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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 AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 8:57pm
    @Joseph - I see, thanks for the clarification - I think that's quite an important distinction. If there is to be any peaceful outcome then...
  • User AvatarJ Dunn 30th Sep - 8:43pm
    Joseph Bourke Isn't it strange,... how you judge an elected government, is only a legitimately elected government,.. until *you* decide,... it's a regime.? Assad,.. whatever...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 30th Sep - 8:20pm
    Hythe Parish Council Furzedown Ward (Hampshire) Lib Dems won 210 to 120 votes. The Tories were really going for it and quite confident, they left...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 30th Sep - 7:20pm
    Jonathan, this ECHR report makes the argument for federalisation of Syria along the lines of the former Yugoslavia settlement http://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR185_-_NO_GOING_BACK_-_WHY_DECENTRALISATION_IS_THE_FUTURE_FOR_SYRIA.pdf. John Kerry put partition on...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 30th Sep - 7:18pm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_Rights_Act_of_1965
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 6:39pm
    @Joseph Bourke - I think talk of partition is a distraction at best, fuel for the flames at worst. As Eddie says, appart from many...