On the 18th of May the 2016-17 Parliamentary session officially started with a somewhat thread-bare Queens Speech. It was well noted by Lord Fowler (Conservative) in the first day of debate that;
‘The most significant words in the Queen’s Speech yesterday were that, ‘other measures will be laid before you’- Lord Fowler, [Official Report, 19/5/16; cols. . . . → Read More: Party Funding is back on the political agenda.
This evening sees the culmination of five months’ work, led by the Lib Dems, which will finally knock some fairness into the Government’s proposals for reforming the relationship between Labour and the Trade Unions.
Late last year, the Left was raging – with some justification – about a Tory plot to remove up to £6m a year . . . → Read More: Liberal Democrats force Government climb-down on Trade Union Bill
Late last night there was support across the whole House for the report of the Select Committee into the Trade Union Bill, on which I served. I originally suggested this Committee to prevent the Tories attacking the union funding of the Labour Party while ignoring their own dependence on millionaire donors, despite manifesto promises to adopt . . . → Read More: This Government is getting too big for their electoral boots.