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Why Lib Dems whisper threats over Lords reform

Why Lib Dems whisper threats over Lords reform

by Amber Elliott / 16 Jul 2012 11:17

Parliament breaks up for its summer recess tomorrow. It's normally a time to tie up loose ends and recharge batteries.

But both this year and last year, the coalition government left Parliament on a cliff-hanger.

Think back to 20 July last year.

Rebekah Brooks was giving evidence before the culture, media and sport committee.

And David Cameron was giving a statement to the Commons on phone hacking. Nick Robinson described

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We must prove Lords reform is not a Lib Dem pet project

We must prove Lords reform is not a Lib Dem pet project

by Charlotte Henry / 10 Jul 2012 11:46

You would have thought that the Lib Dems would have learned wouldn’t you?

After the shambolic attempt (not all our fault) to reform the country’s outdated parliamentary electoral system we’ve got the gumption to try and democratise the second chamber that is antiquated, in every sense, too.

Outrageous!

Well no, it isn’t. Democracy, accountability, and dispersed power are key liberal beliefs, so a liberal party in government is quite entitled to

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Richard Reeves' parting gift to the Lib Dems

Richard Reeves' parting gift to the Lib Dems

by Amber Elliott / 06 Jul 2012 09:19

The Independent has splashed the news that a senior aide to Nick Clegg has warned that the Liberal Democrats could scupper Conservative plans for boundary changes.

Richard Reeves has said that there would be "broader consequences" for the government's programme of parliamentary reform if Tory rebels defeat a motion to cut short debate on the House of Lords Reform Bill.

"The idea that failure to deliver a government commitment on Lords

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Cancel recess, if Lords reform opponents want time

Cancel recess, if Lords reform opponents want time

by Martin Shapland / 27 Jun 2012 11:04

Historically Lords reform has tended to be frustrated by the same unholy alliance of those who support an elected chamber but decide that the proposals aren’t good enough and those who see the Lords as a future retirement home and London club rolled into one, far from the gaze of the electorate where one can munch on cucumber sandwiches and take high tea until ones heart is contented. An experience best lived unsullied by

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Boris's 'blood runs cold' at Lords reform

Boris's 'blood runs cold' at Lords reform

by Amber Elliott / 25 Jun 2012 09:31

Another week, another outspoken attack from Boris Johnson.

This week, it's "blasted" House of Lords reform.

London's mayor claims the 'Senate' plans will encourage "people who have never made it into Parliament; people who have been flung out of Parliament; has-beens; never-wozzers and people who can see the opportunity to avenge their rejections by finding an alternative route to power".

He lays the responsibility for the "completely unnecessary" reforms that

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The Lords referendum is Clegg's to choose

The Lords referendum is Clegg's to choose

by Emma Burnell / 24 Apr 2012 08:45

Ahhh Lords reform, we meet again. Back when I was young and still considerably more naive, I got involved in various campaigns to reform the House of Lords to a fully elected chamber. After the mess of 2003, where there were so many options on the table that MPs failed to properly back a single one, I vowed never again. Life is too short, and there are and always will be far more

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Conservative PPS: Lords reform 'should be at the bottom of our priorities right now'

by Caroline Crampton / 27 Feb 2012 15:40

Nick Clegg and Mark Harper will shortly be giving evidence to the joint committee on House of Lords reform. The deputy prime minister’s enthusiasm for delivering a fully-elected second chamber is undimmed by nearly two years in government. As Mary Ann Sieghart has outlined in her excellent Independent column this morning, this is a fight that Clegg has very little chance of winning for a number of reasons, not least because of the

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Lords reform threatens Tory split

Lords reform threatens Tory split

by Ben Duckworth / 07 Feb 2012 16:16

Nick Clegg was in the Commons this afternoon for deputy prime minister's questions. There were the kerfuffles that always happen when Nick Clegg does anything in the Commons, with Labour MPs ganging up on the Lib Dem leader over the NHS reforms. But another fight is lurking off-stage over the Lib Dem leader's reforms of the House of Lords.  One 2010 intake Conservative MP told me last night that House of Lords reform proposals,

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What’s the point of the House of Lords?

What’s the point of the House of Lords?

by Caroline Crampton / 02 Feb 2012 16:44

All eyes have been on the Lords in recent weeks as peers have debated, and amended, the government’s welfare reforms. But now that the Welfare Bill is back in the Commons, the government is attempting to use ‘financial privilege’ – a procedural instrument that removes the amendments and the need for a bill to ‘ping pong’ between the Houses if it is deemed to have big enough spending implications. Once applied for, the use

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Christmas cheer at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

Christmas cheer at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions

20 Dec 2011 12:54

Nick Clegg looking sad fans will be disappointed. The deputy prime minister seemed to be positively enjoying himself during questions today.  

A day after Clegg announced in his Demos speech that he was ready to “rock the boat” on the House of Lords, several members wanted to hear more about his plans for the other place.  Since the attempt to bring in AV failed, this has been Clegg’s big project

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Clegg set up to fail on House of Lords reform

by Caroline Crampton / 17 May 2011 11:53

Lords reform stumped New Labour in 1997 when they had a whopping majority. With that kind of incident in the recent past, you’d think Nick Clegg would know he was about to start fighting a battle that he’d already lost.

It has been suggested that this is Clegg’s consolation prize for his failure in the AV referendum. If that’s the case, it’s not much of a prize. All the signs suggest that he’s

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A week of parliamentary nonsense

A week of parliamentary nonsense

by Martin Shapland / 13 May 2011 10:09

Is it just me, or have we had a strange week?

The referendum and local elections has tipped politics upside down and no-one’s quite found their feet just yet.

David Willetts is still standing on his head after suffering a frontal lobotomy on one of his two brains. The Tory university minister decided to follow up fantastic results on 5 May by floating the idea that rich people could buy their

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