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  Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
Posted by: Rt. Hon. Sir Dylan Macmillan (CON) - 09-24-2018, 09:27 PM - Forum: Party Frontbenches - Replies (3)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition: Sir Dylan Macmillan
Shadow First Secretary of State: Sir Jonathon Horncastle

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer: Harold Jones
Shadow Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Edward Winter
Shadow Home Secretary: Calum Douglas Wilson

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence: Nicholas Wandsworth
Shadow Secretary of State for Public Services: Charles Trenython
Shadow Secretary of State for Regions, Nations and Devolution: Sir Jonathon Horncastle (please note that this Shadow department includes Local Government, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Devolution)
Shadow Secretary of State for Natural Resources and the Environment: Richard De Villiers
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment and Welfare: James Yates
Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs: Sir Dylan Macmillan (please note that this Shadow department will be covering the Constitutional Affairs portion of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & Devolution's Ministerial Question Time)

Shadow Minister of State for Security: Patrick Belfast (will attend Shadow Cabinet)
Shadow Minister of State for Education: James Yates

Shadow Leader of the House: Sir Dylan Macmillan
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party: Calum Douglas Wilson
Chairman of the Conservative Party: Sir Jonathon Horncastle

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  Her Majesty's Government
Posted by: Agnes Hamstead - 09-24-2018, 08:14 PM - Forum: Party Frontbenches - Replies (4)

Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury: Rt. Hon. Agnes Hamstead
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party & Deputy Prime Minister: Rt. Hon. Angela Harvey
Chief Government Whip: Rt. Hon. Daniel Burton
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons: Rt. Hon. Angela Harvey

Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Employment & Welfare: Rt. Hon. Michael Nash
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Rt. Hon. James Mercer
Home Secretary: Rt. Hon. Noah Robinson
^Responsible for the Home Office, Lord Chancellor's Department and Attorney General
Secretary of State for Defense: Rt. Hon. Daniel Burton
Secretary of State for Natural Resources & Environment: Rt. Hon. Joseph Flanagan
^Includes Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, Energy and Environment
Secretary of State for Public Services: Rt. Hon. Janet Marshall
^Includes Health, Education and Transportation
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Rt. Hon. Dame Oona Millar
^Responsible for the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & Devolution: Rt. Hon. Jack Galbraith
^Includes the Welsh office, and Scottish office

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  Labour Deputy Leadership Election 1992
Posted by: Dan (Unmasked) - 09-22-2018, 07:39 AM - Forum: Party Leadership Elections - Replies (24)

An election is required to fill the vacancy as Labour Deputy Leader.

The Labour Deputy Leadership Election rules are as follows:

Timeline

Nominations are open from now until Sunday 23rd at 1pm 
24 hours of campaigning from Sunday 23rd at 1pm until Monday 24th at 1pm
Players' votes must be submitted before 1pm on Monday 
Results will be declared on Monday Evening

All times in British Summer Time.

Nomination

- Each candidate requires a nomination and a seconder.
- Candidates may nominate themselves or second themselves, but not both.
- Nominations must be made using the following form

Name of Candidate:
Name of Proposer:
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:

Campaigning

During the 24-hour campaigning period, each candidate has 6 "hours" of campaigning time to spend. MPs other than the candidates each have 2 "hours" to spend, and may wish to use these to help their preferred candidate. Campaigning time can be spent as follows:

Speech: 2 hours
Canvassing: 1 hour
Poster/Leaflet: 1 hour

Canvassing here means a summary of a conversation with a party member on three policy areas, either in a bullet point description or through a script of talking points the candidate would use.

Voting

Players' votes must be submitted via Private Message here on the forum, not on Telegram, to Dan addie and Roberts. Votes must be received by midday Monday in order to be counted.

The results of the MPs vote will be calculated based on players' factions and influence. The final result will be based on players' votes and the A-Team's assessment of the campaign material.

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  Conservative Party Leadership Election
Posted by: Addie - 09-21-2018, 12:23 PM - Forum: Party Leadership Elections - Replies (24)

The Conservative Party Leadership Election rules are as follows:

Timeline

Nominations are open from now until Saturday 22nd September at 1:30 pm BST  (as a note for me, that's 8:30 AM EDT)
24 hours of campaigning from Saturday 22nd at pm BST until 2 pm BST Sunday 23rd (9:00 AM EDT both days)
Players' votes must be submitted before Sunday at 5 pm BST (12:00 EDT)
Results will be declared on Sunday evening , time to be announced.

