Play-by-play account of last week’s defeat on the Withdrawal Bill

Last Wednesday (April 26th) The Government suffered its largest defeat so far on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.  This Cross Party amendment, led by Lord Tyler for the Lib Dems, which is now added to the Bill, raises the legal bar which Ministers must meet in order to exercise “Henry VIII” and other executive powers

The Government’s . . . → Read More: Play-by-play account of last week’s defeat on the Withdrawal Bill

Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

As the Lords prepared to vote this week on the Queen’s Speech, I have been asked often about whether the so-called “Salisbury-Addison Convention” applies during this Parliament, to proposals from a Government which did not obtain a majority in the Commons.

Briefly, the Convention holds that the Lords does not reject Bills predicated on manifesto commitments, nor . . . → Read More: Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

Speech to the Oxford Union – “Democracy is for sale”

At one of my first visits to the Union I heard Denis Norden – a great script-writer – begin his speech as follows:

“I have just come back from 6 months on Capri;  I was finishing a novel;  I am a slow reader …….”

In a debate a few months later I argued that, although the black arts . . . → Read More: Speech to the Oxford Union – “Democracy is for sale”