Posts Tagged “house of commons”

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #8 – Margaret Hodge & the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2012

Welcome to the eight in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. […]

Clegg on AV referendum bill: “We must make the system fair. We must put people back in charge.”

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2010

The BBC reports: Plans to change the way MPs are elected have cleared the first Commons hurdle. A bill introducing a referendum on changing the voting system, changes to constituency boundaries and fewer MPs, was backed by 328 votes to 269. Labour says the changes would affect Labour-supporting areas and said the bill was “political […]

Has something gone wrong with political reporting in the UK?

by Stephen Tall on June 8, 2010

That’s the question asked today by Lib Dem blogger Andy Hinton in an article titled, If you want to keep something secret…
Andy highlights the mangled reporting of the BBC in claiming that Nick Clegg is back-tracking on the coalition government’s commitment to fixed-term parliaments by fleshing out further details on the proposed 55% dissolution […]

The 14 non-Lib Dem MPs who backed the Single Transferable Vote

by Stephen Tall on February 10, 2010

The House of Commons yesterday voted by 365 votes to 187 to hold a UK-wide referendum on changing the voting system next year from first-past-the-post to the alternative vote. The Lib Dems reluctantly voted for the alternative vote, as the most modest of improvements on the current, broken system.
But the party, in the person […]

NEW POLL: What should we pay our MPs?

by Stephen Tall on August 24, 2009

Tory MP Sir Patrick Cormack – the grandees’ grandee – isn’t alone in thinking MPs are under-paid. The Times recently reported (under the oh-so-impartial headline, ‘MPs hijack expenses inquiry with complaints and demands for pay rise’) that Sir Christopher Kelly’s Committee on Standards in Public Life inquiry into Parliamentary standards has been inundated with MPs’ responses including demands – especially from Tories – that their pay be increased. The debate has been well-rehearsed. Gone are the days of amateur MPs, men with means who could afford to regard being elected to Parliament as their public duty and/or an amusing hobby. Paying members of Parliament is an essential pre-requisite of a democracy of all the talents. How much they should be paid inevitably plunges you into the murky realms of envy, greed and compromise. On a rational supply and demand basis, it is perfectly obvious that MPs should be paid not a single penny more. Political parties in winnable seats have no problem in finding candidates: more people want to do the job than there are vacancies available. It’s an employer’s market, and in this case the employer is the taxpayer: why should we cough up more cash?

Tory council leader accuses Lib Dem MP of smear

by Stephen Tall on July 5, 2009

The BBC has the story: A Tory peer referred to the police over expenses says it is part of a campaign of “attacks and innuendo” by an MP. Lord Hanningfield claimed the unnamed MP was determined to “blacken my name” (…)

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LDV Members’ Survey – MPs’ expenses (6): your views about the Speaker

by Stephen Tall on May 25, 2009

Almost a week ago, LDV emailed those Lib Dem party members signed-up to our private discussion forum inviting them to take part in a survey focusing on MPs’ expenses. Many thanks to the 240+ of you who completed it; we’ve (…)

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LDV readers say: 85% wanted Michael Martin to quit

by Stephen Tall on May 19, 2009

Well, y’know, I’m personally convinced that Michael Martin must have been finally convinced to quit when he saw the overwhelming result of LDV’s over-night poll showing 85% of readers thought he should quit now. So much more likely than that (…)

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What can politicians achieve? A Review of the Foothills

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2009

Generally speaking political diaries are not best read cover to cover, and certainly not if they weigh in at 590 pages. They are for dipping into, browsing the index, and allowing your eyes to wonder to names, places and events (…)

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MPs decide (eventually) to allow UK Youth Parliament to meet in Commons

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2009

The UK Youth Parliament will be allowed to hold a meeting in the House of Commons following overwhelming approval from MPs – after a two-hour long debate. The BBC reports: The move, which was resisted by a handful of Conservative (…)

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