All times in British Summer Time.

Nomination

- Each candidate requires a nomination and a seconder.
- Candidates may nominate themselves or second themselves, but not both.
- Nominations must be made using the following form

Quote:Name of Candidate:

Name of Proposer:
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:


Campaigning

In 1992, the Conservative Party rules for selecting a leader were more simple... if not less democratic. Only MPs can vote for the Party leader. Normally this would require the successful candidate to not ONLY win an absolute majority of MP votes, but to also get at least 15% MORE votes than the runner up (so 50% + 1 + 15% of the 272 MPs for a minimum of 178 votes assuming all MPs vote and there are no abstentions or spoiled ballots). If no one wins a majority, there is a second ballot a week later- which of course is not conducive to getting the game moving. So we'll simulate the votes of MPs through "campaigning," just as though you're going out to the party membership at large. 

During the 24 hour campaigning period, each candidate has 6 "hours" of campaigning time to spend. MPs other than the candidates each have 2 "hours" to spend, and may wish to use these to help their preferred candidate. Campaigning time can be spent as follows:

Speech: 2 hours
Canvassing: 1 hour
Poster/Leaflet: 1 hour

Canvassing here means a summary of a conversation with an MP on three policy areas, either in a bullet point description or through a script of talking points the candidate would use. And you can always make promises... though know that it might come back to haunt you later! 

Voting

Players' votes must be submitted via Private Message here on the forum, not on Telegram, to both Addie and Dan. Votes must be received by Sunday, 23rd September, at 5 pm BST in order to be counted.

The results of the MPs vote will be calculated based on players' factions and influence, as well as of any submitted campaign material to help swing along those other MPs that might be undecided. 

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Shocked Labour Leadership Election 1992
Posted by: Dan (Unmasked) - 09-21-2018, 11:58 AM - Forum: Party Leadership Elections - Replies (21)

The Labour Leadership Election rules are as follows:

Timeline

Nominations are open from now until Saturday 22nd September at 1pm BST
24 hours of campaigning from Saturday 22nd at 1pm BST until 1pm BST Sunday 23rd 
Players' votes must be submitted before Sunday
Results will be declared on Sunday evening

All times in British Summer Time.

Nomination

- Each candidate requires a nomination and a seconder.
- Candidates may nominate themselves or second themselves, but not both.
- Nominations must be made using the following form

Name of Candidate:
Name of Proposer:
Name of Seconder:
Declaration of Candidate's consent:

Campaigning

During the 24 hour campaigning period, each candidate has 6 "hours" of campaigning time to spend. MPs other than the candidates each have 2 "hours" to spend, and may wish to use these to help their preferred candidate. Campaigning time can be spent as follows:

Speech: 2 hours
Canvassing: 1 hour
Poster/Leaflet: 1 hour

Canvassing here means a summary of a conversation with a party member on three policy areas, either in a bullet point description or through a script of talking points the candidate would use.

Voting

Players' votes must be submitted via Private Message here on the forum, not on Telegram, to Dan Addie and Roberts. Votes must be received by midday Sunday in order to be counted.

The results of the MPs vote will be calculated based on players' factions and influence. The final result will be based on players' votes and the A-Team's assessment of the campaign material.

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  What is this for?
Posted by: Andy - 06-20-2018, 11:13 PM - Forum: Party Frontbenches - Replies (3)

Here you can see which player Members of Parliament currently sit in the Cabinet and the Shadow cabinet, as well as any third party spokesperson positions.

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  Press Cycle: School Testing
Posted by: Andy - 05-30-2018, 10:36 PM - Forum: The Press - Replies (6)

Following the contribution to the debate by the Prince of Wales, are pupils tested too frequently?

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  Lib Dem Speech: Electoral Reform Society
Posted by: Rebecca Flair (Unmasked) - 05-28-2018, 10:14 PM - Forum: Marked Speeches and Conferences - Replies (1)

Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Montgomeryshire Rebecca Flair spoke to the Electoral Reform Society on the topic of the British Constitution and Modern British Politics.

Quote:Ladies and Gentlemen thank you all for coming.

