Monday, 10 March 2014

Spring Conference: Power To The People

Cambridge Activist Emily Nethsingha Speaking
During the Debate
At their Spring Conference in York Liberal Democrats endorsed a package of political and constitutional reforms designed to engage people with the political system, in their policy paper Power to the People (via Google Drive).

The key proposals are to:
  • Make Parliament and government more accountable by legislating for an elected House of Lords, introducing 'citizens' juries' and subjecting new Secretaries of State to Select Committee interviews
  • End the auction of influence and access in Westminster by capping political donations and making Special Advisers' activities transparent
  • Introduce fair votes for local government elections in England.
Commenting, Lord Paul Tyler said:
"Power to the People links Liberal Democrat ideals with our practical experience in government, creating a package of measures which are deliverable within the next parliamentary cycle. 
"Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society. Vital to this vision is a state in which government is radically decentralised from London, and where Westminster is open and accountable to the public it serves."