Rebels With A Cause: The Biggest House Of Lords Rebellions

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The Huffington Post UK   Tom Huxley First Posted: 23/01/2012 17:26 Updated: 23/01/2012 17:26

House of Lords rebellions have become a regular feature of Parliamentary life in recent months.

On Monday's edition of the BBC's Daily Politics programme, Priti Patel accused peers of taking an "artificial" tone in their regular battles - calling the latest rebellion, a clash over a cap in welfare payments, "predictable".

In light of the government's plans to introduce major reforms to the second chamber, it is easy to see why its current occupants would want to derail the rest of its legislative programme.

So where does the latest revolt in the Lords rank alongside those in the recent past? Here are our top five Lords rebellions.

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The House of Commons passed a bill to lower the age of consent for homosexual acts from 18 to 16, and in 1999 the House of Lords rejected it twice - leading the Blair government to use the Parliament Act for the first time, allowing them to enshrine it into law without the consent of peers.
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