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Alistair Carmichael MP writes…Why I’ve put the whip away for the Equal Marriage vote

Everybody knows that the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club.

I am no Brad Pitt but the same is also true of the Whips’ Office.

It is not normally my practice to discuss whipping arrangements for the parliamentary party, nor to discuss publicly the process by which decisions are reached. Today, however, I am prepared (exceptionally) to do so and to explain the decision taken last night to allow Liberal Democrat MPs a free vote …

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  • User AvatarGlenn 10th Oct - 1:28pm
    This is not what actually happened. The conservatives got 24 per cent of the potential vote, That's how many people they appeal to. Their vote...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 10th Oct - 1:22pm
    @ eis Loretto, I don't see those echos that you mention. True, the issue was about the Union Jack and about how often it should...
  • User AvatarDavidW 10th Oct - 1:17pm
    @Caron: do the lib dems believe there should be a referendum or not? I thought lib dem policy was there needs to be an in/out...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 10th Oct - 12:52pm
    Caron, For goodness sake, don't rubbish the Remain campaign before it's started! As to where the women are, let's not get hung up on proportionality....
  • User AvatarMartin Tod 10th Oct - 12:03pm
    @Peter @Jennie That is already the policy (as passed by regional conference) of the South Central region.
  • User AvatarRoland 10th Oct - 12:02pm
    Interesting times! The LibDem's in looking to outsource this service are going to come face-to-face with the new reality of privacy and data protection, that...