Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum

Left Foot Forward understands that there is increasing discussion among peers in the Lords to seperate the two bills to ensure a May date for the AV referendum.

Left Foot Forward understands that there is increasing discussion among peers within the committee handling the legislation in the Lords to separate the two bills to ensure a May date for the proposed AV referendum.

As originally referenced by the Edinburgh Evening News, with only three meetings of the committee scheduled before the February 17th deadline for Royal Assent, peers are concerned that given their responsibility to revise and scrutinise legislation time has run out to complete full scrutiny of the bill as it stands.

The AV segment, having already been passed by the Lords, could then proceed back to the Commons for a final vote before Royal Assent, whilst the constuency boundary changes legislation could continue later in the session or be rescheduled for a future session.

Peers are concerned that failure to seperate the legislation could result in the entire bill being delayed beyond the Royal Assent deadline ending the chance for a May AV referendum.

Such a separation would vindicate the intitial calls by leading progressives such as former Left Foot Forward Editor Will Straw and Fabian Society General Secretary Sunder Katwala for separate consideration and voting on these two critical constitutional changes.

32 Responses to “Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum”

  1. therightarticle

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum: //bit.ly/i4Oz6X writes @MarcusARoberts

  2. Mike Ion

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum: //bit.ly/i4Oz6X writes @MarcusARoberts

  3. Reece Emmitt

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum //bit.ly/ej0m9P

  4. Will Straw

    Great scoop from @MarcusARoberts for @leftfootfwd showing that the AV referendum bill is in trouble in the Lords //bit.ly/ej0m9P

  5. Kieron Merrett

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum //bit.ly/ej0m9P by @marcusaroberts

  6. Simon Mapp

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum //bit.ly/ej0m9P

  7. Constitutional car crash developing in the House of Lords as Conservative Coalition tries to push its AV Referendum Bill through - Lord Toby Harris

    […] on the floor of the House of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill.  And as Left Foot Forward reports the Conservative Coalition is beginning to […]

  8. Political Scrapbook

    AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  9. Cllr. Niall Kelly

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  10. ϟøρнḯ℮ ฿₡

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  11. Andy Hicks

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  12. Mark

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  13. Jos Bell

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  14. Tom Griffin

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  15. samanthastips

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  16. Ti Maher

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  17. Sunder Katwala

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum: //bit.ly/i4Oz6X writes @MarcusARoberts

  18. Tim Moore

    RT @niallkellySDLP @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as constituency boundary changes stall in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X >Good news

  19. Doktorb

    I have read enough Hansard from the Lords this session to know exactly what this is all about. “Peers block the Bill” is not it at all. “Labour filibuster reform” is exactly what it is. “Left Foot Forward”? More like “One stride backwards”. Very depressing to see reform stalled, once again, at the hands of Labour.

  20. Jeevan Rai

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  21. L DTUC

    RT @psbook: AV may pass as separate bill as the constituency boundary changes are stalled in the Lords //bit.ly/i4Oz6X

  22. Sir Fred de Malagasy

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum: //bit.ly/i4Oz6X writes @MarcusARoberts

  23. Mr. Sensible

    I hope you’re right, Marcus.

    In fact, I hope that this proposed gerrymandering can be killed off once and for all.

  24. JoshC

    They’re two seperate issues and should be treated as such so hopefully the Lords will decouple them.

    The two bills should never have been combined in the first place. Are we going to turn into America where politicians try to push through bad legislation by attaching it to good legislation, to reduce the time for scrutiny or the chances of it being rejected?

  25. Jordan Hall

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  26. Circulator38

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  27. paulstpancras

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  28. Daniel Pitt

    RT @leftfootfwd: Constituency cull plan could be decoupled from AV referendum: //bit.ly/i4Oz6X writes @MarcusARoberts

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    […] reform was back on the agenda this week. On Wednesday, Left Foot Forward revealed that the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituency Bill could be decoupled in a bid to ensure […]

  30. Shamik Das

    Gr8 2 c decoupling of AV Bill being debated on the @Daily_Politics – remember where u heard it first… //bit.ly/ej0m9P @MarcusARoberts

  31. ROBERT DAVISON

    why can we not just chuck out devious pollititions?

  32. ROBERT DAVISON

    why can we not just chuck out devious politicians? Who are OBVIOUSLY being devious.

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