This week had a feel of calm before another Brexit storm. Brexit has not slipped off the agenda entirely, but the breakdown in talks with opposition parties has changed the focus
by the Prime Minister to convincing her own backbenchers and the DUP to support her deal. The next milestone of a debate and vote on 29th January on the Prime Minister’s ‘new’ proposal is the focus now—with members working to table amendments that would give Parliament a say on what happens next.

Elsewhere, I Chaired a debate in Westminster Hall on the Widowed Parent’s Allowance. Although well intentioned, the Allowance only makes provision for families who lose a parent
to receive an entitlement if the parents are married or in a Civil Partnership. The Law, therefore, does not allow for the increasingly common situation of long term relationships where
people choose not to get married. It was a thought provoking debate on the functioning of our welfare system and I would urge you to read it in detail, here.

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