MP for a week

An excellent award winning game for11 to 16 year olds on what it is like to be a MP for a week. Have fun!

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It would be “immoral” to “burden the next generation with higher debts” – The Liberal Democrats

The Coalition of cabinet millionaires just do not have a clue how difficult their intention to treble fees will make going to University for young people from middle and lower income families.

They have benefitted themselves having free higher education and now they want people to pay up to £9,000 a year in fees. If we’re all in this together, every MP who votes for the fee cap rise should pay £27,000 into the higher education system.

THIS WILL RUIN THE LIFE CHANCES OF A GENERATION!

They are intent on tackling the deficit within one Parliamentary term because they say that the economy should not be built on a foundation of debt. But they think it’s ok for young people to be consigned with debts of up to £50,000 and build their whole lives on a foundation of debt. Where is the logic in that?

When they wanted to sell these extreme cuts, the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would turn moist-eyed and say it was “immoral” to “burden the next generation with higher debts.” So as a solution they have introduced a program that will burden the next generation with much higher debts.

Johan Hari, the Independent

During the years when young people have begun to work, are at the prime age to start up families and enter the housing market for the first time, a chunk of their disposable income will be removed from them at the time when they are in most need of it as they will have to deal with their student debt – thereby affecting their future life choices.

The Lib Dem comeback seems to be that it’s all Gordon Brown and the previous Labour Government’s fault. I disagree strongly – but you can blame Gordon Brown all you want… it doesn’t change the fact that Nick Clegg lied.

Sarah Teather votes to cut police numbers

Sarah Teather’s voting record on the public whip website is concerning. This screen grab is just an example of how out of touch she is with what people want in Brent. Sarah Teather has her fingerprints all over the crime scene and has a lot of explaining to do with regards to her voting record.

Brent Council accused of intimidating Brent Youth Parliament members

I recenty spoke along with Transport Minister Sadiq Khan MP,  Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry and my fellow young Brent Council Candidates Roxanne Mashari (Welsh Harp Ward) and Nadhim Ahmed (Dollis Hill Ward) at a Young People’s reception organised by Youth Opportunities and Youth Engagement Minister Dawn Butler MP.

It was amazing to meet so many young people involved positively in our communities. A few members of the Brent Youth Parliament were among the guests which has since caused local controversy. The Liberal Democrat and Conservative controlled Brent Council has since sent the Brent Youth Parliament members an intimidating letter saying:

“You will obviously need to give careful consideration as to whether you wish to align yourself with a particular person or group and what impact this may have on others’ perception of you as a Brent Youth Parliament member.

“If you do decide to participate in local politics, you will need to give consideration as to which person or group you are willing to be connected with and, any implications of this.”

Barry Gardiner MP, who represents Brent North in Parliament raised the issue in Parliament and was advised by Sir Alan Haselhurst to take the matter to the Speaker of the House of Commons. Harrow Times have reported in the story LINK.

I think it’s an absolute disgrace that young people are being discouraged from being involved in politics by being threatened and intimidated in this manner.

Brent Labour has led the way in youth representation and in this years’ local elections will be putting forward 5 candidates in their 20s.

Lib Dem MPs trained to exploit the expenses system and the Taxpayer

It’s not surprising that Brent East’s Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather has been caught up in what has been branded as “OfficeGate”.

Source: Political Scrapbook

In 2009, the Telegraph reported that the Liberal Democrat Party had produced a guide for their MPs on how to “systematically exploit their taxpayer-funded expenses” – LINK

The handbook on exploiting the system has come to light again following the revellation of expenses “saint” Sara Teather’s office expense irregularities.

Political Scrapbook has today published an extract of the handbook – LINK

Meanwhile Councillor James Powney has blogged on the fact that Sarah Teather’s appearance in Parliament has been somewhat scarce – LINK

Yesterday’s Politician

Alan Duncan MP typifies the type of politician that the people are sick and tired of. The Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton was secretly filmed by Don’t Panic claiming that MPs were “living on rations” and “were treated like s***”.

FULL VIDEO

The Tory MP has been ridiculed on Television following his reaction to his own expenses discrepancies earlier this year:

Another one of his awkward moments include a cringeworthy comment about killing Miss California on BBC’s Have I got News for You.

He is currently the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, meaning if the Conservative Party were to form a Government after the next general election, he would become Leader of the House of Commons. A role which would give him responsibility for Parliamentary reform, Modernisation of the House and MP’s expenses and allowances.

I am disappointed that Conservative Leader David Cameron has decided to stick by his man as he is clearly not fit for the role in which he has been lined up for and lacks the moral decency to fulfil what the public now demand of Parliament after the expenses scandal.