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You can’t make it up

The Liberal Democrats are to debate the issue of House of  Lords reform at their party conference.  The BBC reports that ‘Activists will be asked next month to vote on a motion describing the Lords as a democratic “outrage” and … Continue reading

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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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Lords reform

I have been in Westminster today for the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Bill.  It was launched at a press conference this morning.  You can read details and links to the … Continue reading

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From committee to chamber

This past year, my work in the Lords has been very much focused on committees.  The Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Bill has been especially time consuming.  I had to re-organise my academic schedule to accommodate it … Continue reading

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On the move…

It’s been one of those weeks.  I’ve hardly had a spare moment, hence the dearth of posts in recent days.  Yesterday was particularly fraught.  I was scheduled to lecture at Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire, in the morning, and would normally … Continue reading

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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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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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