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

Votes at 16 – a step in the right direction

Last week, after months of hard work, we had a major success in the House of Lords with an amendment, to which my name was attached, that extended the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds in the upcoming EU Referendum. The amendment received significant support in the House of Lords, being approved with a majority . . . → Read More: Votes at 16 – a step in the right direction

Perhaps the Chancellor is spending too much time with the Chinese?

The announcement that Labour and the Liberal Democrats intend on voting for a motion to block tax credits has caused a stir at ‘the other place’ in Parliament. Accusations that the upper chamber is overstepping the mark have been flying from Conservative MPs, with the issue even rearing its head at Prime Ministers Questions, with Jacob . . . → Read More: Perhaps the Chancellor is spending too much time with the Chinese?