Readers may recall the on going set of posts about the mad and appallingly badly researched "Liberal Demolition" document written and circulated by John "Attack Dog" Spellar, Labour's self-appointed Westminster Village Idiot and Chief of Spin against the Lib Dems. One of his attacks on the Lib Dems is that we are "soft on crime" because we support community justice panels and punishment in the community for some low level offences. (Labour thinks they are such a bad idea that they are rolling out pilots of them across the country as we speak.)
Anyway, Lynne Featherstone thought they were such a good idea that in January 2007 she sponsored an early day motion backing community justice and punishment. Given that according to Attack Dog Spellar, such ideas equate to being "soft on crime", then it would be somewhat embarrasing for him if any of his colleagues signed the motion.
Well, 45 Labour MPs signed up, one more than the Lib Dems. If you want to see the motion and who backed it, the link is: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=32209&SESSION=885
So the next time your local hypocrite Labour MP fires off one of those braindead Labour leaflets about the Lib Dems being "soft on crime" whilst having signed this EDM, you may just want to draw attention to the interesting difference between what your Labour MP says in Parliament and what he/she says back in the constituency.