Paul Flynn

Paul Flynn MP (Labour) on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Paul Flynn MP has broken Labour ranks to speak out against the legislative and regulatory reform bill.

The article says:

The government's Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill intends to let ministers make up a law, and make it law, without taking it through Parliament first.1 The Bill is now set for its final reading in the House of Commons. And every Labour MP has so far voted for it.

'We were misinformed' says Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport. In a recent interview he is the first to break ranks and admit this. 'We accepted it at face value. It hadn't been properly discussed. It didn't emerge on the radar. We accepted the assurances that it was a deregulatory Bill, with no malign effects.' He was, he added, very unhappy.

The article finishes with:

As indeed, they might. It is possibly worth noting that, in local government, it is quite common to suggest an idea so outrageous that, after the expected outcry, the administration can gracefully back down – and get their original intentions passed without opposition. But here, this does not seem to be the case. According to Oliver Heald, when asked why the Bill did not contain the orginal recommendations concerning business regulation, Murphy replied 'We have wider ambitions than that'.

The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill is an urgent topic. It is due for its third and final reading in the House of Commons around Easter. Over the last few days many more people have become exercised about it, largely because lawyers, journalists and bloggers have kept up the pressure.

So there you have it, make a noise. Write to your MP, they do reply, your letter will have extra influence in a Labour constituency . Write to some Lords, write to the newspapers. You can have your say and the time is now.

For more on this bill, see the website, or have a browse of my entries on this topic

There are newspaper articles to browse here, including articles from The Observer (A dangerous lust for power), The Telegraph (Labour isn't wicked - but it's doing just what the Nazis did) and even the Financial Times! (A bill that replaces ministerial duties with divine rights)

Update: Looking back at one of the articles I prepared earlier (and linked to above), Paul Flynn is a 'usual suspect' - and so "Shock, regular rebel rebels" isn't too great a headline. What we really need is a 'not the usual suspect' to take a stand, as Robin Cook did with Iraq, gaining a lot of credibility with the electorate in the process.