MANDELSON COULD FACE ‘DE FACTO DEPUTY PM’ QUESTION TIME IN LORDS

The House of Lords agreed this afternoon (Tuesday) to introduce a special question time session for Lord Mandelson, who is First Secretary of State.

Lib Dem Peer Lord Tyler asked the Lord Brabazon of Tara, who is in charge of House procedure as Chairman of Committees, to confirm that the regular question time sessions – to start . . . → Read More: MANDELSON COULD FACE ‘DE FACTO DEPUTY PM’ QUESTION TIME IN LORDS

PEERS TO SET OWN PAY?

Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have yet given up on parliamentarians setting their own pay and allowances, according to Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs Spokesman, Lord Tyler.

The Lib Dem Peer was stonewalled by Ministers and Conservatives this week, when he asked how the Government would implement the Senior Salary Review Body’s (SSRB) recommendation that the new Independent . . . → Read More: PEERS TO SET OWN PAY?

THREAT TO RURAL DEMOCRACY?

Hundreds of rural voters could have been prevented from voting if plans to cut back on country polling stations had gone ahead, according to Liberal Democrat Peer and former North Cornwall MP, Lord Tyler.

The proposals, which were revealed in a leak to the Local Government Chronicle, would have seen the Treasury declare elections ‘too expensive’ as . . . → Read More: THREAT TO RURAL DEMOCRACY?