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

Trade Union Bill – second reading speech

Lord Tyler today (Monday) spoke against the “nakedly partisan” provisions of the Government’s Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords today.

He has tabled an amendment to the ‘committal motion’ which would see the Bill transferred to a special select committee for extra scrutiny, in attempt to force the government to fulfil its promise to seek . . . → Read More: Trade Union Bill – second reading speech

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