18.04.2017

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The Simple Politics guide to next week in Parliament.
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STOP PRESS!
While I was writing this, the PM has announced she's going to give a speech outside Downing Street at 11.15.  Speeches outside No 10 are reserved for serious stuff. Right now journalists are speculating about war, elections and resignations. 

So, I'm sending you this now, slightly unfinished. I hope you don't mind. It's possible that it will all be irrelevant later.

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#Backtowork 


So, here it is. MPs dutifully putting their game faces back on and heading back to the coalface. It's been sunny. It's been Easter-y. It's been emotional. 

The gap in Parliament was incredibly eventful for foreign affairs. Syria, Russia, Stockholm, USA, Turkey, Isreal, North Korea etc etc etc all took the headlines. There is a lot going on.

Closer to home, Sunday sees the French General Election. Well, the first wave anyway. The way it works is that all the candidates stand in the first round, with the top two going through to the second round of voting a week or two later. They're expected to be Macron and Le Pen. 

Right. SO what's happening this week?

Today, MPS debate the budget. 
Tomorrow is PMQs, a bit of ping pong about Technical and Further Education and a vote on PIP (that could be huge - keep your eyes on our social media tomorrow to stay in the loop.)
Thursday is backbench business, so they'll be chatting about pensions and infectious disease.
Not sitting on Friday.  

It's nice to ease back into it all with a 3 day week, right?
Last week we had an Academy thing. It was really fun. As part of it, we had a WhatsApp group. Everyone was chatting and debating in a really lovely, respectful way.

So, we're keeping the group open to debate and discuss politics as it happens. You can join by clicking here.
Our pick of the laws being debated in Parliament next week...
Technical and Further Education Bill
This Bill is designed to simplify technical education and address skill shortages by ensuring high quality vocational training. It’s most controversial aspects relate to the provisions that protect students should their technical, or sixth-form, college fail financially. While protecting students may not be contentious, the notion that the Government will bail-out a failing college could well be.
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Prisons and Courts Bill

This is a long, substantial Bill that proposes widescale reforms of prisons, the courts and whiplash compensation. The Bill aims to rehabilitate offenders as well as punishing them, and transfers significant powers to prison Governors in order to do that. It also sets out the framework for a massive investment in IT for the courts service and expanding the use of virtual court hearings, especially for vulnerable witnesses. It will also cap compensation pay-outs for whiplash claims, and require medical evidence.

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Finance (No.2) Bill
You remember the budget, right? When Hammond stood up and told us all about the money? Well, there were 4 days of debate about it straight after. Attention was elsewhere because of Brexit, but they still happened. 

What happens next is that there is a law that has to be passed to rubber stamp it all. And this is the law.
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