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Labour joins cross-party group to oppose constitutional changes

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28 Oct 2010
Labour joins forces with DUP, Plaid Cymru and the SDLP to oppose rushed Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Bill.

Labour’s Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband MP, DUP Parliamentary Group Leader, Nigel Dodds MP, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, and Mark Durkan MP, on behalf of the SDLP, have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister asking that he delay the Report Stage and Third Reading of the Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Bill so that the House of Commons is given the first opportunity to debate and scrutinise the combination of the AV referendum with elections to the Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Parliament as well as allow for proper consultation of the devolved administrations.

This cross-party letter demonstrates the strength of opposition to the needlessly rushed timetable for a Bill that will break the convention that the House of Commons scrutinises all electoral legislation before the unelected Upper Chamber.

Ed Miliband MP, Labour’s Leader of the Opposition, said:

“Mr Cameron is showing a worrying level of arrogance towards constitutional convention by riding roughshod over proper parliamentary scrutiny of this constitutional Bill.”

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