So after toying with support for the Tim Loughton amendment over the weekend, Labour has decided to abstain on that particular amendment, and propose their own. Let’s be clear – the most important news today is that Equal Marriage will pass through the commons, and that’s a cause for huge celebration for all but an isolated minority in the Labour Party. I made clear this morning that I didn’t buy the argument that supporting the Loughton amendment would stop or [...]
Equal Marriage is the most important thing – but Labour can’t let Equal Civil Partnerships get the “long grass” treatment
From: HERBERT, Nick Sent: 20 May 2013 16:29 To: HERBERT, Nick Subject: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – voting today Dear Colleague Thank you for your support for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at Second Reading. You will be...
Whilst the Westminster village has been working itself up into a lather over the rise of UKIP and when/if there should be an EU referendum, the DWP snuck out a report on the evidence of DWP league tables that we brought you recently. It’s a total...
Labour MPs will be encouraged to back this amendment – rather than that of Tory backbencher Tim Loughton – today: House of Commons Monday 20 May 2013 CONSIDERATION OF BILL New Amendments handed in are marked thus * MARRIAGE (SAME SEX COUPLES)...
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Until Cameron spells out exactly what he wants to “renegotiate”, we’re all “Don’t Knows” on the Europe question
The rift in the Conservative Party over the European Union has blown wide open and now threatens to consume the party in all-out civil war. Cameron’s set-piece speech on Europe where he announced that he would hold an In-Out Referendum by 2017 was supposed...
So here we are again. Gay Marriage. Civil Partnerships. And a Tory rebellion. Except this time it’s different. Tim Loughton’s amendment calling for Civil Partnerships to be extended to heterosexual couples is being branded a “wrecking...
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The Labour Party have released the first in what is expected to be a series of Local Elections Diary videos from Ed Miliband (although it’s not strictly speaking a diary – it’s more of...
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