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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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  LAB SP: Outside Downing Street
Posted by: Agnes Hamstead - 09-23-2018, 09:07 PM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (1)

Prime Minister Agnes Hamstead spoke in front of 10 Downing Street after returning from Buckingham Palace.
*Approved by Dan

“Good afternoon,

I have just returned from Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a government. I humbly accepted her invitation. I want to thank my colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party for their support, and to all members of the Labour Party who took part in our recent leadership race for their support as well. I also commend my colleague, Michael Nash, on a superb race and I look forward to him being an integral part of our government.

I accepted Her Majesty’s invitation with a heavy heart. Just outside these gates, days ago, Prime Minister Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys were brutally murdered by the IRA. That action is inhumane and totally unacceptable. I say to all those who wish harm on British leaders and the British people in general: you will not win and we will not back down. 

As Prime Minister in the first Labour-led government since 1979, I know there is a great deal of work ahead. The unemployment numbers are unacceptable. Crime numbers are at record highs. Schools and infrastructure are crumbling, and people are struggling to get by. To those who are near giving up hope or who have already given up, let me tell you in no uncertain terms: help is here. Your government hears your suffering. After 13 long years of inaction, help is on the way.

In the coming days, I will assemble a strong team of Cabinet ministers around me. And I will lay out clear expectations for each Minister on achievements that we must get done over the life of this Parliament. Those expectations will not be kept secret and I expect to be held accountable on delivering the agenda we lay out. Once the Cabinet is in place, we will move forward quickly with recalling Parliament, laying out our agenda in a Queen’s Speech and getting on with the work of governing.

I am innately aware that the British people chose Neil Kinnock, not me, as their Prime Minister. I assure them that the plan that they voted for is the plan that will guide me and my colleagues over the life of this Parliament. I will work hard to earn and keep your trust.

Our work starts now. I look forward to speaking again shortly to provide regular updates on the forming of the government, and to provide further information on when Parliament will return.

Thank you.

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  Con Sp: Leadership Acceptance
Posted by: Rt. Hon. Sir Dylan Macmillan (CON) - 09-22-2018, 09:51 PM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (1)

Ladies and Gentlemen thank you for coming.

I would like to start my speech by paying tribute to the past, in the 70s our great nation was listing badly, going nowhere fast, and actively imploding under the weight of the failed policies of the post war consensus. All parties, including this one, believed that there was no problem that the Government could not fix and that there was no reason to change course despite the growth of aggressive trade unionism and the continued prevalence of stagflation that defined the 1970s as a whole. Without the impetus of Mrs Thatcher to put it simply the country would be different, and worse for it. Over the coming weeks, months, and years when the farthest flung extremists in the Labour Party come back with their plans to unpick all of our work we must remember where we have come from, millions of lost days due to strike action, 70% rates of income tax, inflation nearing 25%, and IMF bailouts. My leadership will be defined by many things, but one thing it shall not be defined by is a yearning to return to the economic doldrums of history as some in the Labour Party are already suggesting that we must.

I would like to also take a moment of time to pay tribute to my immediate predecessor, John Major. John, we may not have agreed on everything especially Europe, but you served this great nation with distinction first as its Chancellor and then as its Prime Minister. On behalf of all of us here today in the Tory Party I would like to thank you for your diligence, hardwork and sacrifice. And to the family of Neil Kinnock, we will never know what sort of a Prime Minister he would have been but I know first hand from serving in the Commons opposed to him that he was a good man with a good heart and firm convictions. I may have agreed with him on virtually nothing but the United Kingdom has lost a great servant and we mourn his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you now, God bless you all.

My friends I cannot deny that we have been dealt a bitter blow by the electorate, we are undeniably heading into Opposition and taking up residence on benches we have not sat on for thirteen years, but we can bounce back at the first time of asking. In the last election we lost by one point, the Government’s majority is tiny, fragile, brittle, if the new Prime Minister makes a single misstep we could easily see ourselves thrown into another General Election, we must be ready to benefit when that happens. We must be united as a party in a way that we have not been since Mrs Thatcher’s downfall. To build party unity I promise you this here today, I will recruit the best the Conservative Party has to offer irrespective of their faction. I will build a Shadow Cabinet of all talents and of all strains of Conservative Party thought, I am not interested in wets vs dries, europhiles vs eurosceptics, I’m interested in all Conservatives together fighting against the Labour Party, when they mess it up we must be ready to step back into the void and provide sensible Conservative Government. Now believe me when I say this I do like to be surprised, when Labour surprises us all and comes out with a genuinely good idea I will not only give them the time of day but I will walk through the division lobbies with the Government to pass meaningful reform or a policy that makes the UK safer. But where they mess it up, where their policies are damaging to the United Kingdom I will not hesitate to call them out for it and I will not hesitate to push an alternative that is best for Britain.

Now Labour are busy painting me as some form of throwback, they want to position me as the worst of both Worlds and that’s fair enough, they have to build a bogeyman somewhere so why not try and smear me before I even have my feet under the desk? But I can assure you all that I am very much more than a throwback. Yes I believe that some traditions are best kept or revived. I believe passionately in the Grammar School as a great engine for social mobility, I believe in the NHS as a great institution that must be protected above all else the public sector does, and I believe in individual economic freedoms in a way that Socialists like the ones currently sitting on the Government benches simply cannot fathom. But beyond that I am a reformer, if I see a problem brewing then I will call it out and I will fix it. Our Welfare State for example is bloated and inefficient because there are just so many benefits out there. How can anyone know what they’re entitled to when they could be claiming any one of a dozen or more benefits? It’s time to simplify the Welfare State, streamlining it into as few benefits as possible. A Negative Income Tax has often been thought about by economists but I will do more than think, if I were in power I would act, and as Leader of the Opposition I will make this point over and over again. A Negative Income Tax with some circumstantial top ups such as for housing and  for children will be far less confusing for the public to understand and far less costly for administrators to run. By simplifying the system we will quite literally be providing more money to those in need because we’ll be sending less and less of it to the administration budget. That is my mission for the Welfare State ladies and gentlemen, bringing it all under control in a single, universal credit which encompasses everything and can be applied for in one place with one form.

