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Impeachment and a VONC: Previewing a week in politics

Impeachment and a VONC: Previewing a week in politics

Tory party conference

With Parliament voting down a recess for Conservative MP’s to attend their party conference, it is likely to be a quiet week up in Manchester. Many Tory MP’s are still set to attend with the Prime Minister also expected to travel for several events.

However, many, including former Secretary of State for International Development, Rory Stewart, will not be attending. Stewart is amongst the 21 Conservative MP’s who had the whip removed for voting against the government over the Brexit agenda, with many of these other colleagues also unlikely to attend.

This lack of MP’s is likely to see little substantial policy or proposal emerge from Brexit, instead, it will likely be performing the role of a Boris rally; the prime minister's conference speech acting as a rousing call to finally get Brexit done.

Impeachment

We never saw this coming last week, but it looks like President Donald Trump could be on his way out of the White House. Although a vote on the articles of impeachment won’t happen for some time, it is likely that a clearer image will emerge of how the House will vote on these articles.

We are also likely to see more from the White House, attempting to legally back up their claims that Trump’s behaviour did not satisfy the thresholds of bribery necessary for impeachment. So far we have seen little beyond furious tweeting, but we are likely to see a bit more clarity from both sides in the coming week.

Vote of No Confidence

It has been rumoured that during the week of the Conservative party conference, the Labour party will table a motion of no confidence in the government. The chances of this being successful seem significantly more likely than when a VONC had been previously rumoured, with Boris Johnson losing his majority.

The rumour comes after the GLA recommended an investigation into Boris Johnson over his alleged misuse of public funds whilst Mayor of London. It is alleged that he took a friend on foreign trips that she was unqualified to attend, with over £100,000 allegedly being awarded to the company of Jennifer Arcuri during his time as Mayor.

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