Tag Archives: House of Lords

Debates in the Lords….

I was in the Lords last week for the debate on Afghanistan.  There were over 100 speakers, but the debate was notable more for the quality of some speeches than the quantity.  It reflected the experience and expertise of the … Continue reading

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Problems of a hybrid House… 1

Thanks to modern technology, the House of Lords is able to meet in hybrid form, something that would have been impossible until relatively recently.   The House maintains some of the features that are core to fulfilling its functions.  Committees continue … Continue reading

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Adding value….

The recent list of new peers has attracted negative publicity.  In the Lords, members accept that the House is too large and needs to be reduced and that the appointments process needs tightening.  Members have been pressing for reform and, … Continue reading

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The significance of hybrid proceedings

The House of Lords, like other legislative chambers, has had to adapt quickly to the coronavirus crisis.  Fortunately, there is the technology available now for legislatures to meet virtually.  The House initially met for some proceedings in the chamber and … Continue reading

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Voting electronically is easy, but should it be?

Yesterday (Monday) was a historic day in the House of Lords in that peers voted electronically.  There were four divisions.  There was a high turnout in each one and the process appeared to go smoothly.  (There had been various test … Continue reading

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Westminster v York

The media have been carrying reports that the Government is considering a proposal to move the House of Lords to York or some other ‘northern’ city.  (Apparently Birmingham has also been mentioned, which admittedly is north of London.)  I have … Continue reading

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Should peers be allowed to vote for MPs?

On Friday, the House of Lords will debate a Private Member’s Bill that has the single purpose of removing the ban on members of the Lords voting in elections for Members of the House of Commons. In 1699 the House … Continue reading

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More on referendums

Last week, I was speaking in the chamber on successive days.  On Wednesday, I introduced motions to take note of two reports from the Constitution Committee on the legislative process and the following day spoke in a QSD (Question for … Continue reading

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Brexit and the constitution

When I spoke in the Second Reading debate on the EU Referendum Bill in 2015, I noted that peers were not so much focusing on the content of the Bill as rehearsing the arguments they proposed to deploy in the … Continue reading

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Twenty years a peer…

I have previously posted about being approached to accept a peerage, as well as doing a post on selecting my title.  The peerage itself took effect on ‘the forenoon of the first day in August’ 1998.  I was introduced into … Continue reading

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