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  Press Cycle 21: The Chancellor's Debate
Posted by: Benjamin - 10-24-2019, 01:38 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (17)

"What did you make of The Chancellor's Debate - with Peter Jay

Cycle closes at 23:59BST on the 28th of October. 

Please remember to bold your taglines. One-liners are discouraged.

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  The Animal Welfare Act of 1995
Posted by: Margo_Leadbetter (CON) - 10-24-2019, 12:40 PM - Forum: Passed Legislation - Replies (16)

The Animal Welfare Act of 1995

An Act to protect animals from abuse and harm

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


Section 1: Animals to which this Act will apply

1. This act applies to all vertebrates other than man, provided that:
a. They are commonly domesticated in the British Islands
b. They are under the control of a person, whether on a permanent or temporary basis
c. They are not living in a wild state without control
d. They are within the United Kingdom

2. Nothing in this Act applies to an animal while it is in its fetal or embryonic form


Section 2: Offences

1. A person commits an offence of unnecessary suffering if:
a. His or her actions, or failure to act, causes an animal to suffer
b. He or she knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act or failure to act would cause suffering
c. The suffering imposed is unnecessary
d. There is no sound medical reason exempting the above provisions
e. There is no good reason for the suffering, such as protection of another person, property or another animal
f. Nothing in this section applies to the destruction of an animal in an appropriate and humane manner


2. A person commits an offence of mutilation if:
a. He or she carries out a prohibited procedure on an animal
b. He or she causes a procedure to be carried out on an animal
c. Procedures include interference with the sensitive tissues or bone structure of the animal
d. Nothing in this section applies to the reasonable medical treatment by veterinary practitioners
e. Nothing in this section applies in such circumstances as authorized by license or national regulations


3. A person commits an offence of poisoning if:
a. Without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, he or she administers any poisonous or injurious drug or substance with knowledge of its effect
b. He or she causes any poisonous or injurious drug or substance to be taken by a protected animal with knowledge of its effect
c. Nothing in this section applies to the reasonable medical treatment by veterinary practitioners
d. Nothing in this section applies in such circumstances as authorized by license or national regulations


4. A person commits an offence of fighting if:
a. He or she deliberately causes an animal fight to take place or attempts to make one take place
b. He or she knowingly receives money for admission to an animal fight
c. He or she knowingly publicizes an animal fight
d. He or she takes part in an organized animal fight
e. He or she keeps or trains animals for the express reason of fighting
f. He or she keeps premises for the purposes of animal fighting


5. A person commits an offence of lack of welfare if:
a. He or she does not provide a suitable diet for the animal
b. He or she does not provide a suitable living environment for the animal
c. He or she does not take steps to reasonably protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease
d. Nothing in this section applies to circumstances taken for medical reasons or with authority or license


Section 3: Enforcement

1. The police shall be responsible for enforcing this Act and are granted the following powers:
a. If there is reasonable belief that an animal is suffering may take necessary steps to inspect premises
b. If there is reasonable belief that an animal is suffering may arrange for a veterinary practitioner to examine and take remedial actions
c. Take possession of an animal where suffering has been shown by a veterinary practitioner
d. Arrange for prosecution if there is sufficient evidence that an offence has been committed

2. Inspections for farms or commercial premises will be carried out by farm inspectors

3. The right of appeal against these enforcements is available through magistrates and Crown Courts


Section 4: Prosecutions

1. A local authority in England or Wales may prosecute proceedings for any offence under this Act.

2. A person guilty of an offense under Section 2(1)(5) shall be liable on summary conviction to:
a. First offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 26 weeks; a fine not exceeding £10,000; or both
b. Second offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 52 weeks; a fine not exceeding £20,000; or both
c. Third or greater offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 104 weeks; a fine not exceeding £50,000; or both

3. A person guilty of an offense under Section 2(2)(3)(4) shall be liable on summary conviction to:
a. First offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 52 weeks; a fine not exceeding £50,000; or both
b. Second offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 104 weeks; a fine not exceeding £100,000; or both
c. Third or greater offense: imprisonment for a term not exceeding 156 weeks; a fine not exceeding £150,000; or both

