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Government to suspend Parliament

Discussion of coverage (August 2019)

MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
AJB39 posted:
I'm sure the BBC's senior political team are packing their bags, cutting their holidays short and are heading back to London.

Laura Kuenssberg tweeting 'That’s the end of the summer then...'


Yep. Laura wasn’t due back until next week. This brought an abrupt end to her summer holidays.


A shame, I thought Vicky Young did an excellent job at the G7 summit
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
As disgraceful as this is three of the four weeks Parliament would be suspended are Conference season anyway, so even with Halloween coming presumably Parliament wouldn't have been in session anyway.
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TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
As disgraceful as this is three of the four weeks Parliament would be suspended are Conference season anyway, so even with Halloween coming presumably Parliament wouldn't have been in session anyway.


However, the Conference break is done at the discretion of the HoC. They can, technically, vote to not suspend parliament, and simply move parliament to another building nearby that weeks conference if Bercow brings the mace with him.

That latter bit is important. Even if the Queen does prorogue, parliament can still sit, just not in the HoC. It will be unofficial, and the government can ignore it if they wish, but Bercow can move the mace to another building, and as long as 40 MPs turn up, it is technically a parliament.

(pre-apologies Asa/Charlie if this post is off topic or is too political for the forum)
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Yeah should have thought of that when I opened the thread.
NE
Newsroom
As disgraceful as this is three of the four weeks Parliament would be suspended are Conference season anyway, so even with Halloween coming presumably Parliament wouldn't have been in session anyway.


However, the Conference break is done at the discretion of the HoC. They can, technically, vote to not suspend parliament, and simply move parliament to another building nearby that weeks conference if Bercow brings the mace with him.

That latter bit is important. Even if the Queen does prorogue, parliament can still sit, just not in the HoC. It will be unofficial, and the government can ignore it if they wish, but Bercow can move the mace to another building, and as long as 40 MPs turn up, it is technically a parliament.

(pre-apologies Asa/Charlie if this post is off topic or is too political for the forum)


Thank you for the info, I’m sure hardly any of us knew this great nugget of info.
Please excuse any typing errors. I am on my third butterfly keyboard (Mac). An update is due the minute what I want is released. Smile
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Never knew that.
JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
(pre-apologies Asa/Charlie if this post is off topic or is too political for the forum)

It’s good because it’s all relevant to the discussion and could have broadcasting implications.
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
Hands up if you've ever seen the Lerwick down-the-line camera live on the News Channel before.

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BM
BM11
AJB39 posted:
I'm sure the BBC's senior political team are packing their bags, cutting their holidays short and are heading back to London.

Laura Kuenssberg tweeting 'That’s the end of the summer then...'


Yep. I don’t think Laura was due back until next week. This brought an abrupt end to her summer holidays.

Probably not. She usually returns when parliament returns,
TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Jon posted:
(pre-apologies Asa/Charlie if this post is off topic or is too political for the forum)

It’s good because it’s all relevant to the discussion and could have broadcasting implications.


Well then.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/27/mps-pledge-form-alternative-parliament-prorogation-church-house-declaration-brexit

According to this article from The Guardian, more than 160 MP's yesterday signed a pledge saying they will show up at this alternate parliament.

With the very real possibility of this happening, what are the broadcasting implications?

I guess BBC P will cover it, though it won't be purposely set up for cameras. PMQ's won't happen, because it's not official, so there is no requirement for Johnson to turn up. I'm also just spitballing here but maybe the 'no footage for comedy programmes' also won't apply because it's unofficial.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Has there been any extended news coverage of Britain being turned into a dictatorship outside of the news channels today?
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JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Has there been any extended news coverage of Britain being turned into a dictatorship outside of the news channels today?

"Dictatorship"? - Really?


Personally I am no fan of Mr Johnson or his politics, but what he is doing is quite correct. The last Queen's Speech we had was way back in June 2017, then Mrs May decided to extend the parliamentary session for as long as she could. Mr Johnson feels it is time for a new fresh start, a new parliamentary session, so he is bringing in a Queen's Speech.


Parliament is not being suspended for good, it will return on 14th October and the Brexit mess will continue - I have no idea what all the fuss is about today.
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