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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:05 pm

-Big push by Tories and armed forces figures to stop a new Historical Investigations Unit into N.Ireland

-Finical Times saying Hammond has got a £13 billion spending boost due to better state of public finances

-Verhofstadt says Brexit is only 90% done

-Dr Fox gives fullbacking to May, says some language used was dreadful and that May's task is being made more difficult by having to negotiate with her MP's so they need to give her space

-Some unhappiness with Mark Francois pinning some blame on May's bunker attitude for the violent language

-Culture Committee not happy at lack of response from government on fake news and protecting democracy while they feel they are ignoring Russia's actions, government asks committee to wait as other reports come in

-Claims Graham Brady tells MP's considering sending in letters against May "must you? Not now...Not in the next few weeks”.

-Equalities Committee demands more be done on sexual harassment on streets and it risks becoming normalized

-McVey on being doorsteps by journalist on Chequers "I'm devastated your here again"

-Gymiah says those using derogatory language our harming their own reputations and credibility, we can't go back to using that

-Vardaker confident UK will honour commitment to Irish border

-Health department looking to use fortified folic acid

-Alleged crimes against MP's have doubled since last year

-Raab to give weekly Brexit update to minister

-Williamson may be in trouble for taking photo's within Commons chamber

-May to speak to 1922 Committee tomorrow

-Education minister Anne Milton, Tory whip Mims Davies and PPS Will Quince have resigned from Commons Committee on inclusion in protest at Bercow being chair

-Baroness Chakrabarti says all sides have turned a blind eye to Saudi's human rights, should ban arm sales which she feels breaches treaty due to way Saudi uses them

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-Rees-Mogg says May can be used as a role model for courtesy

-Umunna on importance of cross party work

-Stephen Lloyd on loan charge

-Sir Swire says armed forces obesity levels makes Dad's Army look like elite forces

-Rudd says she thinks Commons will block no deal and leadership election would be self indulgent

-Commons staff, seeking to highlight upcoming defence questions, omit minister Stuart Andrew and include Guto Beeb who resigned in summer

-Bridgen says violent language has been unhelpful to those seeking May's overthrow, it isn't him and he doesn't do anonymous comments

-Telegraph journalist Michael Deacon ""Sometimes I think Mrs May could be ousted tomorrow. Other times I think my great-great-grandchildren will awake to the news that Mrs May has just negotiated a 95th extra year for the transition period"

-Fabricant does naked bike raid for charity

-Boris joins Stand up for Brexit group

-Soubry annoyed that radio 4 keep using Bridgen

-Fury that David Davis close ally Stewart Jackson on photo of a sick Remain supporting boy (though I question using the Remain angle during his sickness) tweeted "what a pathetic cretin", Jackson has deleted it and says he was appalled and people using a sick child to support Remain. It won't soothe the anger

-Jared O'Mara says PMQ's is so aggressive that he can't attend due to autism and feels Bercow has ignored his requests on the matter

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-Kuessenberg on the Troubles investigation row

-BBC reality check on difficulty of infrastructure spending

-Toynbee on budget

-Tom Harris on numbers favour May

-John Elledge there isn't enough brownfield to solve housing crises
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:35 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn cites if May or Tory Walsall council leader warning austerity is still there, who is right? May sets out general argument for why austerity is ending but says they will keep living within means, Corbyn quotes "never believe central government" from Walsall, notes May seems to not have confidence of MP's or councillors and points to Tory Derby council, teasing May needs to cheer them up so maybe budget will stop planned cuts. May says more money is going to council's and people's council tax is down in real terms, lists Corbyn's wrong predictions for past budgets and it shows Labour can't be trusted on economy. Corbyn notes no mention of people on zero hour contracts or in work poverty, low wages or cuts to councils then cites Sussex police cancelling rest days due to lack of officers and will May apologize. May says government has made more money available to police then Labour promised at election and ignores Sussex then brings out book editing by McDonnell with article written by Labour econimic adviser that admitted manifesto numbers didn't add up but they welcome it as it doesn't matter (said adviser denies this and Labour are saying she lied), May says it matters to those on the ground.

