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Representation of the People Bill (31 Jan 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, it is with some trepidation that I rise to address your Lordships' House for the first time. On my introduction last summer, I was, for a brief period, the youngest-ever life Peer taking the Liberal Democrat Whip. However, my relative youth increases the sense of honour that I feel in joining your Lordships in this great and historic House. The generosity of the welcome extended to...

Representation of the People Bill (14 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: I have sympathy with my noble friend's amendments; there is a potential for abuse. I am particularly keen on the availability of the new declaration of local connections in order to ensure the right to vote of homeless people. It seems to hit the right balance between how we prevent abuse and how we allow homeless people the right to vote. However, I have concerns with these specific...

Representation of the People Bill (14 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: The Post Office is under a statutory duty to vet the entire content of the leaflet. It is part of the Post Office's elections regulations that the leaflet must conform entirely with the election and with no other matter. Furthermore, will the Minister tell us how many candidates abused the system in that way during last year's European elections when exactly the same rights existed as are...

Representation of the People Bill (14 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: Amendment No. 90 has been grouped with the noble Lord's amendment. Like Amendment No. 86, it is an important amendment. If I may say so, this is a rather more important debate than the one we had earlier about whether or not to remove the words "for example" from the Bill. The amendment deals with a very practical situation regarding the format of the provision of the electoral register and,...

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

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Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, as you look around our great capital city at the moment you will see a great many posters bearing the same slogan: "The biggest job in London: it is your choice who gets it." That is the Government's slogan on advertising boards across the city and on the back of every Tube ticket. However, I believe that it rings somewhat hollow in the light of the Labour Party's electoral college...

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000 (22 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, will the noble Lord accept that it would, for example, be impossible under Post Office regulations for the quoted driving instructor to advertise the phone number or address of the driving school and it would therefore be a pretty useless mailshot for him?

Representation of the People Bill (29 Feb 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I do not have a team of civil servants to advise me on the small pleasantries that I should make at the commencement of any speech, but I am grateful to the Minister for the opportunity to talk to him directly and for making remarks which will allow me to say a little more than I might have done on an important issue. It seems to me that a sensible, relatively cheap and practical...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill ( 3 Apr 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, this has been a good debate about the health of our democracy. The measures proposed in this Bill are a prescription from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. They arise from a generally shared diagnosis that something is rotten in the state of our politics when it can be seriously suggested that money can buy undue influence in an otherwise democratic system. There appears to...

Local Elections: Pilot Schemes (11 May 2000)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, does the Minister accept that there should be a proper, independent evaluation of the experimental voting systems in the recent local elections, preferably by the independent electoral commission, before the Home Secretary is able to roll them out for future elections.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (11 May 2000)

Lord Rennard: I hope the Minister will listen to the powerful and persuasive points made about the need for people to be involved in the commission who have day-to-day knowledge of how political parties work. A couple of months ago we hit a slight problem when organising the London elections. Highly talented civil servants were, for the first time, thrust into the responsibility of organising an election...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (11 May 2000)

Lord Rennard: I am not used to the Conservative Party being so keen and enthusiastic to hear from the Liberal Democrats. It is most welcome, even at this late stage of the evening. I can confirm to the noble Lord, Lord Beaumont, that we on these Benches are very happy to support the amendment. In the interests of fair-mindedness, it is right and appropriate to support the Green Party's claim to an...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: I understand the legitimate concern of the Government in this matter, but perhaps there is an alternative way to address the problem. For example, 600 candidates who stand in a general election as independents may all have the description "Independent Against Europe". Effectively, those candidates are acting as a political party without any of the constraints imposed in this Bill. I too am...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: Before the Minister sits down, would he at least undertake to look a little further into this issue? This system does work in local government and on a number of occasions we have been able to prevent candidates from abusing the system. We on these Benches will find it rather hard to deny independent candidates the right to construct a short description. Perhaps the Minister could agree to...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: moved Amendment No. 64A: Page 13, line 30, at end insert ("; and ( ) for ensuring the compliance with the provisions of Parts V and VII (campaign expenditure and referendums)").

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: In moving the amendment I speak also to Amendments Nos. 66 and Amendments Nos. 197D to 197G, 199A to 199D, and 201A. Amendment No. 64A divides responsibility for the financial concerns of the treasurer and the parties' nominating officer who is more properly in control of parties' elections and campaigning. The nominating officer will be responsible in this legislation for supplying lists of...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: I thank the Minister for his helpful reply. It is not our intention to impose our structures on any other party. But we hope it is possible for the Bill to reflect that different parties organise matters differently. Provided that the principles of the Bill are adhered to, it should not be too prescriptive in relation to who in each party is responsible for which parts. I should be happy to...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (12 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: I support the amendment and the arguments advanced by the noble Lord, Lord Beaumont of Whitley. In particular, I welcome the apparent conversion of the Conservative Party to the cause of at least limited state funding for political parties and their operations. This legislation imposes a considerable burden on parties. The legislation recognises that there are considerable start-up costs and...

Sponsorship (12 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: I rise to speak to Amendment No. 146A. It is concerned with the rights of political parties to receive money from trusts. It is entirely consistent with the principles of the Bill. It is quite possible that someone perfectly entitled to donate to a party has in the past decided to do so via a trust. Often a person has done that in his will so that a trust fund makes disbursements to a party...

Sponsorship (12 Oct 2000)

Lord Rennard: moved Amendment No. 151: Page 31, line 28, at end insert-- ("( ) Any donation received by a registered party which exceeds £50,000 or makes the cumulative donations of an individual or organisation exceed £50,000 in a financial year shall be regarded as a donation received by the party from a person who is not a permissible donor.").


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