Saturday 13 June 2009

The Week Ahead

Will Westminster settle down this week? After a long period of turmoil - with expenses scandals; the resignation of the Speaker; elections; plots againgst the Prime Minister; noisy demonstrations in Parliament Square, and egg throwing - will quiet return?

Probably not. On Monday hustings will take place for the forthcoming election of a new Speaker. On Wednesday tributes will be paid to the outgoing Speaker. In the Commons on Tuesday there will be a debate on European Affairs - no doubt enlivened by the results of the elections and Lord Mandelson's comments on the objective of joining the Euro. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/20090612/peter-mandelson-euro-single-currency-ukip.htm

The Lords also have a busy week ahead, with the Political Parties and Elections Bill facing its Report Stage.

The Parliamentary calendar can be viewed at http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/

In Congress the War Supplemental Bill conference report is likely to be voted on, though a filibuster is threatened by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz.

House of Representatives: http://democraticleader.house.gov/docUploads/21WeeklyLeader61509.pdf?CFID=7017212&CFTOKEN=43085550