Corbyn says Labour costed theirs and Tories didn't, less police then there were under Labour, cites West-Midlands police chief says criminals taking advantage of stretched forces then asks if May or McVey is right on if people will suffer under Universal Credit. May says those on managed transition will be fine and defends general principle of Universal Credit, listing people getting more money and into work. Corbyn says May out of touch with reality of Universal Credit and lists it's flaws, end of austerity should see NHS and time to restore nurse bursary. May jumps on Corbyn listing waiting time as an issue by pointing out Labour voted down attempts to bring down and Labour finding NHS more then Corbyn promised with Labour saying it make NHS envy of the world. Corbyn says reality of removing nurse bursary means less apply as poor can't afford the debts, Corbyn says May can't trick even her own councillors, austerity isn't ending, public services feeling the impact of the cuts and so are the vulnerable. May lists more money to area's Corbyn highlighted with more to come then goes on Labour's costing 35k extra for every household on this council.

Corbyn had good general argument and good summary, using public officials and Tory councillors statements to build case of public service struggling and that austerity isn't ending, sometimes could have delved in better and didn't tend to handle strongly May's counter-attacks, I felt he had the better of it because his use of statistics and general argument was good. May was confident and had a surprise up her sleeve, some good counter-attacks but felt like she was unable to provide strong defence of issues brought up and often ignored it. Blackford goes for Saudi issue, UK needs to do more then condemn and will May finally end arm sales to them. May updates Commons on recent news and recent actions (revoking visa's, not going to conference), Blackford says not enough and lists Saudi brutality to it's critics and actions in Yemen, what more does May need to act? May defends support of actions in Yemen as part of UN and on request of Yemen government, defends arm sale procedures set up by Robin Cook and updated since.

Generally media not impressed and some wondering if Corbyn should have sought to really damage May given her leadership trouble

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-Department of Transport calculates French customs checks could reduce freight traffic via there from 85% and government would have to take control or lease lorry ferries for other ports to ensure vital supplies got through

-Hancock feels no deal health preparations going well, health department confirms they are trying to ensure food supplies to those in hospital during no deal Brexit

-NAO says 11 out of 12 critical border functions are at risk of not being ready for no deal Brexit, £423 billion worth of trade would be hit by WTO, uncertainty isn't helping preparations, key infrastructure won't be ready in time, business won't have enough time to prepare, HMRC and Defra seem to be hoping everything goes alright as they aren't going to be ready

-Tusk says May raised prospect of extension at summit and EU would respond positivity if May asks, they need more time, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani warns EU Parliament is unlikely to vote through a Brexit deal that doesn't have an Irish backstop, Verhofstadt says no Irish border solution then no deal but optimistic deal can be reached in coming weeks, suggests UK migrants in EU get everlasting freedom of movement within 27 in exchange for EU nationals in UK being free to return to UK at any time which he says Number 10 is willing to do.

-Tory MEP leader Syed Kamall mentioning Nazi's were socialists in EU Parliament session went down really badly, he has apologised

-Some in cabinet like Hunt and Cox seem worried transition could be extended indefinitely

-At Dutch banquet, Queen says strong relations will endure and UK seeks new partnership with EU

-Bradley spills water during N.Ireland questions so Pound crosses over to mop up

-Dr Fox says Trump very keen on trade deal with UK, military ties given UK a strong hand in talks

-Chief civil servant Sir Jeremy Heywood resigns to continue his battle with cancer, wish him well. Sir Mark Sidwell takes over

-Sturgeon worries no deal is most likely outcome and Brexit could be biggest government failure in her lifetime, feels government is closing down negotiation space

-Ipsi Mori poll says majority of Tories (64%) don't believe May will get good deal

-Lord Fowler pleased at better then expected progress in getting peers to retire

-A lot of cabinet and ERG group turn up to 1922 committee, big banging of desks and whips bang the doors, looks like the rebels didn't bark

-Dame Laura Cox's report recommendation has been accepted by Commons Committee

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-Creasy blames DUP for failure to reform abortion laws in N.Ireland

-Tugendhat worried at how lorry park Brexit plans will hit Kent

-Farage says US mostly with a little bit of help from US rescued Europe in WW2, the British civil service particularly under Olly Robbins are an enemy within when it comes to Brexit, Tories need to dump May to prevent Brexit humiliation

