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Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:51 pm on 27th May 2010.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat 4:51 pm, 27th May 2010

Actually, I have not argued that case; I have argued the case for a fixed-term parliament. I think that the argument that those in favour of five years would make is that this is the first time in British history that a Prime Minister has surrendered that supreme partisan advantage of being able to pick and choose polling day according to opinion poll ratings rather than the national interest. As the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, effectively pointed out earlier, this has often been deeply damaging for the long-term British economic interest.