Same sex marriage bill: how peers voted by party

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

We reported last night the historic decision of the House of Lords to approve the second reading of the Same Sex Marriage Bill by a hefty majority. 73 Lib Dem peers voted against Lord Dear’s wrecking amendment. And if you were wondering about the breakdown across the parties — how many of each voted for […]

Registers and recall: I support them both. But they’re not going to clean up our democracy

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

The weekend’s revelations that two Labour peers and an Ulster Unionist were filmed offering to lobby ministers for cash, following hot on the heels of Tory MP Patrick Mercer’s resignation of the Tory whip over similar allegations, has re-ignited the question of how to clean up Parliament. Two proposals are being pushed, both of them […]

Today’s Link-Love: June 5, 2013

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Labour and Tory MPs have a new twist on an old game. Block democratic reform. Then criticise lack of democratic reform | Stephen Tall Lab and Tory MPs have a new twist (…)

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Labour and Tory MPs have a new twist on an old game. Block democratic reform. Then criticise lack of democratic reform

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2013

Labour and Tory MPs have a new favourite hobby. It’s one they’ve been practising for decades, but they’ve really refined their art in the last three years. Basically it works like this… A political scandal happens. Abuse of expenses by MPs or cash-for-questions/honours/favours, that sort of thing. Everyone demands reform. This must never happen again, […]