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Bewildered Conservatives Greet a Fallen British Prime Minister

Bewildered Conservatives Greet a Fallen British Prime Minister

Needless to say, she was a long way from South West Norfolk. Truss’s appearance was perhaps the most incongruous part of the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event held in a resort hotel just outside Washington, D.C. The event had once been perhaps the premier conference for American conservatives. But its stature has gradually declined in recent years as it has come to be seen as a mere adjunct of Trumpism and, as its head, Matt Schlapp, has fended off allegations of sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement. The result has been a gathering with an increasingly shabby and low rent vibe. An exhibition hall that once featured major corporate sponsors now has a January 6 themed electronic pinball game and sells vibrating boards that promise that users can lose weight simply by standing on them. A hotel once packed with attendees seemed half vacant as other conferences were held simultaneously — including one for an outsourcing company, a fitting companion for a conference that has increasingly outsourced its speakers from abroad. Some …

UK parliament descends into chaos over Gaza ceasefire vote – video report | Politics

UK parliament descends into chaos over Gaza ceasefire vote – video report | Politics

Dozens of lawmakers stormed out of Britain’s parliament on Wednesday with tempers flaring as the three biggest political parties sought to outmanoeuvre each other over a vote on a ceasefire in Gaza. The uproar followed a decision by the speaker to ignore precedent and allow a vote which helped the opposition Labour Party avoid a large-scale rebellion among its own lawmakers over its position on the Israel-Hamas war. Lawmakers from the governing Conservatives and the opposition Scottish National Party (SNP) left the debating chamber in protest and some tried to take the rare step of holding proceedings in private. The speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, eventually apologised and said he had made his decision to allow lawmakers to vote on a range of views because he was concerned about their security after some had faced threats of violence over their stance on the war. Source link

Conservatives Are Already Using Alabama’s “Frozen Embryos Are Children” Ruling to Go After Abortion

Conservatives Are Already Using Alabama’s “Frozen Embryos Are Children” Ruling to Go After Abortion

Just days after Alabama’s Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos have the same rights as living children, conservatives have decided to try and use the dystopian ruling to further restrict abortion rights. The Daily Beast reports that religious civil rights law firm Liberty Counsel—which has argued that the Florida Supreme Court must stop a ballot initiative that could enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution—is “trying to bolster its cause by pointing to the Alabama ruling” in an attempt to “make the case that personhood status should actually be more expansive than it already is.” (The Florida court will make its decision by April 1; abortion is permitted within 15 weeks of pregnancy, though it could be restricted to six pending litigation. The ballot initiative groups like Liberty Counsel are trying to stop would undo both bans.) Alabama’s shocking—though somehow not at all shocking—ruling has terrified reproductive rights advocates who warn that it is just the beginning, and could affect everything from IVF to abortion to contraception. “This is a natural extension of the march …

Watchdog warns major UK airport is ‘gateway’ to ‘high risk’ private jet arrivals | World | News

Watchdog warns major UK airport is ‘gateway’ to ‘high risk’ private jet arrivals | World | News

A furious row has broken out between the Home Office and the UK Borders watchdog after the outgoing head of the immigration monitoring body said “dangerous high-risk” aircraft are landing at a major airport without proper checks. Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Neal, said UK Border Force officials failed to properly vet “hundreds” of passengers arriving on private jets at London City Airport last year. He told the Daily Mail just 21 percent of incoming planes deemed high risk were checked, when the percentage should be 100 percent. The lack of scrutiny potentially leaves Britain open to organised crime, trafficking and even terrorism. Mr Neal, a former career soldier who is leaving his position, spoke to the publication after filing a damning report to Home Secretary James Cleverly. He said: “This is a scandal, and incredibly dangerous for this country’s border security, there should now be a rapid independent inspection of general aviation across the country. Mr Neal continued: “I’ve been involved in protecting this country all my working life. “It would untenable …

Tories may face Blackpool byelection as Scott Benton loses suspension appeal | Conservatives

Tories may face Blackpool byelection as Scott Benton loses suspension appeal | Conservatives

Rishi Sunak may face another difficult byelection after an MP lost his appeal against a 35-day suspension from parliament for offering to lobby ministers on behalf of the gambling industry. Scott Benton, the MP for Blackpool South, formerly a Conservative, had asked for a reconsideration of the standards committee verdict that he had committed an “extremely serious breach of the rules”. Benton had offered to lobby ministers on behalf of the gambling industry and leak a confidential policy document for up to £4,000 a month, which the committee found merited a suspension of 35 days, subject to a parliamentary vote. Undercover reporters for the Times posing as representatives of a fake investment fund had approached the MP, who told them he could “call in favours” from colleagues and get “easy access” to ministers when queueing for parliamentary votes. The Commons standards committee said at the time that the message he gave to the undercover reporters was “that he was corrupt and ‘for sale’, and that so were many other members of the house”. “He communicated …

Another Canada 93? Tory Sunak critics fear extinction-level election result | Conservatives

Another Canada 93? Tory Sunak critics fear extinction-level election result | Conservatives

