackie Walke. Williamson initially refuses to discuss this when asked about this on DP before saying boycotting her would be trial by media and she deserves due process

-Pressure on Scottish Labour centrists not to challenge for deputy leader but allow Lesley Laird to run opposed for fear of restarting issues from Scottish leader contest. Would be an MP, in Corbyn's cabinet as shadow Scottish secretary, has backers like Gordon Brown but some foes fear she isn't good with media, failure to resign from council rejects poor judgement and they don't like coronations

-Irish border has 208 border crossings (Eu's entire border crossings with those in the east is 137) including middle of 11 roads, three bridges and two ferry crossings.

-Youguv says Labour as 22 point lead on Tories in London (51% vs 29%) and would get them best London results in 40 years, even winning in the Tory outer regions.

-Ruth Davidson pregnant with what would be her first child, congratulations to happy couple and prayers for a safe birth

-Trump to sit on July 13th as was expected

-Motion to stay in custom union passes but government had abstained and non binding

-HMRC says it will be sympathetic towards late small business tax payments if due to TSB

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-Neil Coyle on McCluskey's comments "Jeremy says antisemitism must be tackled. Len claims it doesn't exist. Undermining the leader and Party efforts to tackle the problem"

-Lord Darzi, surgeon and former health minister, says NHS will need an extra £50 billion by 2030

-Lammy says Rudd has either lied to Parliament or is unaware of what goes on in parliament, he would have resigned if he was Rudd

-Nicky Morgan warns Tories will not be forgiven for a generation if Brexit damages the economy

-Lope Hope, devolution veteran who has acted ON SNP's behalf on this matter, believes agreement on Brexit devolution is near and praise Mike Russell's negotiating ability

-Grieve says the usual stance of don't speak out in disagreement with government over it helps Corbyn get into power, moderates suppressing themselves from debate instead risks Corbyn getting into power, says government is blundering around ignoring the realities of Brexit, yes we lose some influence if we stay in customs union but that is the price for the folly of Brexit and no need to compound it further

-Safe standing petition reaches numbers for Westminster debate with Tracy Crouch saying she is grateful

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-Bush expects Darkeford to become Welsh Labour leader and Labour will romp home in London but could lose the message

-Kuessenberg on the confusion of who knew what, when with Windrush

-Martin Kettle bemoans our obsession with statues

-Larry Elliot not a fan of gig economy

-Stephen Pollard (sun) Corbyn doesn't take anti-Semitism seriously

-Mike Creighton says Corbyn could tackle anti-Semitism if he wanted to

-Adam Payne on EU alarm at how badly prepared UK trade department is
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:50 pm

-Boris delighted at Trump visiting, Abbott says she won't protest but she backs the rights of others to do so, Hancock says USA was major ally in recent Russia troubles, speculation Trump will avoid London to avoid the protests.

-Sturgeon argues that, if current Brexit devolution plans go ahead, UK could force Scotland to have GM crops or relax food standards and so she is defending national interest

-NHS heads warn immigration rules are hampering ability to recruit doctors

-Digital Committee not happy with Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer failing to answer several questions

-Cross party alliance forming on toughening up money laundering laws

-Save the Children promises not to seek government money while it is under investigation

-Corbyn dismisses McCluskey's claims that anti-Semitism is being used to smear Corbyn, says party has to deal with the issue, Dawn Butler says McCluskey was not helpful

-Sun claiming Rudd, Gove and Williamson are building a leadership contest warchest

-When asked about leadership ambitions, Rudd quips at moment she is just trying to stay on the pitch

-Record number of carparking tickets issued

-Public Accounts Committee slams government management and oversight of Network Rail and Govia Thameslink which had led to a broken franchise system and misery for passangers

-Q1 GDP growth way lower then expected, 0.1% and not due to snow (Hammond is trying to blame it on that anyway), we are only growing due to population growth (0.1% contraction if that is taken out). Labour blames Tories, Osborne blames Brexit

-Truss makes spelling mistake defending growth figures, jokingly blames that error on the weather

-Boris using Nato meeting to keep pressure on Russia, warns people not to expect too much from Korea summit

-Labour expel activist Marc Wadsworth for bring party into disrepute over his anti-Semitic abuse of Ruth Smeeth 22 months ago, Smeeth and board of deputies call this an important first step. Wadsworth says this a campaign to undermine Corbyn, claims that Corbyn's team got in touch on first day of hearing and saying they were working behind the scenes to protect him, points to chatting with Corbyn on that infamous day though says Corbyn rebuked him for not using kinder language at the time, says he has heard Corbyn telling mutual friends Wadsworth has done nothing wrong, he will consider legal action. Corbyn's team says they did call to try to ensure Wadsworth didn't disrupt hearing but made no offer of support and says Wadsworth was complaining at lack of support during call

Certainly has some symbolism given the timing of the accusation (he drove her to tears at launch of anti-Semitism report) and how badly it was initially dealt with in the immediate aftermath (and that it took 22 months, for a long time after).

