13.01.2017

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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Here it comes.... The Brexit Speech!


I don't know about you, but in the Simple Politics household we're opening the next door on our Brexit speech calendar. A little chocolate each day really helps deal with the wait until Tuesday. 

Yes, the big news next week (unless more Labour MPs resign, which I doubt, the V&A doesn't have enough space) will be Theresa May's speech on Tuesday. No details yet on where and when, but lots of speculation as to what'll be in it. Will we be promised a transitional agreement? Will we be told the aims of our negotiation? Will we learn anything at all? Dear reader, I haven't a clue. Sorry. It could be all revealing, or it could be a bit of a whitewash. Whatever happens, it's going to be big.
Don't forget you can follow live coverage of the big speech (and all major speeches) on our twitter feed - @easypoliticsuk.
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week...
National Citizen Service Bill

This Bill will expand the National Citizenship Service (NCS), which is deemed to be a success in preparing young people for life beyond school. The Bill will boost funding for the NCS which will receive £1.2 billion in funding. It will require all secondary schools, sixth-form colleges, and local authorities to promote participation in the programme.

 
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Neighbourhood Planning Bill
This Bill aims to give local communities more power to plan the homes and infrastructure they need. It would speed up the planning process by minimising delays caused by pre-commencement planning conditions and establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission to provide the government with expert advice on infrastructure issues and would privatise the Land Registry.
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Higher Education and Research Bill
This is a fairly controversial Bill, now in the House of Lords. It paves the way for more competition in the higher education sector, by making it easier for new universities to be set up, with an Office for Students and a Teaching Excellence Framework to be implemented. It clashes quite a lot with devolved policies in Wales and Scotland, so expect Labour and the SNP to not be too happy with it.
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We've made two videos you might like this week. Couldn't decide which to share - so here's both.  
The video with the most clicks will win a prize.Or something.
The Simple Politics guide to the war Yemen - where Saudi Arabia are bombing the Huthis
The area is in real trouble  - here's a little background on the situation in Yemen.
From the Horse's Mouth: The Labour Party with Daniel Zeichner MP
And here's Shadow Transport Minister Daneil Zeichner on the Labour Party
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