Lib Dems expose Tory self-interest on the Trade Union Bill

Yesterday, Lorely Burt, Cathy Bakewell, Ben Stoneham, Barbara Janke, Chris Rennard and I all spoke on the Government’s Trade Union Bill.

As our BIS spokesperson, Lorely gave an excellent run down of the issues, and of the Liberal Democrat approach to them, pointing out the flaws in the parts of the Bill which deal with strike action. She . . . → Read More: Lib Dems expose Tory self-interest on the Trade Union Bill


In a quieter moment last week, sitting on our front bench on Wednesday, I was inspired to leaf through unexplored pages of that essential guide to whole way in which the House of Lords works, the Companion.

My eye was caught by an unfamiliar section: PROTESTS, which read as follows:

Any member has the right to record a . . . → Read More: Protest

Sauce for the Goose?

The chamber of the House of Lords can be very intimidating, especially for newer Members trying to make a succinct point, when it is full to bursting at Questions.  They can hardly be blamed if they refer carefully to notes when asking for information from Ministers.

Yet, all too often, when they do this, some old stagers shout “READING”, . . . → Read More: Sauce for the Goose?