No party funding consensus without compromise

Writing on Lib Dem Voice, Paul Tyler says today (Wednesday), “The Government has signalled changes in a significant area:  cleaning up political funding.  This is very welcome news.  What appears to be on offer is not a full, comprehensive reform package, but it is a start.  The move to deal with links between parties and non-party . . . → Read More: No party funding consensus without compromise

Funding Democracy – Breaking the Deadlock

A Draft Bill to illustrate how key recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s report on Party Political Finance could be implemented has been published at a cross-party seminar today.  The Bill also makes the first serious attempt to deal with the possibility than non-party campaigns could seek to influence the 2014 European Elections, . . . → Read More: Funding Democracy – Breaking the Deadlock

“Other measures”

I first spoke in a Queen’s Speech debate in March 1974. I recall being mystified by that vital penultimate sentence heard again in this year’s speech: “other measures will be laid before you”. It is these innocent, innocuous words which turn out to be quite important. And they give hope that there will be other vital . . . → Read More: “Other measures”