Dods at Party Conference 2018

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16 January 2019
Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is under intense pressure from Labour MPs to back a second referendum on Brexit if Theresa May wins a vote of confidence in her Government tonight.

Pro-EU campaigners on the red benches are desperate for the party leader to throw his weight behind a fresh vote and are dangling the threat of a major split otherwise. After intense factional wrangling at its conference last year, Labour agreed that it could support a public vote on the final Brexit deal if fails to secure a general election. Mr Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion in the Government last night - the first step to triggering an election - after it faced a historic defeat on the Brexit deal the Prime Minister clinched with Brussels. But Mrs May is set to win the vote after hardline pro-Brexit Tories and the DUP - which props up her minority government - vowed to support her. Labour MP David...
16 January 2019
Jeremy Corbyn

MPs will this evening vote on a motion of no confidence in the Government tabled by Jeremy Corbyn. Here is how it works and what happens next.

THE DEBATE Jeremy Corbyn will kick off the debate at around 1pm, setting out his case for why Parliament should no longer have confidence in Theresa May's administration. The Prime Minister will then respond to the Labour leader, after which MPs on all sides of the House will be able to contribute. Should either Mr Corbyn or Mrs May wish to speak again in the debate, they can only do so with the leave of the House. The debate will continue until close of business, which is at 7pm. The motion is then put and the result of the vote will be determined by a simple majority, so whoever gets the most votes wins.   WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GOVERNMENT WINS? If the Government emerges triumphant, no general election will be called and the Government will continue as at present.   BUT WHAT IF THE GOVERNMENT LOSES? Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, a general election is triggered if Parliament approves a motion "that this House has no confidence in Her Majety's Government"...
16 January 2019
Parliament

MPs voted by a majority of 230 to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal last night in the biggest Government defeat in modern history. Some 432 voted against the deal and 202 for it - with the vote splitting across party lines as well as Leave/Remain lines. Find out below how every MP cast their vote.

Conservative PPSs Tom Pursglove and Eddie Hughes are assumed to have quit their jobs as they voted against the Government.      
16 January 2019
Cash machine

Ministers have been criticised for quietly announcing a cut to thousands of pensioner couples’ benefits in the run-up to last night’s crunch Commons Brexit vote.

Thousands of low-income elderly people with partners of working age face losing up to £7,000 a year as a result of a change in policy which will force them on to Universal Credit. The new rules, to be brought in on 15 May, will mean new pensioners whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 can no longer claim pension credit – a means-tested top-up. The couple rate of universal credit is £114.81 a week compared with £255.25 for a couple receiving pension credit, meaning a loss of up to £7,320 a year. The policy was announced on Monday night in a written ministerial statement by pensions minister Guy Opperman, who said the change was part of the bid to “modernise the welfare system” which MPs backed in 2012. “Pension credit is designed to provide long-term support for pensioner households who are no longer economically active. It is not designed to support working age claimants, he said. “This change will ensure that the same work incentives apply...
16 January 2019

New analysis from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) is boosting social mobility and helping to build a pipeline of talented and diverse managers and leaders.

The figures show that: with over 2,000 starts in 17/18, the CMDA remains one of the most popular degree apprenticeships; with more female apprentices (54%) than male, the CMDA is helping to build the pipeline of future female leaders and redress the imbalance in our boardrooms; with over a quarter of apprentices (27%) under 25, the CMDA is helping young people take their first steps into management; and with over 2 in 5 apprentices coming from the most deprived areas of the UK, the CMDA is a great example of how degree apprenticeships can widen participation and boost social mobility. Speaking at an event in the House of Commons to mark three years since the CMDA was launched, CMI’s Head of Policy, Rob Wall said: “The UK needs good managers and great leaders - now more than ever." “Today’s Chartered Manager degree apprentices are tomorrow’s senior civil servants, top business leaders and key influencers. If we are to equip all of our future managers with the skills to be...
15 January 2019
Theresa May

Theresa May will fight for her political life on Wednesday after Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government.

