A Bit of Fun Before the Summer

In the final session before the summer break, the parliamentarians held lively discussions on driverless vehicles, the National Health Service, the West Midlands, pensions, the exit from the European Union, the voting age, tertiary education, job centers, war veterans, poverty, child abuse, public sector pay, credit card surcharges, income inequality, ISIS, crime, parochial schools, a report on Saudi Arabia, and infrastructure spending.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Arguing with Oneself

The prime minister was off on official duties and so the First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office Damian Green answered questions on her behalf.  Emily Thornberry of Islington South and Finsbury filled in for Jeremy Corbyn.  Topics discussed included energy prices, the National Health Service, the exit from the European Union, jobs, Scotland, war memorials, mental health, domestic violence, economic growth, tuition fees, unemployment, water supplies, housing, and refugees.  Best bits below. READ MORE

John Bercow Disciplines Parliament

The parliamentarians got particularly rowdy this week on several occasions requiring the Speaker to call for civility on several occasions.  Topics discussed included genital mutilation, ISIS, the National Health Service, public servants' wages, mental health care, jobs, foreign aid, realtor fees, animal cruelty, the exit from the European Union, border protection, siting of medical schools, rail service, broadband service, policing, postal services, schooling, the Hillsborough disaster, and fuel duties.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Parliament Returns

The parliamentarians return to the House and hold their first session since the election.  Issues discussed included the recent campaign, the recent building fire, trade, funding for Scotland, rail strikes, policing, funding for Northern Ireland, migrants and trafficking, gambling, the recent election, the exit from the European Union, defense, Venezuela, anti-Semitism, hospitals, foreign aid, and mental health.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Parliament Prepares for Elections

In the final Prime Minister's Questions before the election on June 8, the parliamentarians campaigned for the upcoming election, allowed members of parliament who were stepping down to have their say, and went on with the usual business of asking questions on a variety of topics.  These included the economy, education, pensions, the National Health Service, infrastructure, privatizations, the steel industry, green belts, jobs, the exit from the European Union, gambling, and antisemitism.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Parliament Approves Snap Elections

The upcoming elections dominated discussion just before the House approved them.  Also debated were whether or not there will be debates, the debt, the deficit, education, the National Health Service, infrastructure, housing, job security, the economy, sanitation, and defense spending.  Best bits below. READ MORE

The United Kingdom Files for Divorce from Europe

The exit from the European Union dominated discussion and roused the House.  Other topics discussed this week included education, the terror attack at Westminster last week, the police force, the United Kingdom's commitment to NATO, taxes, social care, sacrifices made by munitions workers, funeral fees, cancer research, and extremist content on social media.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Terror at Westminster

Just moments before terror struck Westminster, the parliamentarians held a typical session in which topics discussed included the National Health Service, the exit from the EU, education, transportation, veterans, Lyme disease, tobacco, infrastructure, renovations to the Palace of Westminster (the building that houses parliament), pollution, electoral fraud, trade, housing, wages, and salaries of government officials.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn Debate Chaos Theory

This week's session was very lively with the House erupting whenever issues like taxes or Scotland's place in the United Kingdom came up (which occurred quite frequently).  Other topics discussed included the budget, self-employment, education, social care, income inequality, the exit from the EU, the National Health Service, pensions, religious freedom, trade, jobs, crime, international aid, and cancer research.  Best bits below. READ MORE

Wooing Women on International Women’s Day

In a rather lively session in which the parliamentarians celebrated International Women's Day, the two leading parties tumbled over each other to show which was the party that held women in a higher regard.  Other topics discussed included domestic violence, social care, local taxes (business rates), schools, strokes, immigration, terror, vaccines, the economy, apprenticeships, investment, veterans, mental health, childcare, pollution, devolution, and broadband internet access.  Best bits below. READ MORE

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