Category Archives: Parliament

Should MPs be allowed to take their babies into the voting lobby?

There’s been a bit of controversy over the issue of breastfeeding in the House of Commons and taking babies into the voting lobby sparked by comments by Jo Swinson, who gave birth to her son Andrew on 22 December. The … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement – 5 quick thoughts from me

I don’t pretend to be an economist so don’t expect any commentary on debts or deficits from me. I want to take a very quick look at some of the practical aspects of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. I’m not taking … Continue reading

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Struggling over Syria

I am really struggling with the question of what to do in Syria. On one hand, you have an evil and brutal regime who has no problem with gassing its own people. It didn’t just get evil after the Arab … Continue reading

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Protecting children, delivery charges, nuisance calls and better comms support for deaf people – Lib Dem MPs’ private members bills

Stephen Tall told us all about the private members’ bills brought in by Tory MPs in their “alternative Queen’s Speech” – everything from burka banning to reintroducing the death penalty to naming the August Bank Holiday after Margaret Thatcher. I thought … Continue reading

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Most MPs are good people who work hard.

I guess it’s hardly surprising that the Committee for Standards in Public Life has found in its biennial survey that people have lost faith in politicians. Apparently the trustworthiness of an MP is, now at 26%, only 10% above a … Continue reading

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>When are MPs going to grow up?

>Let’s go back to October 21st 2008. It was a proud moment for me as I watched Willie Rennie, then MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, introduce his Ten Minute Rule Bill which eventually changed the law to enable driving … Continue reading

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