Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days…
Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has clashed with one of his party colleagues during a debate on government plans to reform the House of Lords. Lord Phillips of Sudbury complained that the proposal would turn Parliament’s second chamber into a clone of the House of Commons, with politicians simply following the party line when it comes to voting. In finger-jabbing exchanges, Lord Ashdown argued that most peers should be elected. A system with “some contact with democracy” was to be welcomed and that had been Liberal and Liberal Democrat for a century, he added. But Lord Phillips refused to back down, and the row took a more personal turn after he reminded his former party boss that he had chosen to send him to the Lords in the first place. He said he would not “bloody well” follow the Lib Dem line on all issues and called Lord Ashdown a “headmaster”, to the amusement of some in the chamber.
Lib Dem councillor becomes new Lord Mayor of Manchester (Mancunian Matters)
Manchester’s Liberal Democrats can celebrate some good news at last for them, as one of their own became Lord Mayor this morning. Liberal Democrat councillor Elaine Boyes, 60, will don the chains of office for a year following the Annual Meeting at Manchester Town Hall. The Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Elaine Boyes said, “”It has been a privilege to serve the residents of the city centre for over six years and it is a real honour to have the opportunity to now represent all of Manchester as Lord Mayor.
Latest Lib Dem defections round-up:
- Robert Inwood (Lib Dem to Labour) in Royston;
- Chris Pascoe (Lib Dem to Independent) in Cornwall;
- Andy Hodgson (Lib Dem to Green) in Solihull;
- David Stone and Paul Stone (Lib Dem to Independent) in Chesterfield.