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Reforming the House of Lords

Just over twenty years ago, the then Sir Patrick (now Lord) Cormack and I formed the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber to press the case for reform within the House to strengthen it in fulfilling its functions.  The House … Continue reading

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Reform of the Lords

I drew attention in a previous post to my forthcoming book, Reform of the House of Lords.  It is being published by Manchester University Press at the beginning of June.  It is a short introduction to the functions, history and approaches … Continue reading

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The busiest month?

August is the one month of the year that is both in the university vacation and parliamentary recess.  I therefore have no undergraduate teaching and no formal parliamentary commitments.  I normally have few meetings scheduled.  One would assume it is … Continue reading

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Making progress on reform

The House on Tuesday debated four motions relating to reform of the Lords.  The lead motion was moved by the Leader of the House, Baroness Stowell, recognising the case for incremental reform in dealing with the size of the House.  … Continue reading

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Debating the role of the second chamber

Having uploaded one video recently, I decided to follow it with another.  It is my speech in the debate on the report of the Joint Committee of the House of Lords Reform Bill in 2012.  I thought I would do … Continue reading

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Debating Lords reform

For those interesting in watching Thursday’s debate on the report of the Labour Peers Working Group on Reform of the House of Lords, the first three hours of the debate can be seen here.  My own contribution comes at just … Continue reading

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Reforming the Lords

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons is undertaking an inquiry into ‘The House of Lords: what next?’ essentially exploring what, if anything, can be done in the present Parliament to enable the House to carry … Continue reading

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Should I be worried?

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

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You can’t make it up

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

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What the agreement actually says

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

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