Guest Speaker at the Christmas Lunch organised by North West Hampshire CWCC was Baroness Blatch, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. CWCC Chairman Valerie Wills presided.
Speaking about constitutional change, Lady Blatch said that she remembered the warning given by John Major before the 1997 Election. "If Labour get in, they will damage the constitution of the country that has served us so well."
She said that there was no popular mandate for the Welsh Assembly, which was approved by a wafer thin majority at a referendum with a low turn-out. Labour had gone back on their word by proceeding with the abolition of the remaining 92 hereditary peers, in advance of Stage 2 of reform of the second chamber. They had embarked on the abolition of the office of Lord Chancellor without consultation, or a Green or White Paper. They had guillotined legislation in the Commons so it arrived in the Lords with large chunks not considered at all."