If I were asked what I stand for I would say that I stand for Britain, strong and independent on the World Stage. In the last decade plus of Conservative Government we have restored national pride, when the Argentine Junta came for the Falklands we sent them packing. I want to build on that national pride with a genuinely independent United Kingdom. In the past we were beholden to Arab oil, the Miners’ Union, and just about everything else in between, as Leader of the Opposition I will push strongly for energy independence for our great nation. We will invest in clean energies like geothermal power, tidal energy, and nuclear fission to wean ourselves off of our dependence on foreign influences. We have gone a long way to safeguarding ourselves for the future but the Government must build on our good work and do more, if they won’t then they can be sure that we will after the next election. The British people expect Great Britain to stand on its own two feet and it will. In defence and foreign policy I stand for investment in our armed forces and our diplomatic corps, I stand for a nation that engages with our NATO and European partners because when the western world get together to get on with it there is nothing we can’t do as the Warsaw Pact and Saddam Hussein found out the hard way.

The Labour Party leadership struggle is boiling down to a battle over the future of our public services it seems. On the one side we have Miss Hamstead arguing for a billion pounds in 22 months, on the other side we have Michael Nash who stands for… well we’ll find out when he turns up. What is clear though is no matter who wins we have a Labour Party that is committed to big government and more intervention. I must admit I can see the appeal of waiving a magic wand, borrowing a billion pounds, and throwing it at the wall to see what sticks, the only problem ladies and gentlemen is that nothing will stick. We learned in the 70s that throwing money at a problem like a good Keynesian gives you nothing but an International Monetary Fund bailout and a mountain of new debt. What we need to do as a country and as a party is return to the days of surpluses and responsible spending. Education reform has been a strong policy goal of the Conservative Party in the last decade, we introduced the GCSE, the league table, and the Assisted Places Scheme to build our education system up through competition and to get the best possible deal for families, children and young people in our schools. Competition has been proven time and again to boost performance, we must stand for the continued introduction of competition to our schools. The Comprehensive System is damaged, it’s straining under its own weight, but it’s not broken beyond repair, with a bold and ambitious reform package bringing in the best of the old system and some new additions we can reform it and build on our progress. We must invest in new Grammar Schools, Technical Colleges, and qualifications that focus on areas outside of the academic. As Leader of the Opposition I will treat all students as individuals, not as some great socialist collective. Some students are great at academia, others excel in the vocational, this is nothing to be ashamed of it is merely a fact of life and it is time that our education system reflected that. As a party we will be producing a policy document that will outline new qualifications to run equal to and alongside the GCSE and A-Level curricula to better reflect the many talents of those who have been brushed under the carpet since the introduction of the Comprehensive System.

On Crime and Punishment the Tories have always had a mantra, we have always been tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime and I will never advocate anything different. What our law enforcement needs is more joined up thinking, at present with finite jurisdictions we see criminals operating in the grey areas and evading justice for far too long. What I am proposing, and what we will work towards as a party, is that we build a national police force to work alongside our local bobbies and deal with issues wherever they find them. Nationally joined up thinking will go a long way to continuing our good work on crime but we can do more. The growing threat of drugs on our streets is one that I take very seriously so believe me when I say that the Conservative Party will back a zero tolerance policy for drug traffickers and drug dealers. We will advocate for strengthened sentencing guidelines, more powers to catch them in the act, and mandatory rehabilitation for those incarcerated for possession or otherwise addicted to these chemicals.

My friends the Conservative Party is not one that is content to sit out of Government, we do not languish in opposition we get back on our feet and we plan our way back to the top spot. The last time we were in opposition we gave the world Margaret Thatcher and she gave the country stable inflation, record average wages, and a bit of self respect on the World stage. This Government has a small majority and could easily topple with only a handful of timely by-elections or even another SDP split so we must be ready to fill the void of leadership should we be called upon to do so by the electorate. I will do my best to get the party shipshape in Bristol fashion, I bring new policies to the table that my Shadow Cabinet and I will be releasing over the course of a year as we set out our offer to the British people. To the new Prime Minister, whomever she may be, I say this, savour your victory and enjoy the moment, but get on and govern because if you can’t then the natural party of Government are happy to step back into the breach and do your job for you.

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  General Press Cycle
Posted by: Dan - 09-22-2018, 10:28 AM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (118)

To talk about whatever really

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  Press Cycle #2: IRA attack
Posted by: Dan - 09-22-2018, 10:27 AM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (41)

Following the terrorist attack and the assassination of the Prime Minister, what must be done to protect the British public?


Press Cycle will close on Wednesday 26th September at 11.59, contributions after this will not be marked

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  Press Cycle #1: 1992 Election
Posted by: Dan - 09-22-2018, 10:26 AM - Forum: Press Cycles - Replies (45)

Following Labour's victory in the general election, what does this mean for the country and the times ahead?


Cycle will close Wednesday 26th September at 11.59, posts after this will not be marked

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  Labour Deputy Leadership Election 1992
Posted by: Dan - 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 (21)

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 - 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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