-Lord Heseltine warns Saudi arm sales being stopped means loss of influence with them

-Bridgen claims "bring your own noose" is from number 10. I don't think press are impressed

-Sir Cable backs principle of universal credit but warns he brings real hardship right now and needs reform

-Greening says would be foolish and self-indulgent to try to oust May, people should have known they would not get 100% of what they wanted from complicated Brexit talks

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-Chris Cook on Commons staff taking action on bullying

-Isabel Hardman on government failure to tackle abuse

-Owen Polley says Brexit must not risk UK union

-Hinsliff on what toxic language reveals

-Katy Balls on Tories push reputation
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:51 pm

-Fury at Lord Pearson for inviting Tommy Robinson to Lords estate

-Lord Young says Olly Robbins has the most difficult job in civil service and he deplores those claiming he is acting against ministers

-May tells Dorries that Robbins is not making up policy, if unhappy then blame her and not civil servants

-McDonnell says no deal would be quite catastrophic for economy, Hammond must get money for schools, councils and social care as Labour would. Would need 108 billion to full reserve cuts, 42 billion for departmental spending

-Raab accuses EU of being intransigent and warns no deal could see France going on a go-slow at Calais, medicines could need to be stockpiled for more then six weeks

-Home Affairs Select Committee warns police risks becoming irrelevant as crimes go unsolved and neighbourhood forces are stripped back

-Javid apologies for people forced to take DNA tests to prove they should stay in UK

-Russia issues complaint about Uk-EU carve up plans on current trade deals

-Welsh council leaders not happy Welsh Labour's Local Government Secretary Alun Davies compared them to Oliver Twist as he demands they reform including cut from 22

-Culture Committee says BBC has failed on gender pay and needs to be transparent on pay structure

-Information Commissioner fines Facebook

-Lord Hain uses parliamentary privilege to get around injunctions on media who wish to report accusations of retail giant bullying

-Cooper calls for wide and independent review into Home Office

-Udo Bullmann, leader of EU Parliment's Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats says Syed Kamall comments were an insult to Social Democrats who fought the Nazi's and apology is only half an apology

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-Mercer wants budget to give ore money to Universal Credit

-Morgan thinks in 12 months Tories will seek new leader

-Jess Philips not happy that Telegraph story on someone bullying has been blocked by injunction

-Rudd says May won the room in 1922 meeting but Dorries says whips ensured it was a PR farce

-Some MP's unhappy at John Humphries clear dislike for term People's Vote

-Boles says people are getting fed up with repeated errors by Home Office

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-Rohan Silva pays tribute to Sir Jeremy Heywood

-Stephen Glover not happy soldiers being prosecuted for event in N.Ireland

-Newton Emerson feels Varadkar showing tin-ear on Irish border
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:20 pm

-McDonnell has nasty cut after falling due to flytip, says she admires May's chutzpah in throwing Hammond (who he calls architect of austerity) under bus with end of austerity

-Some not happy with Lord Hain and could be a row between judiciary and parliament on this while the person involved denies the allegations

-Commons Public Accounts Committee unhappy with Fortress mentality at DWP and ignores evidence it can't directly see which is hurting people and undermines Universal Credit

-Hancock on his NHS reform plans/areas

-Paul Flynn to retire after 31 years due to failing health which has left him bedridden but is hoping for an early general election rather then by-election

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-Lammy on slum landlords

-Tracy Brabin on employment rights for free lancers and self-employed

-Lord Adonis wants change at Ofcom so they can regulate BBC (this does a feel of he doesn't like BBC's handling of Brexit)

-Lloyd Russell-Moyle not impressed by Prince Andrew's pro Saudi business comments

-Khan to tell Barnier bad deal hurts Europe too, Sir Cable tells Barnier to prepare for second referendum

-Hannan says he has seen draft of deal and it will give EU citizens voting rights in UK elections

-Lord Sugar says he could have swung referendum for Remain if part of TV debates as he was invited to do

-David Drew warns school notice boards are an unnoticed fire hazard

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-Hinsliff ending austerity won't detoxify Tory brand

-Allie Renison on Dr Fox's unexpected tasks ahead
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:48 pm

-Some of budget leaked: business bates for small high street companies to be slashed, review of wedding venues

