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Mini-budget, party conferences and NHS changes: what to expect for MPs when they return from mourning – Sky News | Gmx Pharm

After the Queen’s death was announced last Thursday, MPs and colleagues left Parliament to observe a period of mourning for the monarch.

But when they return to work in Westminster next week after the state funeral they will have to get going with a busy influx of events and announcements.

We take a look at what’s happening over the coming week.

Truss is starting over as Prime Minister

Just 48 hours after the Queen asked Liz Truss to form a government, the new Prime Minister took to the steps of Downing Street to announce the death of the head of state.

She has since traveled across the UK attending memorial services in support of the new king and has even given readings at some historic moments.

But there will be more typical PM duties next week, as well as the pressure to grapple with the challenges facing households and businesses across the country.

Before the funeral takes place on Monday, Ms Truss will receive world leaders and dignitaries traveling to the UK for the event.

While Number 10 said the opportunity would not be used as a diplomatic exercise, reports suggest the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with US President Joe Biden and other world leaders for the first time while they are in the country.

She is then expected to travel to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday night in her first international appearance as Britain’s leader.

A range of issues are on the agenda in New York, from climate change to poverty. But the ongoing war in Ukraine will certainly dominate negotiations and will be taken up later in the week during a general debate in the House of Commons scheduled for Thursday.

It will be a big moment for Ms Truss and the UK on the world stage.

swear allegiance

As it gets back to business as usual for MPs, the cloud of the Queen’s death will still loom large over Westminster.

Wednesday in the House of Commons is allocated for Members to swear allegiance to King Charles by taking the Oath or Confirmation.

Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London.
MPs will meet again next week, but not for long

This is not constitutionally required – when MPs first join the Commons they pledge allegiance to the monarch and his “heirs and heirs”.

However, the House felt it was important to give members the opportunity to do so once they have returned from the period of mourning.

Setting a health agenda

On Thursday, attention will turn to more pressing matters – one of which will be how the Government plans to tackle ongoing problems in the NHS.

Waiting lists are at an all-time high in the country, ambulances are queuing outside hospitals while patients struggle to get beds and staff morale is said to be at an all-time low in the wake of the pandemic.

Rumor has it that incoming Health Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey is due to make a statement to the House of Commons that day to outline her plans to tackle these challenges – one of Ms Truss’ top three priorities, according to her speech at the steps Downing Street after becoming Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary Therese Coffey walks outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, on September 7, 2022.  REUTERS/John Sibley
Health Secretary Therese Coffey was Ms. Truss’ first appointment since taking office

It’s not yet clear what Ms Coffey will say, although some reports suggest she is reviewing Boris Johnson’s obesity strategy, including restrictions on advertising junk food, amid rising food costs.

After her appointment, however, she promised to get a handle on the “A, B, C, D” issues – namely ambulances, backlogs, (social) services and access to the doctor/dentist – so that the focus could be on those key areas.

Make up for lost time

While MPs will be back next week, time is running out as they all have to interrupt proceedings again to head out to their party conferences the following week – and are not expected to return until Monday 17 October.

But with so much to do, particularly ahead of the winter months, the Commons authorities have now confirmed that a motion will be tabled to shorten that break by a week to allow MPs to return to the House on Tuesday 11 October, but they must opt ​​out before it becomes a reality.

The Fiscal Event

News of the Queen’s ailing health broke as Ms Truss announced her plan to combat rising energy prices.

Before all eyes turned to Balmoral, she outlined an Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) to cap bills at £2,500 for two years from October – around £500 more than now but £1,000 less than Ofgem’s incoming price cap hike.

Details on how much the policy would cost remained unknown, however, and she promised more would come to light – including support for businesses and how she would implement the tax cuts she proposed during the leadership contest – during a “tax event ‘ in the House of Commons before the month is out.

Time is of the essence due to the mourning period, but Sky News understands new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will go to the dispatch box on Friday to finalize the details.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng arrives at Downing Street in London on Wednesday September 7, 2022 for the first cabinet meeting since Liz Truss was inaugurated as Britain's Prime Minister a day earlier.  (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) PIC:AP

We already know he plans to reverse the Social Security increase introduced in April to pay for health and social care.

Other reports have surfaced that he will remove the cap on bankers’ bonuses, introduced after the 2008 financial crisis to limit annual payouts to twice a banker’s salary to spur economic growth.

But most eyes will be on every detail of how he intends to pay for everything, as the new government has still not mandated the Office for Fiscal Responsibility to conduct its own forecast.

emergency legislation

As mentioned, a big and much-anticipated part of this announcement will be help for businesses.

During Ms Truss’s speech to Parliament last week, she pledged equal support to businesses, which she wanted to give to households as they are currently not protected by a price cap on their energy bills and face huge spikes.

The details are set to be outlined in Mr. Kwarteng’s tax event, so companies are waiting with bated breath.

Enacting it will be a bit more complicated as there are no existing rules to limit how much businesses can be billed for their energy use, meaning the government may need to enforce emergency legislation to make its plans a reality allow.

This means parliamentary time is needed to pass the law.

With an already tight schedule, MEPs will be under pressure to get the job done as quickly as possible.


After a busy first week, it will be conferences for MPs of all persuasions as parties hold their annual gatherings across the country – apart from the Liberal Democrats, who canceled their event when it conflicted with the Queen’s funeral.

Even if the events don’t make voters’ hearts beat faster, they are key moments in each party’s calendar.

It will be Ms Truss’ first as leader and having secured the support of just 57% of members to win the race – with even less support among her own MPs – it will be a pivotal moment for her to try and win over the doubters and proves she has what it takes to win the next election.

It will also be an important moment for Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer to build on the momentum of the party, whose poll numbers have risen during a tumultuous summer for the Tories, and to argue that he is the right figure to lead the opposition benches and to power.

But after the Queen’s death and in the midst of a livelihood crisis, events could be more subdued than previous conferences and attendance lower.

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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