Tag Archives: Parliament

BRITAIN: Northern Ireland Marriage Equality Bill Stalls In House Of Commons After Objection By Tory MP

The Belfast Telegraph reports: A bid to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has been blocked from progressing the legislative process in the House of Commons. MP Conor McGinn [photo] had brought a private member’s bill forward seeking to extend same-sex marriage into Northern Ireland following the collapse of the devolved government more than 15 months ago. He had expected …

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BREAKING: At Least A Dozen Injured After Shots Fired Outside Parliament, Policeman Stabbed Inside [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Shots are reported to have been fired close to the Houses of Parliament in central London. Politicians and journalists have tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings. Witnesses said they saw people being treated for wounds and reported seeing a man with a knife in the grounds. Staff inside Parliament were told to stay inside their …

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LIVE VIDEO: Parliament Debates Trump State Visit

Already underway. CNN reports: The political controversy over the decision to accord US President Donald Trump the honor of a state visit to the UK will be reignited in the British parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament will spend up to three hours discussing a petition calling for the visit to be downgraded because of Trump’s “well-documented misogyny and vulgarity.” …

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BRITAIN: House Of Commons Speaker John Bercow Declares Trump Unwelcome To Address Parliament

The BBC reports: House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he would be “strongly opposed” to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK. Mr Bercow told MPs “opposition to racism and sexism” were “hugely important considerations”. He was applauded by SNP MPs after his comments. President Trump was invited to …

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BRITAIN: MPs Shout “SHAME!” As Tory Justice Minister Kills Bill To Pardon Gay Men Convicted Of Sodomy

The Sun reports: There was widespread anger in the House of Commons as the Government talked out the Turing bill, which would automatically pardon gay men convicted of now abolished sexual offences. MPs shouted ‘shame’ and ‘shameful’ as Justice Minister Sam Gyimah killed off SNP MP John Nicolson’s private members bill. The Government has announced plans for thousands of gay …

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BRITAIN: Parliament Flies Rainbow Flag For First Time

Pink News reports: Today the flag was raised above the Houses of Parliament for the first time – with the Speakers of the Commons and Lords both giving special permission to mark the weekend of London’s Pride festival. LGBT group ParliOUT had gifted a 12 foot rainbow flag for the occasion, with the flag set to fly until June 26. …

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BRITAIN: Labor MP Eviscerates “Poisonous” Donald Trump During Parliament’s Ban Debate [VIDEO]

Via the Los Angeles Times: British lawmakers on Monday debated whether Donald Trump should be banned from Britain, after an online petition calling for him to be denied entry for making controversial anti-Muslim comments amassed more than 570,000 votes. “His words are not comical. His words are not funny. His words are poisonous,” said the Labor Party’s Tulip Siddiq. “They …

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LIVE VIDEO: Parliament Debates Trump Ban

Parliament’s debate on banning Donald Trump from entering the UK is due to begin at 11:30AM Eastern. Watch below. Most observers do not expect an actual vote, but the debate will certainly be entertaining. For his part, Trump has vowed to pull an alleged $1 billion in planned investments in Scotland should he be banned.

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LIVE VIDEO: Final Day Of Marriage Bill Report Stage In House Of Lords

The House Of Lords today wraps up the debate on the report stage of the marriage equality bill for England and Wales. Live streaming video is here.  Pink News is running a live blog here.  Earlier today an amendment that would have stipulated a difference between opposite and same-sex marriage was withdrawn. Amendment 85, introduced by Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, …

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Another Stalling Tactic In House Of Lords

Three members of the House Of Lords have introduced an amendment that would stop the marriage equality bill from going into effect until after also being approved in a national referendum to be held two or three years from now. The amendment, tabled by Labour peer Lord Anderson of Swansea, Conservative peer Lord Cormack, and crossbench peer Lord Singh of …

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