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MPs observe minute’s silence for Sir David Ames in House of Commons

Boris Johnson is being urged to finally put an end to Britain’s delayed crackdown on social media abuse following the murder of David Ames by enacting an online harms bill.

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The law — set to hit tech companies failing to remove illegal and harmful content with hefty fines — was promised long ago by 2019, but still has no launch date.

During a special Commons session dedicated to the slain Southend West MP on Monday, fellow Tory Marc Francois said the bill should now be put “on the law book” – and proposed that it be called “David’s law”.

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Elsewhere, Mr Johnson refused to cut ties with China, saying Britain would not invest “pitchfork away” from the East Asian nation despite its ongoing feud with Beijing over human rights abuses and Hong Kong.

PM said in an interview before the Global Investment Summit in London bloomberg That China would continue to play a “huge part” in the UK economy – but insisted the government would not be “naive”.

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Business Secretary shares experience of ‘online trolling’

More reports of MPs being threatened with violence are coming to the fore this morning.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said she once received threats to burn down her home along with her children.

It comes amid talks about the security of MPs following the assassination of Sir David Ames.

Ms Trevelyan told LBC Radio:

“I have a certain amount of online trolling, I have had to arrest someone who was threatening to burn down my house when my kids were in it.

“These things are terrible and completely wrong, and our police forces work incredibly hard to support us as lawmakers and protect our families, but we will continue to see this.”

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:19
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House of Commons Program for Tuesday

Take a look at what’s happening in the Commons today:

11:30 health and social care questions

12.30 p.m urgent questions and statements

10-minute rule proposal on bereavement leave and pay (dead and aborted children)

A proposal under the Coronavirus Act 2020 regarding renewal of temporary provisions

Opposition Day debate on trade rates

A short debate on the regulation of investments in the fossil fuel industry

For a full parliamentary programme, including sessions at Westminster Hall and the House of Lords, head Here.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:03
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Normal Commons Business Will Resume After David Ames Tribute Day

Normal business will resume in the House of Commons on Tuesday after a day of poignant tributes to Sir David Ames.

The Tory MP for Southend West was stabbed Friday during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

During an emotional day in Westminster on Monday, it was announced that Southend would be granted city status in recognition of Sir David’s decades-long campaign.

But as the Commons returns to regular times, it is likely that the safety of MPs will still be on the minds of many after Sir David’s death.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the Commons yesterday that the policing review for politicians “will be literally finished in the next few days”.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 07:55
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UK will not invest ‘pitchfork away’ from China – Johnson

Boris Johnson has said Britain will not “pitchfork away” investment from China, despite ongoing differences with Beijing over human rights and Hong Kong.

Ahead of global investment summit in London, PM says China will continue to play a “huge role” in UK economic life for years to come, writes Gavin Corden.

At the same time, he stressed that the government would not be “naive” about allowing China access to Britain’s critical national infrastructure (CNI) such as nuclear power or 5G communications networks.

UK should not invest ‘pitchfork away’ from China: Johnson

China is a great civilization: PM

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PM urged to end delayed social media abuse crackdown

MPs are urging Boris Johnson to bring forward a long-delayed online harms bill to crack down on social media abuse following the David Ames murder. Law was promised long back till 2019 but still there is no date to launch it.

During a tribute to the slain Southend West MP, fellow Conservative Marc Francois said the law should now be put “on the law book” – and proposed that it be called “David’s Law”.

Earlier, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the President of the Commons, made the same criticism – as he exposed a car bomb threat – saying: “If it was up to me and I was in charge of the law, I would have done something.”

The appointment of Nadine Dorris as Culture Secretary in a recent cabinet reshuffle would mean further delays in the bill, as former SOS Olivier Dowden promised it would be introduced by the end of December, our deputy political editor report of Rob Merrick.

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Online harms bill was promised a long time ago in 2019 – but there’s no launch date yet

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