Lib Dems win key concessions on votes at 16

Lib Dem Peer Lord (Paul) Tyler has welcomed government concessions to the Wales Bill, which will enable 16 and 17 year olds to be enfranchised in a referendum on tax-raising powers for Wales.

The concessions were announced today by Lib Dem Wales Minister Jenny Randerson as she took the Bill through Report Stage in the House of . . . → Read More: Lib Dems win key concessions on votes at 16

Just Deserts?

Over the weekend, a number of Conservative and Labour parliamentarians, from both ends of the building, were moaning and groaning about the arrival of 22 new Peers.

Some were complaining that Conservative Party donors were included; some were querying whether Liberal Democrat activists were sufficiently august; some were griping that there were insufficient numbers of Labour stalwarts . . . → Read More: Just Deserts?

Labour MPs won’t swallow Peers’ retreat – Tyler

Commenting on news of a report by Labour Peers on the future of the House of Lords, Lib Dem Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson Lord Tyler said:

“What would Tony Benn think of this retreat from Labour’s successive promises to introduce democracy into the second chamber of Parliament?”

“Postponing real reform for another decade of commissions and committees is a . . . → Read More: Labour MPs won’t swallow Peers’ retreat – Tyler