UK and Europe – Friday

A forum for posting and discussing UK and European and missylaneous issues.


  1. Missy

     /  March 3, 2017

    As reported last night the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to the Article 50 Bill which guarantees the rights of EU citizens. This means the Bill goes back to the Commons for a vote on the amendment, and this time it is expected that Labour will vote in favour of the amendment (they didn’t last time). The debate in the House of Commons is expected to take place on 13 & 14 March.

    One of the Peers, Baroness Meacher, said on Radio 4 this morning that she expects the amendment to pass, and that there are up to 30 Conservative MPs that she believes will back the amendment.

    Theresa May is confident the amendment will be defeated and the Bill passed by the House of Commons, if this happens it will be the end of it as the House of Lords has indicated that they will not get into a to and fro with the Commons in order to try and force the amendment to be passed. Reports this morning say that Theresa May is still working to her Brexit timetable and expects to trigger Article 50 on 15 March.

  2. Missy

     /  March 3, 2017

    The Electoral Commission published the donations to Political Parties for the last quarter of 2016 (1 Oct – 31 Dec).

    The overall donations are:
    •Conservative and Unionist Party – £3,610,983
    •Liberal Democrats – £1,972,904
    •Labour Party – £1,970,055
    •Green Party – £46,228
    •Co-operative Party – 39,750
    •UK Independence Party (UKIP) – £33,228
    •Women’s Equality Party – £30,000

    For the first time the Liberal Democrats received more in donations that the Labour Party.

    Interestingly the top 4 individual donation amounts were to the Liberal Democrats and Labour. The largest donations are below:

    Gregory Nasmyth – 1 million GBP to the Liberal Democrats
    Unite the Union – 440,622 GBP to the Labour Party
    Union of Shop Distributors and Allied Workers – 368,693 GBP to the Labour Party
    GMB (General Union) – 332,808 GBP to the Labour Party

    The next three are to the Conservative Party, they are:
    National Conservative Draws Society – 300,000 GBP
    Mr Michael Davis – 266,000 GBP
    Mr David Rowland – 233,000

    • So Labour struggling with donations in the UK as well.

      • Missy

         /  March 3, 2017

        I am not sure if it as much of a problem here, but in saying that there are rumours that Labour is having financial problems.

        Not having a clear picture of how they have done in the past does make this a bit difficult to judge as to whether it is a trend, or just a case of the one off donation to the Lib Dems. Also, the donor for the Lib Dems is a first time donor, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to donate to them.

        I will have a look and see if they still have the previous 3 quarters donation returns online and see if a pattern emerges.

        It is interesting though that the media are talking this up as trouble for Corbyn that the Lib Dems have overtaken them in donations for this quarter.

  3. Missy

     /  March 3, 2017

    A blow to British Cycling. Yesterday the head of UK Anti Doping (UKAD) provided an update for an investigation they are currently carrying out.

    During the Criterium du Dauphine (won by Bradley Wiggins) in 2011 a Jiffy bag was delivered to Team Sky by the coach of the British Women’s cycling team, allegedly at the request of the Team doctor (who is now the team doctor for British Cycling). This came to light during an investigation by the Daily Mail last year. The package was reportedly for Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins, the Team Doctor, and Team Sky have refused to say what was in the package – it was alleged by a source that it contained illegal drugs – and UK Anti Doping opened an investigation.

    More here:

    What happened yesterday:
    The head of UK Anti Doping appeared before the Select Committee to provide an update. She advised that they have been unable to determine what was in the package as Team Sky, the team Doctor, and British Cycling did not keep good records of what drugs were given to cyclists, and why. The doctor told UKAD that he kept the records on a laptop, apparently the records were meant to be uploaded to a dropbox for all doctors to have access to, but the doctor did not do this. His laptop was reportedly stolen in 2014 when the doctor was on holiday in Greece.

    What happened today:
    The new CEO of British Cycling and the head of UK sport gave a briefing to outline the plan going forward.

    British Cycling are going to review their service agreement with Team Sky.

    But the biggie for many here is that UK Sport have put conditions on future Olympic funding for British Cycling. Funding for Rio runs out at the end of this month (end of tax year), and the funding for Tokyo will be dependent on British Cycling instituting reforms.

    To be honest I haven’t been following this, I just happened to catch some of the Select Committee yesterday, and it piqued my interest.

  4. Missy

     /  March 3, 2017

    Yesterday I mentioned a petition that was started calling for the House of Lords to be replaced by an elected body. It had been going for about a month or two and had just over 35,000 signatures or so. It seems that last nights vote by the Lords has certainly riled the public up, in the space of 24 hours the numbers have doubled, and they are increasing. Almost 1000 signatures have been added in the time I wrote this.

  5. Missy

     /  March 3, 2017

    Gina Miller is threatening to launch another legal case against the Government if Parliament does not get a ‘meaningful vote’ on the final deal for Brexit.

    I wonder who (in her mind) would decide if the vote was meaningful or not, and if she doesn’t think it was meaningful what then?

    Once Article 50 is triggered there is no going back, so I would suggest that she is trying to make life as difficult as possible for the Government, however, I agree with one person I saw on twitter. Theresa May should allow Parliament to vote on the final deal – take it or leave it, no going back for re-negotiation.

    The really hypocritical thing about this latest threat is Gina Miller claims she is upholding sovereignty by insisting Parliament has a say, however, Parliament got a say – an amendment for a vote on the final deal was defeated in the Commons, and the Lords did not try to attach one, so she is essentially saying Parliament were wrong and they should do what she says.