WASH-UP A SQUALID LITTLE STITCH-UP – LIB DEMS

Liberal Democrat Peers this week led opposition to an end of Parliament deal between Labour and the Conservatives, which saw key constitutional reforms deleted from the CRAG Bill.

The two establishment parties voted together to leave the hereditary principle in tact in the Lords and to scrap Brown’s proposed referendum on introducing the alternative vote for elections . . . → Read More: WASH-UP A SQUALID LITTLE STITCH-UP – LIB DEMS

Ban Byers’ revolving door – Tyler

Government Minister Lord Adonis has admitted, in the wake of the Stephen Byers affair, that the rules governing ex-Ministers who take on lobbying jobs should be reviewed.

Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs Spokesman, Lord Tyler, demanded an end to the ‘revolving door’ through which former Ministers and senior civil servants have been able to pick up lucrative retainers, . . . → Read More: Ban Byers’ revolving door – Tyler

89 WASTED WEEKS

The Government have ‘pontificated and procrastinated’ for 89 weeks, since publishing draft cross-party proposals for reform of the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat spokesman, Paul Tyler, said this week.

Challenging the Justice Minister, Lord Bach, he said, “There was cross-party agreement in the group that led to the 2008 White Paper on this issue. Does he . . . → Read More: 89 WASTED WEEKS