-Downing Street denies Sir Cable's claims that Brexit puts Strictly at risk

-French officials deny they have plans to go-slow in Calais if no deal

-D'Arcy on budget week ahead

-Grayling backs controversial Oxford-Cambridge Arc ie roads and housing

-Government backed Geoffrey Robinson bill on switching to opt out of organ donation has passed Commons as has Karen Buck's allowing tenants to sue landlords

-Ruth Davidson has given birth

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-Forsyth (sun) budget and Hammond's lack of Brexit boldness, Boles idea getting support, May in trouble and other stories

-Katy Balls on budget

-Nick Hargrave urges Tories to think ahead on N.Ireland

-Matt Singh on if politicians can ignore public
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:27 pm

-Hammond on (sun) transport spending

-Greg Hands on importance of aid and suspending it in Zambia

-Hammond to boost rural broadband fund, hints at increase to defence spending, warns no deal would mean new econimic strategy and budget

-Rumours this will be Hammond's last budget

-Anna Turley on Brexit "“Asking me to support Brexit is like asking me to punch my constituents in the face. It doesn’t make it easier if you tell me my constituents want to be punched.”

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-Nick Cohen urges left-MP's to oppose Brexit

-Peter Hitchens bemoans police priorities, surrender to IRA, selling out to Saudi's

-Andrew Rawnsley on tricky budget for Hammond
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:05 pm

Budget: 2billion more to mental health was the big morning announcement. OBR raises growth forecasts but none above 1.6% and Hammond to meet borrowing goals three years earlier but will miss medium term targets as he has spent all his fiscal headwind (which they blame on May) and biggest budget giveaway since OBR's recentish creation.

In terms of spending: more for Brexit preparation, new NHS crises teams, more money for councils/children in care/MOD/social care/air ambulance/pot holes/Universal Credit (though not quite the full amount Osborne took), VAT money of poppies to be donated to mental health for soldiers, 400 million for school extras, rules out signing any PFI contracts. Funding for small firms to hire apprentices, new digital services tax will grab headlines though Hammond indicates he would drop it if global version comes in, housing infrastructure fund. Basic rate tax threshold will rise to £12,500 and the higher rate to £50,000 from April 2019

Hammond confirms austerity is coming to an end (softer then May's conference speech), tough decisions in past driven by need but now at defining point, a good Brexit deal will bring a double dividend of more investment and Treasury not needing to hold back reserves, will turn Spring Statement into Budget if events require, spending review next year. Green paper on social care soon, police spending to be reviewed in December, god awful jokes by all accounts when announcing rate relief on public toilets

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-Maria Miller feels Lord Hain has muddied the waters

-Andrew Gwynne on cuts to social care

-McDonnell says budget should be voted down if it doesn't halt roll-out of universal credit, health spending is just to stand still, if May and co don't believe they can avoid no deal then they should step aside

-Labour feel major spending on motorways is unsustainable and would rather money go on public transport

-Grayling thinks we will have hydrogen trains by early 2020

-There will be a commemorative Brexit 50p coin with Jefferson's "friendship with all nations." Twitter having a lot of fun while EU rules out doing a Euro equivalent

-Home Affairs Select Committee (in odd timing) criticise Javid for failure to properly respond to report about migration options from the European Economic Area

-Turns out every cabinet ministers gets a personal mug by a designer

-Number 10 saying budget agreements will be funded even if no deal (Hammond has rather made clear no deal=everything off)

-DUP will back budget as they don't know terms of Brexit yet but warn they could step in later

-Blackford calls austerity a political choice rather then necessity

-Expect a huge row, Labour whips saying the usual courtesy of advanced sight of the budget was not given which would be a breach of the Ministerial Code. OBR have also complained Treasury kept missing headlines to give over information and dumped a lot at last moment

-Thornberry quick to spot more money added for potholes then for schools

-Labour and SNP give standing ovation to Wapsi woman protest

-Some suspicion budget is preparing for election

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-Greening feels Treasury doesn't value investment in people properly

-Rees-Mogg calls Treasury a bastion of Remoaners who are a bit grumpy about it and they have been embarrassed by their forecasts, Universal Credit should be budget priority