Our constitution and our politics are broken, and like all broken things they are in dire need of repairs. We have unelected, unrepresentative and unaccountable House of Lords with the power to make or break a Government’s legislative progress, we have a House of Commons where power is concentrated in the hands of two parties at the expense of the plethora of other voters in the UK, and we have a political establishment in desperate need of reform to break up the old boys’ club. Labour and the Tories talk a good game, but as we have become accustomed to finding out the hard way, what they say and what they do are often two completely unrelated things entirely.

Let’s look at the House of Lords issue to start with. Now to their credit the Conservatives have played it straight with the people, they are quite happy to keep the Lords around despite its obvious democratic flaws because it is a great retirement home and it offers them terrific in-grown advantages with 92 Hereditary Peers and 26 Lords Spiritual who are automatically predisposed to voting with the Tory Party on a number of issues such as homosexual rights. On the other hand the Labour Party claim to be pro-Senate, which is a fantastic development in the fight for true democracy in the Upper Chamber, but the celebrations may indeed already prove premature. Writing in the Guardian the then prominent Labour Backbencher and the Chair of the Constitution and Local Government Select Committee (now Minister of State for Local Government the Constitution), Emily Kennedy, has felt the need to give a public kick to her own party with regards to what she is expecting from any Senate Bill they propose. Her proposals are pretty common sense: a Senate that can’t have its wings clipped by the Commons, a Senate that has more power than the existing Lords, and a Senate that represents the nations and regions effectively. These are all fantastic interjections into a debate that has too often been poisoned by interventions speaking out against people rather than in favour of ideas, but the fact that she felt the need to even make this interjection must surely those of us who believe that the House of Lords must be shown the door.

Luckily the Liberal Democrats have a clear and comprehensive plan that will give the people a properly elected and accountable legislature, elected by regional list PR. The current composition of the House of Lords has the number of peers far exceeding the actual space available for them, the Chamber itself has capacity for 400 individuals, so the number of Senators under the Lib Dem plan shall be set at 400 Senators. Under the Lib Dem plan we shall see Senators delivered to the nations on a broadly proportional basis. England would receive 268 Senators, Scotland would get 64 Senators, Wales would get 44 and Northern Ireland would get 24. The Senators from England shall be further divided based on the electoral regions we use for European Parliamentary Elections. This situation will ensure constitutional parity between the nations to a far greater degree than is currently seen. In the House of Lords the English are massively over-represented whilst the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish are massively under-represented; it is our hope that by ensuring that 16% of Senators are from Scotland, 11% are from Wales, and 6% are from Northern Ireland this will allow for more local viewpoints to be extolled from the upper chamber. The elections shall be delivered under a system of Regional List Proportional Representation, if the SNP get 10% of the vote in Scotland they shall very simply get 10% of the seats. It is essential that in seeking to introduce democracy to the upper chamber we do not stop short and offer something that is good but that could have been far far better. A democratically elected Senate under Liberal Democrat plans would have far greater powers than currently enjoyed by the unelected and unaccountable House of Lords. It would retain the Lords’ powers to draft its own legislation but it would gain new powers including the ability to directly question Cabinet Ministers, the ability to defend its powers from the House of Commons, and the 1949 Parliament Act would be repealed in its entirety meaning that a Senate would have far stronger powers of delay and reflection. An elected Senate is all well and good but unless it has far greater powers than currently allowed to the House of Lords then it will be little more than window dressing, I call upon the Labour Party to ensure that a future Senate will have strong democratic powers to defend itself and exert a degree of political will rather than simply being a PR tool.

Something that seems to have fallen off the agenda recently has been the idea of House of Commons reform, to me this cam be split into two separate sections: Electoral Reform and Reform to the Institution itself. The Liberal Democrats have long stood for proper democratic accountability in our electoral system, the system of safe seats we are currently faced with presents us with a situation where hundreds of seats and perhaps millions of people are for the most part ignored by the Westminster elite during elections. Campaign effort and money is focused on handfuls of winnable “swing seats” to the detriment of the rest of the country. Now don’t get me wrong, first past the post employs the constituency system very well in that it ensures a local link between MP and Constituent, but this system of safe seating creates a disconnect between the party top brass and the millions who vote for them in safe seats as well as a system of “wasted votes” where dissent in safe seats is virtually impossible and voting is nearly completely pointless. The Liberal Democrat position is simple, keep the constituencies, reduce the safe seats as much as possible. Therefore we propose a compromise solution, we propose that the electoral system is amended so that instead of First Past the Post it is instead the Alternative Vote system. If an MP gets 50% of the vote then that is completely fine and they have won in their own power in the first round, if not then it is only right that second preferences and the like are brought into effect to ensure that the MP who represents the constituents serves at the will of more than 50% of the population in their seat. The Alternative Vote system would not make it a case of vote for Labour to keep out the Tories, you could vote Green, Liberal Democrat, continuity SDP or any other party as your first choice and as long as you rank Labour above the Tories or vice versa you will still be keeping your least preferred candidate out of office whilst giving your most preferred candidate the best possible chance at being elected.

