Monday

Busy day ahead tomorrow in the Commons…

We start off with the first Education questions of the new Parliament; Tories renamed it, but we call it Education and Children on our side. Always fun to see Ed stoke Gove up to new levels of pomposity and indignation.

Then it’s Constitutional and Home Affairs day in the Queen’s Speech debate. Will Clegg lead off on it? Or will it be left to Ken Clarke and Theresa May? Expect lots of interventions on AV, the 55% rule, House of Lords and anonymity for rape defendants. Speaking of which, Caroline Flint has the adjournment debate at the end of the day on that topic. It will start pretty late because we’ll be voting at 10pm, and it’s on after that. Only 30 minutes but I think Caroline can count on a good show of support. I’ll be there.

We also have two lots of hustings going on, one for the Deputy Speaker elections,and then the PLP hustings for the leadership. Not sure I’ll make the first, but will definitely be at the second to see all six candidates put through their paces.

On Tuesday we have the Economy and DWP parts of the Queen’s Speech debate, so I’ll have my first stint sitting on the front bench as a shadow Minister (but won’t be required to do anything except that!) Our first DWP questions are the week after, as are Women and Equality questions later that week, for which our team is also taking on responsibility.

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  • Hattip  On June 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    For a whip, you are not that well informed…

    After the Queen’s Speech debate, there are motions on creating another pointless select committee to monitor the work of the ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ They were objected to on Thursday, so will see a full debate until any hour.

  • Samuel M  On June 7, 2010 at 12:16 am

    It sounds like a busy, fascinating day. I hope a progressive, reformist approach to constitutional change is taken.

    As for rape victim anonymity, I can see both sides of the argument, I hope Caroline’s debate clears matters up.

    Best wishes,
    Sam

  • kerrymccarthy  On June 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Dear Hattip… I am not sure if you are being intentionally rude or just have an unfortunate manner? As you say, the orders are timetabled at the end of parliamentary business – see here – http://www.parliament.uk/business/ The usual rule is that they’re not debated or voted upon if moved after 10pm; if someone shouts object they have to be re-tabled. The motion has cross-party support btw.
    Interesting that you don’t think the work of Clegg’s office – all the constitutional reform stuff – requires scrutiny?

  • @genji2000  On June 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    One of the irritating things about this blog is the way a song you haven’t heard for years gets stuck in your head (or maybe it’s just my head). I don’t know if this refers to the Jam song and by tea-time I won’t care.

    Other than the title – thanks for the heads-up on what does look to be an interesting day.

  • Hattip  On June 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Rude or otherwise, i was right wasn’t I?

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