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Lib Dem conference: leadership defeated on Justice and Security Bill

25 September 2012

As predicted earlier, the Lib Dem leadership has just suffered an embarrassing defeat on the conference floor this afternoon on a grassroots motion on the Justice and Security Bill. The wrecking amendment which removed the call for parliamentarians to defeat the legislation received just a smattering of votes, and the overall motion was carried unamended.

During the course of the debate, the amendment received support on stage from Julian Huppert, Alistair Carmichael and Tom Brake. That MPs were turning up to oppose the party’s grassroots is not a good sign: remember that the pause in the Health and Social Care Bill came about because of a groundswell of anger within the Lib Dem membership that those in Parliament did not pick up on until much later. MPs and peers will return to Westminster after the conference recess with their own party expecting them to rebel on government business.

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  • 700islands

    The interesting thing is that this lot call other people weirdos.

  • anyfool

    Why is it embarrassing no one cares what the plebs at conferences say, least of all party leaders. this is just a sop to the great unwashed.

    • telemachus

      This goes to one of the worries about the liberals
      Remember which party was tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime
      Sadly the coalition fail the second bit

  • Noa

    Good, they have a use after all…

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