Tag Archives: House of Lords reform
At a recent meeting of the Constitution Committee in the House of Lords, when the Deputy Prime Minister appeared before the Committee, the following exchange took place: ‘Lord Lang of Monckton: Deputy Prime Minister, there is a substantially supported all-party … Continue reading
The Liberal Democrats are to debate the issue of House of Lords reform at their party conference. The BBC reports that ‘Activists will be asked next month to vote on a motion describing the Lords as a democratic “outrage” and … Continue reading
I return to the subject of what is in the Coalition Agreement. There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the agreement, not least claims it has been broken, but usually without reference to what it actually says. Section … Continue reading
A friend of mine commented that the Norton View appeared to have become a one-subject blog recently. I have no idea what he was talking about. Anyway, back to the subject of Lords reform. A recent Ipsos MORI poll has found that … Continue reading
I do despair of commentators who keep writing as if election of the second chamber is so obviously ‘democratic’ or esssential in a modern democracy, oblivious of the fact they are displaying an ignorance of the issue and certainly of the … Continue reading
As readers will know, The Independent has not exactly shone in its coverage of the debate about the future of the House of Lords. It goes from bad to worse. In today’s edition, it has a section on asking the … Continue reading
The Independent and now Unlock Democracy have been carrying pieces drawing attention to some peers who have not declared some interests or who have claimed expenses despite having a poor voting record. This, they contend, makes the case for reform of … Continue reading
For anyone interested in seeing the text of the Magna Carta lecture I gave at Lincoln Cathedral on Friday, it can now be downloaded from the Cathedral website here.
The House yesterday and this morning debated the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. In practice, the report was somewhat overshadowed by the Alternative Report, signed by twelve of us who served on … Continue reading
I had a short article in today’s conservativehome making the case for reform and against election of the House of Lords. You can read it here. It contains no particular surprises for regular readers.