Thursday, 5 September 2019

Parlimentary politics

On Monday 2nd September, 2019 the PM announced in front of Downing Street:-

Chancellor Sajid Javid is going to set out the most ambitious spending round for more than a decade
We are recruiting another 20,000 police officers.
We are doing 20 new hospital upgrades in addition to the extra £34 billion going into the NHS.
More funding for primary & secondary education.

He then went on to talk about #Brexit.

The PM said he could see three reasons for a deal:-
They [EU] can see we want a deal
They can see we have a clear vision for the future
They can see we are utterly determined to strengthen our position

He then pointed out the vote on Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 where he recommends that MPs should vote with the government against Corbyn’s pointless delay.

He then added "Without that sword of Damocles over their necks." clearly stating that any conservative MP not voting with the government would be severely dealt with.

On Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 the vote went...

On their first day back after summer holidays, rebel and opposition MPs voted in favour of seizing control of the parliamentary agenda for the following day in order to introduce a bill forcing the prime minister to request a Brexit delay until January 31, 2020 - unless legislators approve a withdrawal agreement, or vote in favour of a so-called no-deal departure by October 19.

There was a debate that started in the afternoon and lasted until the vote, the rebel MPs and opposition parties won by 328 to 301.

There were 21 conservative rebels including two ex chancellors Kenneth Clark & Philip Hammond, and all 21 have now been expelled from the party and are no longer allowed to stand as conservative MPs at the next election.

To add drama to the day [as if that was needed] the PM walked into parliament on Tuesday with a majority of one, which he lost even before the vote when the Conservative MP Phillip Lee defected from the party and crossed the floor to join the Liberal Democrats.

On Wednesday 4th September 2019:-

TLDR:- The PM Boris Johnson gets his second defeat in parliament.

Boris Johnson threw down the gauntlet to Jeremy Corbyn to call a general election in his first Prime Minister’s Questions at lunchtime.

Agenda for the day was MPs vote to block PM's call for an election, then the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn rejects general election [even though they have been calling for a GE for almost two years] to break #Brexit deadlock.

There are apparently MPs wandering round Westminster looking like zombies as the last two days has felt like two weeks.

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