I was going to write a little review of 2016 for you. Brexit, Trump, Bowie, Zika, Euro 2016, Olympics, Theresa May, sugar taxes, disability allowances, Honey G, Ed Balls, Paul Nuttall, Manuel from Fawlty Towers, Andy Murray, etc etc etc. But yeah. I'm not going to do that. There are lots of places you can relive every minute of it.
I'd like to write a quick thank you, though. 2016 has been pretty good for Simple Politics. This email, for example, went to 34 people in January. Today, it'll clutter up 3,727 inboxes. On Facebook, we had 2,332 followers. Today, it's over 55,000. While these aren't record-breaking figures, it does show that some of you find us useful. Thank you for being part of this. Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you for telling other people about us.
We'll be active on social media throughout the break (including a brilliant series on smaller UK political parties), but the next email won't come out until 6th January. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year. Stay safe.
Please note, all the Bill below are in the House of Lords this week. MPs aren't debating any laws at all until January.
Policing and Crime Bill
This Bill is all about the police and improving the complaints system alongside strengthening Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). Since they were established in 2012, Theresa May has been keen for their roles to be enhanced and this Bill encourages them to take on responsibility for fire and rescue services, where a local case has been made.
Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill
This would let the government intervene in non-generic medicine prices, as it currently can only intervene in branded ones. It closes up a loophole investigated by The Times, which pointed out that some drugs bought by the NHS have gone up 1000% in price. The pharma industry won’t be very happy, but expect broad support for this from across parties.