Author Archives: John Alderdice

Lord Alderdice writes… Improving the Justice and Security Bill

Last night the House of Lords debated and voted on the Justice and Security Bill at its Report stage. I know from reading Lib Dem Voice and from listening to the recent debate at Conference what a touchstone issue this Bill is for many members. Which is why I want to explain how the Bill, which we have now passed to the Commons, is a very different beast from that originally under consideration.

Some of you will have seen that the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) produced a unanimous report last week. We have two eminent Liberal …

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Lord Alderdice writes: The NHS Bill is substantially improved

As Liberal Democrats we are reformist by instinct and as in every other area of our community life we want to see reform of the NHS, not only to enable it to deal with the major resource and demographic challenges of the next twenty years, but also to ensure that it is more clinician-led, patient-centred and outcome-focussed than it has ever been before. That is why our MPs supported the principles of the Secretary of State’s original NHS Bill when it came to 2nd Reading in the House of Commons.

Our very public concerns have centred round whether the precise organizational …

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  • User AvatarLiberal Neil 3rd Mar - 10:57am
    I'm delighted that he has seen the light and is willing to say so publicly. We need to hear from a lot more like him.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:54am
    What Gwynfor Tyler and Julian Tisi said. There's absolutely no evidence that Scotland is unhappy with the level of devolution already granted, since it hasn't...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:51am
    John I think you know perfectly well that I don't think that "it is perfectly OK for there to be millions of homes suffering from...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 3rd Mar - 10:49am
    @ simon, So you will be getting off your hands and going out there to fight them will you simon? @ Guy, Historically important artefacts...
  • User Avatartpfkar 3rd Mar - 10:47am
    Very best wishes to you in your campaigning, one of the most worthy causes written about on LDV.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:43am
    Well said Roger Roberts. 100% good work.