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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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Committee work

In recent decades, the House of Lords has become a more specialised body, making far greater use of committees.  Much of my time is taken up with commiteee work, which absorbs more of my energy on a regular basis than the … Continue reading

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Keeping it short

Lord Grenfell As some readers may have noticed, I was followed in last week’s debate on the Government’s proposals for the House of Lords by Lord Grenfell: “Lord Grenfell:My Lords, following the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, I am … Continue reading

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The House of Lords – the challenges ahead…

The new year will present lots of challenges, not least for government.  The main challenge wil remain the economy.  However, for Parliament there is a challenge – somewhat parochial but of great constitutional importance – and that is the attempt … Continue reading

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No to PR and an elected second chamber

Some Conservative colleagues argue vehemently against the introduction of proportional representation for elections to the House of Commons but support an elected second chamber.  I point out to them that there is an inherent inconsistency in their argument. The fundamental … Continue reading

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Forthcoming…

The House sits today for swearing in of members (and the Commons for electing the Speaker), so we will begin the process of adapting to a new situation.   Apart from parliamentary work, I am in the middle of essay-marking, to … Continue reading

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