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?

Government is playing a dangerous game by resisting democratic reform of the Lords

This week the House of Lords is set to do one of the things it loves most: talking about itself. How wonderful it is; how learned are its members, but how beastly it is that anyone new is ever placed here. We will hear many wise heads opine that the Prime Minister is guilty of a . . . → Read More: Government is playing a dangerous game by resisting democratic reform of the Lords