Today I announced that, for the first time, the British people will have a choice about the system they use to elect their MPs.
On May 5th 2011, there will be a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote.
What happened to PR Nick your Boyfriend not Struck on that one? Your members must be squirming.
Lib Dem rebels in secret talks with Labour on tactics to block Budget
Simmering opposition poses first major threat to the coalition Liberal Democrat rebels have secretly agreed to co-operate with Labour MPs to try to tone down some of the more contested elements of George Osborne’s first Budget.
A senior Lib Dem MP confirmed that a number of disgruntled colleagues had “talked tactics” with Labour opponents over the possibility of at least obstructing key measures, including the increase in the rate of VAT from 17.5 to 20 per cent.
The discussions over co-ordinated “surgical strikes” on the Finance Bill, which will pass the Budget proposals into law, increase the risk of political embarrassment as Mr Osborne’s emergency proposals become bogged down in Parliament. Labour hopes the guerrilla warfare against the Budget will destabilise the coalition
We went today to support them and we got the result we were looking for,well done to all concerned.
- Union warns strikes ‘inevitable’ if cuts go ahead
Yvette Cooper claims the Coalition’s emergency budget is the worst for women since the creation of the welfare state
Women are set to bear the brunt of the Coalition’s budget cuts, with the majority of the £8billion raised from tax and benefit changes to come from female taxpayers.
Research commissioned by shadow welfare secretary Yvette Cooper showed that £6billion – more than 70 per cent – of the revenue raised will come from women and just £2billion from men.
The revelation prompted Miss Cooper to label the budget measures as the ‘fiercest attack on family support in the history of the welfare state.’
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