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Ballot For Private Members Bills

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The list of MPs who got on the list to introduce Private Members Bills has been published

The 20 MPs selected, in order, are:

John McDonnell ,Richard Ottaway, Barbara Keeley. Gavin Barwell , Peter Aldous,John Hemming,Neil Carmichael ,Sir Paul Beresford, Richard Harrington, Mike Weir , Stuart Andrew ,Sheryll Murray ,Lindsay Roy ,John Glen,Jo Swinson, Mark Hendrick, Simon Kirby, Michael Meacher, Michael Connarty,Douglas Carswell

Do any of them have "form" regarding our hobby?

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The name John McDonnell stands out for me. I remember seeing him on tv in the parliamentary debate about the Policing and Crime Bill 2009. He definitely seemed very much opposed to strict liability and clause 13, and he didn't seem to have any compulsions about standing up to and criticising his own party, Labour.

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Apparently John McDonnell (who remarkably came top in the random ballot last year as well) has said he will introduce a bill requiring MP's to approve the appointment of Governors of the Bank of England. Can't see that affecting many of us directly.

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Michael Meacher is one who stands out.

http://www.michaelme...ex-trafficking/

Particularly enjoyed the one reply which demolished the blog post completely and to which he didn't reply himself

Politicians lucky enough to come up in the ballot want to see something that makes it to the statute book and becomes an effective working piece of law thereafter. The bowdlerisation of the last legislation in this area would put most politicians off from having another go.

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Apparently John McDonnell (who remarkably came top in the random ballot last year as well) has said he will introduce a bill requiring MP's to approve the appointment of Governors of the Bank of England. Can't see that affecting many of us directly.

Darn! Someone who expressed the views he did in the Commons during the Policing and Crime Bill debate could have come up with some really progressive legislation.

http://prostitutescollective.net/2009/05/19/policing-and-crime-bill-house-of-commons-third-reading-19-may-2009-2/

But at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what John McDonnell is going to come up with because as the press are saying "Mr McDonnell's bill is guaranteed debating time in the Commons although there is little chance of it, or any other, Private Member's Bill becoming law without the government throwing its weight behind it."

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Darn! Someone who expressed the views he did in the Commons during the Policing and Crime Bill debate could have come up with some really progressive legislation.

http://prostitutesco...-19-may-2009-2/

But at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what John McDonnell is going to come up with because as the press are saying "Mr McDonnell's bill is guaranteed debating time in the Commons although there is little chance of it, or any other, Private Member's Bill becoming law without the government throwing its weight behind it."

Good link.

I recommend these comments of his which state exactly my feelings about POCA in regard to the sex industry

"Some of the information that we have managed to glean suggests that prosecutions for keeping a brothel used for prostitution have been increasing. In 2004, there were only three such prosecutions; in 2007—the latest figures that we could extract—there were 41. So the increasing pressure that is being put on women working together in brothels is forcing women on to the streets and into insecure and unsafe conditions.

One of the reasons police harassment of brothels and sex workers has increased is, unfortunately, the incentive provided by the proceeds of crime legislation, whereby 25 per cent. of any assets confiscated during a raid on a brothel goes towards the police, 25 per cent. goes towards the Crown Prosecution Service and the Inland Revenue takes the rest. That is almost like the Government and the police living off immoral earnings. No wonder that there is an incentive to increase the number of raids on brothels"

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Darn! Someone who expressed the views he did in the Commons during the Policing and Crime Bill debate could have come up with some really progressive legislation.

http://prostitutesco...-19-may-2009-2/

But at the end of the day it doesn't really matter what John McDonnell is going to come up with because as the press are saying "Mr McDonnell's bill is guaranteed debating time in the Commons although there is little chance of it, or any other, Private Member's Bill becoming law without the government throwing its weight behind it."

Thanks for posting this link.

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