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New Speaker, Tory Lies

Lindsay Hoyle is dragged to the Speaker's ChairSir Lindsay Hoyle is the new Speaker of the House.

Technically speaking this was more of a coffin than a Ko-Fi day – I picked up a cold at work, and have been having a miserable weekend. I hope you all had a great time, whatever you were doing.
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Writing About Brexit: Standing Order 24 Passes, II

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 3rd September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

First step towards preventing #NoDealBrexit – Boris Johnson lost the vote on Standing Order 24 by 27 votes, 301 to 328.

Boris Johnson announced he’d be tabling a motion for a general election – yes, he DID mean for Monday 14th October! – under the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, ie demanding that Labour MPs vote for a general election.

Jeremy Corbyn stood up and told Boris Johnson that he’d be all for a general election but the bill – that is, the bill making No Deal Brexit unlawful – had to be passed first.

TWENTY-SEVEN VOTES, people.

Update: 21 Conservative MPs voted against the government. All of them are having the Whip removed, meaning that unless they join or form another party, they sit as independent MPs.

Plus one homophobic Tory crossed the floor to join the LibDems.

The Conservative Party is now down to 288 MPs. Assuming the DUP still vote with them. Boris Johnson has 298 votes in the Commons.

Labour: 247. SNP: 35. LibDem: 16. Change UK: 5. Plaid Cymru: 4. Green: 1: adds up to 308.

Plus of course 36 Independent MPs. Including Kenneth Clarke, Tory MP since 1970, and Philip Hammond, who was a Tory minister a few weeks ago.

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Writing About Brexit: Making no-deal Brexit unlawful, part 2

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on 3rd September 2019, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

First step towards preventing No Deal Brexit – Boris Johnson lost the vote on Standing Order 24 by 27 votes, 301 to 328.

Boris Johnson announced he’d be tabling a motion for a general election – yes, he DID mean for Monday 14th October! – under the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, ie demanding that Labour MPs vote for a general election.
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Writing About Brexit: Will There Be A No-Confidence Vote?

This was first posted on Facebook on 19th August 2019, and posted here with support from my Ko-Fi network.

At the moment, Boris Johnson has 311 MPs.

He also has, for now, 10 DUP MPs.

As a practical matter of fact, while officially a majority in the HoC is 326 (650/2 +1) in actuality it’s 322 ((650 – (7 Sinn Féin MPs + 1 Speaker)/2).
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