Newsletter #1

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Your weekly guide to upcoming laws in Parliament
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Welcome to the 1st weekly update from Simple Politics

We're here to give you the heads up about the laws being debated in Parliament. The aim is to get this out at the end of each week, when Parliament are sitting. Hopefully you'll find it interesting. If you do, please forward it on to other people who you think might like it too. If you don't, please let us know why.


Parliament is taking it's November recess next week, so MPs only have 2 days, while the Lords have 3.  That said, the Lords will be largely rubber stamping things the MPs have already agreed on - the budget and the Bank of England Bill.

The House of Commons is going to be much more interesting.  They are going to be finishing their discussion of the Scotland Bill and the Trade Union Bill.  It's going to be explosive.  Get ready!

Scotland Bill


Before last year's independence referendum, promises were made. Promises of tax powers, promises of greater autonomy, promises of more power based in Scotland.

This law is the result of these promises.

The SNP, amongst others, claim that it doesn't go far enough. They claim that they were promised much more than this Bill is going to give them. The government disagrees. 

Monday is it's final stage in the Commons.  It needs to pass one final vote, and then it'll be through to the Lords.

For more details, click here

Trade Union Bill


According to estimates, a London tube strike can cost the economy anything from £50 - £600 million. 

This law would make strikes harder by making more people have to vote for strike action. It also puts in a two week delay from informing managers of a strike, changes rules about picketing and funding political parties.

Critics say that it takes power away from workers; threatens democracy; and that striking is a human right.

Tuesday is it's final stage in the Commons.  Expect strong opposition from Corbyn's Labour Party.

For more details, click here.
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