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Letter of the Lords 2 February 2015

This week’s newsletter on the work of the Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords

 

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Letter of the Lords – 19 January 2015

This week’s newsletter on the work of the Liberal Democrat group in the House of Lords

 

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Monroe Palmer: Reform of the complaints system for the Armed Forces (via Lib Dem Voice)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill

The Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill, currently going through report stage in the Lords, has a non-snappy title clearly not dreamt up with Public Relations in mind. It is however important as it includes creation of a Service Complaints Ombudsman and reform of Service complaints system.

As we move into Report stage the Liberal Democrat team, including the valuable contributions of my Lib Dem colleague Martin Thomas (Lord Thomas of Gresford), concentrated on two amendments. One to ensure that a complaint does not disappear if the complainant dies. The second is to carry out an investigation of any allegations of systemic abuse or injustice if it appears to her/him to be in the public interest and that there should be compelling circumstances.

Martin has outlined the importance of these amendments saying: “It may very well be that, in the course of the investigation of individual complaints, it will come to the attention of the ombudsman that there is a culture of abuse or bullying in a particular area. They may well feel that they would have to investigate that on their own initiative, and not await instruction, following their annual report, from the Secretary of State.”

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Monroe Palmer: Armed Forces Bill is a step towards a fairer society (via Lib Dem Voice)

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill

This week saw the Second Reading in The Lords of a Bill welcomed by the Liberal Democrats. It bears the unattractive title ‘Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill’ but builds towards our manifesto pledge to create a fair deal for our service personnel. A promise that has particular significance ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

The Bill deals with three matters: the creation of a Service Complaints Ombudsman; the reform of the service complaints system; and ensuring financial assistance to charities and other organisations which support the Armed Forces community.

The heads of the three Armed Forces have publicly stated their support for the Bill, but we pressed for meeting the representatives of the service chiefs and the current commissioner, so that The Lords can have their first-hand assessment. I am sometimes wary of public statements when we do not get to grips with the actual person who made the statement.

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Dee Doocey and Monroe Palmer pay tribute to Lord Anthony Jacobs

Baron Jacobs
Baron Jacobs 1931 – 2014

Many long standing members of the party will be very sad to hear of the death of Anthony (Lord) Jacobs last Saturday.

Anthony was a lifelong supporter of the party and served in many roles including Economics and Taxation Advisor from 1973 to 1978.  He twice fought the Parliamentary Constituency of Watford increasing the Liberal share of the vote from 6% to 24%. In 1984, he was elected Joint Treasurer of the Party and was returned unopposed each year until he stepped down in 1987. He was a keen supporter of the merger of the Liberal Party and SDP and served as Chairman of the Party in England and Vice-President of the Federal Party. In 1988, he received a Knighthood and he became a life Peer in 1997.

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