4. For any offense within this Act, a court may also:
a. Permanently deprive the owner of the animal in question
b. Disqualify a person from owning an animal on a temporary, time specified basis
c. Permanently disqualify a person from owning an animal

5. A person who breaches the courts orders on disqualification of deprivation commits an offense


6. For a fighting offense the court may order:
a. Seizure of proceeds of organized fights
b. Seizure of equipment related to fights


Section 5: Other Acts

The provisions of this Act replace the relevant parts of the Protection of Animals Act of 1911


Section 6: Enactment

1. The provisions of this Act to become law on approval of Her Majesty The Queen.

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  Press Cycle 20: Enterprise Bank
Posted by: Brown - 10-22-2019, 07:08 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (17)

What do you think of the Government's proposal to create an Enterprise Bank?

Cycle closes at 23:59 on the 27th of October.

Please remember to bold your taglines. One-liners are discouraged.

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  Press Cycle 19: Tory Leadership Contest 1995
Posted by: Benjamin - 10-20-2019, 11:50 AM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (5)

Open to Tory players only.

"Who will you be supporting in the leadeship contest, and why?"

Closes 21st October at 23:59BST.

Remember to bold your taglines!

Also note - one liners are frowned upon.

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  MS6: Situation in Nigeria
Posted by: Lewis Graves (CON) - 10-20-2019, 12:55 AM - Forum: Ministerial Statements - Replies (4)

Madam Speaker,
I rise today to speak on the topic of Nigeria and the spiralling civil war that is currently gripping the nation.

As has been announced previously, we were closely monitoring the situation in Nigeria, and multiple assets had been relocated out of the country before I ordered the final evacuation of the British High Commissioner. This decision has proven to be a valuable one, and since then the situation in Nigeria had fallen out of control. Let me be clear: the safety of our diplomatic staff remains a top priority of this government.

When I received notice that Nigeria was descending into a three-way civil war, with the criminal putschist Sani Abacha commanding the military-aligned forces while pro-democracy protesters took to arms, I took immediate action, in consultation with Prime Minister Masters and other senior cabinet officials. A high-level dialogue with fellow NATO partners showed a desire to bring peacekeeping efforts to Nigeria. Those talks, largely with the American Secretary of State, were highly productive and the United Kingdom agreed to help take the lead by bringing on board Commonwealth partners to support the restoration of democracy.

I need not remind this House about the importance of democracy to the Commonwealth of Nations. In the Singapore Declaration of 1971, we affirmed our shared belief in individuals’ “inalienable right to participate by means of free and democratic political processes in framing the society in which they live.” In the Harare Declaration of 1991, the Commonwealth nations - including the United Kingdom - agreed to uphold work “with renewed vigour” towards “democracy, democratic processes and institutions which reflect national circumstances, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, just and honest government.” 

I am proud that, at Britain’s request, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group has suspended the anti-democratic regime of Sani Abacha from the Commonwealth. We have also aided in securing cooperation by neighboring Cameroon to promote peace and democracy in Nigeria.

To support this endeavor, this Government has ordered the thoughtful deployment of 100 military advisers to accompany 350 other such advisers from the United States and France. These men are to provide necessary assistance to Cameroonian peacekeeping forces on the ground, leveraging our skills and know-how without infringing upon African desires to keep the efforts under joint NATO-African control.

As a member of both the Commonwealth and NATO, we take our responsibility in this conflict with the greatest of seriousness. Our goal here is not to advance exclusively British interests in the region, but to promote the well-being and democratic self-governance of the Nigerian people. To that end, Madam Speaker, I would like to close this statement by addressing the Nigerian people directly: 
In the United Kingdom, you have a friend and a partner. As you seek to move towards democracy, as you seek to move away from a difficult history towards a bright future, we will be your partner, working in good-faith to promote your interests.

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  Enterprise Bank Act 1995
Posted by: Rt. Hon. Sir Harold Saxon (CON) - 10-18-2019, 09:05 PM - Forum: Passed Legislation - Replies (21)

Enterprise Bank Act 1995



An Act to provide for the creation of a Enterprise Bank, and to make related provisions.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1. Establishment of the Enterprise Bank

(1) There shall be established a body corporate to be known as the Enterprise Bank of the United Kingdom ("the Bank"), which shall be considered to have all of the rights, privileges, powers, and capacity of a natural person and shall be an agent of the Crown.

