Radical Proposals for Devolved England

England could see up to 20 ‘mini-parliaments’ spring up to answer ‘the English Question’ under proposals published by two senior Liberal Democrat parliamentarians today.

In a major new publication from the liberal thinktank CentreForum, Lib Dem constitutional affairs spokesperson Lord Tyler, and former Defence Minister, Sir Nick Harvey MP, develop proposals for English devolution.

Tyler . . . → Read More: Radical Proposals for Devolved England

Voter engagement and Votes at 16: progress!

Today, the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee is doing something I don’t recall any other Committee doing before it.  It is publishing a report in draft, and asking for public feedback before making final recommendations.

In announcing this initiative Graham Allen, the Committee’s Chair, writes, “we raise issues around re-building our political parties, . . . → Read More: Voter engagement and Votes at 16: progress!

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