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On Ros Scott’s blog today…

May 15th, 2009 Posted in UK Politics by


Ros Scott’s blog has the following post..

“The Liberal Democrats at Westminster are engaged in two main tasks. In both Houses, the details of individuals’ claims are being gone through to ensure that they comply with existing Parliamentary rules. Nobody is going to be hung out to dry on the say so of a newspaper. The second task is to reform the existing system, something Liberal Democrats in both Houses have tried to do in the past and been thwarted. Maybe this time, the other Parties will be prepared to take the hard decisions they have ducked in the past.

Federal Executive meets on Monday, and this whole question is of course on our agenda. Vince Cable, as Deputy Leader, and David Shutt, as our Chief Whip in the Lords, will be there, and I predict a ‘full and frank’ exchange of views.”

1. I note the investigation involves conduct in BOTH houses.

2. Somewhat dissappointed that the language is about complying within existing Parliamentary rules.

3. I wonder why Vince Cable is mentioned in the final paragraph and not Nick Clegg ?

7 Responses to “On Ros Scott’s blog today…”

  1. Alix Says:

    1. Yay!

    2. That’s the first task. You ignored the second.

    3. Because he’s not going to be at the meeting?

  2. Nina Berry Says:

    1. a house point for spotting the obvious loose end Ros!

    2. You can do something legal and still bring the party into disrepute. Saying ‘it’s within the rules’ when it’s a scam really won’t cut it.

    3. No idea, but Vince strikes me as having that thing behind him. Oh what’s it called? Oh yes, a spine. THe thing we were all told Clegg had.

    Whatever needs dealing with needs dealing with now and not after the next General elction

  3. David R Says:

    why the light grey text at the bottom – are you trying to hide your comments from those who don’t look hard enough?!

  4. Angela Harbutt Says:

    David- No not at all. I was in a hurry and hit the wrong format key ! and did not (and should have) looked at the preview screen before publishing ……and yes i sound like an MP now… i will stop digging a deeper hole – say sorry and assume that all is well in the world (yeah right !). Will try to do better. Good spot.

  5. Angela Harbutt Says:

    Nina – re point 3. I would assume that Nick would be at the FE (especially this one) and am at a loss to know why Ros would not mention that the leader would be ,.. perhaps she assumed that was too obvious to state. Or maybe the promise of the attendance of Vince… the invincible ….at the meeting will make us all sleep more soundly in our beds….

  6. Angela Harbutt Says:

    Alix point 2. Going forward …I hope we go bolder and further than any other party. I want the Lib dems to propose a radical agenda of reform – that encompasses MP and Lords remuneration but makes that the STARTING POINT NOT the end game. We should also set out some initial thoughts on reduction in the number of MPs, an overhaul of the appointment/election of Lords, a change to the voting system (yes I do mean Lib Dems talking about some form of PR),tackles the West Lothian question, and much much more…. the country is in the mood for MAJOR change – they feel disenfranchised, embittered, cheated and angry and we should both realise that and harness it for permanent postive change.

  7. David R Says:

    re: angela – don’t worry about it, was mostly ‘jesting’. no need for apologies.

    as for your 2nd point in the blog – surely within any interpretation of the current rules, most of what has been so far revealed by the telegraph et al DOES break the rules. The current rules state that expenses incurred must be “wholly, exclusively and necessarily” to enable an MP to stay overnight away from their main residence. I don’t really see how it can be any clearer. I don’t think that the MPs have been bending the current rules, they have been clearly breaking them.