Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, appeared before the Constitution Committee yesterday morning as part of our inquiry into the process of constitutional change. Given the timing, we also explored the issue of Lords reform. I was keen to put the debate in the context of joined-up thinking (or lack of it) on the constitution and the various inconsistencies within the Government’s proposals for the election of the second chamber. I pursued the issue of the Parliament Act and also the method of election the Deputy PM favours for the second chamber (the single-transferable vote), which has the potential to encourage candidates to make excessive promises (since members of the same party can compete against one another); STV in Ireland has facilitated localism on the part of candidates, which is not what is intended across here. The Deputy PM was fairly articulate in not really answering the questions.
You can see details and indeed watch the session here.