Clegg slams Tories over Trade Union Bill

The Yorkshire Post reports Nick Clegg’s evidence to a parliamentary committee looking at Party funding. He accused the Tories of trying to rig the system in their favour.

Mr Clegg said: “I just think this is fundamentally wrong to do this in such a partisan way.”

The Sheffield Hallam MP said he was no ‘sepia-tinted romantic’ when it came to trade union and Labour links as he had personally suffered from ‘appalling’ use of funds for political purposes in his ‘own Sheffield backyard’.

However he said he was alarmed that Conservative proposals are directed at one party and as Deputy Prime Minister he spent years blocking such measures being introduced.

Giving evidence to the House of Lords select committee on party funding, Mr Clegg said the proposals go against the tradition of cross-party unity on decisions of party finances and introduces an Americanisation of Westminster.

He said: “In America you’ve got this very unseemly tradition of new incumbents in power then busily trying to rig every rule in sight to the detriment of their opponent. We’ve generally avoided that in our country.”

Read more by or more about , , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

3 Comments

  • Well said Nick and Mark ! Why must parties go too far !?!Is it any wonder I call myself radical centre and moderate centre left , a bulwark against extremely unnecessary nonsense or worse !

  • Mark, I disagree there’s no need for reform. I don’t think trade unions should be funding any party directly. But obviously the reform needs to be balanced with a maximum donation cap for all sides that prevents wealthy individuals or companies buying the election.

    Labour only have themselves to blame though. Such a deal was on the table in the last parliament and they turned it down. They should have realised that what they need is not direct trade union funding, but just access to trade union member email lists, then they can use crowd sourcing to raise as much as they get at the moment, and potentially a lot more.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarHolly Matthies 25th Mar - 11:13am
    People who are genuinely concerned about other people's genuine immigration concerns need to catch up. This article itself says, as Ed told us at the...
  • User AvatarRichard Flowers 25th Mar - 11:06am
    As Andrew HIckey rightly says "seemingly" is the key word. If there is a thin sliver of sliver lining to the Brexit catastrophe, it is...
  • User AvatarMichael 1 25th Mar - 10:55am
    @Jayne Mansfield Thanks for your further comment. With respect, it was a little disappointing that you simply made an assertion. I always welcome a debate...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 25th Mar - 10:43am
    " it was the reaction to seemingly uncontrolled immigration," "Seemingly" is the key word here. Every government since the late 1990s has made immigration harder...
  • User Avatarexpats 25th Mar - 10:18am
    Michael 1 25th Mar '19 - 9:[email protected] are a number of issues. You are definitely in the right party Michael, "All things to all people"....
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 25th Mar - 10:16am
    @ Chris Moore OK, what do YOU suggest? Perhaps we could ‘do a Belgium’ on existing rules. Or is it time for the customer to...