(2) The purpose of the Bank shall be to support British entrepreneurs, start up ventures, and small- to medium-sized enterprises through the provision of financial services.

2. Management and Organization of the Bank

(1) The Bank shall be governed by a Board of Directors ("the Board"). The Board shall consist of the Chairman of the Bank, the Chairperson of the Board, and no less then six, but no more than eight, additional members. Renumeration and benefits for the members of the Board of Directors shall be set by the Secretary responsible for the Bank.

(2) The Chairperson of the Board shall be appointed by the minister responsible for the Bank and shall serve for a term of six years. The Chairperson of the Board may be reappointed to a subsequent term at the discretion of the Secretary.

(3) The Chairman of the Bank shall be appointed by the Secretary and shall hold office for a term that the Secretary, in consultation with the Board, considers appropriate. The Chairman of the Bank may be removed from office by the Secretary for cause. The Chairman of the Bank shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Bank and shall have responsibility for the management of the affairs of the Bank on a day-to-day basis.

(4) The additional members of the Board shall be appointed to six year terms by the Secretary. The Secretary shall have the authority to stagger the length of initial appointments to the Board so as to ensure that the terms of no more than one-third of the members of the Board expire in a given year. Members of the Board shall be eligible for reappointment for an additional term.

(5) At the request of no less than a majority of the members of the Board of Directors, the Secretary shall consider a request to remove from office either the Chairman of the Board or the Chairman of the Bank.

(6) Successive board members are then elected by the shareholders of the bank for six year terms. 

(7) The Chairman, Chairman of the Board and members of the board may be removed from office by the Secretary for cause. 

(8) The Board, as guided by the Chairman of the Bank, shall be responsible for establishing an organisational structure for the Bank. The Bank may employ such officers and employees as are necessary to fulfil the mission of the Bank and ensure the proper conduct of the Bank and shall divide them based on the organisational scheme established by the Board. The leadership of the Bank shall have the authority to determine renumeration and benefits for officers and employees hired by the Bank.

3. Powers of the Bank

(1) The Bank shall have the authority to: make loans, provide investment, give guarantees, or extend credit and liquidity to any individual that is engaged in enterprise in the United Kingdom.

(2) In operating within its authority outlined in section 9, the Bank shall provide financing to individuals contingent upon there being significant private financing of and investment in the proposed enterprise that would suggest a lasting commitment to the enterprise greater than that of the Bank and following analysis by the Bank which concludes that the enterprise is reasonably likely to be successful.
(a) In providing financing or investment to an individual, the Bank shall ensure that the individual will be engaging primarily in enterprise within the United Kingdom.

(3) In offering financing packages to entrepreneurs and small enterprises, the Bank shall operate in such a way as to provide financing that is best suited to the nature of small enterprises, including developing financing packages that include longer amortisation periods and flexible repayment terms when compared to traditional financing mechanisms. The Bank shall be further authorised to provide traditional financing packages, where necessary.

(4) The Bank shall be authorised to engage in treasury related activities, including the sale of debt obligations and general financial management and investment operations, as necessary. The Bank shall provide an annual report of its treasury related activities to HM Treasury for annual review.

4. Criteria 

(1) In operating within its authority outlined in section 3, the Bank shall provide financing to individuals contingent upon there being significant private financing of and investment in the proposed enterprise that would suggest a lasting commitment to the enterprise greater than that of the Bank and following analysis by the Bank which concludes that the enterprise is reasonably likely to be successful in the long term.

(2) In providing financing or investment to an individual, the Bank shall ensure that the individual will be engaging primarily in enterprise within the United Kingdom.

(3) Financing must only be provided to those who have no more than two of the three criteria: 
(a) Own a business with turnover of less than £25 million. 
(b) Owns a business that has gross assets of less than 12.5 million.
© Owns a business that has fewer than 250 employees.


5. Financing of the Bank

(1) The Bank shall be financed through the sale of a number of common shares, which shall be valued at £100. At no time shall more than £5,000,000,000 of shares in the Bank be sold.

(2) Shares shall be sold only to the minister responsible for the Bank, who shall provide for their immediate deposit into HM Treasury to be held in trust on behalf of the Crown.

