Matthew Taylor quits shadow cabinet, Danny Alexander elevated

Danny AlexanderDanny Alexander MP has been appointed the Liberal Democrat Shadow Social Exclusion Secretary. He will replace Matthew Taylor MP in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet, who yesterday announced he will stand down at the next election.

Danny said “I am delighted to have been appointed to this position. Britain faces a huge challenge in tackling poverty and social exclusion.

“The Government’s policies are bogged down in mass means-testing and bureaucracy, creating dependency not opportunity.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only party that puts fairness and opportunity for all at the top of the agenda, and I look forward to taking the fight to the Government on these critically important questions.”

Danny Alexander recently caused a little ripple of debate when he suggested that churches should be exempt from rules preventing discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace, though it has been suggested that the law in fact already allows this. Party members can find a discussion on this here.

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5 Comments

  • Bernard Salmon 18th Jan '07 - 9:53am

    “Danny Alexander recently caused a little ripple of controversy recently when he suggested that churches should be exempt from rules preventing discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace.”

    No, Rob, he didn’t. As he makes clear, the exemption he suggested was related solely to the hire of religious buildings, something which was already contained in the regulations anyway.
    And I would suggest in future that you don’t just accept what our political opponents say about us as being the truth. Show some common sense.

  • hywelmorgan 18th Jan '07 - 9:35pm

    Sometimes MPs don’t give legislation intensive scrutiny – not perhaps suprising given the volume and the way in which amendments are made late in the process. AIUI the commentary to these regulations – both official and Home Office – suggest something different to the “black ink” of the actual regulations.

    There was an example of something similar a bit back when a few MPs complained about the “organ pipes” directive. Yet no-one raised any objections when the relevant SI was agreed to put it into UK law.

    There is quite a bit of legal criticism of the quality of recent legislation (rather than its objectives). “Yet again the courts are faced with a sample of the deeply confusing provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003” as one judge put it.

    One of my lecturers said if that act had been submitted as a piece of work by an LPC student it wouldn’t have been graded as competent.

    Regardless of your views on the objectives of changes to the law it is not good to be in such a situation where the legislation passed doesn’t make sense.

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