A Summer Quiz. How much do you know about recent British politics?

The Tour de France in Yorkshire was a great success. Much praise must go not only to those who pitched for Stages one and two to be held in the great county, but also to those who worked tirelessly (no pun intended) to manage the event - including the army of voluntary Tour Helpers, the … Continue reading A Summer Quiz. How much do you know about recent British politics?

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Linda McAvan MEP’s April E-Bulletin – EU triumphs over the Tobacco Lobby, but Coalition rejects EU aid to save Kellingley Pit.

You’ll hear a lot from UKIP this month about ‘EU regulation’ and how dreadful it is. So it’s good to have Linda remind us just what EU regulation means. In this case the Tobacco Products Directive – which has finally passed into law – in spite of the delaying tactics of the Tobacco Industry. The … Continue reading Linda McAvan MEP’s April E-Bulletin – EU triumphs over the Tobacco Lobby, but Coalition rejects EU aid to save Kellingley Pit.

Labour will repeal the Gagging Law – and legislate for real reform of lobbying – Ed Miliband’s promise

Thousands of us wrote to Ed Miliband asking him to pledge to repeal the Gagging Law – this is his response. ‘To hear from thousands of you was inspiring. It galvanised my belief that when people can stand up like you did and hold politicians to account our democracy is alive and well. And I … Continue reading Labour will repeal the Gagging Law – and legislate for real reform of lobbying – Ed Miliband’s promise

Protecting bankers’ bonuses, or helping small businesses – it’s the Tory/Labour choice.

There is an economic law – as iron as any such law ever is: recovery after a slump is inevitable. What vary are the speed of that recovery, its nature, the new level reached – and who benefits. So the green shoots we seem to be seeing at the moment are not surprising – and … Continue reading Protecting bankers’ bonuses, or helping small businesses – it’s the Tory/Labour choice.

Tobacco money; Yorkshire’s money; biofuels and the ‘Nasty Party’ – and Bloom’s swansong? : Linda McAvan’s September Bulletin

Linda McAvan MEP’s September Bulletin is out. Highlights this month - Linda’s efforts - along with John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne - to stop the Coalition Government taking Yorkshire’s EU money and giving it to Scotland. [Yes, you did read that right – nothing against the Scots, but let’s be fair!] South … Continue reading Tobacco money; Yorkshire’s money; biofuels and the ‘Nasty Party’ – and Bloom’s swansong? : Linda McAvan’s September Bulletin

Act with 38 Degrees to get Greg Mulholland to change his mind on the Gagging Bill

The Gagging Bill is currently being rushed through Parliament. It's a dangerous bill, and one which is a real threat to freedom of political debate. And it doesn't address the question of lobbying which it set out to do. If it becomes law we could, for example, have the ludicrous situation where Lynton Crosby's Tobacco … Continue reading Act with 38 Degrees to get Greg Mulholland to change his mind on the Gagging Bill

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill – What price a LibDem principle?

Lobbying has been at the forefront of the political agenda recently – and especially since Lynton Crosby crossed the threshold of No 10. David Cameron has been under pressure to tackle it. His – and the Coalition’s - response was the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. You’ll note that ‘Lobbying’ … Continue reading Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill – What price a LibDem principle?

Lynton Crosby, Lobbying and NHS privatisation

The questions surrounding Lynton Crosby, lobbying and the Coalition’s policies continue to grow – though they are questions David Cameron does not want you to ask. In an exclusive report based on leaked [ note ‘leaked’] documents the Guardian revealed that ‘The lobbying firm founded by the Tories' chief election strategist, Lynton Crosby, advised private … Continue reading Lynton Crosby, Lobbying and NHS privatisation