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Oliver Heald Urges Voters to Take Action March 30, 2006

Posted by bill111 in Politics.
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Oliver Heald MP who has voiced his opposition to the LRRB has commented on a post over at Murky.org calling for voters to write to their MPs and express their opposition.

There is no better time than now for concerned citizens to write to their Member of Parliament, protesting about this Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill. Even Labour MPs are becoming worried about the Bill and the TUC have voiced their concerns. The business organisations are also pressing for changes.

What the Conservatives are putting forward is that the Bill should only allow for de-regulation – removing outdated and burdensome regulations – and should prohibit the fast-track Order-making power from being used for controversial or important changes. Since 1994 we have had a law which allows the Government to use a fast-track Order-making procedure for deregulation – to scrap outdated and burdensome red tape. We do need technical improvements to the existing law. But what the Government has come up with goes way beyond what is needed. The Government say they have “wider ambitions”. We wonder what they are.

At last, we may be making progress. According to a newspaper report, Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords, Lord Grocott is pressing the Prime Minister for the sort of changes we are demanding. Labour MPs have spoken out in Parliament and in the past week, Minister Jim Murphy has been calling in the Opposition Parties to discuss an Amendment to the Bill. The idea seems to be for a veto for Select Committees to stop the fast-track Order-making procedure being used for controversial measures. But this does not go far enough. Select Committees do a valuable job, but they always have the majority from the Government Party.
We are trying to make major changes to this Bill, so that we do have an effective tool for de-regulation, but ONLY for de-regulation. If the Government does not meet our demands, the Bill must not pass. As currently drafted, the Bill is a danger to democracy and unless the Government meets our demands, Conservatives will vote against it after Easter.

Oliver Heald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

What can I do?

  • You can write to your MP, telling him/her you disapprove of the bill.
  • Tell your friends about the bill and this site.
  • Distribute leaflets around your school/college, place of work or even in your local town.


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Comments

1. jax - March 30, 2006

Haven’t had a response from my mp from the first time I wrote to her – can’t harm to write again though.

Are we doing anything to raise the profile of this in the media? Or tracking mps responses from ppl that are lucky enough to receive one?

2. bill111 - March 30, 2006

Jax, nice to hear from you again. If I were you I should hold on before sending another letter. Momentum is gathering and we’re going to need all the energy we can get out of that letter writing hand soon!

3. Tech - March 30, 2006

Momentum gathering, sounds good! Pen poised and waiting to go!

4. jax - March 31, 2006

OK, will hang fire.

Letter writing I can do 🙂

Hi Tech, nice to see you here!

5. Murky.org » Oliver Heald Urges Voters to Take Action - August 7, 2006

[…] (Thanks to the Campaign Against the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill for the link) […]


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