Posts Tagged “Parliament”

Vince Cable in his own words on the sale of Royal Mail

by Stephen Tall on April 1, 2014

The publication of a report today by the National Audit Office criticising the “deep caution” of Vince Cable’s department in setting the sale price of shares in Royal Mail has, inevitably, been leapt on by opponents of the policy. Critics who would, of course, have been equally happy crowing if the Department of Business, Innovation […]

Vince Cable nails Labour’s crass and inaccurate attacks on Lib Dems’ support for the minimum wage

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2014

Sometimes you’ll hear Labour folk claim, with absolute certainty, that the Lib Dems opposed the introduction of the minimum wage in 1998. They’re wrong, as a glance at the voting record shows not a single Lib Dem MP voted against and 26 voted in favour. Today Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Work and Pensions, […]

Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood socks it to the Tories over their “dramatic flip-flopping” on in/out EU referendum

by Stephen Tall on July 6, 2013

While most of the country was enjoying yesterday’s sunshine, the Tory party indulged its own carnival of (to coin a phrase) banging on about Europe. James Wharton’s private member’s bill legislating for an in/out referendum on the European Union to take place by 2017 (a pledge David Cameron has already conceded to his rebellious backbenchers, [...]

“Dr Julian Huppert (Cambridge) rose. Hon. Members: Oh, no.” Yes, folks: this is our Parliament.

by Stephen Tall on June 13, 2013

There are few more popular Lib Dem MPs — among the ranks of party members — than Cambridge MP Julian Huppert. It’s not hard to see why. He stands up for civil liberties, and as a scientist (indeed, the only MP with a science PhD in the House of Commons) he is keen on evidence [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Paddy Ashdown pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher (and shows Nick how it’s done)

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2013

MPs in the Commons and peers in the Lords have been queuing up this afternoon to record their tributes to Margaret Thatcher, including both Nick Clegg and Paddy Ashdown. To read both their tributes, please scroll down the page. Nick’s come in for some stick on Twitter, mostly from right-wing MPs/journalists, for instance Mark Reckless [...]

Government pauses on web regulation to ponder question, “What is a small-scale blog?”

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2013

A follow-up to my weekend post, Bloggers unite to oppose “botched late-night drafting” that proposes new press/web regulation, highlighting the concerns of many — including the Hacked Off campaign group — that politicians’ hasty law-making had resulted in legislative over-reach. In the House of Lords last night, the Government accepted an amendment that will exclude [...]

7 ‘rebel’ Lib Dem MPs back party policy as rest vote for secret courts

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2013

After the excitement of Friday’s Eastleigh by-election result, it’s back to earth with a bump for Lib Dems, after most of our MPs last night ignored the party conference’s overwhelming opposition to ‘secret courts’ and voted into law a measure that flies in the face of natural justice. Here’s the BBC report: MPs have voted [...]

Equal marriage: who voted which way

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2013

For those wanting to know the voting breakdown of last night’s historic decision in the Commons to approve equal marriage, here it is courtesy of Andrew Sparrow’s essential Guardian live-blog… Conservatives FOR – 127 MPs (42%) AGAINST – 136 MPs (45%) ABSTENTIONS – 5 MPs (2%) ABSENT – 35 MPs (12%) Labour FOR – 217 [...]



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