17.02.2017

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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Brexit in the Lords


This morning has been interesting. Blair took to the stage in London to tell everyone not to stand for any of this Brexit stuff. Then, at the UKIP Spring Conference, Farage stood up and said, well, pretty much the opposite of what Blair had said. They both, though agreed that Labour are in trouble. Blair referred to 'debilitated' Labour, while Farage said he sensed they were losing their sense of purpose in England and Wales. 

Next week will be dominated by Brexit and by-elections. Monday and Tuesday see the Lords get stuck into Brexit Bill. 186 peers have signed up to make a speech and there are no time limits in Lords debate. It'll take a while, but all points will be heard. There have been many comments made about how the Lords will be in big trouble if they don't do as they're told. That won't kick off until the following week. No changes can be made to the Bill until 27th February when it goes into committee stage.

Wednesday will be PMQs. There might just be a bit more spice to it than usual, as Thursday sees by-elections in Copeland and Stoke Central. In Copeland, Conservatives have been playing on Corbyn's reluctance about nuclear power. Sellafield is a huge employer there so it makes a big impact. The bookmakers have the Conservatives to win by quite a margin. That would be the first time since 1982 that a government have won a seat from the opposition in by-election.

Stoke Central looked to be very close too, but after Paul Nuttall's terrible week, it looks like Labour will manage to hold on. The bookies have cut the odds. That said, I've just watched Paul Nuttall's speech at the UKIP Spring Conference. It was quite heated. The crowd were pretty pumped up. I wouldn't write them off.

Friday will see the fallout from whatever the results are. If Labour do lose both, that fallout could be quite big.  Keep an eye on the Commons, though. Two Private Members Bills (which don't normally go anywhere) are making some good progress. Details below.
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week...
European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill
Here it is - the Bill that, if passed, will mean the UK will leave the EU. The Government was forced to draw up this legislation after the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament had to vote on Brexit. The Bill itself is very short and simply confers powers on the Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the treaty on the European. The Bill passed at the second reading, survived the Committee stage and has now gone over to the House of Lords.
More details
Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill
This would bring the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence into UK law. This is a European-wide agreement that comprehensively sets out a framework on prevention, protection and prosecution. It opened for signature in 2011 and has so far been signed by over 40 countries.
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Homelessness Reduction Bill

This would require councils in England to take action to prevent people from becoming homeless, rather than just deal with the consequences when people are already homeless. This is only for England because housing is devolved in the other three UK nations; a similar duty on councils has recently been introduced in Wales.

This Private Members Bill starts it's Lords journey on Friday.
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Here is our guide to what Theresa May wants from Brexit.
So, this is an experiment. We made a quiz to test your knowledge of politics - as an end of course thing after the 'revision' week. I've tried to embed it here. It looks a bit ugly, but it might be easier to use than clicking through. Anyway - I hope you play and have fun.
<section><h2>What kind of political animal are you?</h2><p><div>Politics is all around us. How much do you know about it? </div></p></section><section><h2>Our voting system gives the winners a 'bonus' to create strong government. What's it called?</h2></section><section><h3>Which voting system was rejected in a UK referendum in 2011</h3></section><section><h3>Which of these political ideologies focuses on equality more than anything else?</h3></section><section><h3>According to the free market, what should decide the price of an apple?</h3></section><section><h3>If a law starts in the House of Commons, where does it go once MPs have agreed to it?</h3></section><section><h3>The House of Lords sees it's main role as...</h3></section><section><h3>What do the areas of Liverpool, West Midlands and the Tees Valley all have in common?</h3></section><section><h3>In which devolved assembly do the main Parties work together in a 'mandatory coalition'?</h3></section><section><h2>Hedgehog</h2><p><div>OK. You're not going to terrorise the political landscape. But then, you've probably had other things on your mind. Like snuffling out saucers of milk. </div><div><br></div><div>(please note - Simple Politics is well aware that we shouldn't leave milk out for hedgehogs, you should leave out cat food or something, but that sounds a whole lot less cute.) </div><div><br></div><div>Looks like you might need to find out more about UK politics, how it all works, the biggest issues and the laws that are going through right now. So pop over to<a href="https://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/" target="_blank"> www.simplepolitics.co.uk</a>. Never miss a thing again by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/simplepoliticsuk/" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/easypoliticsUK" target="_blank">twitter</a>.</div><div><br></div></p></section><section><h3>Lemur</h3><p><div>Ah... you cute beast, you. Leaping about. Munching on plants. Having really big eyes that, well, make everyone love you. Not too much time to think about politics though, it seems. Never mind. Those big eyes can get you through.</div><div><br></div><div>Looks like you might need to find out more about UK politics, how it all works, the biggest issues and the laws that are going through right now. So pop over to<a href="https://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/" target="_blank"> www.simplepolitics.co.uk</a>. Never miss a thing again by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/simplepoliticsuk/" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/easypoliticsUK" target="_blank">twitter</a>.</div><div><br></div></p></section><section><h3>Fox</h3><p><div>You cunning animal. Working things out. Getting Parliament to legislate to protect you. That was a pretty smooth move. You clearly used to know your stuff. Maybe it's worn off a bit now, though. Clearly a little rusty. Maybe time to brush (eh!) up again. There are rumours of a fresh vote...</div><div><br></div><div>To find out more about UK politics, how it all works, the biggest issues and the laws that are going through right now. Pop over to<a href="https://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/" target="_blank"> www.simplepolitics.co.uk</a>. Never miss a thing again by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/simplepoliticsuk/" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/easypoliticsUK" target="_blank">twitter</a>.</div><div><br></div></p></section><section><h3>Monkey</h3><p><div>We have to admit. You are clever. You can use tools and everything. Really very impressive. Turns out, though, you're not quite as smart as you thought. A little work to do on your political knowledge!</div><div><br></div><div>Looks like you might need to find out more about UK politics, how it all works, the biggest issues and the laws that are going through right now. So pop over to<a href="https://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/" target="_blank"> www.simplepolitics.co.uk</a>. Never miss a thing again by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/simplepoliticsuk/" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/easypoliticsUK" target="_blank">twitter</a>.</div></p></section><section><h3>Lion</h3><p><div>Very nice! You are the undisputed king of political animals. The entire political jungle runs when they see you. And you've got terrific hair. </div><div><br></div><div>You probably don't need to find out more about UK politics, how it all works, the biggest issues and the laws that are going through right now. Or use <a href="https://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.simplepolitics.co.uk</a>. Never miss a thing again by following us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/simplepoliticsuk/" target="_blank">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/easypoliticsUK" target="_blank">twitter</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p></section>
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