The timing of this discussion is quite extraordinary. The day after the Prime Minister announced a programme that appears to include a referendum on electoral reform, the Government will have to troop through the Lobby to oppose that very policy. It seems to be a pattern that the Labour party proposes something to get a few votes, and when it has those votes it suddenly forgets about its...
That is a very good metaphor. In fact, that proposal combined with the other Conservative proposal to reduce the number of Members of Parliament would make the existing system even less proportionate.
I am all in favour of making the electoral system fairer. That is why I oppose the amendment, because the only way to make the first-past-the-post system fairer is by abolishing it and replacing it with a better system. I concede that, as the Secretary of State said, the AV system is not necessarily proportionate. I prefer the single transferable vote system, which is proportionate, and we...
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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge
Entered House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
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Topics of interest
- Home Department
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Sustainable Development
- Young Offenders
- National Identity Register
- Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques
- Youth Justice
Other offices held in the past
- Member, Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (10 Aug 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister (Shadow Solicitor General), Home Affairs (21 Jul 2008 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Member, Justice Committee (7 Nov 2007 to 18 Apr 2008)
- Shadow Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice (5 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
- Member, Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee) (27 Apr 2007 to 3 Jun 2008)
- Shadow Minister (Energy), Trade & Industry (21 Mar 2006 to 4 Jul 2007)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 13 Jul 2007)
- Member, Constitutional Affairs Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 7 Nov 2007)
- Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (1 Jun 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
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Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
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Royalties and fees from books on law.
Payment of £8.91 from Reed Elsevier (UK
) Ltd in respect of royalties on the book of 'The Law of Restitution' which was published in 2003 and on which all the work was carried out before I became a Member in 2005. (Registered 9 July 2009)
Received £500 from Thompsons Solicitors for taking part in an academic seminar about the law of tort. Address: Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LW. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 8 February 2010)
Fellowship at Clare College Cambridge, giving occasional access to college facilities.
Reader in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (on unpaid leave 2005-10).
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