In the last few months, Brexit has elbowed almost all other political narrations off the headlines.

But what else has happened in Parliament?

Here are just a few of the things MPs and peers were going up to while the Brexit battles growled on.

Ivory dealing banned in the UK

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption The elephant population is declining, in part due to poaching

On 20 December, a government bill banning the dealing of tusk items became law.

Some parts were excluded from the greenback including items of “outstandingly high artistic, historic or cultural value”, portrait miniatures decorated on thin fragments of ivory and those sections with only a small amount of ivory.

Sales to and between particular museums will likewise be exempt from the ban.

The act is expected to come into force in late 2019.

Upskirting banned

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Media captionGina Martin campaigned for the law to be changed after a boy took a slide up her hem

After a popular campaign led by Gina Martin, who was a victim of “upskirting” in 2017, the Voyeurism( Offences) Act became law in February .

The proposal to introduce a new offence started as a private members’ bill from Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse.

But after a contentious stymie of its section by Conservative MP Christopher Chope last year, the government co-opted the plans and pushed the law through parliament as a government bill.

Ms Martin said the new law was “just the beginning, ” urging beings to raise their spokespeople and report instances of upskirting.

Zombie spears and astringent substances

The Offensive Weapons Act aimed to tackle knife crime by introducing restrictions on who can buy particular types of spears.

Following a flock of battery-acid assaults, the purposes of the act too banned the arrests of astringent essences in public places. A government consultation showed that 90% of respondents supported the changes.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said all persons who carries acid to criticize beings is a “coward who deserves to face the full force of the law”.

Strengthening counter-terrorism laws

Police and security services were given new supremacies in February under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act.

The law grows convicts for some terrorism offences and strengthens the rules against streaming or downloading gunman material.

Coming soon after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury , the part of the law that received the most attention innovated new strengths to question and imprison beings as they enter the country to see if they are involved in “hostile state” activity.

Compulsory sex education introduced

In February, the government announced that copulation and relationships education would be made compulsory in all schools in England – previously sex education had only been mandatory in council-run schools.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said it was “almost 20 years on from the last time guidance on sex education was updated, ” adding “there is a lot to catch up on”.

The change was generally welcomed by opposition parties and donations; however, over 110,000 beings signed a petition on the Parliament website demanding the right to opt their child out of sex education assignments.

Max and Keira’s law

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Media caption“She’s a hero” – Max, his parents and Keira’s parents tell the story that rendered the legislation its figure

Also in February, Parliament approved a legislation introduced by Labour’s Geoffrey Robertson which sought to ensure that all adults in England would be considered potential organ donors unless they opt out.

The law was referred after nine-year-old Keira Ball – whose organs were donated to others when she died in a gondola disintegrate – and eleven-year-old Max Johnson – the recipient of Keira’s heart.

80% of parties in England support organ donation but only 38% have opted in.

Also known as the Organ Donation( Deemed Consent) Act, the laws and regulations will enter into force in 2020.

More superpowers to tenants

On 20 March, a brand-new law have been in effect allowing renters to take their landowners to court if their residences are not “fit for human habitation”.

The bill, which applies in England and Wales, had been introduced by the backbench Labour MP Karen Buck.

She said her bill would help protect the most vulnerable tenants who were not able to “fight their corner”.

Her bill was supported by the government who said a “stubborn, hardcore minority” of rascal landowners were being put on notice.

Bringing data constitutions up to date

In 354 pages, the Data Protection Act ousts its 20 -year-old predecessor and establishes in new measures to bring rules into the social media age.

The law – overtook in May 2018 – also introduced the GDPR conventions, which aims to protect privacy and security across Europe.

Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

Image copyright PA Image caption Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld engaged a legal battle for the right to have a civil partnership

Under a rule delivered in March, opposite copulation couples in England and Wales will be able to have a civil partnerships, by the end of the year.

Civil partnerships were originally introduced for same-sex couples at a time when they could not marry.

However, some heterosexual pairs likewise wanted to get a civil partnership, including Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan who took their battle to the Supreme court .

The couple said the “legacy of marriage” which “treated dames as belonging for centuries” was not an option for them.

The bill was presented by Conservative Tim Loughton who described the move as “a strong pro-family measure which, crucially, inspires commitment and stability”.

His recommendation received support from the government and Labour; nonetheless, Conservative Michelle Donelan argued that it would “confuse and involve commitment, rather than encouraging it”.

Concern over sky lamps raised

On 27 March, MPs were preparing to take part in a place of indicative polls on Brexit.

First, nonetheless Labour MP Ruth George interposed her invoice seeking to ban sky lanterns.

She told MPs that a sky lamp had caused substantial ardours in recent years including the Smethwick fire in 2013 which lasted for three days, caused PS6m-worth of damage and injured 16 firefighters.

The bill has already been to move to the next parliamentary theatre, and without government foundation it is unlikely to become law.

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FGM bill overcomes dissents to become law

In February Conservative Christopher Chope came under shoot for blocking the section of a bill aimed at protecting children against female genital mutilation( FGM)

Fellow Tory Zac Goldsmith described his actions as “appalling” but Sir Christopher said he was not against the statute itself but at the procedure used to pass the legislation.

Despite his objections to the process, the greenback became rule on 15 March.

Northern Ireland polls were retarded … again

Image copyright EPA Image caption DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neil attended the funeral of assassinated writer Lyra McKee together

The devolved government in Northern Ireland has been suspended since 2017 when the abdication of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness prompted the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

This has meant that for over two years decisions on areas such as health and education have been put on hold.

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