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Category: Parliament / Constitutional Affairs

  • September 30, 2011

    New Labour’s narrative lives on

    Almost eighteen months ago the Labour Party plunged to electoral defeat. At 29.8 per cent its share of the British vote was its second lowest since the war and smaller still than the Conservatives had achieved in our 1997 and 2001 debacles. Normally such a drubbing represents a seismic shift profoundly shaking up the direction of British politics. Strangely this has not happened.....
  • July 6, 2011

    Parliament at its very worst

    I write these words two hours or so before parliament has an emergency debate on the News International phone hacking scandal. It is always a little unwise to predict how political theatre will turn out, but experience suggests this three hour debate will see a stream of MPs grandstanding in the most nauseous, hypocritical manner. Like every fair-minded person around I am shocked (although not especially surprised) to learn that the industrial scale phone hacking extended to the relatives of Milly Dowler, the Soham schoolgirls, 7/7 victims etc...
  • May 17, 2011

    Keep Clegg and carry on?

    It remains a sensible working assumption that the coalition will sustain for the full five year term of this parliament. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to prise out of Downing Street. Against all odds (or so it seemed) John Major survived for virtually a full term after the collapse of his economic policy in September 1992; similarly even Gordon Brown could not be ousted from the Premiership in spite of apparently perennial terminal crises in the quarter-decade from October 2007...
  • May 11, 2011

    One year on – the ‘unavoidable’ coalition?

    Possession, whether in the world of property or politics, is nine-tenths of the law. The truth of this maxim lay at the heart of the hardnosed tactical calculation by our Party leadership in the fraught few days following the General Election which resulted in the formation of a coalition one year ago today. The negotiating team’s key goal was to get David Cameron through the door of 10 Downing Street as quickly as possible. Not quite at any cost, but the details of accommodation made with our erstwhile Liberal Democrats opponents could be sorted out in the weeks, months and years to come...
  • January 27, 2011

    The north/south electoral divide – myth or reality?

    A relative sense of electoral complacency may be the order of the day in the Westminster village even amidst a succession of by-elections. After all, provided the coalition gets its way over constitutional reform many reckon on our still being over four years away from the next General Election. But the imminence of a day of reckoning with the voters makes for very different sentiment away from SW1. On 5 May our Party faces Scottish Parliamentary, Welsh Assembly and widespread English local elections....
  • January 7, 2011

    What happened to the new politics?

    Mark posted this article on the Daily Telegraph's website following the announcement that former MP, David Chaytor, will be imprisoned for his breaches of the system of MPs' expenses. Click here to read the Telegraph version. 'It was optimistically assumed that last year’s General Election would draw a line under the expenses scandal. The conviction and sentence meted out on Friday to former Bury North MP, David Chaytor, is clear evidence, if such was required, that this sordid affair is not going away any time soon...
  • September 13, 2010

    In a fix?

    The latest staging post on the coalition government’s whistle-stop journey of constitutional reform comes today as we debate the Fixed Term Parliament Bill. Much of the press coverage over this legislation concerns the technicalities around votes of confidence, which would trigger a general election before the end of the set fixed term. The proposal that power should be vested in the Speaker of the day to issue a certificate declaring that parliament had no confidence in the government places the Speakership in a potentially damaging position of partisanship at a critical political juncture. Worse still such certificates would – in the opinion of some constitutional experts....
  • September 6, 2010

    Some observations on electoral reform

    For almost two decades now, British psephologists have been in firm agreement that the First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system has worked to the Conservative Party’s detriment. Yet despite this at each of the past four general elections we have campaigned robustly in its defence. Never was this more apparent than during the final weeks of this year’s General Election campaign....
  • May 20, 2010

    A timely history lesson…

    Eighty-eight years ago this October the Conservative-dominated coalition headed by Liberal David Lloyd George fell. The four years since the end of the Great War hostilities had been troubled. A deep economic recession in 1920/21 had resulted in sharp tax rises and cuts in public spending to the fledgling welfare state. Disquiet over the Prime Minister's corrupt use of the honours system had reached a crescendo. As the parliamentary term neared its end there was continuing...
  • May 7, 2010

    Thank you!

    At around 4.30am this morning, Mark was granted the privilege of being re-elected as your MP for the Cities of London and Westminster with an increased majority and 52.2% of the vote. It has been an energetic, positive campaign and he wishes to thank sincerely all those who put their trust in him again. He will continue to strive to represent ALL those in our constituency and, as ever, encourages anybody who requires his help to get in touch. We will be putting up some pictures of the campaign over the course of the weekend...