Below is a summary of the second half of my time at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth. On Monday morning (16th), the conference floor debated climate change and biodiversity. The session concluded with a speech by deputy leader and Shadow Chancellor Sir Ed Davey MP, who set out his plan to 'decarbonise capitalism' by … Continue reading (Part 2) Liberal Democrat Conference 2019 – Bournemouth
As we approach the mid-point of the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Bournemouth, I thought I'd post an update on my time so far. I first joined the Lib Dems in May this year, having spent nine years as a member and supporter of the Labour Party. With over 5,000 attendees, this conference is certainly … Continue reading Liberal Democrat Conference 2019 – Bournemouth
As Vince Cable prepares to step down as leader, what next for the Liberal Democrats? As another Conservative prime minister has fallen to Europe, fellow Conservative MPs are already queuing up for what should be the most unpopular job in Britain. As the Lib Dems see their own leader depart (albeit in a more orderly … Continue reading What Next for the Liberal Democrats?
Labour Party members should be given a vote in an internal Brexit referendum before MPs vote on another proposed deal from Prime Minister Theresa May. The ballot would ask: “Should the Parliamentary Labour Party support Britain's exit from the EU?” Yes (Leave) No (Remain) An internal party poll would be better than a … Continue reading Labour’s Answer: A ‘People’s Vote’ for party members
After Theresa May's deal was rejected, but the government won a vote of no confidence, what next? Tom Parkin explains the options ahead as Britain looks towards the unknown. https://soundcloud.com/theparkinreport/what-now-brexit-explained
The pilot episode of The Parkin Report is out now. A brief examination of the life and times of the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN (17 Minutes & 7 Seconds)
The Parkin Report is an upcoming NEW series of podcasts. The series will examine key players (both historical and contemporary) in global politics. The UPCOMING pilot episode is on the 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy. When released, please let Tom know what you think of the pilot episode. What did you … Continue reading The Parkin Report
PM: Appoint a Secretary of State for Mental Health What are we asking for? This petition is asking for the Prime Minister to appoint a 'Secretary of State for Mental Health'. Why does this matter? The UK is burdened with a mental health crisis. At present, the 'mental health' portfolio has been bolted onto the … Continue reading Appoint a Secretary of State for Mental Health (Grassroots Petition)
The Chequers Agreement refers to a collective cabinet agreement about the UK’s desired future relationship with the European Union. Since the Prime Minister formally triggered Article 50 in March 2017, her main challenge has been uniting her cabinet around a single negotiating position that can be presented to Michel Barnier – the EU’s chief negotiator. … Continue reading The Chequers ‘Agreement’: Everything you need to know.
Today, the government succeeded in suppressing an attempt by would-be Conservative rebels to ensure that MPs had the power to prevent the Prime Minister from leaving the European Union without a deal. The amendment failed with 303 votes in favour and 319 against. The implications of this vote are huge. In place of the … Continue reading BREXIT UPDATE: Something BIG just happened in parliament. An Explanation.