Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek

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Hey team.

It's the last week before a short parliamentary recess.

The House rises at the end of Thursday, and MPs are back the week after next.

Freedom of speech is back on the agenda.

MPs debate a law that creates a legal requirement for universities and colleges to protect free speech.

But there's plenty else to concern the prime minister.

Nurses and ambulance workers go on strike this week. A minister has called for Dominic Raab to be sacked amid bullying allegations. And it's only been a week since Conservative Party Chairman Nadhim Zahawi faced a similar fate over his tax affairs.

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

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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No votes scheduled


Seizure of Russian State Assets and Support for Ukraine Bill
Requires the government to lay out a proposal for the seizure of Russian state assets to provide support for Ukraine. Ten minute rule motion presented by Chris Bryant.

Seafarers' Wages Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Closes a loophole that allowed people working on boats that regularly serve UK ports to be paid below minimum wage. Follows the decision of P&O Ferries to cut 800 jobs and replace them with agency workers. Started in the Lords.
Draft bill / Commons Library briefing

Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill - consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Scotland (part), Wales
Places new obligations on universities and colleges to defend free speech (for the first time this includes student unions). Creates the position of Director for Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom, who sits on the board of the Office for Students (England's independent higher education regulator) and investigates breaches of these new free speech duties, with the power to issue fines.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing


Disposable Electronic Cigarettes (Prohibition of Sale) Bill
Bans the sale of disposable e-cigarettes. Ten minute rule motion presented by Caroline Johnson.


No votes scheduled


No votes scheduled



  • Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Clean Air Bill - goes to second reading
  • Scotland (Self-Determination) Bill - goes to second reading
  • UK Infrastructure Bank Bill - goes back to Lords
  • Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Carer's Leave Bill - goes to Lords
  • Worker Protection (Amendment of the Equality Act 2010) Bill - goes to Lords
  • Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Bill - goes to committee
  • Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill - goes to committee

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

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