Lord Chris Rennard's Recent House of Lords Appearances

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  • Jul 9, 2018:
    • Hepatitis C - Question | Lords debates

      My Lords, does the Minister accept that NHS England may in the past have been too restrictive in its use of the relevant drugs? How might improved procurement policies result in greater use of those drugs, including more innovative products, as well as providing better value for the NHS in reducing the prevalence of hepatitis C?

  • Jul 2, 2018:
    • UK Democratic System: Interference by Russia - Question | Lords debates

      My Lords, election law provides for the disqualification of a successful candidate in the event that that candidate is proven to be responsible for serious breaches of election law, and for the setting aside of that election. In a referendum campaign, if there are shown to be serious breaches of election law, for example through the use of illegal funding from Russia, should not equivalent sanctions apply?

  • Jun 28, 2018:
    • Elections: Electoral Commission Recommendations - Question | Lords debates

      My Lords, does the Minister accept that the excellent report published this week by the Electoral Commission into the need to regulate more properly digital campaigning in elections and referendums illustrates the advantages of having an independent body to advise Parliament on the need to change and modernise our laws to protect the health of our democracy? If so, does he therefore reject the suggestion in a report from the former chair of the Conservative Party a little while ago that the Electoral Commission could be stripped of such powers to advise Parliament?

  • Jun 7, 2018:
    • Online Material: Identification of Promoters - Question | Lords debates

      My Lords, there appears to be some consensus on most of these issues. In the 2017 general election, the Conservative Party spent more than £2 million on Facebook advertising. If targeted at 100 marginal constituencies, it would mean an expenditure of more than £20,000 per constituency-yet only a few hundred pounds ever appeared in the constituency election returns. So is it not clear that, irrespective of any case currently before the courts, we need to revamp our election laws to restore the principle of a level playing field, in the way that Gladstone's Government did in the 1880s, so that thousands of votes count for far more than thousands of pounds?

  • May 24, 2018:
  • May 22, 2018:
    • General Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes there have been to the population eligible to vote in General Elections in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, between 1 December 2015 and 3 May 2018.

    • Local Government: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide funding for, and ask the Electoral Commission to undertake, a representative survey of people who voted by post in the 2018 local elections so as to obtain an indication as to how many of them may not have cast the vote themselves, or without proper conditions of privacy in keeping with the spirit of the Ballot Act 1872.

    • Local Government: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide funding for, and ask the Electoral Commission to undertake, a representative survey of people taken from the marked registers showing that a vote had been cast in their name at a polling station in the 2018 local elections so as to obtain an indication as to how many of them did not vote, but had a vote claimed by another person who attended the polling station.

    • Local Government: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to contact Returning Officers responsible for the General Election in 2017 in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, to ask how many tendered ballot papers were issued as a result of people turning up to a polling station to find that their vote had already been cast; and whether they will do so before 8 June when such lists will be destroyed.

    • Local Government: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to contact Returning Officers responsible for the conduct of the local elections in England in 2018 to ask how many tendered ballot papers were issued as a result of people turning up to a polling station to find that their vote had already been cast.