(3) Upon concurrence of the Board and the minister responsible for the Bank, the Board may offer shares of the Bank for sale to the general public, provided that the shares sold openly shall account for no more than 35% of the common stock of the Bank that has been sold. At no time shall the amount of common stock held in trust on behalf of the Crown be less than 65% of the total shares of the Bank that have been sold.

(4) Upon profitability, the Bank shall divide its total profit in such a way that no less than 35% of the profit is reinvested in the Bank as retained interest. The remaining profit may be distributed to shareholders in the form of a dividend. The monies returned to the Crown in the form of a dividend shall be deposited into the general accounts of HM Treasury.

(5) The Bank shall be exempt from taxation.

6. Extent, short title and enactment

(1) This act shall extend throughout the United Kingdom.

(2) This act may be referred to as the Enterprise Bank Act 1995.

(3) This Act comes into effect after receiving royal assent.

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  Max Power Speech to Atlantic Council
Posted by: Max Power (LAB) - 10-17-2019, 03:16 PM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (3)

(permission for speech given by Admin MacMillan)

The Shadow Foreign Secretary has traveled to Washington, DC, and spoke before The Atlantic Council on how a Labour Government would uphold the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom:  Excerpts from the speech are below:


"No one will match Winston Churchill for his oratorical brilliance in upholding the Special Relationship between our two countries.  But in policy, leaders like Clement Atlee, Ernest Bevin, and Hugh Gaitskell showed themselves just as committed to this relationship.  Under a Labour Government, Britain co-founded NATO, because we recognized that we had to come together to resist Soviet aggression... 

Indeed, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gaitskell oversaw a huge increase in our defense capacity to meet the challenge of keeping the peace in the world.  While we were struggling to recover from the Second World War, nonetheless our people sacrificed some of their own needs to support a strong defense.  While we had to continue rationing until the early 1950s, we also built up a strong deterrent force, including a nuclear deterrent.  We did not give to our common defense out of our abundance, for we had none.  Instead, we tightened our belts for our common cause ...

This tradition of support for the United States and NATO has held throughout all UK governments since the War, in spite of the disastrous Suez intervention that was undertaken, not by a Labour Prime Minister, but by Anthony Eden.  Harold Wilson and James Callaghan continued in the tradition of supporting the Atlantic alliance ...

...It must be acknowledged that our party policy was seriously off-base in the 1980s.  We were unfortunately infiltrated by people who did not hold to our classic social democratic values, and this caused us to embrace a criminally idiotic policy of neutralism in 1983, and a well-intentioned by misguided policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament in 1987.  But since then, we have come back to ourselves and our traditions!  Just as the Conservative Party is no longer the party of craven appeasement of Nazism in the 1930s, so Labour is no longer the party of neutralism and disarmament.

...What should the United States expect in the event of a Labour Government?  You can expect that we will honor our partnership with respect.  A Labour Government will not unilaterally cause a conflict or potential conflict in the South Atlantic.  If we need to take action in the Western Hemisphere, we will not disregard consulting with the United States.  Further, a Labour Government will speak with one voice on areas of foreign policy.  You will not need to guess our official policy on, for example, Chechnya.  We will offer something that has been missing from Britain's recent foreign policy stance:  we will provide clarity and transparency ...

...Our two countries have stood together in times of crisis.  Let us stand together in times of promise.  As great parts of the world move away from dictatorship and to democracy, may we combine our efforts on behalf of progress.  Let us move towards greater freedom, greater trade, greater prosperity, greater progress on narrowing the divide between the north and the south, and towards healing our environment.  

A Labour Government will stand with our friends and partners, above all the United States of America."

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  Tory Sign Ins
Posted by: Mac - 10-16-2019, 09:03 PM - Forum: The Tannoy - Replies (2)

The Conservative Party needs you. The player imbalance has swung against the Tory Party and now they are understaffed and less active, if you would like to sign in to the Conservative Party we would be very grateful.

