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Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform

Sleaze and standards: More Conference events with LDER President Wendy Chamberlain MP

March 9, 2022 7:30 AM
By LDER executive

Sleaze and standards: More Conference events with LDER President Wendy Chamberlain MP

In recent months there have been a slew of sleaze stories coming out of Government but no resolve by those in power to do anything about it. This won't be the end, with many more stories expected especially in relation to the VIP PPE lane.

Participate in the debate! Policy motion on political reform to tackle sleaze

On Friday 11th March at 15:40 - 16:20 in the main auditorium, Conference will vote on a motion tabled by Wendy Chamberlain MP to bring in the needed political reform to tackle sleaze in politics.

The motion calls for key reforms including:

  • a public inquiry including full disclosure of documents

  • codifying the Ministerial Code with governance independent from the Prime Minister

  • introducing a range of sanctions for those who breach the Code

  • giving MPs more control over House business to give them more power to hold the Government to account.

Applications to speak in the debate are now open. You can submit your speaker card from now until 16:00 on Thursday 10th March here.

Wendy Chamberlain MP, President LDER

Ask a question of our spokespeople! Standards in public life

On Sunday 13th March from 16:35 - 17:40 on the fringe of Spring Conference Wendy Chamberlain MP and the Rt. Hon. Lord William Wallace of Saltaire will discuss and take questions about the extremely important and topical issue of standards in public life.

Following the Owen Paterson affair, Wendy successfully hosted the Commons debate on Standards in Public Life. We've now had the partygate scandal and more examples of the disdain this government has for truth and accuracy.

This wide-reaching conversation will answer your questions about why it is so hard to get the Government to tell the truth, the rules MPs must follow and how they could be made better, and what needs to be done for politicians and politics to be trusted.

To join these events you must be registered for Conference. There is still time to sign up here.

Your Spring Conference diary

There are a number of events that may be of interest to you at Spring Conference. Mark your Conference diary!

  • Friday 11th March, 15:40 - 16:20 F7. Political Reform to Tackle Sleaze (auditorium)

  • Saturday 12th March, 16:35 - 17:40 Linking PR to Real Life Outcomes (LDER fringe)

  • Sunday 13th March, 13:00 - 14:25 The Route to Proportional Representation (Unlock Democracy and LDER fringe)

  • Sunday 13th March, 16:35 - 17:40 Standards in Public Life - Spokesperson Q&A with Wendy Chamberlain MP and Lord Wallace of Saltaire (fringe)

You can find details of these events and other activity at Conference in the agenda and directory.

See you there!