Dods at Party Conference 2019

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23 July 2019
Child and carer

It is clear that the government are doing nothing to assess the impact of the no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy on children, says Baroness Lister.

‘I was so hungry…it was like I got hit on my belly…when I don’t eat yeah it comes.  I’m scared that it might come back.  It was like I was stabbed with a knife and it’s still there’.   The above quotation is from children whose parents have been subjected to the ‘no recourse to public funds (NRPF)’ immigration rule but whose voices are rarely heard.  Migrants classified as ‘subject to immigration control’ cannot access most social security benefits (and hence free school meals) or social housing.  Since 2012 the Home Office has also imposed an NRPF restriction on parents granted leave to remain on the basis of family and private life on a 10-year route to settlement.  Many of these families include a British child or a child who has lived in the UK for years.  According to a...
23 July 2019
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be unveiled as the new leader of the Conservatives later, as the party faces a bitter battle over a no-deal Brexit.

The man chosen by the party's members to succeed Theresa May as Prime Miniser will be announced at 11:45am at London's QE2 conference centre. The winner will officially enter Number 10 on Wednesday afternoon, following Mrs May's final Prime Minister's Questions session. Mr Johnson is widely expected to seize the Tory crown, but he will immediately face trouble from his own backbenches over his vow to deliver Brexit with or without a deal by 31 October. Justice Secretary David Gauke - who has promised to quit on Wednesday if Mr Johnson wins - warned the Tory frontrunner that his strategy for leaving the EU would see the party shed votes to the Liberal Democrats under their new leader Jo Swinson. The Cabinet minister told The Times Mr Johnson's strategy was "going to draw millions of traditional Conservative voters away from us". And he warned: "If...
23 July 2019
Civil service

Dods People draws together a list of appointments in Westminster politics, the devolved administrations and the public affairs sector in the last week.

Houses of Parliament: House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee - Baroness McGregor-Smith was appointed as a member, in place of Lord Dobbs. Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee - Baroness Adams of Craigielea was appointed as a member, in place of Lord Morris of Aberavon. European Union Committee - Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Lord Morris of Aberavon and Lord Sharkey were appointed as members of the Select Committee, in place of Lord Polak, Lord Soley and Baroness Falkner of Margravine. House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee – Philip Davies replaced Rebecca Pow as a member. Environmental Audit Committee – Jeremy Lefroy replaced Dan Poulter as a member. Health and Social Care Committee - Anne Marie Morris replaced Martin Vickers as a member. Justice Committee – Andrew Griffiths replaced Kemi Badenoch as a member. Government Departments: Cabinet Office Geospatial Commission - Kate Barker, Kru Desai, Edwina Dunn and...
23 July 2019

More than 40% of voters say they would be less likely to back the Conservatives if the next Prime Minister triggers a no-deal Brexit, a new poll has found.

The survey is a major blow for Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, as both of the candidates in the race to replace Theresa May have vowed to exit the EU with no agreement in place if they fail to strike a new deal with the bloc. And the expected winner Mr Johnson has vowed to deliver Brexit "do or die" by the October 31 deadline. But according to the latest polling, 65% of voters believe the cost of "daily essentials" would be likely to rise in a no-deal scenario, while just under half (49%) say they would expect UK manufacturing exports to be hit with expensive tariffs. The 38 Degrees poll, commissioned by new anti-Brexit group 'no to no-deal', also found that half of voters expected the NHS would be hit by staffing shortages under a no-deal situation. Ellie Gellard, campaigns director at 38 Degrees, said: "People didn't vote to 'Take Back Control' to put working people out of a job, for our NHS to run shirt of medicines or to threaten the future of...
22 July 2019
Nadhim Zahawi and Rory Stewart

Two senior Conservatives are facing questions over their links to a secretive foreign affairs group.

Rory Stewart and Nadhim Zahawi did not declare their chairmanship of transatlantic body 'Le Cercle' despite also sitting on several related Commons select committees, PoliticsHome can reveal. The group organises gatherings of powerful figures from politics, business and the intelligence services to discuss foreign affairs. But despite the nature of the meetings, neither Mr Stewart or Mr Zahawi declared their involvement with the group during their time as members of the powerful Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Both senior Tory MPs confirmed to PoliticsHome they had held the chairmanship of Le Cercle, with Mr Stewart's tenure as chair lasting from 2013 until 2014, while Mr Zahawi held the top post from 2015 until his appointment as Children's Minister in early 2018. Conventionally MPs declare their involvement with any groups related to their Parliamentary business, but neither registered their involvement with Le Cercle either in the committee's minutes or the wider...
22 July 2019
Anti-semitism demo

Labour has ruled out introducing a fully independent process for investigating anti-semitism allegations against party members.

