Dods at Party Conference 2018

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13 December 2018
Builders lay blocks on a building site near Bristol,

It’s high time we took action to protect our constituents from seeing their dream home turn into a nightmare, says Kate Green MP.

Imagine you’ve just bought a new home. After months of waiting and a great deal of expense, you finally get the keys and move in, only to discover a number of serious defects – things like uneven floors; exposed nails; unfinished electrics; waterlogged gardens; problems with sinks, walls and fixtures. You contact the building company, expecting them to rectify these problems swiftly so you can start enjoying your new home. But their customer service falls woefully short of what you expect – calls go unanswered, builders don’t show up when they are supposed to and the measures proposed are shoddy sticking-plaster solutions which will not resolve the underlying issues. You check your warranty only to find that the problems you have encountered are not covered. So you are stuck, with a faulty home, a building company refusing to make good on the repairs and nothing you can do about it. This is the situation in which thousands of people buying new-build homes across the country find...
13 December 2018

Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Baroness Jolly writes about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which had its final reading in the House of Lords earlier this week.

At the end of July, out of the blue the Conservative Government published the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. Months of discussions with the Government and countless amendments were to follow, and most importantly, two major Government defeats.  Initially I welcomed the Bill as it proposed to fix the deeply flawed system of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The current system is meant to protect those vulnerable people who lack mental capacity. However, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is at best bureaucratic and has a huge backlog of cases, impacting the care and safety of our most vulnerable. It quickly became apparent that what was on offer in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was simply not good enough. Instead of fixing the problems that existed, it was just creating new ones. This view was shared across the Liberal Democrats, and also shared by Labour peers, Crossbench peers and numerous healthcare representatives.   The Conservative Government has...
13 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May will make a frantic dash to Brussels today to try and convince EU leaders to help her change her Brexit deal to get it through the House of Commons.

Fresh from surviving a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative party, the Prime Minister will attend a European Council summit where she has vowed to push for further guarantees on the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.  But there are growing signs that Brussels will reject her central demand for "legal assurances" that the back-up plan for the Northern Ireland border will not stay in force indefinitely. Brexiteers and the DUP - who Mrs May relies on for her Commons majority - fear the backstop could leave the UK trapped in the EU's customs union without end if it is triggered. Speaking outside Downing Street late last night, Mrs May said: "I have heard what the House of Commons said about the Northern Ireland backstop and, when I go to the European Council tomorrow, I will be seeking legal and...
13 December 2018
Office

The British Safety Council introduces its new literature review, Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work, published this week.

A ubiquitous ‘catch-all’ term, ‘wellbeing’ is nowadays used to refer to everything: from a good diet, to a positive experience, to the protection of those suffering serious mental health conditions. While occupational safety remains a key priority for employers across all sectors, there is growing public awareness of the impact health and wellbeing has on individuals, organisations and society as a whole.  The latest research estimates that over 5 million UK workers could be suffering from a mental health condition each year. Examining current literature on occupational health and wellbeing, Wellbeing at work seeks to define ‘wellbeing’ in workplace contexts, exploring the term’s varying connotations and applications. Furthermore, it serves as a call to action for all senior leaders and executives, no matter the size or sector of their organisations. Workers’ health and wellbeing can no longer be relegated to the bottom of managers’ ‘to do lists’, absent from strategy meetings,...
13 December 2018
Jacob Rees-Mogg

Angry pro-Brexit Tory MPs have urged Theresa May to resign after they failed in their bid to topple her as Prime Minister.

Jacob Rees-Mogg - chair of the hardcore European Research Group of Conservative Brexiteers - said the party leader should follow “constitutional norms” and “go and see the Queen urgently”. Mrs May emerged victorious last night when 200 Tory MPs backed her in a confidence vote, but 117 - more than one-third of her MPs - voted to boot her out of office. Despite keeping her job, the Prime Minister still faces an uphil struggle to secure any meaningful concessions from the EU on the so-called Irish backstop and then sell her Brexit deal to the Commons. Mrs May once again took to the steps of Downing Street in the wake of the result to urge her warring party to work together on Brexit “in the national interest”. But Mr Rees-Mogg said it had been a “terrible result” for her and said she must stand down. “The Prime Minister must realise that on all constitutional norms she ought to go and see the Queen urgently,” he said. “She clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the Commons. She should...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has won a vote of no confidence in her leadership. Here's a blow-by-blow account from our liveblog.

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12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has won a vote of no confidence in her leadership. Follow all the action here.

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12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has made a defiant statement outside Number 10 after surviving a vote of no confidence in her leadership. Read it in full here. 

This has been a long and challenging day but at the end of it, I'm pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight's ballot. Whilst I'm grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me and I have listened to what they said. Following this ballot we now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country. A Brexit that delivers on the vote that people gave, that brings back controls of our money, our borders and our laws, that protects jobs, security and the union, that brings the country back together, rather than entrenching division. That must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest. For my part, I've heard what the House of Commons said about the Northern Ireland backstop and when I go to the European Council tomorrow I will be seeking legal and political assurances that will assuage the...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has survived an attempt by Tory rebels to kick her out of Downing Street by winning a vote of no-confidence in her leadership - despite more than one-third of her MPs rebelling against her.

Conservative MPs voted 200 to 117 to support the Prime Minister, meaning she cannot be challenged against for at least a year. The result will provide some relief for Downing Street, but the number of those opposed could spell further trouble for the PM. The result was announced by Sir Graham Brady in Parliament's oak-panelled committee room 14, to loud cheers and a standing ovation by the watching MPs. He said: "The number of votes cast in favour of having confidence in Theresa May was 200 and against, was 117. Under the rules set out in the constitution of the Conservative Party no further confidence vote can take place for a least a year." Speaking immediately afterwards, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "It’s a very good result for the Prime Minister - it’s a solid result and we need to move on. Everybody has to get behind the Prime Minister and we now have to move forward." Former Cabinet minister Damian Green, a close ally of Theresa May, said: "We’ve had a result, it was...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Tory MPs have voted on whether to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister or keep her in post - with the result expected at 9pm. Follow all the developments as they happen. 

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