-Barosso predicts Brexit deal as EU is committed to compromise but will require late drama and possibly require article 50 to be extended
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:39 pm

-Amusement as, in packed Commons, Truss sat on Javid's lap by accident

-McDonnell says they will back income tax cut as boost to economy which has angered backbenchers but thinks Tories preparing for election

-Truss says budget puts more money into people's pocket

-BBC does at a glance guide to budget

-Met police says they are still looking at whether to investigate Vote Leave but only got key papers in last month and have not ben under political pressure

-Hammond doesn't expect MP's to like every aspect of the Brexit deal but he expects them to back it, too many in higher tax bracket and he had promised to raise tax allowance, no deal would be a shock to economy and he would need to turn on spending taps, denies a budget for election, school funding will be dealt with at spending review

-Norwegian PM Erna Solberg on UK joining EEA "difficult to join an organization your trying to leave at same time" and making clear they are not happy at the idea

-Caroline Noakes complaining Home Affairs Select Committee has overrun 45 minutes and forced two meetings to be cancelled but also a feeling she was poor and didn't have answers to immigration system if no deal but warns EU citizens would have mandotry registration and companies would need to check they are eligible to work here while Cooper is shocked at stage of preparations and lack of knowledge about security impact with five months to go.

-IFS thinks Hammond got lucky with extra revenue and he dropped target to close deficit, gambling with future with one in three change of significant econimic deterioration, wouldn't say austerity is ended despite major public spending boost with public sector facing many difficult years ahead, debt isn't coming down long term

-May says election not in national interest, Norway has particularly relationship with EU but such deal for UK wouldn't give what people voted for here

-Hunt has had to deny prior knowledge of the Saudi assassination

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-Greening hints she would like to be PM when May goes

-Jeff Smith mental health funding

-Jess Philips on school kit spending announcement "Phil my kids school is talking about shutting early on Fridays because they can’t staff it. It’s not because they don’t have footballs. FFS (the F is not fiscal)"

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-Kevin Schofield Hammond trying to spike Labour guns, Kuessenberg on the big picture, Toynbee on sticking plasters for decline, Robert Colville (sun) pretty happy.

-Tom Peck not keen on Brexit coin

-Madeline Grant innovation could be benefit of Brexit

-Hinsliff warns tax cuts show Hammond is very worried about economic future

-Sam Dumitriu digital services tax is wrong approach
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:27 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn asks if May disagrees that local authority, prison heads and so on would have had little joy from budget and preparing for difficult times ahead, May says more money was given to those services and defends austerity ending as more money for services, public while keeping discipline, May says biggest NHS boost in history and without putting up taxes as Corbyn kept claiming would happen. Corbyn says he quoted IFS which also says non protected departments facing major cut, budget was a broken promise, why no money for neighbour policing in budget, May says more money was given to police while Labour wanted 10% cuts at last election. Corbyn ignores that and quotes Police Federation complaining budget showed contempt and taking government to court over pay, says schools in difficulty and does she really believe the little extra fund is enough to end school austerity. May says more money this year added to by budget with more coming next year and per pupil funding protected in real terms, budget showing more money for public, for services while deficit and debt down, Labour would just borrow+tax+waste more and back to square 1. Corbyn quotes parent saying school is asking parents for basic funds and why is benefit freeze for poorest going on while tax cut for high-earners, May says extra money for universal credit and defends UC then points to Labour's complete split and changing tune on the tax cuts including McDonnell saying it was a tax cut for middle earners. Will Corbyn back the tax cuts and the budget?

Corbyn ignores the question and is clearly annoyed by the heckling, sets out impact of benefit freeze on the lower families, Labour would have ended it while raising taxes for the richest+big corporations. While May confirm 5 billion of cuts still to come and hitting the poorest, May points to Universal Credit boost to poorest from budget and freezing fuel duty which Labour opposes and allowing them to keep before tax but Labour opposes, if Labour cares for working people they should back the budget. Corbyn points out there was no answers, her concern for social injustice has fizzled out, budget has broken promise to end austerity, cuts continue, poorest will be worst off, austerity must end and only Labour can be trusted to do that, lists areas being hit by years of austerity. Demands May apologize for broken promise but tone is getting ranty. May lists her efforts to end injustice like modern slavery, ending mental health to police cell, race disparity audit by asking "Was it Labour that...", government's careful management of economy has got deficit down, unemployment down, taxes down, Labour shouts of up sees May turn to things that have gone up (after dealing with heckling with determination): growth, wages, public service up.

