05.09.2016

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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The first day of term

Tanned MPs and relaxed looking members of the House of Lords are, as I write, making their way back to Parliament for another term. They won't be there for long though! We've got 2 weeks, they'll debate 5 or so new laws, have 2 PMQs ding dongs and a short debate about homelessness. Then, it's into Party Conferences. The Greens finished theirs yesterday (Congratulations to Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley for their election as joint leaders), UKIP's starts on 15th, Lib Dems on 17th, Labour on 25th, Conservatives on 2nd and the SNP wait until 13th October. 

It's going to be quite a season. The aftermath of Brexit continues. Leadership contests abound. Plans for Scottish Indy Ref 2 are being formed. Every Government Department have been told to come up with their specific Brexit strategy.

There's also the question of May running the country. Will we get an airport decision? Will we get details on a new Bill of Rights? Will we even have a snap election? Honestly, I have no idea. What I can promise you though, is if you stick with us, you'll get all the information you need. 

Are you a teacher? Are any of your friends teachers? 
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Drop me a line at tatton@simplepolitics.co.uk to see how we can help.
Finance Bill

The Finance Bill is back and this time we know more about its sugar tax! There’s been some criticism as to how effective this will be, with some saying it will unfairly affect those on the lowest incomes the most. But it’s not all about the nation’s sweet tooth - the Finance Bill also cuts Capital Gains Tax and introduces a new Lifetime ISA. Expect Labour MPs to fight the tax cut.

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Investigatory Powers Bill

A really controversial Bill, also known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, which was first introduced by Theresa May before she got promoted to PM. It’s now up to new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take it through. Expect the Lib Dems to dig their heels in. Labour has already let it through in the Commons as they said the government has worked with them on changes.
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Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

This signs the UK up to an international treaty from 1954 and would prevent artefacts from being looted or destroyed in conflict zones. The government has said it wants it to be a deterrent, so people know “there is no legitimate market for tainted cultural objects in the UK”. Fairly uncontroversial! Labour Lords have said it’s “better late than never”.
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How a Law is Made song (UK Parliament)
Bit rusty on how this whole law making thing works? Here's our video to help.
You may have noticed it's Monday, not Friday. Normal Friday lunchtime service will resume this week, I just wanted to keep you updated as to what's going on this week.
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