PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 09 April 2019 Brandon Lewis, Sir Henry Bellingham, and Liz Truss. Photos: UK Parliament UK Parliament Thousands of pounds from the wife of a former Putin minister, nearly £10,000 for 18 and a half hours of work, and a fact-finding mission to Lebanon. Those are just three of the items declared by Norfolk MPs in the latest edition of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.The list is updated fortnightly when the House is sitting, and is run by the Parliamentary for Commissioner for Standards.Entries can date back a number of years.The most recent list, published on April 1, revealed since March last year Great Yarmouth MP and Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis had received £79,500 worth of donations.This included £5,500 from Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of Vladimir Chernukhin - former minister under Vladimir Putin - plus an extra £4,000 from her as the winning bid for a raffle prize at a fundraising … [Read more...] about Russian donations, fact-finding missions, and tickets to Wimbledon
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WASHINGTON — Now that Democrats have captured control of the House for the next two years, the party's most senior members are poised to regain the wide-ranging power of committee chairmanships. While some of the Democrats have gained fame in feuds with President Donald Trump, others are relatively little-known outside of Capitol Hill. A look at the Democratic lawmakers expected to wield the gavels and shape the party's top priorities: ___ NITA LOWEY Appropriations Committee Lowey, 81, would be the first woman to oversee the committee that determines where the federal government spends its money. The New York Democrat, who represents the lower Hudson Valley, said the committee will seek to increase funding for infrastructure and for safety-net programs such as Head Start and Pell grants. The committee will also work to increase budget caps so lawmakers can avoid steep cuts to defense and nondefense programs. The committee can also conduct oversight of any Trump administration … [Read more...] about Meet the House Democrats who will be running the show
The United Nations General Assembly opened on Tuesday with a bit of American political controversy, as the White House appeared to back away from U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s proposal for a Security Council session to “address Iran’s violations of international law.” The United States currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the Security Council, providing President Donald Trump with his first opportunity to chair a meeting. Two weeks ago, Haley proposed convening a session on Iran that might have brought Trump face-to-face with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who would most likely have been invited to attend.“It’s hard to find a place where there is conflict and Iran isn’t in the middle of it. We think they’ve been ignored and given a pass for too long, and we think it’s time for Iran to stand up and explain themselves,” Haley said on September 4. Haley acknowledged that some other Security Council members, notably … [Read more...] about Report: White House Backs Away from U.N. Security Council Meeting on Iran
HERE is the news from Jeremy Corbyn’s big speech on “media reform” yesterday: If you want government-approved journalism produced by a tame, state-sponsored Press, vote Labour. Addressing the annual Edinburgh Television Festival, Corbyn declared that the UK news media is “failing”. Presumably the Press was to blame for his failure to answer the same question on Brexit no fewer than six times the day before. Fear not, Labour’s Great Leader has a plan. He proposed a one-off tax on big tech firms such as Google and Facebook. But not to fund hospitals, social care or anything useful. Jeremy Corbyn forced to deny he wants to crack down on press because he’s angry about Labour anti-Semitism scandal Instead, Corbyn wants to back “news co-operatives” that will produce “investigative, public-interest journalism” and produce a more “informed public”. Corbyn’s speech was full of cuddly sounding expressions. But … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘media reform’ hits free speech to push his own left-wing agenda — do you want your news like this?
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Facing a challenging political environment, a Republican president whose approval rating is around 40 percent and an expanding battleground map for control of the House, Republicans are spending their resources — now — on trying to disqualify Democratic candidates. On Wednesday alone, the Congressional Leadership Fund – the main Republican Super PAC for House races – released at least FIVE different ads hitting Democratic congressional candidates: And the day before, CLF went after Democrat Katie Porter in CA-45, blasting her over sanctuary cities, ICE and single-payer. This is what you do when you’re behind. Sometimes it works (sowing doubts about challengers). And sometimes it doesn’t. As the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman points out, “Only hope for House Rs to save majority? Disqualify Dem nominees w/ … [Read more...] about The Guns of August: Republican Super PAC unloads on House Democratic candidates