Tag Archives: House of Lords reform

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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Making progress

The Steel Bill – the Private Member’s Bill introduced by Lord Steel – to achieve various changes to the House of Lords (for instance, getting rid of the hereditary peers’ by-election, allowing for the House to expel peers, removing members … Continue reading

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