A radical change to the voting system at Westminster, entailing parliamentary bills being passed in a more proportional way, should be introduced to resolve the row over English-only laws, the Liberal Democrats will say on Friday. In a Guardian article, the Lib Dem minister David Laws calls on the Tories to follow the example of the Labour party in setting aside “narrow partisan interest” to resolve the matter. The intervention by Laws comes as a fresh coalition row flared up after Nick Clegg accused Theresa May of making “false and outrageous” slurs against his party. She had claimed the Lib Dems were putting children’s lives at risk by blocking surveillance legislation, known by critics as the snooper’s charter.
Speaking on his Call Clegg radio show, the deputy prime minister said it was dangerously irresponsible of May to have blamed the Lib Dems for risking lives when she promised that the Tories would revive plans to give security services and police more internet snooping powers.
“To say I’ve put children at risk is a level of misinformation I’ve not witnessed in four and a half years of this government,” Clegg said as he confirmed that he had written to the home secretary demanding an apology, warning that coalition relations were now at a low point.