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

Nearly 2 million people to have vote removed before EU referendum

Government plans to remove 1.9m people from the electoral register this year could cause a ‘drastic distortion’ in the outcome of the EU referendum, according to Lib Dem Peers.

Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, people who are only on the electoral register as a result of the old household registration system . . . → Read More: Nearly 2 million people to have vote removed before EU referendum

Cities and Local Government Bill report back

The Government’s plan to impose Mayors where they were previously rejected is progressing apace in Parliament. Fairly unusually for a controversial Bill, it has started out in the Lords.

Our Lib Dem team, led by John Shipley, is seeking to make three campaigning points about the Bill. First, that if areas are to have powerful Mayors imposed . . . → Read More: Cities and Local Government Bill report back