Tag Archive for Nick Clegg

Britain and the EU

Lord Soley

Whether as a result of political inexperience or fear of his own backbenchers David Cameron has marginalised the UK in Europe and that won’t be easily reversed. It poses a challenge to all British political parties and their leaders. The 26 EU members will create a much closer political and economic union and they can…

The cost of an elected House

Lord Norton

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the House of Commons on Tuesday: “Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere) (Con): Does the Deputy Prime Minister think that the proposed new House of Lords will cost more or less than the existing one? The Deputy Prime Minister: We want to reduce the number of people in the reformed House…

An unsustainable Act?

Lord Norton

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week appeared before the Constitution Committee as part of its inquiry into the process of constitutional change.  You can watch the session here or read the transcript here.  He was asked about the Government’s proposals for the future of the House of Lords.  I pursued him on the implications for…

Debating the constitution

Lord Norton

The past week has been a busy one for the House in considering constitutional issues.  On Monday, there was a question for short debate (QSD) on the role of the House in the event of reform.  Such debates are time-limited – in this case to ninety minutes – and there were so many speakers that…