06 April 2010

Keep an eye on the ‘wash-up’

While the media focus on the movement of cars up and down The Mall and the travels of the party leaders, the small matter of getting some important Bills onto the statute book goes on:

Most attention will be paid to Harman's business statement on how she intends to push through the remaining eight bills, including Labour plans for DNA retention and a referendum on a new voting system for the Commons.

Keep an eye on the one concerning voting reform.  This will be a ‘dividing line’ that Brown will be looking for.  Not only that, but if this Bill is passed and there is a hung parliament, Labour will have a important bargaining tool at its disposal to attract Clegg & Co.

The ‘wash-up’ could have more significance than is usually the case.

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