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Lying, again, just like Baker did to get the #ElectionsBill passed last year
Why no vaccine passports, but Voter ID? Perhaps contradiction?
More related in that thread ICYI

including facts on personation (voter fraud) for our country

A non-issue, an anti-democratic solution and more of the absent or rushed due diligence for plans…
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#EnoughIsEnough #TrickleDown
don't be fooled by #TuftonSt "think tanks" - it's all an effort to concentrate power & wealth in the hands of the 1% and there's real world evidence:
Tax cuts for the rich…
#EnoughIsEnough #TaxTheRich JRM's father is the root of all evil in the pursuit of where we are today with tory policies: this is the place to start to understand!…
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rule breaking

rampant corruption in PPE contracts

entire Church of England condemning Nazi style deportations

Queens Council writing to PM demanding dialling down of rhetoric

tory cronies appointed to public bodies

upper house crammed with #Brexshit sycophants

=Germany 1938

Elections Bill

Policing Act

Right to Protest removed

Tory ex pat donations allowed from abroad

NHS reform Bill

Secrecy Act - journalists threatened with 14 yrs in prison for reporting negatively about tories

this govt is not conservative - I keep saying this!

it is a hard-right, nationalist, authoritarian dictatorship

now ministers are openly talking about expelling CofE bishops from the House of Lords for speaking out against Rwanda deportations Image
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Can't wait to see this story splashed across the front page of the RW papers. 🙃

"One of the biggest donors to 🇬🇧 Conservative Party is suspected of secretly funneling 100s of 1000s of $$$ to the party from a Russian account".

"The donation, of $630,225, was made in February 2018 in the name of Ehud Sheleg, a wealthy London art dealer who was most recently the Conservative Party’s treasurer."

"But docs filed with the authorities last year...say the money originated in a Russian account of Mr. Sheleg’s father-in-law, Sergei Kopytov, who was once a senior politician in the previous pro-Kremlin govt of 🇺🇦. He now owns real estate & hotel businesses in Crimea & 🇷🇺."

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🚨 The #ElectionsBill that undermines Elections and Democracy

What has the government been up to sneakily? 🧐


Elections bill was supposed to look after the “administration and conduct of elections” & strengthen “the integrity of the electoral process”. But this Bill (now Act) undermines both the Electoral Commission that looks after this process & principles of free & fair elections /2
After going through the Commons, the controversial bill reached the Lords. On Monday, Lords voted to remove some of the provisions in the bill that were deemed harmful and which undermined the Electoral Commission’s independence. /3…
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The #ElectionsBill, which passed last night, will make it harder to vote for millions, while making it easier for the government to control the Electoral Commission. It’s a travesty that parliamentarians passed a Bill that erodes our precious democracy.…
The law will only make it harder for some people - older people can use bus passes and 60+ Oyster cards as valid forms of ID - but young people’s railcards, and student Oyster cards will not be permitted.…
The government overrode a compromise amendment, suggested by a Conservative Peer, that would have expanded the list of acceptable IDs - instead they adopted their own arbitrary and restrictive list.
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Lord Judge welcomes Gvt’s overtures on Electoral Commission but says still doesn’t address the independence or perceived independence of the regulator. #ElectionsBill
Judge : In context of electoral bill should explain plainly and clearly that EC won’t be bound by the Secretary of State’s opinion
Judge: I urge this house to send this amendment back to the Commons for them to decide whether or not the EC should be an
Independent body with an independent function
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Only 35 (21%) of @LabourLordsUK voted in favour of this last attempt - by one of their own, Shami Chakrabarti - to get respect for Refugee Conv into this Bill, while @LibDemLords with only half their numbers fielded 72 (87% of us) in favour. If they’d matched us, we’d have won.
And on the #ElectionsBill, only 67 (40% of their 167) @LabourLordsUK voted for Lord Judge’s amendment to uphold @ElectoralCommUK independence while 70 (84% of our @LibDemLords 83) did so.
Again, if they’d voted in same proportion as us, we’d have won - easily.
If you get the sense that I’m cross as hell at Labour tonight, you’d be right. So much opposition, xbench - & even backbench Tory - effort has been put into fighting these nasty Bills, but @LabourLordsUK throw in the towel (presumably under Starmer’s orders) on Ref Conv & EC ind
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The government’s utterly terrifying Elections Bill is back in parliament today. Here’s everything you need to know about the bill and the voting tonight. 🧵1/15
Along with the Policing Bill, Borders Bill, changes to both Judicial Review and the Official Secrets Act, the #ElectionsBill is part of the government’s attack on democracy and accountability in the UK.