The Prime Minister announced that time would be set aside on Wednesday to "confirm whether the Government still enjoys the confidence of the House" - as Mr Corbyn pressed ahead with his plan to oust Mrs May and secure a general election. However, the Government is expected to win the vote as the DUP - which props up the minority administration - has vowed to back the Prime Minister, while no Tory MPs have said they will vote against her. The move came after MPs voted 432 to 202 - a majority of 230 - against the withdrawal agreement she reached with Brussels after more than two years of negotiations. Confirming he had tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government, Mr Corbyn said: "On the most important issue facing us, this government has lost the confidence of this House and this country. "I therefore Mr Speaker, inform you, that I have tabled a motion of no confidence in this government. "I am pleased that motion will be debated tomorrow so this House can give its verdict...
15 January 2019
Confidence

In the immedate aftermath of the massive Commons defeat on her Brexit deal, Theresa May challenged Jeremy Corbyn to table a vote of no confidence in the Government, and the Labour leader stepped up. Read both statements in full below. 

THERESA MAY Mr Speaker, the House has spoken and the Government will listen. It is clear that the House does not support this deal but tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how or even if it intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum parliament decided to hold. And people, particularly EU citizens who have made their home here and UK citizens living in the EU, deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible. Those whose jobs rely on our trade with the EU need that clarity. So with your permission Mr Speaker, I would like to set out briefly how the Government intends to proceed. First, we need to confirm whether the Government still enjoys the confidence of the House. I believe that it does. But given the scale and importance of tonight’s vote, it’s right that others have the chance to test that question if they wish to do so. I can therefore confirm that if the official opposition tables a confidence motion this...
15 January 2019
Jean-Claude Juncker

Britain is now more likely to leave the European Union without a deal after MPs “regrettably” rejected Theresa May’s Brexit agreement, EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.

The Prime Minister suffered a record-breaking defeat in the Commons, as MPs voted down her deal by 432 votes to 202. The humiliating loss comes after two years of intense negotiations between Mrs May’s team and her European counterparts, and Mr Juncker warned that “time is almost up” for both sides to reach an agreement before Brexit day on 29 March. "I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening,” the European Commission president said. “The withdrawal agreement is a fair compromise and the best possible deal. It reduces the damage caused by Brexit for citizens and businesses across Europe. It is the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. "The European Commission, and notably our chief negotiator Michel Barnier, has invested enormous time...
15 January 2019
Theresa May

Theresa May will fight for her political life on Wednesday after Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government.

The Prime Minister announced that time would be set aside on Wednesday to "confirm whether the Government still enjoys the confidence of the House" - as Mr Corbyn pressed ahead with his plan to oust Mrs May and secure a general election. However, the Government is expected to win the vote as the DUP - which props up the minority administration - has vowed to back the Prime Minister, while no Tory MPs have said they will vote against her. The move came after MPs voted 432 to 202 - a majority of 230 - against the withdrawal agreement she reached with Brussels after more than two years of negotiations. Confirming he had tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government, Mr Corbyn said: "On the most important issue facing us, this government has lost the confidence of this House and this country. "I therefore Mr Speaker, inform you, that I have tabled a motion of no confidence in this government. "I am pleased that motion will be debated tomorrow so this House can give its verdict...
15 January 2019
Theresa May

Theresa May’s government has been thrown into fresh chaos after the Commons overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal.

In another devastating blow to the Prime Minister’s dwindling authority, MPs voted 432 to 202 - a majority of 230 - against the withdrawal agreement she reached with Brussels after more than two years of negotiations. Jeremy Corbyn called it the "greatest defeat for the Government since the 1920s in this House". Both Labour and the SNP had surprised Parliament by dropping their planned amendments to the Government motion, thereby allowing MPs to train all of their fire on the Brexit deal. Mrs May will now have to return to Parliament with a new plan by Monday night if she is to stand any chance of saving her Brexit vision. The humbling defeat - which dramatically increases the chances of a no-deal Brexit - came after the Prime Minister had made a last-ditch attempt to win over MPs to her cause. Closing five days of Commons debate, she told a packed chamber that it was a chance for MPs to back "unity over decision". Mrs May said: "This is the most significant vote that any of us will...