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The trouble is, this vote is going to pass with ease. The SNP support it. Labour have a free vote on the matter, so many will vote with the government. With, say, 50-80 extra votes from Labour and the SNP, that’s a lot of Conservative rebels. Of course, this suits the rebels down to the ground. They can be seen to be standing up for their constituency but without any danger of the government being defeated. They don’t want to bring down the government. They just want to make their point.
A note on campaigning
With the American separation policy last week, the Brexit referendum protest this weekend and Heathrow next, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about campaigning. While we are not a campaigning organisation, I always give the same advice when people ask. I thought I’d share it with you here.
1) Be very, very clear about the change you would like to see.
2) Know what needs to happen to make that change a reality.
3) Identify the concrete steps you need to take to get there.
Really, just know what result you want from each action you take. Spend your energies where they will have an impact.
Monday – It’s the Heathrow debate in the Commons. Expect some passionate speeches from many Conservative MPs and then the vote to go through by quite some margin.
Meanwhile, there is a Westminster Hall debate on safe standing at Premier League and Championship football matches. That’s after 112,026 people signed a petition.
Tuesday – Various bits and bobs in both the Commons and the Lords. Not much to get overly concerned about today.
Wednesday – PMQs! A good bit of political theatre. Watch out for Ian Blackford coming in after Corbyn’s questions. The last couple of weeks he’s made quite a stir. After that, they are debating a new Bill about offensive weapons. It will put age checks on buying acid and make it harder to buy knives.
Meanwhile, the Lords are looking at a bill that will regulate whiplash claims.
Thursday – Backbench business in the Commons. They’ll be looking at clean air and how to achieve it.
Friday – Nothing in either chamber today. Your MP should be in the constituency holding surgeries if you want to try to book an appointment.
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