With it they want to rig elections in their favour. 2/15
Working with peers and MPs, we’ve helped force the government into major concessions on the bill - including removing proposals that would have given ministers the power to ban campaigners they don’t like during elections. 3/15
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Disappointed to read that the Supreme Court has dismissed the Coughlan appeal over the lawfulness of Voter ID pilots run in 2019 local elections…
Voter ID is a “solution” for a problem that doesn’t exist - and it will lead to disenfranchisement of people from ethnic minority and working class communities…
The anti-democratic #ElectionsBill (which includes Voter ID) is back before the Lords this week

I’d urge you to read this @CommonsPACAC report which called for the Bill to be paused due to its “lack evidence base, consultation, and transparency’…
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Good evening everyone! The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (aka the #PolicingBill) is back in the Lords this evening. We understand that many Lords are planning to insist on noise a third time.

Live tweets will be on this thread below!
Possibly only a few minutes more until the #PolicingBill is up! There’s a division on the Health and Care Bill, and I think I just saw the Minister sit down.
Apologies, there’s a second division on the Health and Care Bill. Another ten minute division.
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A thread 🧵 on the #ElectionsBill. Where are we at?
A reminder, this is (mostly) a deeply authoritarian Bill representing a huge power grab by the Cons. And I mean huge. Unamended, it gives Ministers unprecedented powers and basically ends free and fair elections in the U.K. It’s not hyperbole to say that.
Just listen back to Conservative and cross bench peer speeches in the HoL debate yesterday. No other decent democracy has Gvt interference in elections and over the regulator. I can’t stress enough how bad this Bill is.
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Peers have voted by a majority of 66 to remove clauses from the #ElectionsBill that would fetter the independence of the Electoral Commission. Ten Conservatives defied the party whip.

The matter now returns to the Commons. Here are key points for MPs to consider. 1/
The relevant Commons committee - @CommonsPACAC - strongly supports the removal of these clauses. By limiting the Commission's independence, it says, they pose 'an unacceptable risk to the functioning of our democracy'. 2/

Elections experts are united in opposing the clauses. PACAC said it had 'not received any written submissions or oral evidence to this inquiry supporting the proposed Strategy and Policy Statement'.

The letter I co-signed in last week's @thetimes reaffirms this. 3/
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The @UKHouseofLords votes overwhelmingly against Government plans which threaten the independence of the Electoral Commission. Amendment to delete them from #ElectionsBill carried by 265 to 199. @BestForBritain @UnlockDemocracy @electoralreform @LibDem4ER
Well done to the 10 Conservative Peers who rebelled to help stop the Government taking control of the @ElectoralCommUK, including some prominent figures - see list:… @UnlockDemocracy @BestForBritain @electoralreform @LibDem4ER @guardian @MirrorPolitics
Sadly amendment to ban donations from overseas lost 220 to 194. #ElectionsBill @UKHouseofLords
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Lord Judge making a very eloquent and powerful speech in HoL right now on the Elections Bill clauses that will defang the independent elections watchdog and give even more powers to ministers.
And now Lord Blunkett stands up to back Judge. Reminds HoL that when New Labour had an even bigger majority than Johnson has now, they didn't abuse that power to be able to mark their own homework at election time.
Reminds the House that there is no mandate for removing independence of the Electoral Commission given it wasn't in the Conservative Party manifesto
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Good afternoon all! The #PolicingBill is back in the Commons this afternoon. There are two statements ahead of the Bill, so it may be up to another hour. This is the thread in which we will follow the Bill.
At the moment we are still listening to a statement on Ukraine. It will be followed by a statement on Football Governance. The #PolicingBill will follow.
In the Lords, Report Stage for the #ElectionsBill has started.
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❓ Live now: #LordsQs on the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, creating an independent regulator for English football, humanist marriages and tackling malaria globally.

