Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek

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Hey team.

I hope you all had a well-behaved Super Saturday.

Rishi Sunak takes the podium on Wednesday for the big moment of the week.

It's more of an update than a full-scale Budget, but expect him to lay out his plans for steering the economy through the next stage of the pandemic.

Then the Domestic Abuse Bill returns to the floor.

Remember, this was the one that got dropped after Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament last year, but was then revived after an outcry from various quarters.

There are some big amendments, including one from the government which would ban "rough sex" being used as a defence to murder. Others would require the Director of Public Prosecutions to approve any charge less than murder for domestic abuse killings, create a new offence of non-fatal strangulation, and give domestic abuse survivors lifetime press anonymity.

As usual, the Speaker chooses which ones get heard, and they won't all make the cut.

And on Tuesday and Thursday you have Estimates Days.

MPs debate upcoming spending for various government departments.

Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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Domestic Abuse Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England (part), Wales (part), Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
A wide-ranging bill aiming to tighten the law around domestic abuse. Among other things, it establishes a legal definition for domestic abuse, creates the position of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and bans abusers from cross-examining their victims in family courts.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing


Magistrates (Retirement Age) Bill
Raises the mandatory retirement age for magistrates to 75, from 70. Ten minute rule motion presented by Edward Timpson. Comes amid a shortage of magistrates.


Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill
Bans redundancies during pregnancy or maternity leave, and for six months after, except in certain circumstances. Ten minute rule motion presented by Maria Miller.


No votes scheduled


No votes scheduled

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  • Business and Planning Bill - goes to Lords
  • New Homes (New Development Standards) Bill - goes to second reading
  • Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Finance Bill - goes to Lords

Not passed

  • Prime Minister (Nomination) and Cabinet (Appointment) Bill

Click here to read details of the bills in last week's newsletter.

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