Tag Archives: House of Lords

Legislative scrutiny in the House of Lords

I have received my copy of Parliament: Legislation and Accountability, edited by Alexander Horne and Andrew Le Seuer.  Part I looks at different aspects of the legislative process and Part 2 at accountability, including the regulation of lobbyists and the … Continue reading

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The Lords and crisis management

The House of Lords is not immune from media criticism.  Some of it is justified.  Much of it is not, but the House constitutes an easy target for the cynicism that tends to pervade coverage of politics.  It also suffers … Continue reading

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Losing senior peers

The House of Lords has come in for criticism in recent months, in some cases deserved, but often as the product of a prevailing cynicism – and the House is an easy target, given how few people know about it.  … Continue reading

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Parliament and the courts

Earlier this month, I gave the UK Supreme Court Yearbook Annual Lecture. Delivered in Parliament in Committee Room 1 – the room in which the law lords used to hold hearings – it was based on my article in the … Continue reading

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Is the Lords becoming more liberal than the Commons?

I have in a previous post drawn attention to the change that took place in the House of Lords on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The House has moved over the past decade from being resistant to measures designed to … Continue reading

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Does size matter?

A total of 45 new peerages were announced today.  As it is a dissolution honours list, it is not surprising that it is notable for the number of former MPs included, not least those who have served in Cabinet, such … Continue reading

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The Lords deserve better…

The Electoral Reform Society has published a short document entitled House of Lords: Fact vs Fiction, which claims to shatter myths about the House of Lords.  It does no such thing.  ‘Far from being a chamber of experts’, it declares, … Continue reading

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