🔴 Watch live…
Starting now, #HouseofLords quizzes government on the UK-Rwanda asylum partnership arrangement and the method by which it was concluded.

🔴 Watch live…
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📃 In bills:

Independence of the Electoral Commission and campaign spending in the spotlight from 3.15pm as #HouseofLords continues further examination of the #ElectionsBill.

📄 Read more…

📺 Watch online…
Away from the chamber in Grand Committee, members consider regulations on #PlatinumJubilee licensing hours, money laundering and more.

📺 Watch from 3.45pm…
#HouseofLords votes to remove clause 15 from #ElectionsBill, which would require the Electoral Commission to follow a strategy and policy statement set by the government.

Members vote 265 in favour, 199 against, so the change is made…
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So, the government just made you use FPTP more. What happened, and what's next, and a few silver linings @MakeVotesMatter @DemDefCoalition (1/9)
An amendment came to the #ElectionsBill tonight to stop the government's plan to impose FPTP on mayoral/PCC elections.

It didn't pass, by a tiny margin! We lost a few Peers who had voted for other amendments, particularly due to the vote's timing (2/9)

Does it suck, yes! But lots of great things happened:

First, the Labour Party came out strongly against more FPTP, with the frontbench teams in both houses voting against.

Many thanks to @CatSmithMP, @AlexNorrisNN and @SueHayman1 for leading on this.…
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🕝 #HouseofLords from 2.30pm:  

#LordsQs on @NHSuk gambling treatment services, police cuts, preventing extremism in schools and implementing @COP26 side deals.

📺 Watch online…

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📃 In bills:

Final #HouseofLords checks of the #SubsidyControlBill coming up later this afternoon.

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Later, #HouseofLords #ElectionsBill checks continue with transparency of campaign spending and the right to vote in UK general elections for citizens from Commonwealth countries in the spotlight.

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📺 Watch online… Image
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🕝 #HouseofLords from 2.30pm:  

#LordsQs on accommodation for women released from prison, mental health services for rough sleepers, constitutional reform and future trade with the EU.

📺 Watch online…

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📃 In bills:
#HouseofLords continues line by line check of #ElectionsBill from around 3.15pm, with requirements for voter ID on the agenda.

📄 Read more…

📺 Watch online…
In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, from 3.45pm: #HouseofLords debates new regulations on payments to farmers and to electricity suppliers, food and feed safety, and Commissioner for Patient Safety.

📺 Watch online this afternoon…
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In the last 24 hours, 3 horrendous cases of institutional racism have come to light 🧵
A young Black schoolgirl, #ChildQ, was taken out of an exam to be strip searched - without any adult supervision from her guardians - on suspicion of possessing cannabis, which she did not.

She was then sent back into her exam, traumatised and shaken.…
A report from prestigious @RoySocChem today shows that racism is 'pervasive' in chemical sciences.

Robert Mokaya, the ONLY Black professor in 575 chemistry professors across the UK, has been rejected for research funding for 15 years.…
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The #ElectionsBill is having its second reading in the House of Lords today - there is a lot wrong with this bill, from spending millions to make it harder to vote, to reducing the independence of our Electoral Commission.
Around 2.1 million people lack the necessary identification for their voter ID scheme, according to the government’s own research. Checking millions of documents and supplying ID will cost up to £180 million a decade…
Poll workers will have the power to turn voters away if they think an old photo doesn't look enough like them. Unlike border police, poll workers are not specially trained to do this sort of work. Growing a beard or getting a bold haircut shouldn't disenfranchise you.
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