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  The Coburg Resignation
Posted by: Mac - 10-16-2019, 08:55 PM - Forum: The Tannoy - Replies (3)

Dear All,

The recent resignation of Philip Coburg from the Government has stirred up a great many feelings across the player base because some feel that procedures were not properly followed and where they were ooc considerations have been mixed into the pot. So here is the new situation in-game as far as your characters know it:

  1. Philip Coburg resigned this morning citing inability to fully perform his duties thanks to an initiative introduced by more senior ministers called "The Second Sight Protocol". He did not cite a lack of response to the IRA attack as the Government had only a couple of irl hours to respond and the PM was in classes irl during these events.
  2. The resignation was unleashed via simple press statement and newspaper column (to be posted once we have agreed a suitable second draft with Coburg), not via Ministerial Statement. Ministerial Statements are not, have never, and hopefully will never be used for ministerial resignations irl and we aren't going to allow it here. If Mr Coburg would like to take out his frustrations there are legions of press around willing to hear his side of the story
If anyone has any questions they can ask me directly or speak to another admin.

Kind regards,
The A-Team

(Mac, Ben, Rick, Declan)

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  Resignation Speech
Posted by: Philipp Coburg (CON) - 10-16-2019, 11:47 AM - Forum: Marked Press Cycles - Replies (5)

It has been the pleasure of my life to serve both in the military and now in public service as a member of parliament. Throughout my life I have been inspired by those who have voluntarily taken and worn the uniform of our country and the commitment it represents to our values of freedom and our western way of life. The attack on our home office was an attack on our sovereignty, our right to a safe life and most importantly our values of freedom and democracy. You see I fundamentally believe that our nation must show strength continually whether it be protecting the lives of those living abroad or those who seek to live safely at home. This government unfortunately does not share the same commitment in protecting the public at all costs or at the very least the same vision. The job of Prime Minister is significantly difficult and requires a tremendous time commitment something that should be taken seriously. Unfortunately I have begun to see backbench concerns about the activity of both prime minister and deputy prime minister validated. But this pales to the lack of trust the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have for cabinet ministers and their ability to perform their duties. The second glance policy requiring the sign off of all orders to personnel under a portfolio hampered our response to the home office attacks and directly affected the way in which the military was able to respond in the immediate aftermath. This government must come to the point in which it can trust the individuals they have placed into positions of authority, if trust cannot be given than individuals should be removed from their post rather than continuing on almost as an empty suit. 

Our nation deserves our best. But to accomplish our best our Prime Minister must be present and active on a daily basis and must trust the decision making abilities of each member under the obligations of collective responsibility. But most of all we must show greater trust in the brave individuals who make up our Armed Forces. Our decision to send vessels to the Falklands to ensure the security of the commercial vessels operating there was the correct decision because of the way in which Argentina aggressively disputes the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. Yet the decision of the Prime Minister to allow negotiations to use our military as bargaining chips to appease the anger of the Argentines was the wrong decision. Our military serve to protect our safety and our sovereignty. Standing down in the Falklands and sending our vessels to other locations was the wrong move and the wrong decision. Our vessels should have remained in place until the end of commercial exploration operations and should have remained as a symbol of our commitment to sovereignty and protection of our vital national interests.

Moreover in the aftermath of our decision to dither in the aftermath of the home office attacks rather than allowing the military in Northern Ireland to increase security around vital public areas projected a message of weakness. Just as the government’s decision to go to peace talks as a default position in the aftermath of attacks also projects weakness. I was born in a different era when the sun was only starting to set on our British empire. But I was raised with the knowledge that we in government have a responsibility to secure the peace. Thatcher did not use talks alone but instead used a mixed approach of strong tactics against the IRA in addition to peace talks.

 Our response should be to see a dismantlement of the military wing of the IRA as a prerequisite to any resumption of talks. Our commitment to peace in this instance must be underlined by our commitment to law and order and our commitment to the security of our nation. During my time as a general in Her Majestys Army I can tell you we did not engage in shameful dithering during the Falklands Conflict nor did we do such behaviour during any other conflict. We must fall back on strength when we are attacked! We must be engaged and ready to move forwards with the optimism tempered by the reality of what we face. The IRA in deposing the leadership interested in peace demonstrated their commitment to violence. 

It is my hope this government will change course but unfortunately at this time it is not possible for me to continue in any capacity in government service so long as the policy of this government remains to be inactivity and frankly a dithering caution that has potential to cause a tremendous cost in future loss of life and personal freedoms enjoyed in this country.

May God Save the Queen, our troops and this country.

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