Posts Tagged “parliamentary reform”

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 [...]

Constituency boundary changes are dead.* Unlike the House of Lords.*

by Stephen Tall on January 14, 2013

The House of Lords has today voted to block a reduction in the number of MPs from 650 to 600 as part of the review of constituencies that might have seen the Conservatives gain up to 20 seats. The BBC reports: The House of Lords voted by 300 to 231 to delay until 2018 a [...]

Dear Conservative MPs, Re House of Lords reform here’s what your manifesto & the Coalition Agreement say

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Conservative MPs — it appears some of them have only just read their own party’s manifesto and the Coalition Agreement they signed up to. That can be the only explanation for the sudden fit of vapours which have apparently afflicted three of their number over the [...]

3 ways the Labservatives blocked the Lib Dems cleaning up politics

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 …

Three reasons Nick Clegg was right to call for the ‘cancellation’ of the Queen’s Speech

by Stephen Tall on November 17, 2009

When I woke up yesterday morning to news reports that Nick Clegg had called for the Queen’s Speech to be cancelled – because with limited time before the general election it would be far better to use the time focusing on reforming Parliament ready for the new batch of MPs – I was impressed.
First, [...]

Clegg: expenses reform is being "swept under the carpet" #mpsexpenses

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2009

Nick Clegg has today penned an article for The Daily Telegraph urging the Labour and Tory parties to take action to reform Parliament in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal. Here’s an excerpt: The new political season is beginning. (…)

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