AV Abstention?

I am looking forward immensely to the AV contest on 22nd March.

No, not the referendum clash between Margaret Beckett and Lord Prescott (for the “No” campaign) and Helena Bonham-Carter and Colin Firth (for “Yes”) on 5th May.

Instead I have in mind the by-election for a Hereditary Peer to replace the veteran Labour Lord Strabolgi, who died . . . → Read More: AV Abstention?

Absurdity

In amongst the relative tedium of debates on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, there have been some moments of mind-blowing revelation.

Labour Peer Lord Lipsey gave a vivid example of the dangers of imposing artificial turnout and acceptance thresholds on the results of votes. He said:

“If there is a vote on this, if the . . . → Read More: Absurdity

Peers and Priorities

The whole House is now hopeful that the last few weeks’ shenanigans on the part of a minority of Labour Peers can now be brought to an end, without further damage to the reputation of the Lords.

I have been reminding colleagues across the House that Labour Peers themselves published a report all the way back in . . . → Read More: Peers and Priorities