Top news today: expenses, EU referendum, Lords reform
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Sep 25, 2012
A lot of Scottish news today, with revelations about Alex Salmond’s expenses, a proposal from Lord Foulkes about an alternative to the House of Lords, and a plea at the Lib Dem conference. Also, Paddy Ashdown predicts an EU referendum.
ALEX SALMOND SPENDS £370, 000 ON ENTERTAINING- The Scottish First Minister has spent £370, 000 between May 2007 and his re-election. The information came to light six months after an FoI request was lodged by the Telegraph. Why isn’t this information available as a matter of course?
EU REFERENDUM NOW INEVITABLE, PADDY ASHDOWN WARNS- The former Lib Dem leader predicts that Cameron’s veto on a referendum about Britain’s future in the EU has set the country on an “irretrievable” course towards this outcome. Do you see a referendum on the horizon?
NEW SENATE TO REPLACE LORDS SHOULD INCLUDE QUOTA OF SCOTS- Lord Foulkes has said he believes each devolved parliament should send appointed representatives to a new second chamber in Westminster, as a replacement for the House of Lords. Could this idea work?
ENGLISH URGED TO SPEAK UP ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE- The leader of the Scottish Lib Dems is expected to encourage English people to speak in favour of Scotland staying in the UK at the Lib Dem conference today. Should anyone but the Scottish have a voice in the independence question?