by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2010
Labour and Conservatives, Conservatives and Labour: same difference, as the Lib Dems’ rather fabulous Labservative website points out. Here are just three examples from the past 12 months of ways in which the Labservatives have blocked Lib Dem attempts to reform our broken political system …
The public’s right to sack MPs
The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in June 2009 to place a responsibility on the Secretary of State to review and report on procedures for constituencies to recall their MPs if they have been found guilty of misconduct.
Labour voted against these measures and the Tories refused to back them.
Cap on party donations
The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in June 2009 to introduce a £50,000 cap on donations to political parties.
Once again Labour voted against the amendment and the Conservatives abstained.
The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in 2006 to clamp down on expenditure on lobbying.
Labour voted against and the Conservatives failed to support the measure.