Overseas elections from more than 30 years ago are rarely hot topics of conversation in modern UK politics. But whisper “Canada 1993” into a Conservative MP’s ear and don’t be surprised if they break into a sudden cold sweat. This is the model for the “extinction-level event” experienced by a previously dominant rightwing party – one that some Tory opponents of Rishi Sunak warn he risks emulating at the next general election. The basic and, for Tory MPs, chilling facts are that in October 1993 the Progressive Conservative party, in power in Canada since 1984, slumped from 167 federal seats to just two, eventually leading to its dissolution and merger into the new Conservative party of Canada. There are some curiously precise parallels: a complacent conservative incumbent that had recently ditched its leader (Kim Campbell replacing Brian Mulroney) was struggling with the economy and faced a new, insurgent rightwing party – called Reform. Arguably the most pertinent common ground is the fact that Canada, like Westminster, uses first past the post (FPTP), a system that …

Flip-flopping Labour commits humiliating policy U-turn in just 12 hours | Politics | News

Flip-flopping Labour commits humiliating policy U-turn in just 12 hours | Politics | News

Labour has performed its latest policy u-turn and pulled off the 360-degree change of plans in just 12 hours. The record-setting flip-flop came after Tory MPs piled on the policy of using so-called ‘citizens assemblies’ to bypass Parliament and pass new laws without a manifesto mandate. The new policy emerged this morning after Sir Keir’s Chief of Staff Sue Gray said in a rare interview she would like to devolve power away from Whitehall. Ms Gray’s idea for Citizens Assemblies, modelled on a system used in Ireland, would see members of the public discuss key issues. Shadow Cabinet members voiced support for Ms Gray’s pet policy, with shadow health secretary Wes Streeting telling the BBC they could be used to pass new laws on assisted dying. Tory MPs immediately slammed the proposals, accusing Labour of wanting to undermine the democratic House of Commons. Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford fumed: “I mean we literally have a Parliament already. “Abrogating responsibility rather than taking the hard responsible decisions is clearly the Labour way.” 1922 Committee member Will …

Boris Johnson comeback boost as he tops poll of Tories to take on Keir Starmer | Politics | News

Boris Johnson comeback boost as he tops poll of Tories to take on Keir Starmer | Politics | News

Boris Johnson has topped a new poll of Tory politicians to take on Sir Keir Starmer in a fresh comeback boost. The survey asked respondents who they would back over the Labour leader and different Conservative politicians in a head-to-head. Mr Johnson was the only one to outperform Rishi Sunak and beat other Tories including former home secretary Suella Braverman, Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch and Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt. Some 28% would vote for Mr Johnson against Sir Keir, compared to 25% for the Prime Minister. The poll also found 52% of 2019 Conservative voters who have not decided who they will back at the next general election said they would return to the Tories under Mr Johnson. Lady McAlpine, a Conservative supporter who commissioned the poll, said she believed the Tories would beat Labour if Mr Johnson led a “new squeaky clean Conservative Party”. Of the current party, she told The Telegraph: “If we have the brains, they’re not evident and that’s because the personality is not there, the charisma is not there. “To …

Spain’s opposition conservatives retain control in Galicia regional elections

Spain’s opposition conservatives retain control in Galicia regional elections

Spain’s opposition conservative party retained control of Galicia, its traditional stronghold, in a tight regional election on Sunday, a boost for its under-fire leader. Issued on: 19/02/2024 – 00:32 3 min The Popular Party (PP) won 47.5 percent of the vote, giving it an absolute majority of 40 seats in the 75-seat regional parliament, official results with 95.5 percent of the vote counted showed. The party has governed Galicia since 2009, winning majorities in each of the last four elections under Alberto Nunez Feijoo who in 2022 left the rural northwestern region of some 2.7 million residents to become national party leader. Polls in recent weeks had suggested the race was tightening, raising the possibility that a surging left-wing nationalist BNG party and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists might together secure an absolute majority to oust the PP from power. The BNG did boost its results, getting 25 seats, picking up votes at the expense of the Socialist party, which only won nine. But even though the PP won two fewer seats than at the …

Spanish Conservatives Retain Majority in Galicia Regional Vote

Spanish Conservatives Retain Majority in Galicia Regional Vote

MADRID (Reuters) -Spain’s opposition conservative People’s Party retained its absolute majority in its stronghold in the northwest region of Galicia on Sunday in a close-run regional election. The PP won 40 seats in the 75-seat regional assembly, the electoral board said with over 98% of votes counted. “Today, Galicia has voted for common sense. I think that was the correct decision for Galicia and for Spain,” Alfonso Rueda, the victorious Galician regional president, told reporters. The Galician Nationalist Bloc finished second with 25 seats, followed by the Socialist Party with nine seats and Democratic Ourense attained its first seat. The PP has ruled Galicia for all but four of the past 35 years and its leader, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, is a former regional government chief. Photos You Should See The party held an absolute majority for the past 15 years and the victory strengthens Feijoo as the country’s main opposition leader to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist-led government. (Reporting by Graham Keeley and Inti Landauro; Editing by David Goodman and Lisa Shumaker) Copyright 2024 Thomson …