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Lib Dem opposition to mandatory jail terms for second knife offences show our principles are intact

The Court House - Warwick - Coat of ArmsThe Lib Dems have sold our soul, abandoning all principle, since going into Coalition – so goes up the cry from the party’s detractors, both internal and the very many beyond.

That trite claim doesn’t sit very comfortably with the party’s actions today, voting against Labour and Conservative MPs’ united support of mandatory jail terms for any adult convicted in England or Wales of a second offence involving a knife. As the BBC reports:

Conservative MP Nick de Bois championed the policy, which won

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Could Labour and Tories unite to pass tougher knife crime sentencing? How should Liberal Democrats react?

FSI working at crime sceneLast Friday, Joe Otten wrote about the leak of letters  revealing that the Liberal Democrats were opposing Tory plans to introduce a six month mandatory sentence for those convicted a second time for carrying a knife.

Today’s Daily Mail makes two claims. The first is that Labour is getting ready to “humiliate” the Liberal Democrats by siding with the Tories and they could pass this together. Secondly, they say that Nick Clegg was “bouncing off the walls” when he discovered the leak.

We know from the feature on

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How many people are on the electoral register who shouldn’t be?

The Daily Express reports:

 Nick de Bois cross-checked the names of constituents seeking his help to stay in the UK and found 21 out of a sample 100 had signed up for voting rights.

The Tory backbencher is calling on ministers to tighten registration rules, claiming it is harder to get a library card than a ballot paper…

The MP said some people get on the electoral roll just to obtain credit cards or commit financial fraud.

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Nick de Bois is wrong on Lords reform

Conservative MP Nick de Bois put an apparently appealing case on Lords reform at the weekend – yes, let’s get rid of hereditaries, but hey, let’s not rush:

Lords reform should not be rushed.

Appealing that is, if you’ve missed out on the last century.

Because not only is it a century since further Lords reform was first promised by a government, but in the interim that have been proposals, debates and schemes aplenty.

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  • User AvatarDave 1st Nov - 10:13am
    Good to see the issue being highlighted. Even better to see a comment from Gareth Epps the only Lib Dem in Reading to genuinely want...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 1st Nov - 10:02am
    Alison's questions and tone were fine. Salmond largely batted them away by simply saying "we care about the NHS", so we need to find a...
  • User AvatarRoger Roberts 1st Nov - 10:00am
    Please gather as much support as possible -" the end of UK search and rescue in the Mediterranean is shameful.we must not allow such an...
  • User Avatartheakes 1st Nov - 9:46am
    Peter, I am sure people at the top know what to do, but nobody wants to be seen as doing it. Perhaps they will gain...
  • User Avatarstuart moran 1st Nov - 9:45am
    Tony dawson I am not 'on Labour's side' at all but am definitely more sympathetic than I am compare to the Tories The problem that...
  • User AvatarGlenn 1st Nov - 9:06am
    The problem with the Lib Dems is that they keep falling for the idea that there is a centre right consensus. The telling factors are...