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I wish Vince agreed with Nick (and Nick stuck by his own principles)

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In his conference speech, Nick Clegg said, The Conservatives, on the other hand, have made it clear that their priority is to help some families over others, with a tax break for married couples. A tax break for some, funded through the taxes of everybody else – that tells you everything you need to know about their values. While making an argument in the Finance Bill Committee against tax privileges for favoured industries, I said, We should not say, “Actually, everybody […]

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Why I voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

I voted against the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today with considerable sadness. Some things have been said with which I do not wish to be associated. My strong view has long been that the government should get out of marriage. I am not alone. In December, Matthew Parris set out essentially the same view in The Spectator and showed that it works in South Africa: Gay marriage the easy way. For The Telegraph, J P […]

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It’s time to jail those who force people to marry

The Government has decided to make it a criminal offence to force anyone into an unwanted marriage.  I think this is a good idea. Last year the police investigated almost 1,500 forced marriages but the real figure could be 8,000 or more. The new law will increase protection and support for victims and also focus on prevention. Prime Minister David Cameron said: Forced marriage is abhorrent and is little more than slavery. To force anyone into marriage against their will […]

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