I expected more from Corbyn. He did have some good questions and was building a case for austerity not ending which will no doubt be used effectively but the heckling seemed to cause him trouble, he allowed May to counter-attack unchallenged and split on income tax was heavily exposed. May was more angry then usual over some of Corbyn's comments but used it well, relied a lot on "but we gave more money" rather then address the issue which was probably enough to fudge the issue, she got MP's behind her for chants, she had some good lines and hammered Labour on tax splits. Blackford asks for guarantee of medicine supplies if no deal, May says preparations being made, Blackford points out that doesn't answer the question, asks about a bidding process for stockpiling medicines that he feels could be better spent on front-line of NHS, May only cares about Brexit impact on Tories rather then patients and is panicking about a blind Brexit (great first question, awful second one). May says straight no to that last one, points to money for no deal planning and contingency plans are responsibility but working for good deal for all of UK.

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-A rush for Irish passports

-WHO warns UK air quality is bigger threat then obesity

-Some fears digital services tax will anger Trump

-Hunt wants some ambassadorships to go to business figures which has some scepticism. At Committee warns they can't afford competitive wages for embassy staff so he will be pressing for more money, frustrated at how China gets such influence via aid and UK doesn't, two biggest challenges of new era are Brexit and rise of China as a real superpower to rival US, UK has full diplomatic representation now in all EU countries and will be part of their foreign council meetings, foreign office working on contingency plans for those stranded by no flights if no deal Brexit, Trump not trying to tear down international order but fights for it in a robust way.

-Javid says police funding is top priority but there needs to be more reform

-Noakes remarks with 5 months to go, some of the time taken up by overrun Committee might have been used on planning

-Hancock pledges clamp down on violence against NHS staff

-Holyrood's constitution committee urges MSP's to refuse to pass Trade Bill while devolution rows continue and urges both sides to sort it out but Scottish Tories on committee dissented

-Education unions furious with budget and the "little extra's" fund is causing a real backlash

-Papers noting NI rise is pretty much nullifying half of the tax cuts

-HMRC calculates tax-gap between what they would get if everyone was 100% honest and reality is at lowest ever

-Commons Chief Clerk Sir David Natzler says May can ignore any non-statuary Brexit votes, if Commons voted for second referendum then it would likely have political impact even if government doesn't have to do it

-Gove says no scope in agriculture bill for guarantees on chlorinated chicken and better in trade bill but Neil Parish points out they weren't able to put it in trade bill, George Eustice aiming to get bill through before end of year

-Parish says American chicken is safe to eat but they have very different animal welfare standards with more risks

-Damian Collins and Bob Zimmer, chair of the Canadian parliament’s committee on access to information, privacy and ethics have written to Zuckerberg calling him to answer to joint-Committee on fake news

-Labour to abstain on tax cuts

-OBR doubts it will have much more information on future trading relationship next spring unless MP's force out information, distances itself very much from idea of deal dividend

-Raab expects deal around 21st November and EU accepts principle of UK wide backstop, government now having to make clear that isn't a promise but attempting to put pressure on EU while Convney saying that would require UK movement next week

-Hilary Benn says Brexit Committee has had more discussions with Barnier then Raab in recent months, Lord Comitee under Lord Boswell also accuses Raab of refusing to engage

-Decision on November summit expected, either way, next week

-Ofcom feels online platforms should bear responsibility for what appears on it

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-Jonathan Bartley budget failed to address climate change

-Osborne admits it was wrong to always pretend Brussels was bad and not talk up positive impact of immigration with immigration target failure having made issue lethal, flaw in last election was trying to be UKIP and won't win next by trying to be Corbyn

-Nandy wants Labour to oppose tax cut

-Ken Clarke "‘I’m not saying that everything depends on trade, obviously the basics of your economic performance, is you’ve got to be innovative, you’ve got to be up with the modern economy, you’ve got to know your markets, you’ve got to be enterprising, and the British are not very good at that.’"

