Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

Jim Pickard

The House of Lords saga continues, with the BBC today reporting criticism of four Lords who have sought to amend legislation in the House.

One of them, Baroness Coussins, was the subject of an FT report last Thursday which you may have missed:

Paid peer watered down law on alcohol

By Alex Barker and Jim Pickard 

A peer who is paid by drinks companies tabled amendments to water down proposed laws on making alcohol carry health warnings for pregnant women, the Financial Times has learned.

The private member’s bill last year sought to impose mandatory rules on drinks labelling, including prison sentences of up to two years for executives of companies who failed to comply.

Lady Coussins, a crossbench peer, opposed aspects of the proposals as “draconian” and submitted 27 amendments. Read more >>