Tag Archive for Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill

Continuing trouble in the Lords

Lord Soley

Talking to members on all sides I am clear that negotiation on this Bill could provide a solution. I could make a ‘blame list’ but it won’t get anyone any further so let me just talk about the type of movement that needs to take place. The important one for me is that we have…

Troubled time in the Lords

Lord Soley

I don’t often so strongly disagree with Baroness Murphy below but I do on this issue. The core is not the referendum on AV – that is the easy bit and if the Bill had been split into parts as it should have been then  that could be back in the Commons now. The problem…

Getting noticed

Lord Norton

Peers often complain that MPs know very little about the Lords and rarely if ever bother to come along the corridor to observe what happens.  However, in the past week, during our late-night discussions on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, it has been notable how many MPs have popped along to watch what…

Bad Behaviour in the House

Baroness Murphy

The Lords is an amending, revising chamber, not a “chuckerouterer” of Government Bills. What on earth are the Opposition doing filibustering over days and days to delay the passage of the Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Bill? Tabling amendments, having a robust discussion and pressing it to a vote is one thing; behaving like a…

Supporting the Isle of Wight

Lord Norton

The House is again in committee on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.  For the second time, the House took the unusual step of passing a closure motion to bring debate on one amendment to a close.  The amendment was then defeated.  The Opposition objected to the use of this exceptional procedure. However, the…