UK Parliament to break up ahead of election day with pomp, ceremony and hard-nosed politics

parliament, labour party, rishi sunak, jeremy corbyn, charles iii, uk parliament, london, britain, england, northern ireland, house of commons, house of lords, scotland, post office, bill, uk parliament to break up ahead of election day with pomp, ceremony and hard-nosed politics

Britain’s lawmakers will leave Parliament on Friday for the last time before an election is held in six weeks. Some will never return -– members of Parliament who are retiring or who lose their seats on July 4 face an abrupt readjustment to life outside politics.

After a flurry of last-minute legislation, Parliament will be prorogued, or formally suspended, in a ceremony featuring hat-doffing, lords in ermine-trimmed robes and commands in Norman French.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s surprise decision to call a summer election means that some key pieces of legislation will have to be abandoned -– including his flagship plan to ban tobacco sales to future generations.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL?

On the second full day of campaigning, Sunak and his main opponent, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, have already covered hundreds of miles (kilometers) crisscrossing the U.K. on carefully stage-managed visits to businesses and communities. Sunak is visiting Northern Ireland and central England on Friday, while Starmer is in Scotland and northwest England.

Labour is the strong favorite to win the election after moving from the left toward the political center under Starmer, its leader since 2020.

The party got a reminder of its recent past on Friday, when Starmer’s predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, said he would run for Parliament as an independent against Labour’s candidate. Starmer suspended Corbyn and barred him from running again for Labour after the former leader accused opponents of exaggerating the problem of antisemitism in the party.

Starmer apologized for antisemitism, a move welcomed by many Jewish Labour members and others. But supporters of Corbyn said he was being smeared because of his longtime support for the Palestinian cause.

Labour has not yet chosen its candidate to run in the inner-London seat of Islington North, which Corbyn has represented since 1983.

“I am here to represent the people of Islington North on exactly the same principles that I’ve stood by my whole life: social justice, human rights and peace,” Corbyn said.

HOW IS PARLIAMENT PROROGUED?

Parliament is set to break up for the election with a tradition-steeped ceremony in which lawmakers from the House of Commons are summoned to the House of Lords in the name of King Charles III by an official known as Black Rod. That’s followed by a round of bowing and cap-doffing, before the title of each bill being passed is read out by an official with a cry of “le roy le veult” -- “the king wills it” in Norman French.

Parliament will be officially dissolved next week, 25 working days before election day. It will not sit again until after the election, when new members will be sworn in.

The new government, whether Labour or Conservative, is due to announce its legislative program at another occasion of pomp and ceremony, the State Opening of Parliament, on July 17.

WHAT LEGISLATION WILL BE PASSED FIRST?

Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords were scurrying Friday to pass final pieces of legislation on the last day of a Parliament that began after the previous national election in December 2019 -– a process known as “washing up.”

One of the most significant is a law that will quash the convictions of hundreds of Post Office branch managers who were prosecuted for theft or fraud because a faulty computer system known as Horizon showed money was missing. The prosecutions and yearslong cover-up by Post Office bosses has been called one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in U.K. history.

The Post Office (Horizon System) Offenses Bill was approved by Parliament late Thursday and is due to become law after receiving the formality of royal assent from King Charles III on Friday.

Victims of a tainted blood scandal in which thousands of people were infected with HIV and hepatitis by contaminated blood products in the 1970s and '80s will get compensation after the Victims and Prisoners Bill is passed by Parliament.

Also expected to make the statute book is a bill overhauling property law in England and Wales, giving more rights to people who own leasehold properties, where the building’s freehold is owned by someone else.

WHAT BILLS WILL FAIL?

One of Sunak’s flagship policies -– a plan to create a “smoke-free generation” by banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone born after 2008 -- is among the bills that has run out of time.

It could be reintroduced by the new government if the Conservatives win the election. Labour supports the idea in principle and could also introduce a similar bill if it wins power.

A law that would ban landlords from evicting tenants without giving a reason is also falling by the wayside.

OTHER NEWS

Just now

Sergei Bobrovsky's growth into a top goalie is complete: 'Bob' is now a Stanley Cup champion

5 minutes ago

Albanese government blasted over ‘off the rails’ nuclear scare campaign

5 minutes ago

Power Rankings: Wigan Warriors top, Wakefield Trinity in second, Salford Red Devils rise

5 minutes ago

Luke Shaw back in England training with Gareth Southgate to make changes for Slovenia

5 minutes ago

Money-saving energy tariff for night-time use with Octopus, EDF, E.ON, and more

5 minutes ago

Report: Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo no longer pursuing new arena

5 minutes ago

Brian Bliss leaves as Sporting Kansas City technical director

5 minutes ago

Saudi giants pushing hard to convince Barcelona attacker to join over Lamine Yamal factor

5 minutes ago

How the All Blacks could line up in Scott Robertson’s first Test against England

5 minutes ago

Matt Kean's comments on nuclear in 2021 were about it being 'cost-effective and timely'

5 minutes ago

LeBron's podcast co-host unveiled as Lakers coach

5 minutes ago

China Premier Warns Decoupling Will Lead to ‘Destructive Spiral’

5 minutes ago

Warning issued to customers over EDF and Utilita energy companies

5 minutes ago

In Rare Rebuke, U.S. Ambassador Accuses China of Undermining Diplomacy

10 minutes ago

MSNBC Plans Its Own ‘BravoCon' With ‘MSNBC Live' Event in September

10 minutes ago

Samsung Galaxy users warned of 'significant threat' - check your phone immediately

10 minutes ago

Bird flu detected at eighth Victorian farm

11 minutes ago

Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer in agreement over Italy ahead of potential England clash

11 minutes ago

Japan to respond appropriately to excessive yen volatility, official says

13 minutes ago

Albanese 'forced' to soften vaping laws because Dutton 'can't stand up' to National Party

13 minutes ago

Boeing reportedly changes up terms of offer for Spirit AeroSystems

13 minutes ago

Afghanistan Beat Bangladesh to Book Semi-final Berth; Knock Out Australia

13 minutes ago

2024 Copa America: Score, highlights for Brazil vs. Costa Rica

13 minutes ago

Conservative MP shares inaccurate, ChatGPT-generated stats on capital gains tax rate

13 minutes ago

Max Verstappen no longer assured of fourth F1 title with ‘slam dunk’ now removed

13 minutes ago

JAF dispatches medical evacuation plane for Jordanian citizen in Saudi Arabia

13 minutes ago

Expect the stock market’s winners to keep on winning — until this happens, Morgan Stanley’s top strategist says

13 minutes ago

Aussie basketball star eyes NBA draft

15 minutes ago

Evidence is mounting about the health risks of mouthwash so just how safe is it?

19 minutes ago

ST HeadSTart: What to do when the job is different from what you signed up for

19 minutes ago

Residents angered over 'secretive' Indigenous land grab

19 minutes ago

Orphans in Congo fed palm weevil larvae in bid to beat malnutrition

19 minutes ago

‘Urgent’ for Australia to protect Great Barrier Reef: Unesco

19 minutes ago

China brings back first samples from far side of the moon

19 minutes ago

China's Chang'e-6 space probe returns to Earth with historic Moon sample

19 minutes ago

Job market stagnates as advertised salaries drop for first time in eight months

19 minutes ago

UAE a destination for promising investment opportunities and sustainable growth

19 minutes ago

Euro 2024: UEFA deploy extra security as Portugal prepare to face Georgia amid Cristiano Ronaldo fears

19 minutes ago

Shein files papers for £52bn London listing – reports

19 minutes ago

Boeing to buy supplier Spirit in stock deal: report