Deal or no deal?

Gordon Brown faces another Westminster rebellion from backbenchers, this time over the third reading of the Planning Bill tomorrow. This would appear to be the third significant rebellion in almost as many months. Discipline seems to be falling apart in the Parliamentary Labour Party. In this case there is no talk of deals with other parties rather the Labour backbenchers are being worked similar to the 10p tax band but how should a smaller Westminster party handle such potential opportunities? When should it be willing to save a government measure? Should it be for measures popular with the public but lacking in support within Westminster? Should it vote strictly in line with party policy (presuming they have one) or completely unscrupulous? Should a regional party be concerned about the West Lothian question? 42 days wasn’t but the Planning bill is primarily for England and Wales. Does the party gain any political strength/bankable good will from assisting in the removal of an unpopular government? Discuss.

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    It will be interesting to see what the DUP do, if anything, given that they have promised a reform of the planning system in NI. Wouldn’t they love to be able to push through large scale development proposals. Er, that’s what the already do…

  • If they understood the sheer scale of opposition to Eco-towns in the English communities that are going to be ridden rough-shod over, then they would care.

    Note that all the proposed Eco-towns are in England – we wouldn’t want any in Gordon Brown’s constituency would we now?