Evan: Labour has dealt serious blow to reform of the monarchy

Even as the Prime Minister was, according to the headlines, proving his commmitment to ‘ending anomaly of royal ban on Catholics’, his Government was conspiring to ‘talk out’ Dr Evan Harris’s private member’s bill reforming the right of succession and the laws preventing the monarch marrying a Catholic. Evan was not amused:

Despite the spin from the Prime Minister about amending religious and sexual discrimination in our constitution being a higher priority, the Government has dealt a serious blow to the prospects of reform by talking out my Bill. Jack Straw was asked three times to provide either a timetable, a commitment to a government Bill before the next election or any other tangible step towards this necessary and popular reform, but said he couldn’t provide any.

“The Liberal Democrats, with cross-party backbench allies, will seek every opportunity to keep this on the agenda.”

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News and Parliament.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/12954 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

3 Comments

  • Terry Gilbert 27th Mar '09 - 5:17pm

    My own view is that the remaining perogative powers of the monarchy should be abolished first, as a higher priority.

  • I agree, how about an elected head of state then this wouldn’t be an issue????

    We wouldn’t have to get rid of the Queen but when she steps down there shouldn’t be automatic succession for Charles we should have a referendum.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarexpats 30th Mar - 10:13am
    Guardian ......Clegg refused to rule out the Lib Dems backing David Cameron’s plans for an in/out referendum on the EU before the end of 2017....
  • User AvatarLester Holloway 30th Mar - 10:12am
    Hi Philip, this is the policy http://www.libdemvoice.org/race-equality-36223.html In 2013 federal conference approved a motion endorsing the policy document of the Race Equality Taskforce, led by...
  • User AvatarJane Ann Liston 30th Mar - 10:08am
    Impressed by the 300th Stakeboard. Could anybody in OW & A advise how to stop these being stolen? For the past 10 years our stakeboards...
  • User AvatarRolson Davies 30th Mar - 10:06am
    I am very pleased to hear Ed's comments. I think that tensions in the party have been so great the past five years having to...
  • User AvatarSimon Oliver 30th Mar - 10:04am
    You should never change the rules in response to one undesirable consequence. The rules only need to change when they bring about bad results regularly.
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 30th Mar - 9:58am
    It is a system where the windows are covered with a pattern of small spots of opaque material. People inside can see out and the...
Tue 31st Mar 2015
Sun 5th Apr 2015
Sat 11th Apr 2015
Sun 12th Apr 2015
Sat 25th Apr 2015