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Politics review #1

Keeping an eye on politicians so you don't have to. Of course, feel free to - it's often quite interesting.

Keeping an eye on politicians so you don’t have to. Of course, feel free to keep an eye on them – they often get up to some quite interesting things!

Welcome to our first regular Politician Watch update, in which we let you know what politicians in the Bristol/Avon area have been doing.  We’ve complied a list of who your local MPs are, so click here to read a bit about them. MPs usually ask plenty of questions in parliament, so I’ve only included a few things of note.

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, is regarded as a constitutional expert of sorts, and has been commenting on the “constitutional crisis” triggered by the defeat of the tax credits vote in the House of Lords.
  • John Penrose, MP for Weston-Super-Mare and Minister for Constitutional Affairs has ordered a review of the Lords in his capacity as a minister.
  • A number of local MPs have been discussing the events surrounding Nick Gargan, the former Chief Constable of the Avon and Somerset constabulary. You can find a related article on Berkeley Squares here.
  • Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, asked how many trees the government was planning to plant over the next five years. The answer was 11 million.
  • Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, asked if Bristol would have the chance to get rid of its current Mayoral system if it wanted to in the future.
  • Local councillors have been arguing over poppies. See a Green Party Councillor’s article here, and the response from a Conservative councillor here.
  • There is some concern over the funding of the St. Pauls Carnival, but it now appears to be going ahead. Labour’s candidate for Mayor Marvin Rees has weighed in.
  • The Taxpayers’ Alliance, a pressure group campaigning for lower taxes, has released its Town Hall Rich List. It found that Bristol City Council employs 25 employees earning over £100,000 – the largest number of all Councils in Britain.