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The other issue Lib Dem peers can win on tomorrow

Moves in the House of Lords to amend the health and welfare bills have been getting the lion’s share of recent coverage, but this week sees a quartet of Liberal Democrat peers leading the charge on a different topic – the Legal Aid Bill.

Lib Dem Lords Thomas, Carlile, Clement Jones and Phillips have a set of amendments down for debate tomorrow to put right what Ken Clarke hasn’t got right in his zeal to end the so-called ‘compensation culture’. The amendments look to tighten up and improve the plans to ban so-called ‘referral fees’ in personal injury cases. Its these fees which …

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Clegg to clamp down on Lib Dem Lords’ allowances

Mea culpa, gentle reader, this is definitely not breaking news… After a bank holiday of back-breaking gardening and a Tuesday of work-fuelled meetings (my colleagues can add their own excuses), LDV failed to bring you news of Nick Clegg’s plans to clamp down on allowances claimed by members of the House of Lords – an issue of more-than-passing-interest to Lib Dems following the resignation of party chief executive Lord (Chris) Rennard amid allegations that he had profited personally from the scheme by designating his Eastbourne flat (rather than his London house) as his main residence.

This from Sunday night’s

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  • User AvatarJennie 7th Oct - 10:59am
    Mark Reckons started that idea, not Mark Pack.
  • User AvatarPsi 7th Oct - 10:56am
    Stuart “The point is that Simon was not making any claim on the basis of information” He quoted the report: “Energy subsidies: £3.8bn … the...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 7th Oct - 10:38am
    Peter - why not use your full name when making comments as I do? Also why "amusing". I said it was a nasty speech. I...
  • User AvatarJennie Kermode 7th Oct - 10:30am
    As chair of a leading charity working in this sector, I have bee impressed by the Lib Dems' action on this. I think the problem...
  • User AvatarCharles Rothwell 7th Oct - 10:27am
    Absolutely disgusting and "red meat for the blue rinses" in the most opportunistic, baying mob-pleasing fashion which can be imagined. I had some respect for...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 7th Oct - 10:14am
    @ Simon Foster, I don't want to de-rail this thread, but it seems to me that positive and negative freedoms are in direct opposition to...