Posts Tagged “lords reform”

Lib Dems set to name 7 new peers for House of Lords, says Sunday Times

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2013

Today’s Sunday Times front page (£) splashes with a ‘Cash for peerages row hits Clegg’ headline. The reality is slightly less exciting: Rumi Verjee, a prominent donor to the Lib Dems, is apparently top of the list of seven names put forward for peerages: Rumi Verjee, a multimillionaire who brought the Domino’s pizza chain to [...]

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, [...]

Tories lose boundary review vote, Lib Dems vote against Coalition partners for first time

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

The BBC reports this afternoon’s vote: Plans to redraw constituency boundaries before 2015, backed by the Tories, have been defeated in the House of Commons. MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept changes made by peers, meaning the planned constituency shake-up will be postponed until 2018 at the earliest. It was the first time [...]

Tories lose boundary review vote, Lib Dems vote against Coalition partners for first time

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2013

The BBC reports this afternoon’s vote: Plans to redraw constituency boundaries before 2015, backed by the Tories, have been defeated in the House of Commons. MPs voted by 334 to 292 to accept changes made by peers, meaning the planned constituency shake-up will be postponed until 2018 at the earliest. It was the first time [...]

Lords reform is dead! Long live, erm, a bloated, ineffective, undemocratic Lords!

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

The Guardian reports today that dozens of new life peers are to be appointed to the House of Lords: Political parties are preparing to draw up lists for dozens of new appointments to the House of Lords in a move that will reignite controversy over creating peers just months after the collapse of legislation to [...]

There’s zero chance of Clegg cutting any boundary deal with Tories over party funding

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2012

There’s zero chance of Nick Clegg cutting a deal with David Cameron on boundary changes in exchange for party reform — that’s the firm message I’ve got from some of those closest to the Lib Dem leader in response to my post last night, Nick Clegg should say no to any link between state funding [...]

Nick Clegg should say no to any link between state funding and boundary changes

by Stephen Tall on August 13, 2012

It’s August, so I’m not going to take too seriously kite-flying suggestions by Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph that Nick Clegg might consider rescinding his threat that the Lib Dems will vote against boundary changes (following the Tories’ decision to break the Coalition Agreement over Lords reform) in return for a deal on party funding [...]

62% of Lib Dem members agree with Clegg decision to vote down boundary changes over Tories’ Lords reform retreat

by Stephen Tall on August 7, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 446 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. What party members say about Tory breach of Coalition Agreement LDV asked: Within the package of constitutional reforms [...]

The Coalition Agreement does not commit Lib Dems to supporting boundary changes

by Stephen Tall on August 5, 2012

Over the last couple of months, Conservative MPs and commentators have made great play of the fact that the Coalition Agreement does not explicitly commit the Tories to voting for House of Lords reform. Let’s remind ourselves of its words again: We will establish a committee to bring forward proposals for a wholly or mainly [...]

++ Clegg to announce Lords reform sunk; Tory rebels defeat Cameron; first breach of Coalition Agreement.

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2012

The Guardian reports tonight: Nick Clegg is expected to announce next week he has been forced to abandon Lords reform in the face of implacable Conservative backbench opposition that David Cameron has been unable to overcome. … Clegg has to decide whether to respond to the Lords rebuff by insisting legislation designed to cut the [...]



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