Yesterday, as is my usual practice, as soon as I finished teaching I travelled to Westminster in time for the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. The Bill has not exactly attracted enthusiastic support. Few witnesses have offered clear and cogent support. Last night, we took evidence from two former ministers in the Lords, Lord Carter of Barnes and Lord Adonis. Lord Carter emphasised the value of having members in the Lords who are experts in their field. Lord Adonis, a supporter of an elected second chamber, made clear that in the event of election the relations between the two chambers would change dramatically. He was in favour of that, but it is not quite the line that the Government is advancing!
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