Government Activity from Sunday 24 to Friday 1 March 2019

On Sunday 24th February, the Prime Minister announced that the Meaningful Vote will happen by 12 March.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/24/theresa-may-postpones-meaningful-vote-on-final-brexit-deal
Also on Sunday, the Prime Minister announced that the UK is stepping up its overseas humanitarian support with a £200 million pledge to help people at risk of starvation in Yemen.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/25/theresa-may-pledges-200m-to-help-victims-of-yemens-civil-war

 

On Monday 25th, the Prime Minister held a press conference at the EU-League of Arab States Summit, following bilaterals with Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte, the Amir of Kuwait and Jean-Claude Juncker and others in Sharm El-Sheikh.

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-25/a-delay-doesnt-deliver-says-theresa-may-at-eu-arab-states-summit/

Also on Monday, Damian Hinds announced new mental and physical wellbeing lessons for children in England, as part of the new relationships, health and sex education curriculum.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/02/25/children-young-four-receive-lessons-mental-health-risks-associated/

Also on Monday, Sajid Javid set out plans to proscribe Hizballah in the UK, protecting British people from those who threaten their safety and security.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/25/sajid-javid-bans-hizbollah-brands-terrorist-organisation-threatens/

Also on Monday, Chris Heaton-Harris signed a bilateral agreement with Switzerland on citizens’ rights post-Brexit.                                                                                        

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-swiss/switzerland-uk-aim-to-keep-status-quo-for-residents-after-brexit-idUKKCN1QE1S6

 

On Tuesday 26th, the Prime Minister made a statement updating MPs on progress on Brexit and making a series of commitments about what the Government will do it if it hasn’t won a meaningful vote by 12 March.                                                                                 

https://www.ft.com/content/3875b900-3901-11e9-b72b-2c7f526ca5d0

Also on Tuesday, Margot James announced an initiative to connect more than 100 rural schools with gigabit-capable broadband, revolutionising classroom learning in hard to reach areas.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/26177-more-than-100-rural-schools-get-broadband-boost

Also on Tuesday, Gavin Williamson marked 100 days before D-day 75 on HMS Belfast, where four British Royal Navy veterans were awarded France’s highest honour for their service to help liberate France.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/four-d-day-veterans-awarded-france-highest-honour-ahead-of-battle-75th-anniversary

 

 

On Wednesday 27th, in an article for the Daily Mail, the Prime Minister urged MPs to hold their nerve so that the UK can leave the EU on the 29th March with a deal.

Also on Wednesday, Nicola Blackwood announced a new genomics strategy to help people with rare diseases, as part of the Government’s Long-Term Plan for the NHS.

https://www.channel4.com/news/government-says-the-nhs-will-improve-the-lives-of-people-with-rare-diseases

Also on Wednesday, Sajid Javid announced a £14 million Government grant to protect synagogues, Jewish community centres and schools, in an annual speech at the Community Security Trust.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47389912

Also on Wednesday, the Prime Minister hosted a best of Welsh reception at Downing Street ahead of St David’s Day on Friday.                             

https://uk.motor1.com/news/307298/aston-martin-dbx-downing-street/
Also on Wednesday, Liam Fox announced that UK Export Finance will give UK firms £130 million to support three economy-based projects in Ghana that will also deliver opportunities for British companies.

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/united-kingdom-to-finance-three-major-projects-in-ghana/

 

On Thursday 28th, the Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to Jordan at the Jordan Growth and Opportunity Conference in London, announcing economic support which provides value for money for taxpayers and helps to deliver global prosperity.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/28/theresa-may-backs-ally-jordan-king-abdullah-underwrites-world-bank-loan

Also on Thursday, Edward Argar confirmed that more victims of violent crime will now be able to claim compensation after legislation to abolish the longstanding ‘same roof’ rule was brought forward.  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/27/4000-crime-victims-win-right-compensation-ministers-lift-ban/

Also on Thursday, Robert Jenrick and Chris Skidmore launched a £10 million fund for ten new University Enterprise Zones to strengthen economic and employment links between universities and surrounding businesses.  https://www.eastmidlandsbusinesslink.co.uk/mag/news/follow-nottinghams-example-to-boost-the-local-economy/

Also on Thursday, Liam Fox launched a new export champion community to encourage more UK companies to think globally by sharing advice on exporting, market barriers and expansion.   https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17467789.export-experts-to-lead-the-way-post-brexit/

Also on Thursday, Gavin Williamson published an update on the Defence estate, setting out a five-year plan for 33 military sites across the UK.                                                                      https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2019-02-28/david-wood-the-saving-of-norton-manor-and-chivenor-is-the-day-many-never-thought-would-come/

Also on Thursday, the Ministry of Justice awarded £900,000 to two organisations to provide in-court support to victims of domestic abuse.

 

On Friday 1st March, Heather Wheeler announced almost £20 million in funding for the private rental sector to help thousands of vulnerable people into safe and secure homes, and £26 million for rough sleepers.  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8535501/mps-crackdown-on-landords-who-turn-away-workers-on-benefit/

Also on Friday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced the official decontamination of Salisbury following the Sergei Skripal poisoning last March.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/01/salisbury-officially-ruled-safe-12-months-after-skripal-poisoning