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Jo Swinson on the lack of urgency to change Parliament’s voting system

Jo was understandably furious when her pairing arrangement with the Tory chair, Brandon Lewis, was violated. She spoke about the experience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival yesterday evening.

According to the Express and Star, she said:

The mechanism of pairing is outdated and just doesn’t work.

We need a different system, which would be proxy voting, so that when you had an MP that was on parental leave, they would entrust another MP of their choice to vote on their behalf.

This is something that the House of Commons actually discussed earlier this year, and one of the committees went away and did a lot of work on how technically that could work, and produced some motions that parliament could vote on.

But those changes have been “kicked into the long grass” by the Government.

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Leadsom, Lewis and Smith in trouble over Jo Swinson pairing scandal

Remember when the Tories cheated in order to win the tight vote in Parliament, just like Vote Leave cheated to win the EU Referendum?

Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis, paired with Jo Swinson who was at home with her two week old baby, should not have voted on Tuesday night. He honoured that in the first few, but in the really crucial ones, on the European Medicines Agency (which the Government lost) and the customs union, (which the Government narrowly won), he cast his vote. Now, had he voted in the earlier divisions, Alistair Carmichael, our Chief Whip, might have noticed …

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  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Nov - 9:02am
    @ Joe, "Balancing current spending over the economic cycle keeps inflation at relatively moderate levels....." Not necessarily. In the late 80's, the Thatcher govt allowed...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Nov - 8:32am
    There can only be a Tory minority Government if they + the DUP have sufficient votes or, if they are still short, and one or...
  • User AvatarGlenn 21st Nov - 8:15am
    So 90% of builders are not from the EU and not being in the EU could be good for youngsters wanting to get into the...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Nov - 8:09am
    Mark, was I dreaming or has there been a strategic pivot in the last 24 hours viz ourselves and the Tories?
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 21st Nov - 7:28am
    @ David Allen, Anyone listening to what Ed Davey has said, should have no doubts that Steve Bell is absolutely on the money. The Liberal...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 21st Nov - 7:11am
    I think you meant December 2019, unless we have found a Tardis!