Politics.co.uk quotes Constitutional Affairs Minister, Mark Harper, as telling Conservative colleagues who do not support an elected second chamber to fall into line: “For those Conservative colleagues who are not in favour of Lords reform at all – it was in our manifesto.” Except that it wasn’t. The Conservative manifesto states that the party “will work to build a consensus for a mainly-elected second chamber”. That is not a commitment to bringing forward legislation for an elected second chamber. It is a commitment to work to build a consensus on the issue.
If anyone spots a consensus, do let me know.