The Coalition has failed to meet pledges made on lobbying, fox-hunting, and providing anonymity for rape defendants, among others. Here are some of the promises made in 2010 measured against delivery so far:
Pledges versus practice
- We will cancel the third runway at Heathrow: The Coalition has not proceeded with a third runway, but "recognises that we must address the issue of future airport capacity, and we are committed to doing so."
- We will bring forward a free vote enabling the House to express its view on a repeal of the Hunting Act: "This proposal has not been taken forward."
- We will extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants: An assessment found "insufficient evidence" of the value of doing so, and this plan was shelved.
- We will regulate lobbying through introducing a statutory register of lobbyists and ensuring greater transparency: A consultation and summary was published on July 16. The Government is "now considering the evidence provided."
Touted as a 'full, frank and unvarnished' assessment of the Coalition's progress, today's mid-term review has been dismissed by Labour.
The Coalition has published a 119-page report showing the progress made on the 399 pledges taken together in 2010. Not an easy read.