Although Lord Falconer has not yet replied to my letter to him over his attempt to claim that the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill is ‘hybrid’, it’s good to see from Hansard that both Lord Rennard and Lord Tyler raised the issue. … Read the full post »
What became the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 legislated for the Alternative Vote referendum and for a change in Parliamentary boundaries, bringing the House of Commons down to 600 MPs. The latter provision was then delayed when House of Lords reform moves broke down later in the Parliament.
Dear Lord Falconer, You have me confused with your claim that the Parliamentary Constituencies and Voting Systems Bill. … Read the full post »
Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart have been looking at how often backbench government MPs have been rebelling. … Read the full post »
From the latest debate in Parliament on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill: I was also considering the amendments proposed by the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant). One of the great advantages of having an overnight break is that we can look back at the Official Report and read what the protagonists have said. … Read the full post »
It’s not unusual for me to be less than impressed with Parliamentary debates on election law matters as so many of those deciding on what legislation should say have so many large gaps in their own knowledge. … Read the full post »
Amendments 265 and 266 to the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill may not have grabbed any headlines but they mark a very welcome change in policy – for under them the fees paid to referendum counting officers will only be paid in full if they meet an adequate standard of performance. … Read the full post »