Weekly Parliament Roundup: 17th-23rd February
Cabinet visits in Scotland
The Cabinet will be heading for the second time in 90 years to North East of Scotland, Aberdeen, the home of the UK’s oil and gas industry. First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond will also be chairing his own cabinet meeting and both the Cabinet and he want to address the future of the North Sea oil industry. Alex Salmond believes that Scottish independence will bring great benefits to the sector. As the referendum is coming nearer, the UK is aiming to now make strong economic arguments in order to weaken the independence arguments. In addition, there have been slightly negative reactions to the visit as some Scotts believe that the three main unionist parties are trying to dictate the actions of the Scottish.
Angela Murkel to visit Westminster on Thursday
Angela Murkel will be visiting the UK this Thursday and she is here mainly going to have talks The Prime Minister and take a visit also see the Queen. They will talk about the troubled relationship which the UK has with the EU. Conservative Eurosceptic that a re-negotiation of European treaties would have to be done if the Conservatives are re-elected. Moreover, backbenchers want Cameron to stress on the fact that either we get a new relationship that makes sense for Britain or the British people will vote to leave. Regarding other recently important issues, they will also discuss Ukraine.
Farage Vs Clegg on EU
After a recent radio interview with LBC, Nick Clegg has challenged UKIP leader Nigel Farage to a debate regarding the EU and Nigel Farage has agreed. He commended UKIP in the interview by saying that at least they’ve got a clear position that they want to ‘yank Britain out of UKIP’ and the same thing cannot be said for Conservative and Labour don’t really have ‘courage of their convictions on it’. Clegg stressed that the Lib Dems are clearly Pro EU and that being in the EU means being in work. Over 3 million jobs in the country depends on us being in EU according to Clegg and he said that the debate will good way for the public to hear both sides of the argument and decide for themselves regarding the EU.
Special Labour Conference on Saturday
Labour are to hold a special conference on Saturday mainly regarding party reforms. They are attempting to push through the creation of a one member one vote system when electing for the party leaders. Ed Miliband wants the support on allowing the public to pay three pounds to become registered members and show interest in the party and they will have a say in electing the leader and policy making. There has been a positive outlook on these proposals as Labour needs to broaden their support base and gain more voters and these reforms might be the right way to go about it.
Recently, the speaker for the House of Commons, John Bercow suggested that there should be a reformation to Prime Minister’s questions as he believes that the MPs are too unorderly and there needs to be less chaos in the House. However, the reforming PMQs might actually draw people away, there’s always going to be passion and noise in PMQs because it’s the nature of our politics. This week in PMQs, there was mainly disagreements regarding Cameron’s plans for the floods and overall Conservative spending on flood defence spending and climate change. Ed Miliband disagreed with Cameron that the current Government’s spending regarding flood defence spending increased. However, both Miliband and Cameron agreed that climate change, especially man-made climate change is an important issue.
Vince Cable on the “massive” impact of Eurozone break up – The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
Francois Hollande’s victory in the first round of the French presidential elections and the collapse of the Dutch government have put the stability of the eurozone into question. Former chancellor Alistair Darling, gives his thoughts on the potential implications for the eurozone.