Now the other issue with the House of Commons is that nobody trusts their MPs, we’ve had scandal after scandal paraded through the newspapers with cabinet officials sacked in disgrace, Cash for Questions, and the back to basics scandals of the last Conservative Government, the people want action to restore faith in politics and it is time that we give it to them. For all his faults Harold Saxon had his finger on the pulse when he called for cross-party talks on the sorting out of this issue, weeding out politics to create a generally better atmosphere and restore trust will take action from all political parties. Recall elections, if managed properly, are a fine idea that will enable the British people to pass judgement on their MPs if they are found guilty of criminal misconduct. However I believe that this course action is merely one of many that we must take to restore the public’s faith in politics and politicians. I have been pleased to see the Conservative Party pushing a commission for reforming the way political parties are financed, allow me to be the first to offer up a couple of suggestions: Spending limits for political parties, donation reform so that political parties have to make public their large donors, and have political parties publish their accounts so we can see where their money is coming from and where it is going. These simple acts of transparency will send an incredibly strong message to the people that we have nothing to hide and to politicians that there is nowhere to hide. Further to this we need to be stronger in holding our Government to account. When the Trevitt scandal rocked the nation the opposition could do little but speculate in a manner that led to a gross misrepresentation of the truth leaving all with egg on their face and potentially damaging the careers of the Government Whips who were falsely accused of wrongdoing. We need to strengthen the House of Commons Select Committee system so that it can hold individual Government Ministers to account far more effectively, a new Standards Committee should be established to look solely upon MPs and Ministers and whether their actions and alleged actions do represent a breach of the standards we expect from our MPs. These standards should be codified into a single document that should represent the basic terms and conditions for MPs and Ministers if they wish to continue to serve in public life. Breaching these terms should carry severe penalties for the individuals in question and such a matter could be added to the Recall of MPs powers proposed by the Conservative Party. These individual reforms may seem like little fixes, but taken together they represent a revolution in allowing backbenchers to hold Government to account and allowing the people to hold MPs to account. These proposals form the main proposals that the Liberal Democrats shall continue to push for as part of our drive to clean up British politics.

So in conclusion my friends, the Liberal Democrats recognise that the UK’s democracy is broken. We alone recognise the need for an elected, representative, and more powerful upper chamber, a more representative House of Commons, and restoring the people’s trust in their politicians and elected representatives. This road will not be an easy one to walk down, there will no doubt be opposition from the two main parties on the Commons electoral system reforms, there will no doubt be opposition from the Tories and some in Labour over our plans for a truly democratic Senate with more powers to look after itself and the British people and we all know that the Lib Dem plan for cleaning up politics are incredibly strong and will surely rile up MPs who believe that they are above proper scrutiny of their actions. But the fact of the matter is these are fights we must be prepared to have and simply must win if we are to make our democracy more accessible to the people that matter, the voters. Our Lords are unelected and unaccountable but that has made them unrepresentative as well, they are Bishops, Hereditary Peers and men and women who have given great service to political parties for the most part. How many Life Peers are former Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet Ministers? The House of Commons may be elected, but when half of the country’s opinion hardly matters because they can’t win then is that really all that much better? Our MPs may be fine and upstanding individuals nine times out of ten but if we allow one of our MPs to do as Solomon Trevitt did then they will drag down the rest of us with a bad reputation, damaging the people’s trust in politicians even further. My friends the Lib Dems are committed to fighting for these reforms and we are committed to implementing them as soon as we are able to. Thank you.

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  Press Cycle: Child Poverty
Posted by: Steve - 05-28-2018, 03:03 PM - Forum: The Press - Replies (6)

What more should be done to reduce child poverty?

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  Press cycle: Firefighters Pay
Posted by: Steve - 05-26-2018, 11:07 AM - Forum: The Press - Replies (11)

Should firefighters get a 40% pay rise?

Closes 30 May 23:59

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