Ed Miliband has got it spot on on this news piece on his website – LINK
Last night we saw what we thought were remnants of an old age problem with the Tories re-emerge as a mainstream split in the Party.
But why Europe? Ex-London Young Labour Chair Christine Quigley tweeted:
And she is right. Looking at the list of rebels, I noted the name of a former leader of Brent Council who is now the MP for Harrow East.
Pictured here holding a pledge signed by himself to vote against tuition fee increases, tuition fees were clearly not as strong an issue to rebel against as Europe.
“A miserable little compromise”
Nick Clegg dismissed the alternative vote (AV) system proposed by the Prime Minister as “a baby step in the right direction”, and said he would not settle for “a miserable little compromise thrashed out by the Labour Party”.
– The Times, 22 April 2010
Chris Huhne said: “Gordon Brown has undergone a deathbed conversion to electoral reform now that defeat is staring him in the face, but the alternative vote does not give voters enough power.”
– Daily Mail, 3rd February, 2010
“Only the Single Transferable Vote in multi-member seats would abolish MPs’ meal tickets for life, and we will fight to amend this proposal to give people a real choice for a more significant change.”
– Lib Dem Press Release, 1st Feb 2010
Now they will be offering a referendum on it, it is no longer a miserable little compromise.