Danny Alexander commits party to seeking further changes to Digital Economy Bill

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat spring conference this morning, Danny Alexander MP (Vice Chair of the Federal Policy Committee and chair of the party’s General Election Manifesto Group) said the party will seek to make further changes to the Digital Economy Bill when it comes to the Commons.

The Bill, currently passing through the Lords, has been the subject of much debate (such as here and here) and yesterday Liberal Democrat peers announced plans to table further amendments to the bill.

This morning Danny Alexander committed the party to supporting further changes to the Digital Economy Bill, saying:

There is more work to be done to improve it yet further when it comes to the House of Commons.

He also said that following the general election the party would need to develop and update its policies in this area further, commenting:

I’m not sure the party’s policy has necessarily kept pace with developments.

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  • Andrew Suffield 13th Mar '10 - 10:29am

    Well, I’m quite sure it hasn’t. To “update” the policies would be a neat trick, since there aren’t any.

    I think that what we need to do is convince the FPC to form a working group or something. Nice to see at least one of them seems to be amenable to the idea.

  • It seems that since the Bill will pass, doing whatever possible to improve it would be constructive. (When we get a commons majority, we can reverse it!)

  • OK, with the tories providing some weight there is more negotiating room, then!

  • Can’t wait for the explanation for Lord Tim’s financial ties with the copyright-holders and then forgetting to mention that most of his amendment was copied word for word from the BPI draft.
    It’s the second time his financial links have been called into question too.

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