The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has passed through the Lords without amendment and Theresa May now has the power to trigger Article 50. As a result Britain is poised to begin its departure from the European Union.
The House of Lords has an important role in scrutinising and improving draft legislation and thankfully the unelected Chamber didn’t seek to block the will of the elected Commons.
First and foremost I am a constituency MP, and it is an honour to represent the Windsor constituency and her constituents in Parliament. But, in 2016 I was given additional responsibility when I was appointed the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys – there are currently 21 covering around 50 markets – support the drive for economic growth by building upon our existing international trading relationships.
The Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit last week was the best I have heard by a British politician in recent memory. It was visionary about our place in the world yet robust and down to earth – a fine example of strong and well-judged strategic thinking.
As the Prime Minister put it, the referendum was ‘a vote to restore our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination and to become even more global and internationalist in action and spirit.’ For too long the EU has had a ‘vice-like’ grip on our sovereignty, trade and immigration.
As society changes and technology deepens our understanding of the natural world, some curious anachronisms have emerged in our current prescription charge system. Unchanged since 1968, it is in need of reform.
A broad political consensus exists that it is unfair as some long-term conditions qualify people for free prescriptions – like diabetes, for example – whilst others don’t – like schizophrenia.
This week House of Commons debated the Lords’ amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill.
The Bill, occasionally denigrated as a ‘Snoopers charter’, is of major importance not just for the prevention of terrorism, but also because of its potential impact on the protection of data and press freedom.