BROWN RETREATS ON REFORM

Gordon Brown appeared to back away from his commitment to a referendum on electoral reform today (Thursday) as his Minister in the Lords refused to confirm that there would be legislation in this Parliament.

In a special House of Lords debate called by Liberal Democrat Peers, the party’s Constitutional Affairs spokesman, Lord Tyler challenged Justice Minister Lord . . . → Read More: BROWN RETREATS ON REFORM

NICK BROWN LOSES GOVERNMENT SUPPORT?

Government Ministers in the House of Lords have refused to back local MP Nick Brown’s accusations against Newcastle City Council.

Mr Brown, who is Labour’s Chief Whip in the Commons, sparked outrage among Council officials last week when he spoke out against a cross-party decision to count the General Election result for Newcastle constituencies on the day . . . → Read More: NICK BROWN LOSES GOVERNMENT SUPPORT?

GOVERNMENT SILENT ON REFORM BILL FATE – TYLER

Labour appear to have given up on their Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill, according to Liberal Democrat spokesman, Lord Tyler.

The House of Lords held a special debate on electoral systems this week, but Ministers remained silent when challenged on the future of the legislation.

Speaking in the chamber, Lord Tyler said: “Where has the Constitutional Reform . . . → Read More: GOVERNMENT SILENT ON REFORM BILL FATE – TYLER