Today Parliament returns from the Christmas/ New Year break, and we’e off to a busy start! The Commons doesn’t sit till 2.30pm, to allow MPs time to travel from their constituencies, but then it’s Treasury questions, followed by statements or Urgent Questions, including, no doubt, one on Iran. After that it’s onto the main business of the day, the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which could run for 8 hours (and continue on Wednesday and Thursday). So it could be a late night, and something of a baptism of fire for all the new MPs, with lots of votes taking place.
Away from the Chamber, Labour MPs can start to nominate for leader and deputy leader; candidates need to secure 22 nominations to make it onto the ballot. At 6pm we have the PLP leadership hustings – that’s the Parliamentary Labour Party, ie MPs and peers – and tomorrow morning, at 10am, it’s the turn of the candidates for deputy. It’s all happening very quickly, but that’s because MPs’ nominations close on Monday; after that the unions and local parties also get to nominate.
Lots more happening this week – will keep you posted!