Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

As the Lords prepared to vote this week on the Queen’s Speech, I have been asked often about whether the so-called “Salisbury-Addison Convention” applies during this Parliament, to proposals from a Government which did not obtain a majority in the Commons.

Briefly, the Convention holds that the Lords does not reject Bills predicated on manifesto commitments, nor . . . → Read More: Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

Fixing the law on political party funding

First published on Mark Pack’s Liberal Democrat Newswire:

There are two central democratic principles which the UK political system breaches day after day, year in, year out. First, the idea that millions of votes not millions of pounds should decide elections: that parties should not be able to buy seats in Parliament. Second, that donors should not . . . → Read More: Fixing the law on political party funding

The future of liberal democracy?

Speaking to a special St Antony’s Seminar on 21st Century Democracy and the Challenges to Political Parties, Lib Dem Peer, Lord Tyler said:

I decided I was a Liberal on the night of the 29th October 1956 – my birthday, as it happened – when we discovered that the Israeli army was invading Egypt, apparently encouraged by the . . . → Read More: The future of liberal democracy?