House of Lords Reform

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Ned Simons

Tory: 'Dirty' Clegg Dealt 'Shattering Blow' To Conservative Reelection Chances | Ned Simons | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's "dirty" decision to torpedo Tory plans to redraw the electoral map was a "shattering blow" to the party, a former Conservative cabinet mi...

Asa Bennett

'Clegg Prostituted The Lib Dems Over New Peers' | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg could face questions at the next Liberal Democrat conference over his latest choices to be Liberal Democrat peers, a leading Liberal Democr...

Asa Bennett

Which Donors Have Been Made Peers? | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

Thirty new peerages were doled out today to a glittering array of party donors, former political advisers and MPs. Some are controversial character...

Have the Liberal Democrats Forgotten About the Coalition Agreement?

Darren Rutland | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK Politics
Darren Rutland

While the country is basking in Olympic glory, this week seemed like a good time for the Deputy Prime Minister to announce that his wish for Lords reform is dead. Unsurprisingly, he wanted to blame everyone but his own party.

A Welcome Break for Cameron - But Years of Commons Turmoil Beckons

Alan Wager | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Alan Wager

Lazy clichés, as a general rule, are best avoided by political hacks and commentators. Yet the likening of the current coalition government to a marriage has been a constant theme for analysts of all creeds in the last two years, and it has never resonated quite as strongly as it did at the end of this parliamentary session.

Why Don't the Government Want a Referendum on House of Lords Reform?

Darren Rutland | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Politics
Darren Rutland

The dust seems to have settled on the discussion about the House of Lords. For now. Politicians have spent a century discussing how to reform it, and we all still seem none the wiser. All we know is that it needs reform. But what exactly?

Jokes Of The Week: Seven Days Of Twitter Funnies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK Comedy

The O2 fiasco. The House of Lords fiasco. The army being drafted into the Olympics fiasco. And Chris Moyles. Yes, this was a week in which we coul...

The Lib Dem Political Plan for the Next Year

Dr Mark Pack | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Mark Pack

The Queen inspires more terror than George Osborne. That is the tempting conclusion to be drawn from comparing the Queen's Speech (volume of advanced leaks: low) with the Budget (volume of advanced leaks: high). After all, Osborne can tax you but the Queen has the Tower of London...

House of Lords Reform: MPs Have one More Chance to Save our Constitution

Alastair Whitby | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Alastair Whitby

I think the reason is because we worry too much about the Lib Dems and we have left the reform proposals too long in their hands.

Constitutional Reform Is Always Difficult

Margot James | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

Even if people agree on what is wrong in the current arrangement, they never agree on a solution. But that is no argument for accepting, yet again, a status quo which combines a hereditary basis with one of patronage and which results in a chamber which is totally unrepresentative of the population for which it is legislating.

Please Leave Quietly

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Politics
Katharine Quarmby

The House of Lords is an anachronism, albeit sometimes a very pleasant and extremely eccentric one, and should be reformed.

Nadine Dorries: Why Are The Liberal Democrats Blackmailing Us On Lords Reform?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

The Tories are being blackmailed by the Liberal Democrats to support Lords reform, a Conservative backbencher said today as she claimed as many as 110...

'We're Not Threatening Tories Over House Of Lords Reform'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has denied the Liberal Democrats are “threatening” to block proposed boundary changes if Tory MPs torpedo plans to reform the House of...

Lib Dems Threaten 'Consequences' For Tories If They Torpedo Lords Reform

Posted 06.07.2012 | UK Politics

Changes to constituency boundaries that will help the Conservatives secure a majority at the next election will be blocked by the Liberal Democrats if...

House Of Lords Bill Published In Face Of Fierce Tory Opposition

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has published the bill designed to introduce an elected House of Lords as Downing Street warned potential Tory rebels that they would be ma...

Lengthy Parliamentary Battle Expected Over Lords Reform

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Politics

Parliament is braced for a lengthy pitched battle over reform of the House of Lords after Labour confirmed it will combine with Conservative rebels to...

A Rejoinder to David Lipsey: For the Sake of Progression, Legitimacy and Democracy - The House of Lords Must Be Reformed

Benjamin Lazarus | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Benjamin Lazarus

Robin Cook once commented that reforming the House of Lords was like Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot - "(it) never arrives and some are rather doubtful whether it even exists".

Lords Reform To Cost Up To £500m

The Telegraph | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Politics

The senior Labour peer Lord Lipsey, an economist and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on statistics, has calculated the proposals would cost...

Lord Clegg? Deputy PM Refuses To Rule Out Taking Peerage

Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Politics

Could deputy prime minister Nick Clegg take a peerage and a seat in the House of Lords once his time in government is up? Asked whether he would co...

Ashdown: Even Egypt Has An Elected Second Chamber

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Politics

Cracks in the coalition have been laid bare today as senior politicians clashed on the importance of reforming the House of Lords. Defence Secreta...

Guardian:Clegg Risks Tory Anger By Pressing On With Lords Reform | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has signalled his determination to press ahead with reform of the House of Lords in a move likely to anger Conservative MPs who have identi...

Holy Redundant: Let's get Bishops out of Parliament

Andrew Copson | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

This week we learned that the parliamentary committee considering reform of the House of Lords voted 13-7 to support the government's plan for automatic places for Bishops to remain in a reformed chamber.

Reforming the House of Lords

Tony Baldry | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

It is difficult to justify such a large body and in an era where there is clearly a desire for increasing democratic accountability and transparency, it is difficult to justify a revising Chamber that is wholly nominated and where no member is elected.

Reforming the House of Lords is Not a Progressive Debate

Kelly-Marie Blundell | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Kelly-Marie Blundell

House of Lords reform should not be an issue we should be debating on a progressive left website. Indeed, the House of Lords reform should not be an issue for discussion at all. Reforming one entire third of the executive to be composed of democratically elected representatives is not a progressive idea.