As some readers have noticed, The Times on Friday carried a report identifying some of the peers who are to be nominated to serve on the Joint Committee on the House of Lords Reform Draft Bill. It reported that I am among the four Conservative peers who are to be nominated. It also noted that one of the Labour peers, Lord Richard, is to be nominated to chair the committee. According to the piece, Lord Richard ‘has a record of voting against any elected element of the Upper House’. Really? That will be the same Lord Richard who is co-author of Unfinished Business, arguing for a largely elected second chamber and who, when the House voted on the several options in 2003 and 2007, voted for a largely or wholly elected House.
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