05.10.2018

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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The great Parliamentary sideshow
 
Whenever I write to you about Parliament coming back from a break, I want to use the LL Cool J lyric 'Don't call it a comeback'. The idea is that MPs and their colleagues over in the Lords have been busy doing bits and pieces the whole time. The song carries on with the line 'I've been here for years / I've been rocking my peers', which also seems seductively suitable. 

The trouble with this week is that such a big introduction would rather oversell what's coming up.  The timetable for next week in Parliament is very underwhelming. For a start, they're only on there for three days. Two of those days are either Backbench or general debates. These can be interesting - and the topics are good ones - but they do little to shape the future of the country.

Wednesday sees a new Bill that seeks to replace the deeply unpopular Common Agricultural Policy once we Brexit. The new solutions have received a mixed reaction, but the Bill is quite technical and the debate won't be electrifying. The Bill will sail through the vote.

There is a lot of politics sloshing around this week, though. The SNP have their conference. That'll be an interesting watch for people around the country, while a lot will focus on the Scottish Parliament - where they are in power - but they have 35 MPs in Westminster who could be crucial in any Brexit vote this Autumn.

Thinking of Brexit, we're getting very close to what always used to be highlighted as the key EU Summit (October 18-19). I say used to be, because it now looks like any divorce deal is much more likely to be shaken on 14th December. The 18th October summit, though, will be very important. That means this week there will be lots of meetings, discussions and strategies being discussed. Maybe even back room deals being made. Expect to hear lots of continued discontent from Conservative backbenchers over the Chequers plans.

In short, there is lots going on this week, but not much of it will happen in Parliament.

Friday - Plaid Cyrmu and The Greens conference starts today. Party leaders speeches are at 2.45 and 2-2.30 respectively. It will be the first speech from new Green party co-leader Sian Berry and the final speech from outgoing Plaid leader Leanne Wood.

Saturday- More conference action from Plaid and the Greens. 

Sunday - Ridge and Marr will bring you the best in political TV, watch f you can.

Today also sees the start of the SNP conference. It's a quiet start with lots of internal issues being sorted out.
 
Monday - Parliament isn't back yet, so all eyes will be in Glasgow for the SNP Conference. Leader of the SNP in Westminster, Ian Blackford has a speech at 10.30am. Presumably, so he can get to Westminster for the big kick off tomorrow.

Tuesday - You may not have noticed that Parliament hasn't been in session. There has been so much politics going on. But they have been out for a few weeks to allow for those party conferences. MPs and members of the House of Lords are back in action today, though. Don't expect too many fireworks, though. The only tabled action is debates on Baby Loss Awareness Week and Children's Social Care in England. Ther are guaranteed to be some last minute additions, though. Peers are looking at the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (see below for details).

The SNP Conference wraps up today at 3.15 with Nicola Sturgeon's speech. 

Wednesday - Without much competition, PMQs should be the absolute highlight of the Parliamentary week. Tune in, or join us on twitter from midday.

After that, MPs will be looking at the Agriculture Bill, this is another Brexit piece of legislation that aims to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. Members of the House of Lords will be looking at the Tenant Fees Bill.

Thursday - Another quiet day for MPs. The main business of the day for them is a general debate on the government's new Victims Strategy which looks at how to improve the way we support victims of crime. The Lords have a few debates, but the most eye-catching is one on the impact on the Good Friday Agreement of Brexit.

Friday - And that's it in Parliament. MPs will be back in their constituencies today. Unhappy about something? Why not try to make an appointment to see them and tell them about it?
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week.
Agriculture Bill

 

This Bill will provide the legal framework for the UK to leave the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Brexit. The main focus of the Bill is to end direct payments (which are based on the amount of land being farmed and therefore give the greater rewards to the largest landowners) and to set out how farmers and land managers will in future be paid for “public goods”, such as better air and water quality, improved soil health, higher animal welfare standards, public access to the countryside and measures to reduce flooding. The Bill also contains the powers for the Government to offer financial assistance to incentivise farmers’ productivity. 

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Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

This Bill aims to strengthen the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy and is partly in response to the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury earlier this year. It will introduce a number of new laws, including the ability of police and immigration officers to question people suspected of hostile activities at airports and ports, and then potentially deport them. It will also introduce longer sentences of up to 15 years for terrorist propaganda offences and make it easier to tackle those who stream or repeatedly view extremist material online. As with most counter-terrorism measures this will be heavily scrutinised by civil liberties and human rights groups.

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Tenant Fees Bill

Renters currently pay an average of £200-£300 in letting fees per tenancy although many pay significantly more than this. This Bill will deliver the Government's commitment to banning letting fees paid by tenants as well as capping tenancy deposits in England to no more than six weeks rent. This will mean that tenants will be able to see, at a glance, what a given property will cost them in the advertised rent with no hidden costs such as administration fees from letting agents, which will be paid by the landlord instead of the tenant and should make letting fees more competitive, rather than the assumption that whatever fee is charged will automatically paid by the tenant.
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