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Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 39 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: It is so often said that PR was defeated in 2011. The simple fact is that PR was not on the ballot paper. We must not repeat that falsehood about our electoral systems. That was, of course, a vote about Members of Parliament and not about mayoral systems. In relation to the London mayoral system in particular, there was a consultation which showed that most people were against first past the...

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 9A ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, there is a problem with permanent postal votes, and it is a problem for which I am partly responsible. It is the issue of matching the signatures on the applications to vote by post with the certificate that goes with the ballot papers when they are sent off. That arose from an amendment for which I was responsible quite some years ago, when my concern was to reduce the prevalence...

Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, this House can spend a great deal of time discussing the meaning of a single word. Words such as “may” or “must” have great significance in law, and today we are debating the difference between compulsory “photo identification” and just “voter identification”. We are debating the word “photo”. It is important for many people because voter identification was in...

Health and Care Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion J1 (as an amendment to Motion J) ( 5 Apr 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, if I understood the Minister correctly in his introductory remarks, he was saying that the Government’s case against the amendment is that they do not want to consult on something to which they are not already committed. So what is the point of consultations if they are only on things to which the Government are already committed? Should the Government not consult on what they...

Elections Bill - Committee (6th Day) (Continued): Amendment 197 (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, Amendment 212E, in my name, seeks to draw attention to a principle Parliament has previously agreed and that should now be brought into force. The Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 was discussed, and agreed, in much more consensual debates than is the case with the current Elections Bill. Parliament then agreed that donations and loans from an individual that are worth over...

Elections Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 153 (28 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: In the six general elections since I have been a Member of this House, I have always found people to be very surprised that I was unable to cast a vote in them, even though I campaigned in all of them. They find it ironic that I have been campaigning for my party, and its predecessor the Liberal Party, for some 49 years, but I now no longer have a say on who will be the Prime Minister of the...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: I am sorry to interrupt the noble Baroness in her flow but the implication is that a vote is taken away. It is not. There is a process in the polling stations by which if you claim that somebody has already taken your vote—usually because the wrong name has been crossed off by one of the polling clerks—a replacement ballot paper, known as a tendered ballot paper, is given to you. There is...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 55 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the amendments from the noble Baronesses, Lady Hayman and Lady Meacher, and the noble Lord, Lord Woolley, in this group, ask many sensible questions. Perhaps, no question is no more appropriate than that asked by the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, and we all look forward to the Minister’s answer to that in particular. The questions in this group are about the cost to taxpayers which...

Health and Care Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 158 (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: Does the noble Baroness accept that a crucial difference is that organisations such as ASH are funded by organisations concerned with public health, including Cancer Research UK and people who deal with trying to save lives, while FOREST is funded by the tobacco industry, which kills half its customers?

Health and Care Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 158 (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I speak in support of these amendments, to which I have added my name, and which are in accordance with my party’s policy. In Committee, there was almost universal support for dealing with health inequality issues, and there was widespread recognition that, as the noble Lord, Lord Crisp, said, half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and the poorest people in...

Elections Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 25 (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, this debate has shown that the noble Baroness, Lady Hayman, is definitely right that we need guidance on this crucial issue of notional expenditure. Many of us think that we do not necessarily need a change in the law, given that the courts have clarified the existing position and we need further guidance about what those decisions by the Supreme Court and Southwark Crown Court mean...

Elections Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 24A (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. She mentioned the PACAC report into some of these issues, but without quoting the crucial recommendation, in paragraph 16, which says that “reform should only be taken forwards on the basis of clear consensus.” This debate, at the very least, has shown that there is not that consensus. It seems to me that the debate is not about how...

Elections Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 24A (15 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: My Lords, the reason for the Clause 18 stand part debate is that we should not let this important change in legislation pass without some significant scrutiny. The principle of notional expenditure might appear at first to be simple, but it is not quite so simple in the era of massive national party spending. The original intention of election law concerning notional expenditure was always...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Political Parties: Expenditure (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 10 March 2021 (HL13610), what representations they received from (1) the Local Government Association, (2) political groups, (3) the Parliamentary Parties Panel, and (4) other political parties, in 2020 on the issue of uprating spending limits at reserved polls; and in particular, which political parties...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Political Parties: Expenditure (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the rate of inflation between 2000 to 2022; and what assessment they have made of the effect on national spending limits for a registered political party contesting every constituency in Great Britain of increasing the present limit by the rate of inflation.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Political Parties: Expenditure (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of political parties that would be able to raise and spend more than the present national limit on party expenditure in a general election, based on expenditure in general elections since 2000; and which parties that includes.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Political Parties: Expenditure (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase national party expenditure limits in general elections in line with the written statement made by Lord True on 3 December 2020 (HLWS610); and whether any such increase will take place before July 2023.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Elections: Proof of Identity (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what levels of documented scrutiny, including photo ID, is expected to apply in future for voters at a polling station; what assessment they have made as to how far this documentation may be more easily available for (1) older voters, (2) younger voters, and (3) people who move their address most frequently; and how this scrutiny will compare to that applied to...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Political Parties: Finance (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to bring into force the un-commenced provisions of the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009, regarding donations from non-resident donors.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Absent Voting: British Nationals Abroad (14 Mar 2022)

Lord Rennard: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to facilitate more rapid (1) distribution, and (2) return, of postal votes to UK citizens overseas who are registered voters in general elections.


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