In Parliament – Thursday 13 May

In the House - Thursday
In the House - Thursday

This is the final day of the Queen Speech debates – any amendments would be agreed upon.

In the Commons

It’s a juicy one with the final day of Queens Speech debating, this is usually when debates get more heated as MPs seek to squeeze more into the parliamentary year. If Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party actually wanted to make big changes this is a great time to shout out about them.

The evening will see an adjournment debate on the Levelling Up Fund and Rother Valley’s high streets led by Alexander Stafford an MP that was hitting his constituency hard over the recent elections, so he should have many examples of where improvements can be made.

But it’s the Committees where you will want your popcorn at the ready because David Cameron is in the hot seat for the Treasury Committee who are looking at what lessons can be learned from the Greensill Capital saga. Prime Ministers generally aren’t used to this kind of questioning, so it will be a fun one to watch!

Public Administration Committee also has a fairly interesting guest in the Lord Geidt, the brand new Independent Advisor on Minister’s Interests – no doubt some curveballs will be thrown at him, let’s see how he does!

Public Accounts is looking the costs of rail and Scotish Affairs has the Scotland Secretary in the hotseat, usually this wouldn’t break a sweat but with the recent Scottish elections and Pete Wishart of SNP fame leading the questioning, expect referendum calls a-plenty!

In the Lords

The Queens Speech Debates continue in the Lords but will have a focus on the union and constitution, while you would expect this to be a lot of screaming from the SNP, the Party as a whole historically does nominate any seats in the House of Lords because they believe it is oversized. I wonder if this will change as calls for another Scottish referendum increase….Hmmm….

Baroness Merron a Labour peer is also listed to give her maiden speech in the House of Lords.

Nobody is sitting on Friday after a bumper week.

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