-Bryant's private members bill on making assaulting an emergency worker a specific offence passes Commons

-Bank of England and European Central Bank teaming up to protect finical services during Brexit

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-Both main parties cautious about the idea of Wembley being sold, media furious

-Hoey says staying in customs union would be transitioning towards remaining

-Neil Coyle on universal credit delays

-Tories suspend council candidate George Stoakley for offensive tweets

-Credit to Chris Philips for his heroic efforts on the growth figures on DP, even Jonathan Reynolds was impressed

-Livingstone says he won't talk about anti-Semitism till after local election as is a diversion

-Lord Blunkett questions if Rudd has down her homework before appearing before MP's but doesn't think she should resign and her going would make cabinet worse

-Lord Bassam ordered to pay back 15k in expenses but cleared of dishonesty, rules are a bit ambiguous, He has apologized and had referred himself to the watchdog

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-Kuessenberg says Windrush mess could allow Rudd to move Home Office culture

-D'Arcy on customs union debate

-Eaton argues there is no mandate to leave customs union

-Andrew Grice on Rudd's struggles and who might replace her as mainstream MP's choice for leader

-Katy Balls on Ruth Davidson helping change Tory members attitudes, Chris Deerin suggests she is helping change attitudes across the UK

-Anthony Tucker argues Labour need to win over the grey vote with better messaging
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:17 am

-Rudd was copied into memo about targets which has been another huge blow to her reputation and some wondering when she will go. She has apologized but says she didn't see it and will make statement to Commons on Monday. Lidington has given Rudd public backing

-Government denies Express story that Davies is planning to resign over customs plans, Mail outraged that EU might hit UK with £6 visa charge if we want to visit EU countries

-Government looking at making it easier to challenge parole board decisions

-Jonathan Goldstein, the chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, welcomes Corbyn's quick rebuttal of McCluskey's comment and sees it as a small step forward

-D'Arcy's Week Ahead

-Abbott fears anti-Semitism is becoming a party political game but acknowledges Labour has issues due to it's past poor handling

-Intrest rate rise expected to be put off after the abysmal first quarter growth figures

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-Williamson says he is astonished Wadsworth was expelled and calls it an absurd decision, will help the activist appeal

-Batten says UKIP face difficult local elections, says UKIP had done no preparation before he became leader, May's approach to Brexit had been wrong from start, looking at prefabricated housing

-Livingstone wishes he as an MP so he could do more to help Corbyn, says he should have become MP when he lost mayoralty rather then try to regain London

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-John Peinaar Brexit calculations

-Bush says Rudd should go

-Forsyth (sun) Brexiteers frustrations with May's handling of customs union, Trump, Tories will do well at local elections but must learn from London losses
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:17 pm

-Javid says Windrush could have happened to his family, urges BME voters not to leave Tories over this but look at bigger picture

-Mayor Khan says Rudd should go and press think she is nearly gone though cabinet is rallying around her, Gauke calling her an excellent Home Secretary, Gove saying ministers get a lot of documents

-Leaks of Brexiteer cabinet members revolting on customs agreement hopes of May and Olly Robins, Davies is rumoured to demanded Robbins to be sacked). Lots of leaks.

-Andrew Gwynne starts meeting with Jewish leadership didn't go badly but the start of a dialogue, wants their help in writing a broader definition of anti-Semitism for the rules, independent ombudsman would be hampered by data protection, does a really good job on the issue bar dancing around McCluskey's comments somewhat.

-Mail alleges Tory whip destroyed official complaint made against Charlie Elphicke, all sides deny this.

-Sunday Times claims it has evidence of Russia using social media to try to help Corbyn win

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-Sir Cable says we should wait to hear Rudd before deciding if she should go, says New Labour must also take blame for deciding people are bigoted and need red meat on immigration, concerned at Asda/Sanisnbury merger being proposed. Writes about public less bigoted then Westminster assumes

-Baroness Warsi on social housing

-Lammy leads 200 MP's calling for Windrush guarantees to be written into law

-Lamb wants Gauke to investigate RBS Shareholders Action Group

-Ian Paisley Jr says Comcast bid for Sky must have same scrutiny as Fox's bid

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-Nick Cohen bemoans a lack of backbone in modern politicians

-Rawnsley warns May can't postpone crunch Brexit clash much longer

-Macer Hall on expecting bad results for Labour, backs ID for voting
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