Peers bed down for marathon session to pass reform bill – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2011 in elections, news, parliament, referendums by sally

“Lords debate reduction in the number of MPs in parliament.”

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The Guardian, 17th January 2011

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Lords ruling paves way for separate AV referendum and election dates – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2010 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“Alternative voting referendum could be on a different day from 5 May elections according to a House of Lords amendment.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

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Voting reform referendum will go ahead in May 2011 – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2010 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“A referendum on whether to ditch the first-past-the-post voting system will go ahead next May after Labour peers failed narrowly in an attempt to derail the Government’s timetable.”

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The Independent, 16th November 2010

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Peers threaten voting reform bill – BBC News

Posted November 15th, 2010 in elections, news, parliament, referendums by sally

“Government plans for a referendum in May on changing the voting system could be at risk if peers vote later to refer them to a Lords committee.”

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BBC News, 15th November 2010

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Nick Clegg rejects call for law change after ‘hundreds denied vote’ – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2010 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“The Electoral Commission is set on a collision course with the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, after he dismissed calls for a law change to ensure last-minute voters are not turned away at the polls.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2010

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Voting reform ballot planned for May – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2010 in constitutional reform, elections, news, referendums by sally

“The coalition government is to test its unity by announcing that it plans to stage a referendum on voting reform next May, amid signs that Labour enthusiasm for the reform is wavering owing to the party’s growing hostility to the Liberal Democrats.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2010

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Brown wins big Commons victory for vote reform – The Independent

Posted February 11th, 2010 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“Gordon Brown’s plan to hold a referendum next year on scrapping the first-past-the-post system for elections for Westminster won a convincing majority last night in the Commons.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2010

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No electoral reform bill in Queen’s speech, says Downing Street – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2009 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“This month’s Queen’s speech will not contain a bill to introduce reform of the voting system, Downing Street sources confirmed today.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2009

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Cabinet split over election-day referendum on voting reform – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2009 in elections, news, referendums by sally

“Senior cabinet ministers will step up the pressure on the prime minister this week to rule out holding a referendum on electoral reform on the same day as the general election, because they believe it would set back the case for reform for a generation.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2009

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Legal bid to force EU referendum fails – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2008 in EC law, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“The Conservative Eurosceptic millionaire Stuart Wheeler today lost his high court bid to force the government to hold a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon treaty.”

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The Guardian, 25th June 2008

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Treaty on hold until court rules – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2008 in EC law, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“Gordon Brown has said Britain will not ratify the EU Treaty until the High Court has ruled on a separate bid to force a British referendum.”

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BBC News, 20th June 2008

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Lords reject EU referendum call – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2008 in constitutional law, EC law, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“The House of Lords has voted against holding a referendum on the EU Treaty – a day before the Irish Republic’s national ballot on the agreement.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2008

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High court to consider referendum on EU treaty – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2008 in EC law, judicial review, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“A millionaire businessman today won permission for a high court challenge over the government’s refusal to hold a referendum on the EU reform treaty.”

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2008

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Cherie Blair’s firm hired to stop EU treaty – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2008 in EC law, judicial review, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“One of Britain’s richest men has hired Cherie Blair’s law firm to advise him on a £750,000 High Court battle that could force Gordon Brown to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2008

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Ballots add to pressure for treaty referendum – The Times

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in EC law, news, referendums, treaties by sally

“Pressure for a national referendum on the Lisbon treaty intensified yesterday when a pressure group announced that more than 150,000 people took part in local ballots on the issue.”

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The Times, 3rd March 2008

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Paul Lasok: EU referendum would clear air – Legal Week

Posted November 15th, 2007 in EC law, referendums, special report, treaties by sally

“In the UK, treaty-making is a matter for the Crown acting in conjunction with Parliament. The few instances of referendums and the like are insufficient to give rise to a constitutional convention saying that a referendum must be held if a treaty such as the European Union (EU) Reform Treaty is to be ratified. Whether or not there should be a referendum on the EU Reform Treaty is therefore a political rather than a legal question. This is except for the idea once floated by the Conservative Party of holding a referendum after ratification with a view to backing out of the Reform Treaty if it found against it, which does have legal implications. The professed purpose of such a post-ratification referendum is to engineer a breach by the UK of a legally binding promise that it had entered into freely and in accordance with domestic procedures and processes.”

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Legal Week, 15th November 2007

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