Did you miss Secretary of State for International Trade & President of The Board of Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan's speech yesterday?

If you did, don't worry - we've fact checked it so you don't have to. 1/
Firstly, she celebrates Britain's leadership in creative industries - something her own government is damaging with its refusal to solve the post-Brexit problems impacting the sector. 2/
All year those industries have actively spoken out against the Government's Brexit policies for the damage they’ve done. 3/
She said the UK's trade deals will 'level up every part of the UK' - when the Government's own analysis estimated the New Zealand deal could boost the UK economy by between 0.01% & minus 0.01%. 4/
And meanwhile the Government's domestic levelling up agenda has gone completely off the rails. 5/
What about the great progress we’ve made as an independent trading nation, you ask?

Well, so far the UK’s Brexit losses are more than 178 times bigger than our trade deal gains. 6/
That new £1 trillion export strategy? Not so new, as previous Conservative governments failed to reach the same figure set out for 2020. 7/
And bigging up the UK as the most attractive destination for foreign direct investment seems dangerous when investors have pulled $9.4bn worth of funding in 2021 alone. 8/
She says the UK is promoting green trade - we say this Government is doing the opposite.

There were no climate commitments in the Australia trade deal, and moving away from trade with our nearest neighbours could almost double UK shipping emissions. 9/
Trevelyan was right when she said the UK was the world's second-largest services exporter.

But since the Brexit referendum, aggregate service exports have dropped, according to this @UKTradeBusiness session - a loss of £113bn per year from 2016-2019. 10/
As for our world-leading financial services industry?

Without much-needed regulation post-Brexit, the cross border payments industry has been described as a potential “breeding ground for financial crime”. 11/

We're not so sure the Secretary of State for International Trade’s song of stability, security and success stands up to scrutiny.

To quote @DavidHenigUK: “Who needs a strategy for the country when you can string some buzzwords together and call that a strategy?” 12/12

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13 Nov
Today is #WorldKindnessDay.

While the world of politics involves a lot of debate and disagreement, this doesn’t mean it ought to turn a blind eye to gratuitous attacks and pile-ons.

But try telling that to this government. 1/
People blame social media for the unkindness that dominates our political discourse. But the tone is set at the very top and in this Government, positive examples of kind and responsible - or even civil - political discourse are rare. 2/
Example: Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has engaged in notorious Twitter mud-slinging, even encouraging a pile-on on @SadiqKhan because he dared to weigh in on hate speech. 3/16
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11 Nov
Transparency is key to a functioning democracy.

Transparency allows us to hold our elected representatives to account for their actions.

It enables scrutiny.

It prevents those we have put in power from using that power in a way that undermines the interests of the people. 1/
In the interests of transparency, here are some of the more egregious examples of MPs' outside interests being reflected in their actions in Parliament.

For context, 50 Conservative MPs have earned £1.7m in consultancy fees this year alone. 2/
We have to start with the name on everyone's lips - Geoffrey Cox - who earned a fortune providing legal advice to the British Virgin Islands over allegations of corruption. Some of which he did from his taxpayer-funded parliamentary office. 3/
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5 Nov
Owen Paterson might have resigned as an MP, but that doesn’t mean that this Government has backtracked on its sleazy, silencing agenda. Here’s why you should still be concerned (despite the U-turns) about the Government’s actions...1/
The Government initially protected Owen Paterson not by defending him as an individual, but by attempting to overhaul the whole Commons standards watchdog to suit itself. 2/
The Owen Paterson incident isn’t the only time the Government has shirked scrutiny.

Just consider how quick our Prime Minister was to ignore an investigation which found that Priti Patel had broken the ministerial code for her bullying behaviour. 3/
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3 Nov
Priti Patel has been demonising refugees again, saying 70% of those reaching the UK in small boats are single men and ‘economic migrants’ - in other words, she claims they are not ‘genuine’ asylum seekers. Here’s why she’s plain wrong 🧵👇1/
First of all, Priti Patel’s stats on asylum seekers aren’t quite accurate. In 2020, 57% of asylum seekers in the UK were men, 21% were women and 15% were children - with a further 5% of asylum seekers being unaccompanied minors. 2/
It is nevertheless true that the majority of asylum seekers in the UK are men. We want to explore why this is the case - and why so many of our politicians and media outlets deliberately weaponise this fact. 3/
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2 Nov
Britain is hosting #COP26 - and (when he's not napping, maskless, next to David Attenborough), our PM is talking the talk on climate commitments. But are we being more hypocritical than hospitable? 🧵👇 1/
In his opening speech Boris Johnson struck an unusually serious tone, telling world leaders ‘humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change.’ 2/
He's right to say the world has a collective responsibility for climate change, but the polluting potency of developed nations like the UK means that we have a historical responsibility for climate change over the centuries... 3/
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29 Oct

New analysis by Best for Britain and @UKTradeBusiness shows replacing the trade lost between the UK and the EU since 2018 with trade from other countries could increase emissions from shipping to and from the UK by 88%. 1/
How does this add up?

In May, the ONS reported a 23.1% fall in the trade of goods between the UK and the EU in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Meanwhile, trade with other countries remained relatively unaffected, falling by 0.8%. 2/
By weight, this is estimated to represent around 45.5 million tonnes which, if shipped equally to the UK’s top 5 trading partners outside the EU, could mean an estimated 88% increase in the carbon footprint of UK shipping.

That's 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. 3/
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