How Paddy Ashdown tried to make cross-party cooperation work during his time as Liberal Democrat leader – and the lessons for contemporary politics. … Read the full post »
Jack Straw was Labour MP for Blackburn 1979-2015 and also served as a Cabinet Minister. He was frequently controversial for his hostility to civil liberties concerns.
The five-member committee also includes former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard, some of whose decisions in government were disclosed using the act. … Read the full post »
The House of Commons is set to vote on a motion from David Davis and Jack Straw opposing the government’s planned response to judicial rulings about votes for prisoners. … Read the full post »
Last week Malcolm Jack, the Clerk of the House of Commons, got a little flurry of media coverage for his evidence before a Parliamentary committee. … Read the full post »
Over on the Left Foot Forward site, Mark Davies, a former special advisor to Jack Straw and now Director of Communications for Rethink, praises the coalition government’s approach to mental health. … Read the full post »
The Conservatives last night withdrew a leaflet targeted at Muslims that claimed Labour was complicit in “a whole saga of atrocities” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Lebanon. … Read the full post »
In March, the House of Commons voted in favour of reforming the House of Lords making it either wholly or 80% elected. … Read the full post »
STV reports Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s hardening views on the possible illegality of the Iraq war. … Read the full post »
The current fuss over whether Parliamentary Privilege will prevent three Labour MPs and one Conservative peer from conviction on charges of fiddling their expenses makes this comment from Jack Straw, made as recently as December 2008, look rather complacent: The interaction between the judicial system and parliamentary privilege is well settled. Not quite.
In a weird display of the mutual weakness at the top of the Labour Party, the Prime Minister and Chief Whip are in disagreement over Gordon Brown’s plans to legislate for a referendum on AV. … Read the full post »