Category Archives: House of Lords

Support equal marriage vigil as Lords debate Bill on Monday 3 June

The House of Lords debates the Same Sex Marriage bill on Monday 3 June. They will address the general principles of the Bill before voting on a Second Reading. When the matter was debated in the Commons two weeks ago, … Continue reading

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My email to Liberal Democrat peers on secret courts

How I spent my morning: emailing every single Liberal Democrat peer I could find an email for and who wasn’t Jim Wallace, Jonathan Marks or Tom McNally with this email. I then excised the Lib Demmery and did another version … Continue reading

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Why #womenbishops matters to this atheist

It was what we call these days a facepalm moment when the news came through last night that the Church of England had voted by the tiniest of margins not to allow women to become bishops. The Archbishop had the … Continue reading

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Clegg has a right go at Lib Dem Peers over Lords Reform

I saw precious little of Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon. The phone rang even before it started and then I had to go off to do the school run. However there were some wee gems in the few minutes … Continue reading

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Welfare Reform Bill: what I said to Lib Dem MPs

This Wednesday, the Government will attempt to overturn the amendments to its Welfare Reform Bill made by the Lords in the House of Commons. Last week I reported that over 50 former Lib Dem candidates, including several Leadership Programme hopefuls … Continue reading

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+++Breaking News Lords reject one year time limit for ESA

As you might know, I have been very concerned at the Government’s proposals to limit contributory Employment and Support Allowance for those in the Work Related Activity Group to one year. Well, the BBC News Channel has just reported that … Continue reading

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Six days to get rid of the 12 month time limit to ESA

Next Wednesday, 11th January, the House of Lords will be debating the Welfare Reform Bill. It’s expected that the controversial clause time limiting contributory Employment and Support Allowance to one year for those in the Work Related Activity Group, those … Continue reading

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Lib Dem peers must vote against ESA time limits – tell them what you think

One of the great things about this party is that ordinary members can get involved in policy making. Look at what Ewan Hoyle’s achieved in getting through an evidence based drugs policy as an example. Our raising of the tax … Continue reading

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If you’re happy for our laws to be made by unelected mostly old, white men….

…..then this post is not for you. If, on the other hand, you want to choose who’s in the  House of Lords, and think it’s an anachronistic outrage that we don’t already, you may be interested in what I have … Continue reading

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>Who cares about reforming the House of Lords?

>Well, of course I do. I’m a Lib Dem political geek – the desire for radical political reform is part of my DNA. An entire Parliamentary Chamber which owes its existence to political patronage, the whim of the sitting Prime … Continue reading

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