Preventing the Tories tilting the political scales (again)

Last week saw the largest Government defeat yet in the Lords during this Parliament, putting a brake on Conservative plans to cut trade union funding to the Labour Party. The move they are attempting to make MUST be coupled with a fair cap on individual donations to get ALL the big money out of politics. Ministers . . . → Read More: Preventing the Tories tilting the political scales (again)

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

Votes at 16: Labour flunks it – again

As soon as it was known that 16 and 17 year old would have a say in the referendum on Scottish independence, I tabled a Bill in the Lords for a comprehensive change in the franchise. I have long believed that there is a strong case for lowering the voting age, in light of the maturity . . . → Read More: Votes at 16: Labour flunks it – again