Tag Archives: House of Lords reform

Not another one

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

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Spot the errors…

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

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Getting desperate….

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

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The Magna Carta Lecture

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.

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Debating the Lords

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

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Reform but don’t elect

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.

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More heat than light

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Mark Harper, appeared before the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill last night.  It was something of a marathon meeting – two-and-a-half hours, albeit interrupted … Continue reading

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Questioning the Deputy PM

As ladytizzy has noticed – see her comment on the previous post – the Deputy Prime Minister gave evidence yesterday to the Constitution Committee.  It was his regular appearance in order to discuss constitutional change.   You can see his appearance here.  I came in … Continue reading

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Not the democratic option

Time flies.  It hardly seems like a year has passed since I was in Glasgow to deliver the Stevenson Lecture.  I spoke then on House of Lords reform and made the point that election of the second chamber is not … Continue reading

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It is not in the manifesto

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 … Continue reading

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