Government activity in the past week

On Saturday 16th September, Chris Skidmore announced that voters in five local authorities will need to show ID before they can vote next May in a pilot to tackle electoral fraud.

On Monday 18th September, the Prime Minister met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and held talks on cementing a strong trade and investment partnership after Brexit with Canada.

Also on Monday, David Davis and Amber Rudd set out the government’s plans for a comprehensive security and law enforcement partnership with the EU after Brexit.

On Tuesday 19th, the Prime Minister called for tough action from the UN to end modern slavery.

Also on Tuesday, the Prime Minister hosted executives from key US firms, telling investors that the UK’s economy is both strong and dynamic, with booming prospects for post-Brexit trade, building on recent inward investment.

Also on Tuesday, Sajid Javid announced that government will be bringing forward a green paper on social housing in England which will be a wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector.

On Wednesday 20th, the Prime Minister urged UN reform and said the UK will set aside 30 per cent of the money it gives the institution only to go to those parts that deliver sufficient results.

Also on Wednesday, the Prime Minister called for internet firms to automatically block terrorist content.

On Thursday 21st, Jesse Norman announced a review to consider whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for cyclists.

On Friday 22nd, the Prime Minister has just given a speech in Florence outlining an ambitious vision for a new partnership with Europe once we leave the European Union. A narrative on the speech is attached to this email.

Also on Friday, Chris Grayling set out plans to deliver Britain’s first digitally-controlled intercity railway line between Manchester and York.