Author Archives: Roger Crouch

Opinion: Rights for cohabiting couples

The progress of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through Parliament, with its Second Reading in the House of Commons, should be a cause of celebration amongst Liberal Democrats. As a party we have been, on the whole, united behind these proposals and we should applaud the leadership that Nick Clegg, Lynne Featherstone and, let’s give credit where it is due, David Cameron have demonstrated on this particular issue.

Working in Coalition, Liberal Democrats have introduced legislation which will secure equal marriage in law. I doubt very much whether a single party government, whether Conservative or Labour led, would have dared …

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Opinion: Vote for Fairer Votes to End Safe Seats

I grew up in Bournemouth, a bucolic place beside the sea where very little disturbs the peace. For over a century, Bournemouth’s politics at parliamentary level have been as sedate. In every election since Queen Victoria was on the throne, the same party has won. A candidate dons a blue rosette, shows up and becomes the MP. Whilst the Liberal Democrats have valiantly tried their best in recent elections, the two Bournemouth constituencies are like many places across the country where General elections do not really matter, where elections are a foregone conclusion, places where real power lies in the …

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  • User AvatarPsi 3rd Mar - 5:18pm
    Dav “Perhaps because five centuries of history and tradition is just a little bit more important than momentary convenience?” Is centuries of tradition more important...
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    Mine happened in Tower Hamlets in the 1987 general election when I called at a flat which showed a couple on the electoral register. The...
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    I’m sorry you stopped reading too early to get to the words “and the future”, Dav The only value of the future is that it...
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    Dav, you honestly think that a whip would do that in a chamber where television cameras are filming everything? There aren't television cameras in MP's...
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    Nick Barlow "Unless, of course, you can give examples from any of the many, many televised chambers with electronic voting where this has happened?" You...
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    I'm sorry you stopped reading too early to get to the words "and the future", Dav.