Political parties accused of using Belfast City Council’s Brexit committee for campaigning purposes BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Political parties have been accused of using Belfast City Council resources for campaigning. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/political-parties-accused-of-using-belfast-city-councils-brexit-committee-for-campaigning-purposes-37201474.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37201473.ece/35b48/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_6fb9f85c-f684-437a-b08f-1ef8f59332f9_1 Email Political parties have been accused of using Belfast City Council resources for campaigning. DUP councillor Lee Reynolds made the claim at the first meeting of the council’s Brexit committee on Thursday. The committee has been set up to look at what implications the UK leaving the European Union on March 29 2019 will have for Belfast. Committee chair Seanna Walsh (Sinn Fein) opened the inaugural meeting by telling members that its terms of … [Read more...] about Political parties accused of using Belfast City Council’s Brexit committee for campaigning purposes
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LONDON (Reuters) - A group of pro-European Union British lawmakers who quit the governing Conservatives and opposition Labour over Brexit said on Friday they had applied to become a political party in order to stand in May's European elections. The British government plans to leave the EU before the elections to the European Parliament, but if it ends up seeking a longer extension to the Article 50 negotiating period the bloc has said Britain will have to take part. The Independent Group of 11 lawmakers who support a second Brexit referendum, said it had this week applied to establish a new party called 'Change UK - The Independent Group'. Former Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen has been appointed its interim leader ahead of a leadership election in September, it said. "A new party will shake up the two-party system and provide people with an alternative that can change our country for the better," the group's spokesman Chuka Umunna, a former Labour lawmaker said in a statement. … [Read more...] about UK independent MPs seek to become political party for European elections
0 Have your say There’s been speculation about whether the UK needs a new political party positioned somewhere between the Brexit-leaning Tories and Corbyn’s Labour. A reported £50m is said to be available for those prepared to take up the challenge. But history and First Past The Post (FPTP) voting system suggest the going will be tough. Memories of the SDP and their alliance with the Liberals in the eighties spring to mind.In 1983,despite polling six million votes, it won just 23 seats and then a little later the SDP disappeared altogether. The similar fate awaits Ukip who, like the Greens and the Lib Dems, struggle to survive under the UK’s medieval voting arrangements.It’s not so much the number of votes for each party but more where the votes are cast that make the difference. Parties whose support is highly localised do better than those whose support is more evenly spread around the country. Recognising this led to the practice of seat … [Read more...] about LETER OF THE DAY: Time for a new political party?
Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks — but not eliminating — the threat of a chaotic British exit. After a meeting that stretched through the afternoon and over dinner, the bloc said Britain could postpone its departure, due on March 29, until May 22 — if the U.K. Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the bloc next week. If the twice-rejected deal is thrown out again, the bloc says Britain has until April 12 to "indicate a way forward." May agreed to the plan, European Council President Donald Tusk said. May said she "will make every effort" to ensure delayed Brexit happens with a deal in place. Top News Photos: New Zealand Bans 'Military-Style' Guns Vincent Thian/AP The deep uncertainty among leaders at an EU summit in Brussels was exceeded only by the high anxiety being felt by … [Read more...] about Europe Offers UK More Time for Brexit
NEW Secretary of State Julian Smith has held separate meetings with the five main political parties.Mr Smith will now lead the all-party talks process in the hope of reaching a deal to restore the north's institutions.He also met Tanaiste Simon Coveney who accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of deliberately setting the UK on "a collision course" with Ireland and the EU.Sinn Féin spoke about Brexit and the consequences of the UK leaving the EU.Party president Mary Lou McDonald said she pressed Mr Smith on Irish unity and challenged him on the DUP's confidence and supply agreement with the Conservatives."We have stepped through all of the issues with him and obviously the outstanding rights issues and the issues that need to be resolved to ensure that the institutions can be restored, and that, crucially, we can deliver inclusive, sustainable and good government for every citizen living in this part of Ireland," she said."He is aware of the issues. He is aware that they have been … [Read more...] about Political parties meet new secretary of state