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The weekend debate: When should an MP rebel against their party?

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate…

In the Australian system even a single rebellion against your party can mean the whip is withdrawn but in the UK we’re much more used to MPs ‘crossing the floor’ and voting against their party.

In fact there’s been a fair amount of coverage on Lib Dem Voice of Mark Pack’s research on the number of backbench Lib Dem MPs who have rebelled against the government since the last election.

One could argue that MPs have a duty to vote with the party …

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Daily View 2×2: 12 January 2010

On this day in 2001, Sven Goran Eriksson took over as manager of the England football team. On the same day, the carers of eight year old Victoria Climbié, who died after being tortured and fed like a dog, were found guilty of her murder, leading to questions being asked of Haringey Social Services.

Today is the 281st anniversary of the birth of Edmund Burke. It’s also the 59th and 56th birthdays respectively of  US radio ‘personalities’ Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern.

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Four steps to a fairer Britain

Yesterday saw Nick Clegg set out the priorities which will be at the heart of the party’s …

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  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st Jan - 11:00am
    @Ian Sanderson (RM3) No, mate, I give Blair no credit whatsoever.Why? Because, deep down, I’m a Liberal. And deep down, he was a Tory!
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st Jan - 10:55am
    People sometimes, when discussing the ‘Revoke’ strategy promulgated by Swinson and Co, compare it to the end of David Steel’s ‘command’ to the Liberal Assembly...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 21st Jan - 10:41am
    Where's Laurence Fox when he is needed?
  • User AvatarInnocent Bystander 21st Jan - 10:39am
    The HoL needs to be replaced. If it has to move then York does not need the economic benefit. Move it to Workington or Middlesborough....
  • User AvatarJohn Barrett 21st Jan - 10:21am
    Mark Pack - "Any idea that because we’ve managed to achieve success in one election for one body we can shut up shop and think...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 21st Jan - 10:12am
    @ Graham Jeffs . Fair enough. I wish you well in your attempts to change things, Graham. But now the EU issue appears to be...