-Standard & Poor expects deal but warns no deal would trigger a UK recession

-Caroline Lucas thinks Hammond is trying to use budget to scare people into backing May's deal

-Toynbee seems to think she can see into people's souls

-Bone welcomes Hammond showing commitment to Brexit

-Ian Austin admits he was impressed by Hunt's first appearance before foreign affairs committee

-Davies tells meeting May will get deal through parliament due to irrational fears of no deal (apparently Baker was frustrated Davies said that). Now says he didn't say that

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-John Pienaar on political impact of budget

-Charlotte Higgins compares 50p Brexit coin to those of the Roman Carausius

-Tory Councillor Holly Whitbread backs Festival of Britain

-Behr on Osborne's mea culpa

-James Moore on state of local government
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:36 pm

-Javid backs Hammond sending fiscal windfall, is listening to police concerns about impact of cuts, unconcerned at 35% of people being uncomfortable with a Muslim PM as he feels it would be worse in other countries, defends Asian grooming gangs comment as statement of obvious and ignoring it stokes divisions, overides Noakes and says firms will not have to immediately check employment status of EU nationals

-McDonnell makes clear he thinks Brexit is bad but will happen, will lift benefit freeze if got into power, would spend more then Tories on NHS and aiming for 4-5% increase per year

-Sports Minister Tracey Crouchhas resigned on point of honour over delay to clamp down on fixed-bet terminals (parliament expected April 2019, gambling industry said they needed more time so government doing October 2019 and claiming it was brought forward from initial plans of 2020. Nobody buy its). Crouch is a well respected junior minister who knew her brief and was seen as pushing on such reforms so was surprised at Budget changing date. Was missing from Culture questions as was on flight back, she met Julian Smith and sent him a resignation letter but as wasn't to number 10, didn't count. Once clear government was not going to move, Crouch forced the issue.

-Damian Collins vows to stand up to Arron's Banks attempts to intimidate

-Clive Lewis Labour would take drastic action on climate change unlike Hammond

-Mordaunt celebrates getting rules change so a nation hit by national disaster can receive international aid

-Hunt welcomes US call for cessation of hostilities in Yemen and denies they were kept out of loop despite Burt saying hours earlier ceasefire was not a good idea without political agreement. Writes about media freedom

-Watson warns going into election promising tax rises for middle class is not a good idea thus why Labour backing tax cuts

-Aaron Banks and others referred to National Crime Agency, he argues it will help clear him from "ridiculous" accusations with those involved also arguing Electoral Commission is biased so this helps them

-Abbott says hard Brexit could turn UK into haven for mafia and worse

-Bot sides playing down reports Brexit deal has been done on finical services

-Tory MSP, Annie Wells facing Hollyrood suspension for leaking Equalities Committee report on prisoner rights, she denies doing so

-Interest rates held and they may need to take action either way with Brexit, a sense they would have raised rates in normal times.

-Leadsom warns if Commons alters deal then deal could collapse

-Carney doesn't think no deal is most likely outcome but a disorderly one could require interest rate rights even if there is a recession, expects rebound if deal is achieved as companies holding back right now, still digesting Hammond's shift on fiscal stance. Defends BOE forecasting as have agents across the land and panels with business so they can see impact things will bring and they predicted various consequences of actually voting Brexit, EU needs to provide legal certainty on derivatives, Chequers plan would be better then an average Brexit

-IFS says avoiding a disaster should not be seen as creating a dividend

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-Umunna says anti-Semitism is an institutional problem in the left and has been for a long time

-Layla Moran on lack of support for education in budget

-Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger says Labour has lost Jewish vote, they are nervous and uncomfortable, she doesn't think it is institutionally anti-Semitic but is last chance saloon, Corbyn should stop saying he isn't anti-racist and take action

-Helen Hayes, West, Brake and Lammy asks for Brexit to be halted due to investigation against Banks but as not the main Leave group, doubt it will gain traction beyond usual groups.

-Ed Miliband says both sides have failed on housing reform and it needs to be major and radical

-Ken Clarke warns recession is very possible in next few years

-Dame Hodge says parties need to be truthful that hitting the rich isn't going to be enough to fund services

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-Kettle on Tories rediscovering Macmillan understanding of role of government

-Toynbee on austerity lives on
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