The party said it would not be "outsourcing" its disciplinary procedures to an outside body, despite calls to do so from senior peers and deputy Labour leader Tom Watson. However, Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to a plan to "introduce independent oversight" of its existing decision-making processes. Meawhile, members of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee will on Tuesday vote on moves to speed up the way the party deals with anti-semitism complaints. Under plans put forward by Mr Corbyn, the most serious cases would be referred to a special panel made up of Labour general secretary Jennie Formby and senior NEC members, which would have the power to expel them. The Labour leader said: "Labour is not an anti-semitic party. But one anti-semite is always one too many. "I also know that some complaints have taken too long to deal with. This is not good enough. Our members don’t want to share their party with anyone who is racist – and they want to be able to demonstrate there is no...
22 July 2019
Jo Swinson at the Lib Dem event announcing her as leader

The Liberal Democrats didn’t hold back as they celebrated their new leader, finds Anahita Hossein-Pour

Maybe it was the cabaret club – an excellent choice of venue to bring some theatrical spirit to politics - but there was a lot of love in the room for Jo Swinson after she defeated Ed Davey in the race to succeed Vince Cable. “About bloody time!” Lib Dem MP Layla Moran told PoliticsHome about the party electing its first female leader. “And she’s going to be a damn good one too…taking the fight to Johnson and Farage," she added. Swinson's message to her faithful was loud and clear: “I stand before you today, not as just as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, but as a candidate for Prime Minister. “I am ready to take our party into a general election and win it.” "I claimed that when I was first adopted and people laughed,” outgoing leader Sir Vince told PoliticsHome. "But actually, we’re in a much stronger position and we’re serious contenders for power.” The Lib Dem grandee was also put in the spotlight, heaped with praise for turning around the party's...
22 July 2019
Boris Johnson

A former minister has failed in a bid to force a vote of confidence in Boris Johnson before he has even been appointed Prime Minister.

In an extraordinary move, Sir Alan Duncan tried to force an emergency debate on Tuesday to establish whether Theresa May's successor can command a majority in the Commons. Sir Alan quit as a Foreign Office minister on Monday, 24 hours before Mr Johnson is expected to be confirmed as the new Tory leader. He had hoped to hold the "standing order 24" debate in the hours following the announcement, but his request was refused by Speaker John Bercow. The veteran Tory, who has been a longstanding critic of Mr Johnson, said he had “very grave concerns” about him taking over at Number 10, but insisted there was “no personal animosity” between them. “I’m a Conservative, I’m a patriot, I want him to succeed. My judgement says that it’s going to be very, very difficult,” he told the BBC. “The timing of my resignation was to try and prompt...
22 July 2019
Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

The party's deputy leader defeated rival Sir Ed Davey in the race to succeed Sir Vince Cable. Ms Swinson, the MP for East Dunbartonshire, received 47,997 votes, comfortably ahead of her rival on 28,021. She said: "I am delighted, honoured and over the moon to stand before you as the leader of the Liberal Democrats - the first woman to lead our party. "When I joined the Liberal Democrats at 17, I never imagined that I would one day have the honour of leading our great party. "I want to pay tribute to Ed for giving us the robust but friendly contest our members deserve. Ed is a great friend and a superb politician, and will have a crucial role to play in our team. "I also want to thank Vince Cable for the leadership he showed in taking our clear stop Brexit message to voters, which led to our best ever set of local and European election results. "Tomorrow, Boris Johnson is likely to take the keys to Number 10 and set us on a path to a damaging no-deal Brexit. Stopping Boris, and...
22 July 2019

British Safety Council 11th Annual Conference announced – Health, safety and wellbeing in the modern workplace, 16 October 2019. 

One of the major events in the calendar of health, safety and wellbeing professionals is fast approaching. The British Safety Council is holding its 11th Annual Conference Health, safety and wellbeing in the modern workplace on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at Congress Centre in London. This year’s conference speakers will share with delegates the latest thinking on key workplace issues as such as mental health, wellbeing leadership, new regulatory changes and the implications of the new regulatory framework for fire safety management post-Grenfell. The experts will also discuss best approaches for managing wellbeing in the workplace and improving employee participation.   Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Many employers are already focussing on wellbeing as means of preventing future injuries and workplace-related ill health. It has never been more important than now that UK...