Tag Archives: House of Lords

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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Higher education as an export

I recently initiated a debate in the Lords on the value to the United Kingdom of higher education as an export.  This refers to transactions between UK residents and non-residents and encompasses income from overseas students in the UK as … Continue reading

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Responses to select committee reports

As regular readers will know, the House of Lords recently agreed a proposal that I put to the Leader of the House, namely that Government Departments that failed to publish their responses to Select Committee reports within two months of … Continue reading

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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill – not our finest hour

The House of Lords has completed Report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.  We have Third Reading next week. The House has not exactly wrapped itself in glory in dealing with the Bill, at least in the chamber.  In my speech … Continue reading

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