I first spoke in a Queen’s Speech debate in March 1974. I recall being mystified by that vital penultimate sentence heard again in this year’s speech: “other measures will be laid before you”. It is these innocent, innocuous words which turn out to be quite important. And they give hope that there will be other vital . . . → Read More: “Other measures”
Commenting on the Report of the Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs Spokesman, Lord Tyler said:
“The report has recognised the inherent difficulties in the throwaway line ‘there should be English votes for English laws’.
“The Government must now examine ways to give English MPs a distinct voice, but . . . → Read More: McKay Commission report – comment from Paul Tyler
Amidst all the sound and fury (from the Conservative benches), about the delay in implementing boundary changes, agreed by a substantial majority in the Lords last Monday evening, one important argument seems to have got lost.
When Labour left office in May 2010, we were given to understand that the electoral register was some 92% complete. Parliament . . . → Read More: What would Keynes do?